Monday, 30 March 2009

Saturday April 18th @ Undertone, Cardiff

This month's guests are:

UNscene (Live): Expect glitchy downtempo beats and deep, melodic sounds for this rare live appearance from UNscene, currently releasing on the South Wales based label, Access Tonal Communications. Like Boards of Canada? You'll love this.

The Kelly Twins: The Bristol based duo will provide us with some retro-style party sounds blending electro, synthpop, chi-town, hip house, acid, miami bass and italo. The Kelly Twins promote South West electro institution, UFO and co-promote Bristol clubnight, Best Before at which they are residents.

Undertone Basement (Under 10ft Tall)

Church Street,

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

We went to BLOC !

Never have I seen so much great electronic music compressed into only three days so this is just very quick round up (have probably left a lot out!) of what went down apart from fish and chips, boozing, chalet hopping, slot machines and waterslides . Friday was a veritable dubstep fest, which was to be expected with the venue being closer to Bristol this year,. The two main rooms showcased Kode 9, Pinch, Peverelist and 2562, which I thoroughly enjoyed apart from the slightly annoying MC. Put a sock in it and let us listen to those tunes. Daniel Bell was ace and provided some techno relief at the end of the night with some really deep, hypnotic sounds. Things were cranked up a bit on Saturday with more electro and techno on the agenda, but only after listening to more dubstep in the form of the superb Bass Clef. What this guy can do with a trombone, a radio transistor and a sampler never fails to impress. Egyptian Lover’s djing skills are simply ace and caused me to dance like an utter loon to some old skool electro sounds. I somehow managed to miss DJ Godfather altogether as I was bopping away to Rob Hood. In fact I didn’t make it to the JAK Bar room until Sunday for some reason or another and that’s where DJ Bennetti (one half of Whitehouse) played under his italo moniker. The tunes being played can only be described as Power Italo anthems and he is cool enough to get away with dropping Boys by Sabrina. What a man. Other Italo highlights included I.F who’s DJing has admittedly become slightly more cheesy than it used to be but that’s not a bad thing if you ask me and the Miami Vice fancy dress theme added to the eighties feel. Was also great to hear him play his own signature production, Space Invaders, on a large sound system. Alexander Robotnik played a more techno orientated set than expected so I decided to rest my legs for later. Metro Area failed to show allowing Joe Hart to take centre stage instead. Carl Craig didn’t fail to deliever ending things on a high by dropping plenty of classics, which kept everyone wanting more despite three days of solid partying. Good work! All in all, this was a top weekend. Great tunes, great people, Was good to see so many Disco Nectar regulars and DJs present namely Synchronoise, C++ , The Hidden Persuader, Nanobot and Richard Carnage not mention plenty of familiar faces and friends from the Cardiff and Bristol scene. You know who you are! Big Love to you all. BLOC 2010: Bring it.