!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/507c7db455469e0002000196.jpg!Coma celebrated its first birthday at The Nest in Dalston with Rolando, James Ruskin and a Surface Records showcase that thundered through the basement club. It was a first visit to The Nest, opened in 2010, with its intimate atmosphere and a focus on progressive electronic music.
Similar to Plastic People with the low ceiling, minimal lighting and crisp, clear sound (The Nest has a Martin Audio soundsystem), the crowd were focused on the music. For a techno night, that’s ideal as its fans are notoriously hard to please. The artists did not disappoint with Oliver Ho’s loops and punchy baselines bringing the Surface Records showcase to a close following sets from labelmates 65D Mavericks and Voidloss.
Up next was Blueprint Records boss James Ruskin who blasted through a two-hour set of beefy beats in his relentless style that are his trademark. Detroit techno original Rolando’s Latino-influenced sound rounded off the night marking a memorable first birthday for Coma and provide a firm grounding entering a second year.