Starring: Pier Jam, Together Ibiza, Slip N' Slide, Ultra Festival, PVD, Sub Club and 11 hours of pitch-black techno
1. Pier Jam returns to Hastings on Saturday 1 July, with the star attractions being Amine Edge & DANCE [pictured], Gorgon City and Redlight. Born in Blackpool, Pier Jam made a very successful south coast debut in 2016 and this year's return event looks set to replicated that success, with Brian Murphy, George Kafetzis and Just Jorge also on the bill. All this, and tickets start at just £10... for more info, see their website.
2. Defected have acquired the rights to the Slip N' Slide back catalogue. Slip N' Slide, once one of the UK's most esteemed labels for deep, jazzy, soulful house, has released very little new material in the past 10 years, but you can now expect to see many Slip N' Slide classics getting a new digital lease of life - indeed, the first round of reissues from Blaze, Amira, Funky People and more dropped this week.
3. Munich is getting a new techno club in the form of Blitz, which is brought to you by the team behind Kong Records and housed in the Deutsches Museum’s aptly named Forum des Techniks. The two-room venue holds 600 people and its first residents will be the Zenker Brothers, Julietta, Roland Appel, Dave Muallem, Skee Mask and Stenny. The club has a Void soundsystem and, like Berghain, a no-photos policy, and opens next month.
4. Meanwhile for technoheads up in Glasgow there's Blackout. Brought to you by promoters Animal Farm, Blackout takes place across two venues - a former glue factory and a former snooker hall - from 4pm-3am, and features DJs Dax J, Abdulla Rashim, Somewhen and Stephanie Sykes. And as the name suggests, the whole event takes place in complete darkness - allowing the clubber, say Animal Farm, "to immerse themselves in the experience and forget about the outside world".
5. Discogs has launched a new online marketplace called Gearogs, which as we're sure you've already worked out will enable users to buy and sell musical equipment and find details of particular pieces of hardware. "With your help we'll list every turntable, audio recorder, amplifier, effects pedal, microphone and every other piece of audio gear conceived," say Discogs/Gearogs. "Any equipment that records, amplifies, mixes, or reproduces audio belongs here."]
6. This weekend sees the Ultra Festival taking place in Miami and if you're not there, the good news is that 16 hours of it are being streamed live on YouTube over the next three days, including sets from Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix and Major Lazer. Check it out from 3pm-midnight EST (3pm-11pm Sunday) here…
7. Speaking of all things big, brash and American, Paul Van Dyk (yes, we know he's German, bear with us) is to undertake a 12-date US tour (see?) this April/May, kicking off in Boston on 27 April then visiting Dallas, Washington, Phoenix, Atlanta, Montreal, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Calgary, Denver and San Diego before climaxing at the Dreamstate festival in San Francisco on 27 May.
8. Together Ibiza have announced the line-ups for their 16-week Tuesday night run at Amnesia this summer. Expect D&B in the main room from residents Chase & Status, Sub Focus and Rudimental, and house on the Terrace from residents MK, Hannah Wants and Gorgon City. Guests will include Pendulum, Netsky, Claptone, Duke Dumont, Hector Couto, My Nu Leng, Sub Focus and Friction.
9. Also announcing their summer plans this week were Glasgow clubbing institution Sub Club, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. Residents Harri and Domenic play all night long on 1 April (the club's actual 30th birthday), while guests over the course of the summer will include Kerri Chandler, Larry Heard, The Black Madonna, Dixon, Maceo Plex and KiNK.
10. Down in the smoke, Electric Brixton will be hollerin' to the rinsin' sound on 31 March when Garage Sessions and For The Love Of Garage team up for an all-nighter starring The Wideboys, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Scott Garcia, Pied Piper & Creed, Sunship, Mike Delinquent and more, plus live PAs from Kele Le Roc, Lady Stush and Sweetie Irie. The event runs from 10pm-6am and is the launch party for the For The Love Of Garage double CD mixed by Scott Garcia.
11. Looking for some more unusual sounds for your next production? If its moody, cinematic strings you're after then DRONAR Live Strings Module from Gothic Instruments will see Kontakt users right, while EXS24 users in search of that funky clavinet sound (as featured on Stevie Wonder's Superstition and countless reggae classics) need to grab themselves a copy of Big Block: Clavinet & Pianet from SoundEngine.com.
12. And finally, while we're in a shopping mood, it's Mother's Day coming up this weekend. If you're still struggling to think of something special to get your Mum, how about a special DJ-friendly cabin bag, the DJ Trolley ST, designed by Seth Troxler in association with Berlin's Horizn Studio? No? Ah well. Petrol station flowers and a box of Roses it is, then...
Tags: Pier Jam, Amine Edge & DANCE, Gorgon City, Defected, Slip N' Slide, Blitz, Zenker Brothers, Munich, Blackout, Glasgow, Sub Club, Discogs, Gearogs, Paul Van Dyk, Dreamstate, Together Ibiza, Chase & Status, Sub Focus, Rudimental, MK, Hannah Wants, Ultra Festival, Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Major Lazer, Electric Brixton, UK garage, DJ Luck & MC Neat, The Wideboys, Seth Troxler