Bloc 2016

Trade ft. Surgeon & Blawan

Sheworks / UK

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One of the most successful techno collaborations of recent times, Trade sees Birmingham legend Surgeon lock horns with bass-techno upstart Blawan for a dual header of epic proportions.

The former is pretty much the definition of a true techno artist, endlessly pushing the creative barriers of techno while never losing his fascination for the further reaches of abstract music; and the latter is pretty much the definition of what fresh techno should be in 2015, with a slew of killer tracks, both under his own name and as part of Karenn, to his name.

Focussing more on the fiercer end of each participant’s sound, their shows as Trade are all-modular, largely improvised, and apocalyptically loud, while retaining the masterful sonic design that both have made their names with. For a preview, you could do worse than check their firing EP for Work The Long Nights.

Posted: 10 November 2015