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Weekend Primer #109

14 things that happened in dance music this week

2018 Mar 02     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Pendulum, Simian Mobile Disco, Creamfields, EDC Las Vegas, Ben UFO, Scott Diaz, Herbie Hancock's piano and much, much more

1. Drum & bass A-listers Pendulum [pictured] are set to release their first album since 2010's Immersion. The Reworks is, as the name suggests, a collection of brand new remixes by artists as diverse as Skrillex, Noisia, Moby and Knife Party, and will be "launched" on 16 March - though as the actual release date is 29 June, we're not entirely sure what that means. What we do know is that a 'complete works' boxset is also in the pipeline, and that there will be - in main man Rob Swire's own words - "new music n stuff at some point yay".

2. Also getting on the new album flex are Simian Mobile Disco, whose Murmurations is out on Wichita on 11 May. The album will be trailed by the single Caught In A Wave, the video for which can be found on YouTube now. Like much of the album, Caught In A Wave features guest vocals from the charmingly named Deep Throat Choir, who'll be joining the band for a live performance of the new album at the Barbican in London on 4 March.

3. UK house producer and DJ Scott Diaz - whose music has appeared on labels such as Defected, Madhouse, Nervous and Soulfuric - caused something of a social media storm this week when he revealed that an unnamed promoter had cancelled a booking after seeing pictures of him, saying: "People attending our parties expect a certain image from both the acts we book and the other clubbers. It seems like Scott’s a bit overweight and just overall doesn’t really fit our Ibiza image or ethos." In a feat of admirable restraint, he's chosen not to reveal who the promoters in question were.

4. A waxwork of EDM DJ and hurler of baked goods Steve Aoki is to go on display at the Las Vegas branch of Madame Tussauds on Tuesday (6 March), with the man himself spinning a 20-minute set for winners of a competition on his Facebook page. Sadly for Steve, though, he's not the first DJ to be honoured in this way - as DJmag reports, the Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam already has figures of Tiësto, Hardwell and Afrojack.

5. Wondering which festival is most worthy of your hard-earned cash this summer? Sick of trying to keep up with 13-phase line-up announcements? We are, and doubtless so are the peeps behind new website, which scours your Spotify, Facebook and Songkick data to determine what artists you like and where you can find the most of them.

6. And speaking of festivals, best get on with this week's inevitable deluge of line-up reveals. Starting with Sonar in Barcelona (14-16 June), which reaches its 25th year in 2018, and where 50 more names were added to the bill this week including Young Marco, 2manydjs, Mumdance, Call Super and Tokimonsta. For the complete line-up, click here.

7. A few weeks later, the somewhat less sunny climes of Byford Wood, Hertfordshire play host to Farr Festival, which for the first time in its nine-year history will be a four-day event, running from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 July. The Sunday will now be given over to dub, reggae, disco and minimal sounds, with Hunee, Antal and Zip headlining. Previously announced highlights of the other three days include Mount Kimbie, Mr G, Shy FX, Dixon, Maribou State, Jah Shaka, Moodymann and Roman Flügel.

8. Also announcing their full line-up this week were Creamfields, whose 2018 roster features an incredible 300 different artists and DJs. Obviously we're not going to list all of them, but some selected highlights include The Black Madonna, MK, DJ EZ, Carl Cox, Hannah Wants, Maya Jane Coles, Nicole Moudaber, Groove Armada, Green Velvet, Skream, Patrick Topping, Jamie Jones and local hero Yousef, not to mention more big-name EDM stars than you could shake a glowstick at. Daresbury in Cheshire is place to head on 23-26 August.

9. Speaking of big-name EDM stars, the full line-up has now also been revealed for Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, which takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on 18-20 May. Click here for full details.

10. Just rattling through a few more festivals quickly... Glitch in Malta (14-16 August) has Nina Kraviz, Floorplan, Jeff Mills Rødhåd, Amelie Lens, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Charlotte De Witte, Peggy Gou, Objekt, Alexander Robotnick and many more; before that (22-24 June) you can catch Nina Kraviz alongside Dax J, Marcel Dettman and many more at Instytut, a new festival that's housed in a 19th Century fort and brought to you by the Polish club crew of the same name; Boardmasters (Newquay, 8-12 August) has Booka Shade, Dusky, MK, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Zinc B2B MJ Cole and Fat Freddy's Drop, among many others; Larry Heard, Amelie Lens, Rødhåd, Kølsch and Paco Osuna have been added to the bill for Kappa FuturFestival (Turin, 7-8 July); and finally GALA Festival in Peckham, south London on 27 May will star Derrick Carter, Honey Dijon, Norman Jay, Maurice Fulton, Midland, Mr Scruff, Greg Wilson and more.

11. Ben UFO is the latest DJ to take up a three-month residency at London's XOYO. He'll take over from Artwork on 6 April and be there every Friday until 29 June, with guests set to include Joy Orbison, Optimo, Margaret Dygas, Call Super, Lena Willikens, D-Bridge, Objekt, Hunee and Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet).

12. Say hello, wave goodbye... Rotterdam clubbers can look forward to saying 'hello' next year to a new 1,500-capacity club (name TBC) from the team behind successful local venue BAR, but it looks like Melbourne ravers may soon have to say 'goodbye' to popular members only spot Hugs & Kisses (formerly Buffalo Club), as the building it's housed in is being sold.

13. Y'know that 'secret DJ' column that Mixmag do? Professional rivalries aside, it's quite funny, innit? Not to mention revealing. So you might like to know that the entire series is to be published in book form by Faber & Faber on 7 June. In fact, now you do know, so our work here is done.

14. Finally, if you're looking to upgrade your library of keyboard sounds, then check out California Keys from Q Up Arts. The KONTAKT instrument is made up of samples recorded from the very same 10-foot Fazioli grand piano that Herbie Hancock takes on tour with him, as well as Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos and Vox Continental, Farfisa, Clavinet and Hammond organs. The 40GB instrument can be downloaded now for just $199 - rising to $499 from 1 April, so be quick!





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