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Weekend Primer #45

11 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2016 Dec 02     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Aphex Twin, Frank Ocean, Marshall Jefferson, a new Prince film, Shanti Celeste, Guy Gerber and more

1. Aphex Twin [pictured] has been announced as the headliner for the 2017 Field Day festival, which takes place in Victoria Park, London on 3 June. He'll appear on a new indoor stage called The Barn and will play for two-hours - his first DJ set on UK soil since 2012. A few weeks later (15-16 July), Victoria Park will play host to Lovebox Festival, who've just announced that their headliner will be Frank Ocean.

2. The early years of Prince's career are the subject of a new documentary film. Produced and directed by Michael Kirk, Prince: R U Listening? will feature contributions from Mick Jagger, Bono, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and many more. Meanwhile, Prince's Sign O' The Times is one of the songs to be inducted into the GRAMMYS Hall Of Fame this year.

3. Some of the first acts have been announced for 2017's Sonar festival in Barcelona on 15-17 June. There'll be hundreds more names to add, of course, but already confirmed are Nicolas Jaar, Moderat, Eric Prydz, Justice, Fat Freddy's Drop, Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna and Damian Lazarus. Before that, Sonar Reykjavik on 16 February has Fatboy Slim, De La Soul, Moderat, Ben Klock and Helena Hauff.

4. New labels to keep an eye out for include Peach Discs, set up by Shanti Celeste, which will debut with an EP from Celeste herself in February, and Reduce Records, a new label run by techno duo Monkey Nenufar. The label's debut release, the pair's own Pusspo EP, dropped yesterday.

5. 808, the documentary about the Roland TR-808 drum machine that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year, is finally getting a full release. The film, which is narrated by Zane Lowe and features contributions from artists as diverse as Afrika Bambaataa, Pharrell, David Guetta and Phil Collins, will be available via Apple Music from 9 December, then be available to download or rent via iTunes Movies a week later. It's directed by Alexander Dunn, with Arthur Baker as an executive producer.

6. Guy Gerber will be spending the New Year down under. The Israeli DJ and Supplement Facts/Rumors boss will play Beyond The Valley, Victoria (30 December), Greenwood, Sydney (31 December), Circa, Melbourne (1 January) and La La Land, Byron Bay (3 January), before making his way home via Bali (it's a hard life), where he'll play La Maria on 4 January.

7. Sankeys' nostalgia-tastic party night Dance 88/89 returns to Manchester tonight (2 December). Chicago house originator Marshall Jefferson headlines, with support from Bushwacka!, Miguel Manzano, Mark Turner and Robert Deep. The event runs from 11pm-4am and tickets are just £8.

8. If that's not enough old school vibes for you, then you might want to head to Egg LDN on New Year's Day, where you'll find X-Press 2, Adamski and Terry Farley doing their thing for Promised Land. Jon Da Silva, Hector Couto, Huck Finn and Soul Avengerz are also on the bill, the event runs from 9pm till 7am and tickets are £20 if you grab one right now...

9. Germany techno party crew Time Warp are 20 years old, and to celebrate that fact they've got a book out. Starting in a warehouse in Mannheim, Time Warp have gone on to host techno events all over the world, attracting the likes of Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and Laurent Garnier - all of whom feature in the glossy, coffee table tome. It's available now from their online store, priced €29.90.

10. Electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire - best known for creating the Doctor Who theme - has had a street named after her in her native Coventry, in honour of her groundbreaking work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Darbyshire passed away in 2001, aged 64.

11. Finally, some more sad news this week: Mark Goodings of 90s D&B duo Hidden Agenda passed away on Tuesday night. It's understood he had been ill for some time. Breaking the news in a Facebook post, Goldie - to whose Metalheadz label Hidden Agenda were signed - said: "He was with close family and friends when it happened. I have a new respect for what it means to be brave after Mark’s decision to pass to the next life. Hidden Agenda’s legacy to UK underground music really cannot be underestimated. We will be announcing a gathering to celebrate Mark's life and legacy soon. Headz family forever."

 

 

 

 

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