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Weekend Primer #11

12 things to talk about in clubland this weekend

2016 Apr 08     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Movement Detroit, Sankeys Tokyo, Arthur Russell, Leon Haywood RIP, DJ Shadow, Nina Kraviz, Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve... and techno contraceptives

1. The line-up has been announced for this year's Movement Festival in Detroit, which takes place on 28-30 May. The big news is a live show by Kraftwerk (pictured) but also appearing will be Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson, Richie Hawtin, Art Department, Heidi, Nina Kraviz, Justin Martin, Guy Gerber, Chris Liebing, Tiga, Caribou, Loco Dice and many more.

2. Other dance festivals aren't faring so well: this week it was announced that Australian touring festival Stereosonic won't go ahead this year and maybe won't return at all, following drug death's at last year's event. Also getting nixed this week were Electric Daisy Carnival Puerto Rico and Beyond Wonderland in the Bay Area, California.

3. Forthcoming albums to look out for: DJ Shadow's The Mountain Will Fall, which comes on Mass Appeal Records on 24 June, Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve's Soft Bounce (Phantasy Sound, 1 July) and When I Was 14, a seven-track concept album from Nina Kraviz that drops on her own Trip label on 20 May and features a collaboration with Aphex Twin.

4. Reissues a-plenty have been announced this week. Five albums by industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle dropped on Monday, while also getting the reissue treatment are Slum Village's two J Dilla-produced albums Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol 1) and Fantastic Vol 2 (as a deluxe edition boxset that's out next month) and three Moby albums (Play, Animal Rights and Everything Is Wrong).

5. Singles-wise, two Sleeping Back dance classics, Dinosaur L's Go Bang and Class Action's Weekend, will be reissued very soon on 12-inch Get On Down US vinyl. And Norwegian label Olsen Records are repressing a whole stack of obscure Scandinavian releases in a series called Dansbar. Up first is Beranek's Dra Te Haelvete, which will sport remixes from Prins Thomas and Todd Terje when it drops on 6 May.

6. In club news, big up Jamie XX, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, Faithless, Patrick Topping and Tom 'Groove Armada' Findlay, all of whom will play a benefit gig for men's cancer charity One For The Boys at Troxy in London on 30 April.

7. Sankeys, meanwhile, are opening a new club in Tokyo! The 500-capacity venue is the third club in the Sankeys empire (after Manchester and Ibiza), and opens on 23 April with an appearance by Omar S.

8. Spanish deep/tech/tribal house veterans Chus & Ceballos have launched a new events series called Iberican Republica. The first Iberican Republica party takes place at Egg, London on 22 April.

9. Remember the 2001 Odyssey nightclub in Saturday Night Fever? That was an actual real-life discotheque, don't you know... and while the actual club was demolished in 2005, it's now being lovingly recreated by NYC promoters Occupy The Disco and Rinsed, in the form of a three week pop-up club in Brooklyn called 3001 Odyssey. Now if someone could do the club in Scarface as well...

10. Sadder news: soul and funk legend Leon Haywood passed away in his sleep this week, aged 74. His 1970s recordings have been sampled by many leading lights of the hip-hop world including Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Dr Dre and Redman.

11. UK label Perc Trax have some new merchandise for all you techno lovers. No, not t-shirts, caps, record bags or slipmats... Perc Trax-branded condoms. They're available to buy via the label's Bandcamp page.

12. Deadmau5 has released a new sample pack. Chimaera features 100 MIDI melodies and 73 kickdrum samples, all recorded by Deadmau5 himself and culled from years of studio out-takes. You'll need to register with to get your hands on it, though.

Kraftwerk pic: Miroslav Bolek/Creative Commons