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Weekend Primer #14

12 talking points for the smoking terrace this weekend

2016 Apr 29     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Moby, Kraftwerk, Plaid, Squarepusher, Cocoon, Glastonbury, Black Coffee and little red stickers

1. Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk (pictured) are to undertake a nine-date US tour this September, with all shows presented in 3D. It's believed the tour will be followed by a '3D album' released in Blu-ray format, and it all kicks off in Atlanta on 6 September, before moving on to Memphis, New Orleans, Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles.

2. Moby has written his autobiography. Entitled Porcelain, it's out on 17 May and will be accompanied by a two-disc compilation, featuring one CD of Moby tracks and one of the tunes he used to play out as a DJ back in the late 80s and early 90s.

3. Moog and artist Yuri Suzuki are working on a project called the Global Modular. It's a collection of bespoke modular synths that's shaped like the map of the world, with each synth containing sounds sourced from the nation in question. They're looking for producers to submit sounds, so if you're interested in getting involved, mail to find out more.

4. Remember we told you a couple of weeks back about Squarepusher's live band Shobaleader One's upcoming gig at London's Islington Assembly Hall on 8 May? Well, a new name's been added to the bill - techno's unlikeliest man of the moment ever, snooker veteran Steve Davis.

5. The full line-up has now been announced for Silver Hayes, the dedicated dance music zone at Glastonbury. Now added to the bill are Annie Mac, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Eats Everything, Maribou State, A Sagittariun, Novelist, Maceo Plex, Will Saul, Julio Bashmore and many more.

6. Also announced this week was the full line-up for Cocoon In The Park. Doing the do at Temple Newsam in Leeds on 9 July will be Sven Vath, Martinez Brothers, Green VelvetEats Everything, Patrick Topping and Enzo Siragusa B2B Rossko.

7. Technics has announced the full spec of its SL-1200G turntable. There's pitch control to +/- 16% and, contrary to earlier announcements, the same lightweight magnesium tonearm as the limited-edition SL-1200GAE deck. It's on sale this autumn - though with a price tag of £2,799 it's likely to remain the preserve of A-listers for a little while yet.

8. Upcoming releases to look out for include a series of four EPs from Simian Mobile Disco on their own Delicacies label in May, Plaid's new album The Digging Remedy (their first since 2014's Reachy Prints) on Warp in June and - out now - Earthlings, a collection of leftfield/abstract techno featuring Plaid, Carl Finlow, Datacrashrobot and others that's being released to raise money for animal charity World Animal Protection.

9. South African house hero Black Coffee has inked a deal with US major label Ultra Music. His first single for the label will be Come With Me featuring Mque, and Ultra will also be reissuing his 2015 debut album Pieces Of Me.

10. Following the five tragic deaths at Time Warp in Argentina last week, the city of Buenos Aires has put a blanket ban on all large-scale electronic music events for the foreseaeable future. A number of people have also been arrested in connection with the deaths - including the festival promoters, who stand accused of facilitating a place to purchase drugs.

11. A new radio station is launching this weekend in iDJ's hometown of Bristol. Found on the local dial at 87.7FM, online at or via the station's own iOS app, SWU.FM will celebrate the southwest's electronic music heritage, with shows already lined up from Pinch, Smith & Mighty, Futureboogie, DJ Die, Roni Size & DJ Krust, Sam Binga, Idle Hands and more.

12. And finally... frustrated by the camera ban at Berghain, some clubbers who really HAVE to share every moment of their lives on social media have taken to posting pictures of the coloured stickers the door staff put over your phone's lens when you enter, accompanied by captions of what was actually (or allegedly) going on at the time. Find them on Tumblr... or alternatively, nip down B&Q, half-inch some paint swatches and make your own!

Kraftwerk pic: Andriy V Makukha/Creative Commons





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