This week: Patrick Topping, Plastician, K-Hand, The KLF, Slam, elrow, DJ Harvey and much, much more...
1. Newcastle's No 1 house hero Patrick Topping [pictured] has announced a series of three pop-up parties to take place in Edinburgh, Dublin and Birmingham on 14, 21 and 26 September respectively. In each city he'll be playing at an as-yet undislosed location during the day, before moving on to a club for the night-time session.
2. iDJ congratulations this week to Stormzy, The xx, Sampha and J-Hus, who've all been nominated for the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize. Congratulations also to Detroit techno pioneer K-Hand, who this week was named 'First Lady of Detroit' by the city council in recognition of her contribution to the city's musical culture and reputation.
3. A new three-part Sky Arts documentary series entitled The Agony & The Ecstasy is to air on Friday nights from August 11, charting the history of dance music culture over the past 30 years. The films feature interviews with over 40 leading DJs and industry figures, including Goldie, Paul Oakenfold, The Black Madonna, Sasha, Orbital and many more.
4. Remember the other week when Plastician announced he was leaving Rinse FM to concentrate on a new streaming platform of his own? Well, this week we found out what that platform will entail. Launching next month, Unreality Journeys will see the dubstep pioneer broadcasting live via his Facebook page, starting at 8pm on 20 August, with all shows downloadable from SoundCloud after broadcast.
5. Inveterate situationist pranksters The KLF have finally announced more details of their big comeback event. Entitled Welcome To The Dark Ages, the three-day event in Liverpool on 23-25 August will be limited to 400 ticket-holders and, somewhat bafflingly, we're told that "no one related to the KLF will be performing any music".
6. It's a good job the KLF aren't based in Ibiza: the island's four local councils have just been given new powers to clamp down on outdoor parties. And if that's not bad enough, Ultra Music Festival in Miami is also in the firing line, with local residents petitioning the council not to renew the festival's contract with its host site, the city's Bayfront Park. The petition also calls for hip-hop festival Rolling Loud to find another home. Boo, hiss, etc.
7. Some key album announcements this week include the first compilation from Spanish club institution elrow (Cr2, 4 August), featuring tracks from the likes of Route 94, Waze & Odyssey, Audiojack, Coyu, Lee Walker and Mihalis Safras; a 33-track ten-year anniversary compilation from Mau5trap called, er, Ten-Year Anniversary (Mau5trap, 4 August); volume 17 in Kompakt's Total series of label comps, featuring the likes of Sasha, Laurent Garnier, Kölsch and Patrice Baumel (Kompakt, 1 September); and a four-disc deluxe edition of Underworld's 1999 album Beacoup Fish (Universal, 25 August) featuring remixes from Fatboy Slim, Dave Clarke, Salt City Orchestra, Slam, Dave Angel, Roger Sanchez, Adam Beyer and more.
8. Bristol's Motion have announced the line-ups for their In:Motion series in September and October. As you'd expect there's some pretty heavyweight talent on offer, with the likes of Jackmaster, Martinez Brothers, Andrea Oliva, My Nu Leng, TC, Krust, Caspa, Matt 'Jam' Lamont, Dub Phizix, Foreign Beggars, Sam Binga, Rødhåd, Paul Oakenfold, High Contrast, Danny Byrd, London Elektricity, Grooverider, MK, Danny Howard, Paul Kalkbrenner, Shy FX, Congo Natty, Zed Bias, DJ Zinc and DJ Harvey all set to appear. For full details of who's playing when, hit up their website.
9. Speaking of DJ Harvey, he's got a compilation called The Sound Of Mercury Rising coming out on 29 September. The album will be the first release on new label Pikes Records, which is brought to you by the team behind the world-famous Pikes Hotel (where Harvey has held a residency since 2015).
10. London's Vinyl Festival, which was due to take place at Printworks, on 23-24 September, has been called off. No real reason has been given for the cancellation, with the organisers saying simply that "due to unforeseen circumstances we’ve had to make the difficult decision to cancel the festival." Meanwhile, Sankeys Ibiza has pulled the plug on its acid house revival night Dance 88/89 halfway through the season, again with no explanation given - though we are assured that those who've already bought tickets will be welcome at other Sankeys events.
11. The 500th release from Scotland's legendary Soma label will be called Slam Remixes, and feature two remixes of Robert Hood's The Bond We Formed by label owners Slam, plus their reworking of the Carl Craig remix of Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom's Relevee. The landmark EP is out on 21 August.
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