THIS WEEK: Prince, Carl Cox, Aphex Twin, Paul Van Dyk, MADE For The Weekend, Skream, Running Back, Tiga, Underground Resistance and much, much more
1. A Canadian pressing of Prince's withdrawn (but widely bootlegged) 1987 long-player The Black Album sold this week on Discogs for $27,500, making it the most expensive item ever sold on the site. After Prince unexpectedly declared the album "evil" and demanded it be withdrawn, only six official pressings are known to exist: the Canadian one sold this week, plus five copies of a slightly different US version that were unearthed earlier this year.
2. Californian DJ Navid Izadi (real name Navid Hakimi), a member of the Crew Love and Wolf+Lamb collectives, was tragically killed this week. He, his mother and three other passengers died when a Cessna 414 light aircraft they were flying in crashed just outside the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana on Sunday. He was 32 years old. RIP also this week Greek techno producer Damcase (real name Dimitri Damaskos), whose work had featured on labels including Pi Electronics and Bunker Records.
3. Roland Corporation has recruited the skills of London's Mondo Brewing Company, Tokyo's DevilCraft and Washington's Melvin Brewing to create a 7% ABV craft IPA beer called the BR-808. The beer, an homage to Roland's legendary TR-808 drum machine, was announced on Wednesday - 8 August, or '808 Day'. A promo video for the new ale features Manchester legend A Guy Called Gerald.
4. This week saw another mysterious Aphex Twin logo crop up on a billboard in Manhattan on Saturday - after which it was announced that a new EP called Collapse will be released by Warp Records on 14 September. A video for the track T69 Collapse can be found on YouTube.
5. Some other new and upcoming releases to look out for include... the soundtrack to James Lavelle documentary The Man From Mo'Wax (Island/UMC, date TBC), which features cuts from UNKLE, DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, Attica Blues and more... Bunny, the first long-player from Matthew Dear in six years, which features a collaboration with Canadian pop duo Tegan & Sara (Ghostly International, 12 October)... a double EP called Test File, which will Marcel Dettman's first solo release on his own Ostgut Ton label in five years (Ostgut Ton, 14 September)... new mixes of Tiga's 2002 hit Sunglasses At Night by Dense & Pika, Dimitri Velmar and Techno Seleba, released to mark 20 years of his Turbo label (Turbo, out now)... a 12-inch featuring two unreleased Underground Resistance cuts from the 90s, which is only available in the Technical Equipment Supply store in Ann Arbor, Michigan... Mount Kimbie's contribution to the long-running DJ-Kicks mix album series (!K7, 28 September)... and a 37-track compilation from Running Back that pays homage to Hamburg club Front, which was open from 1983 until 1997 and was one of the first German clubs to play house and techno.
6. Fresh from the success of their recent first year in Birmingham's Perry Park (following the closure of the Rainbow Venues), the makers of MADE Festival have announced a brand new event called MADE For The Weekend, which will take place in the city's Genting Arena on 12-13 October. The indoor festival will star the likes of Andy C, Chase & Status, SASASAS, My Nu Leng, Gorgon City, Max Chapman, Eli Brown, Pusha T, Preditah and Stefflon Don, and weekend tickets start at £55.
7. Before that, there's another new festival making its debut in Chicago. Birdhouse is brought to you by the Dirtybird crew and is described as a "carnival-inspired" event featuring Claude VonStroke, Gene Farris, Will Clarke, Christian Martin and lots of local artists. It all happens at 1340 W. Washington Blvd on 8 September. Meanwhile in Melbourne, Australia the one-day Living Room festival makes its debut on 13 October, with Octave One and Enzo Siragusa headlining.
8. Finally on the festivals tip, Mexico's MUTEK.MX (Mexico City, 19-25 November) will star Actress, Avalon Emerson, Nathan Fake, Wolfgang Voigt and many more.
9. After a sold-out tour last year, Skream is taking his Open To Close parties (where he plays the whole night) on the road once more, with 14 European dates from September to December. Catch him in Glasgow (13 Sep), London (28 Sep), Aberdeen (29 Sep), Brighton (20 Oct), Birmingham (21 Oct), Barcelona (2 Nov), Nottingham (16 Nov), Cardiff (17 Nov), Turin (23 Nov), Sheffield (30 Nov), Dublin (7 Dec), Leeds (8 Dec), Manchester (14 Dec) and Bristol (29 Dec).
10. Trance legend Paul Van Dyk is to play at London's Printworks on 12 October. The event is a launch party for his new, ninth long-player Symbols, which comes as ever on his own Vandit label.
11. Carl Cox, meanwhile, will be welcoming the New Year in Down Under, where Melbourne's waterside Shed 9 club will find him a 'Space Ibiza' set. The event runs from 7pm till 3am and there'll be fireworks (naturally) and, er, canapés. How terribly, terribly civilised.
12. Not such happy New Year's news from Leeds venue Canal Mills: the club, which opened in 2012, will be closing after a New Year's Day party, in order for the building (a former woollen mill) to be converted into apartments and shops. Boo! The programme for the club's final few months is to be announced on 14 August.
Prince pic: penner/Creative Commons
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