11-13 March sees Bloc back at Butlins (Minehead) to host what promises to be a top electronic music festival of 2011. The line-up is an endless list of to see and hear names, providing a range of styles to suit any time of the day. Unfortunately main sales have sold out, but fear not there is a list for potential cancellations.

Tom Fruin is a 36 year old American artist who was born in Los Angeles but now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Often using recycled or discarded objects in his artwork, Tom’s latest street sculpture project entitled “Kolonihavehus” incorporates hundreds of pieces of recycled plexiglass and steel that have been hand cut to create an inspiring church like green house, casting light and shadows across the plaza of the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen.

In order to breath life into the sculpture, Kolonihavehus features light design by Nuno Neto and sound installation by Astrid Lomholt. As well as this local dance, theatre and poetry groups are set to perform around the piece based on the theme of the concrete poetry by Danish poet Vagn Steen.

Tom is set to exhibit across Europe this year including cities such as Vienna (Austria), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Geneva (Switzerland). To see more of his work please visit his websiteHERE

Recent top lot.

Gentle jazz lounge house with vocal narration by Jan Tenner.
Jan Tenner – ConsciousnessBuy

Warm and patient with memorising chords by the controller of space dimensions.
Anthony Shake Shakir – Detroit State Of Mind (Space Dimension Controller Remix) | Buy

Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board (AFMB) or not, it is a super piano house track.
AFMB – Backup Days | Buy

From Lee Foss‘s fab four track EP ‘U Got Me’, magnificent melodies and soft scat vocals.
Lee Foss – Happen For A Reason | Buy

Delaying open with worthwhile octave oscillating bass melody at the break. Birds & Souls!
Birds & Souls – Birds & SoulsBuy

Simple sounds by Shonky with debating vocals and swirling chords.
Shonky – Le VelourBuy

Joyful house by Crom & Dawson with organic drum breakdown to bring tension and hype.
Andre Crom, Martin Dawson – About You | Buy

Composed big brass belter by Lazano & Robottin to get the dancefloor bouncing.
Luca Lozano & Sacha Robotti – Bartok | Buy

Tantalising techno by  Tale of Us with quantised shifting bass and passionate vocals. Party?
Thugfucker – Disco Gnome (Tale of Us Remix) | Buy

MCDE bring crisp simplicity and deep bass to make a vibration sensation.
DJ Sprinkles – Grand Central, Pt. 1 [MCDE Bassline Dub] | Buy

Here’s an awsome new collaboration piece from two of the best street artists in Northen England, Phlegm and Kid Acne, painted at the APG works in Sheffield. I love how Phlegm has intelegently incorporating 3D elements by painting rusty old fuse boxes as tiny houses. A very clever use of environment.

I encurage anyone in the area to go and have a look at the finished piece in person as photo’s can’t do the work justice. For more information on how to get to the APG gallery please visit their websiteHERE

In other news, Kid Acne has recently released a new 52 page fanzine entitled “When The Smoke Clears” which looks to be the first of many zines headed our way in 2011. The zine is priced at £10 and comes with a screen printed cover in an edition of 150, each one hand numbered by the artist. For more information you can read his blog post HERE

Andy Ash‘s edit of DeDe’s ‘S&M‘, recently released by On The Prowl, maintains the original funk and sexy seduction but with plenty more punch.

Andy Ash – Freak | Buy

Not only does Flora Yin-Wong enjoy playing music but she likes to write about it too. You can find her publishing words for numerous websites including her own blog Nobody Cares About Kitsune and Dazed Digital. This one’s subtly deep with some sensual vocals.

01. Lee Foss – Warriors
02. Dan Ghenacia – Gentelized
03. Pteradactil Disco – Clive’s Alright
04. Maceo Plex – Vibe Your Love
05. Shonky – Le Velour
06. Sean Roman – Yeah
07. 40 Thieves Feat. Qzen – Don’t Turn It Off (Brennan Green Mix)
08. Burnski & Robert James – Malibu (Jamie Jones Music Night Remix)
09. Jozif – Suddenly Somethin’
10. Russ Yallop – I Can’t Wait
11. Will Saul & Tam Cooper – Room In Your Heart (Wolf + Lamb & Slow Hands Mix)

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Critics are already calling her one of the greatest street photographers of the 20th century. Here’s the amazing story of how former estate agent John Maloof discovered the extraordinary work of Vivian Maier

Online music store Bleep.com have announced their  “Top 100 Tracks of 2010”. Now an annual offering, it is an opportunity to buy the whole package in high-quality MP3s for just £30. The list includes a wide range of artists as well as spanning genres from disco classics, house, techno, hip-hop, indie, folk and modern classical. Only available until 10th February.  The full tracklisting and audio can be found HERE.

We have one giftcard to giveaway. For your chance to win comment with a new years resolution. Winner announced on 31.01.11.

Beats In Space, the weekly New York radio show by Tim Sweeney, have just released episode #555. The second part of the show was a live performance by favourite John Roberts, featuring new and familiar tracks. The unreleased track at 44:00 is super sweet.

John Roberts – Navy Blue - Dial
John Roberts – Ever or Not - Dial
John Roberts – Unreleased - Dial
John Roberts – Unreleased - Dial
John Roberts – Glass Eights - Dial
John Roberts – Went - Dial
John Roberts – Hesitate - Dial
John Roberts – Unreleased - Dial
John Roberts – Dedicated - Dial
John Roberts – Blame - Dial
John Roberts – Promise - Dial
John Roberts – Unreleased - Dial

Pt.2 with: John Roberts

Friends over at Fill Yer Boots have released their fifth guest mix from Wolf Music’s KRL in preparation for their forthcoming event. Highly recommended. Download ▼