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Weekend Primer #22

12 (other) things to talk about on the smoking terrace this weekend

2016 Jun 24     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Ministry Of Sound, Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, Secretsundaze, Four Tet, and some seriously heavy wrist action...

1. The full line-up has now been announced for M25 Festival, Ministry Of Sound's 25th birthday celebration, which takes place in London's Trent Park on 7 August. DJs include Erick Morillo, DJ Sneak, Steve 'Silk' Hurley, Mark Farina, Norman Jay, CJ Mackintosh, Francois K, Danny Rampling, DJ Pierre, Marshall Jefferson, Alfredo, Farley & Heller and Saytek (live), to name just a few, as well as a full orchestra performing a selection of house classics and the man who started it all, Justin Berkmann. Tickets start at £28.

2. While we're on the subject of birthday celebrations, London house/techno night Secretsundaze are marking their 15th with a series of parties across London. The first is a free all-dayer at the Southbank Centre on 10 July, with two more events lined up for 16 July and 28 August; there's also a Secretsundaze bash at La Terrazza in Barcelona on 17 July.

3. is a new service that will enable you to request specific Soundcloud tracks be pressed up on vinyl, with the actual pressing taken care of by QRATES. It's yet to go live, but you can keep informed of developments by registering your interest via their website.

4. A Swedish classical composer called Hans Ek has been busy scoring 17 dance/electronic music tracks for a full 85-piece orchestra. Dance Music Symphony, which features songs by Faithless, Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Nina Kraviz, Daft Punk and Avicii, among others, will be performed the Bravalla Festival in Sweden in July, then released as an album.

5. The next album from Chilean techno don Cristian Vogel will be entitled The Assistenz, and released by Shitkatapult on 2 September. Vogel has described it as "a tribute to Copenhagen" and we're told to expect a cocktail of "dub, electro, funk and acid" influences.

6. You won't have to wait that long for a new album from Four Tet, though. He's just released a free collection of offcuts and oddities, mostly comprising one-off tracks he's made for various compilations over the years. The album, entitled Randoms, is available on a 'pay what you want' basis from Bandcamp.

7. R&S Records have launched a new sub-label called Chewy Motto. The label's first release will be Swoo, a four-track EP from Quays, a young producer who hails from New York but is now based in London. It drops on 22 July.

8. An illegal rave in Barking, east London attended by an estimated 2,000 people last weekend ended in violent confrontation between party-goers and the police after the police tried to shut it down. The "large scale disorder" (the Metropolitan Police's description) left nine police offers requiring medical attention.

9. A German company called Lofelt has invented a wristband that it describes as "a wearable subwoofer". The €140 Basslet is designed for "DJs and producer, gamers and VR" and has already more than doubled its Kickstarter target with a month to go.

10. Pete Tong is to be co-producer and music supervisor for XOXO, a new Netflix-produced movie about a DJ who unexpectedly gets to play at America's biggest EDM festival. It's out on 26 August and stars Graham Phillips, Sarah Hyland and Chris D'Elia, with Christopher Louie in the director's chair.

11. Erol Alkan and Richard Norris's psychedelic-dance fusion project Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve are to finally release their long-awaited debut album, The Soft Bounce, on 1 July. The album will come on the duo's own Phantasy label and features guest appearances by members of Mystery Jets and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.

12. Finally, RIP this week Sam King, co-founder of Notting Hill Carnival and Britain's first black newspaper The West Indian Gazette. He was 90 years old.





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