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Weekend Primer #9

12 talking points for your Easter weekend clubbing adventures

2016 Mar 25     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: EDM stars at IDMA, new material from SBTRKT and Flying Lotus, win a chance to work with Roni Size, Basement Boys' Brixton-Baltimore bonanza and more

1. The 31st annual International Dance Music Awards took place in Miami this week, with big winners including Hardwell (pictured), who took home six gongs including Best Global DJ, Best Artist (Solo) and Best Compilation, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Kygo.

2. Sticking with EDM superstars a minute, Avicii is heading up a new project called Swedish Journey, which will see an all-Swedish DJ line-up featuring the likes of Steve Angello, Dada Life and John Dahlback playing three shows across the Netherlands on 30 July, flying between the three by helicopter.

3. Fancy working with Roni Size, Zomboy or GotSome? Of course you do. Then download music-making app Brapp and enter the competition they're running in conjunction with Brighton Music Conference. But hurry - all entries need to be in by 7 April. The competition's open to both producers and vocalists.

4. While we're on the subject of smartphone apps, some new ones you might like to check are Scanner For Spotify (adds CDs to your Spotify account), Disconest (gives you the BPM count of records listed on Discogs) and crowdDJ (a Spotify-created app that lets visitors to a bar, gym or other venue add tracks to the venue's playlist).

5. The headline artists have been announced for the first-ever Dubai Music Conference, which takes place at Pacha Ibiza Dubai on 21-22 April. Sister Bliss tops the bill, joined by Mark Knight, EDX, P.A.C.O, Juliet Sikora, Prok & Fitch and more.

6. Also announced this week were Carl Cox's guests for his final season at Space Ibiza. And there's no shortage of big names on offer, with Masters At Work, Danny Tenaglia, Andy C, Sasha, Francois K, Uner, James Lavelle, DJ Sneak, Adam Beyer and Marco Carola all set to play.

7. JD Twitch of Optimo has put together a new compilation of early 80s industrial and synth-wave tracks. Featuring artists such as Throbbing Gristle, Tuxedomoon, Front 242 and Chris & Cosey, So Low is limited to 1,000 copies pressed on 180gm double vinyl and is available for pre-order at The Vinyl Factory now.

8. Parisian producer LifeLike has made his remix of Happy Mondays' baggy/Madchester classic Hallelujah available for free download on his Soundcloud page. Keeping the spirit of the original while adding elements of acid and slo-mo disco, it's really rather good - and you can hear it below. 

9. SBTRKT released a 'surprise' album this week. The eight-track *Save Yourself is the first new music from SBTRKT since 2014, and features collaborations with D.R.A.M, Sampha and The-Dream.

10. Flying Lotus, meanwhile, has shared three tracks on his Soundcloud page that, if we're understanding this right, were recorded during the sessions for his album You're Dead but not used. Two of three also feature long-time collaborator Thundercat.

11. Melbourne, Australia is getting an interactive synth museum. Owners Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio have amassed a large collection of vintage synthesizers, and now keyboard-bothering Aussies can book four-hour sessions with the hardware at AUS$44 a time.

12. Live in London? Like soulful house? Then get down to Deep Into Soul at the Prince Of Wales, Brixton on 9 April, where you'll find Jasper Street Company, DJ Spen and Teddy Douglas joining residents Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk for a Baltimore House Music Special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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