Bloc featuring Dopplereffkt


!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/524b364e1290b5000200035a.jpg!The first of three shows for Bloc’s second season at Autumn Street Studios was a vibrant affair with a packed out Hackney Wick venue enjoying a diverse range of electronic music. Regular Bloc spinners Joe Hart and Rubin were joined by live acts Dopperlereffkt, Legowelt and Dave Monolith plus Alex Lover Fever on Saturday, September 28th for an all night session which never let up.

The Autumn Street Studios Bloc has called home since settling in East London is a stripped-back warehouse space with a friendly vibes and kitted out to a high specification. While Alex Love Fever had been getting the crowd in the mood for the night’s main attractions, the lasers were already blazing over the dancefloor and anticipation levels were rising for the first live act of the night: Dopplereffekt.

Dopplereffekt took us on a minimalist excursion through their fresh cuts with its hints of Kraftwerk and plenty of moody atmospherics.

When the masked pair of Dopplereffekt took to the stage, Gerald Donald, formerly one half of Drexciya, and – most likely – Michaela To-Nhan Bertel stood opposite each other separated only by their synthesisers. With rare new material out this year in the form of EP Tetrahymena on Leisure System, they took us on a minimalist excursion through their fresh cuts with its hints of Kraftwerk and plenty of moody atmospherics. The science lab visuals added to a raw yet carefully measured performance that moved their minds, rather than their bodies, to dance.

Next up, World Unknown’s Joe Hart got on the decks with a typically dark set which eased limbs into shapes ready for Legowelt’s cosmic disco house which powered through Autumn Street Studios warm soundsystem. The good feeling from Legowelt got smiles on the faces of the Bloc revelers ahead of the harder beats of first Rubin and then a live set from Rephlex Records’ Dave Monolith. The spacey, glitchy beats of Dave Monolith were lapped up, keeping energy levels high before a final 10 minutes of ragga jungle gave the Bloc night an old skool finale. Their three-night autumn season could be considered successfully launched.

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