Over the weekend, a short walk from Mile End to Bethnal Green had us trekking to one hell of a show. It was midnight, the underground was shut, and we were among the many partygoers dressed in Halloween attire that were walking towards the bus station along the main road.
You would presume this group was making their way to house parties, bars and clubs. In fact, we were heading to The Oval for a slice of house and techno from the likes of Efdemin, Dorisburg and DJ Richard. This trio are all huge in their own right, and seeing them together was certainly not going to disappoint.
Efdemin is a hugely successful artist with many amazing albums under his belt, including ‘Decay’ and ‘Chicago’. He’s also a common and celebrated guest at the world famous nightclub, Berghain, in Berlin. Then you have Alexander Berg, also known as Dorisburg, who is a talented musician from Sweden. He has produced very strong work in the form of ‘Tundra’ and ‘Sinai Hypnosis’. He is also one half of the group, Genius Of Time. DJ Richard, originally from Rhode Island, is now living in Berlin and his new album, ‘Grind’, has a very deep, gloomy, house sound. It is truly worth listening to.
The Oval is, to describe it through comparisons, like a small warehouse, a garage or even an airplane hanger. There is plenty of space, although no room for an army. It is narrow, with a stairwell, bar and – of course – the music. It’s all you need. Unfortunately, by the time we had walked the distance and arrived at 12.30am, we’d missed Dorisburg… until next time! It had been well received by the audience though, and when I chatted to a woman near the bar, she said: “Ahhh man… Where were you guys? He was sick!” I have made a mental note never to miss him again.
The set from Efdemin was right to the point; techno, focussed music. Vinyls rolled through the set and his selection kept the crowd busy. The vibe was just right and the sound was on point. DJ Richard likewise put on a show and it was great to see this guy play – luckily with two of my favourite people, one of whom had introduced me to this kind of music in the first place. Thank goodness.
As the clock struck into the early morning hours, we grabbed our stuff and followed the new friends we had made down the road to the after party. I wish I could go back to this show both tonight and tomorrow night. The heat was intense at the after party – it was like a war bunker struck by a shell, except we couldn’t handle their fire. What a beautiful night. Time sure is selfish when you’re in the moment, I guess.
Words and photography: Luke Cole