This week: Dave Clarke's brush with death, new sample packs and studio hardware, a campaign to save Notting Hill Carnival and much more
1. Shoreditch venue XOYO are four years old next month, and naturally they've announced a series of parties to celebrate that fact. Guests helping them with the jelly and ice cream include 2ManyDJs on 17 August, Novelist and Kahn & Neek on 18 August, Mount Kimbie and Oneman on 19 August, DJ Harvey on 20 August and Bicep on 21 August.
2. Tragically we say 'RIP' this week Steven Young of 80s indie/synth outfit Colourbox - perhaps better remembered by most as one of the men responsible for M/A/R/R/S' seminal 1987 smash Pump Up The Volume. His record label 4AD have confirmed that he passed away on Wednesday (13 July), though the cause of his death has not been made public.
3. The line-up has been announced for this year's Loop conference, Ableton's annual get-together for Ableton Live users which takes place at Funkhaus in Berlin on 4-6 November. Highlights include Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Jazzy Jeff, Quantic, Kimbra and Daedelus; for the full list of participants click here. And while we're on the subject of Ableton, Puremagnetik has just released Mélange, a collection of over 70 free instruments and FX for the popular DAW - click here for full details.
4. August 19 will see Solomun's Diynamic taking over DC-10 in Ibiza for a label showcase. The event will run from 11pm to 6.30am and natrually Solomun himself is topping the bill, with support from H.O.S.H, Adriatique, Thyladomid, Karmon, NTFO, Magdalena, Undercatt and Lehar, plus live sets from Johannes Brecht and Kollektiv Turmstrasse. The event marks Diynamic's 10th anniversary.
5. While we're on the subject of Ibiza, the authorities there continue to investigate the financial affairs of the island's biggest and best-loved clubs. Following the raids on Amnesia last week, this week it was the turn of Space and Privilege to be visited by agents from the Spanish tax authority AEAT. The raids were part of a country-wide investigation entitled Operation Chopin.
6. Did you catch Dave Pearce's documentary about the birth of Chicago house music on BBC Radio 4 this week? No? It was pretty good, actually, but don't worry - it's on again tomorrow (Sat 16 July), after which you'll be able to find it on BBC iPlayer.
7. After some local residents started a campaign to have the world famous Notting Hill Carrnival moved away from their homes, a counter-petition on Change.org is requesting that the event be included on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. The petition points out the key role the carnival has played over the years in improving race relations in the capital.
8. Dave Clarke was involved in a serious car accident in Serbia this week. He was in the rear of the car, being driven to Belgrade airport after his set at EXIT, when it was suddenly "launched into the air, hitting a lamp post and landing on the other side of the dual carriageway". Luckily no-one was seriously injured, but Clarke said on Facebook: "I am in a lot of pain in my neck, back, chest and arms." Get well soon Dave!
9. Upcoming releases to look out for include Dusky's second album Outer, which is out on 30 September and features contributions from Wiley and Gary Numan, Crystal Castles' first album since the departure of Alice Glass (Amnesty, 19 August), and new mixes of Moby's classic Go by Locodice, which are out on Desolat on 12/19 September (vinyl/digital).
10. Function Loops launched three new sample packs this week. Astral Trance Vocals features 800MB of vocal loops aimed at trance/psy-trance producers, Mega Jungle Terror offers 600MB of sounds associated with the EDM sub-genre while Vox: Reloaded, a remastered collection of two previous vocal packs featuring 200 vocal loops and one-shots, is of potential interest to house, techno, trance and EDM producers. For full details, see the Function Loops website.
11. Also on the studio front, two new audio interfaces were announced this week. Tascam's iXR is a USB Audio/MIDI interface aimed at users of iOS devices and features two Ultra-HDDA mic preamps with phantom power, mic and instrument-level inputs, MIDI in/out and direct connection to your iPad via iOS Lightning or 30-pin connectors, while Audient's iD4 is a compact and portable bus-powered interface designed for producers on the move.
12. Finally, congratulations to Nigeria's DJ Obi, who this week attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the longest-ever DJ set after spinning for a total of 230 hours, or nearly 10 days. Despite being allowed two hours' worth of breaks each day, he told BBC reporters that "After four or five days, I was hallucinating and had lost full control of my body." Now there's dedication for you! Guinness have yet to verify the record officially but you can see a BBC video about the attempt here.
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