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Weekend Primer #131

The week's dance music news in handy bite-sized pieces

2018 Aug 05     
2 Bit Thugs

THIS WEEK: InMotion, FOLD, Aphex Twin, Rinse FM, Larry Head, Terminal V, Gorgon City, Mala, Calvin Harris and much, much more...

1. After season line-up reveals last week from fabric and The Warehouse Project, this week it was the turn of Bristol's In:Motion to unveil their autumn/winter programme. The season kicks off on 28 September, when Motion welcomes David Rodigan, Redlight [pictured]DJ Zinc, Friction, TC, Uncle Dugs and many more. The following night Jackmaster, Floating Points, Amelie Lens, Joy Orbison, Midland and Horse Meat Disco are in town, while other season highlights include Erol Alkan, Annie Mac, a Hospital takever on 26 October, Hot Since 82, KiNK, Above & Beyond, Ben UFO, Shy FX, Denis Sulta, Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Congo Natty, Skepsis and Flava D. For full details, see the In:Motion website.

2. Aphex Twin logos have been popping in mysterious places this week. First it was a simple poster at Elephant & Castle tube station in London, then it was a garage door in Turin, and then oddest of all was one on the outside of Amoeba Records in Hollywood - in topiary form. The guerrilla marketing campaign has led many to suspect a new long-playing record may be imminent...

3. With so many clubs and venues closing lately it's good to be able to tell you about three that are opening (or re-opening) soon. In London, FOLD is a new 600-capacity club that'll open its doors on 18 August with a 24-hour techno party. Up in Manchester, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture's plans for new £111M multi-purpose arts space The Factory have been given the go-ahead by planning authorities, while finally on the other side of the channel, Paris club Badaboum reopens on 31 August after undergoing major refurbishment to mark the club's fifth birthday.

4. In other club news... Floating Points will be the headliner for the Secretsundaze 17th birthday bash at Oval Space, London on 26 August.... Nastia, Tiga, Adam Shelton, Subb-An and Lauren Lo Sung have been added to the bill for Cuttin Headz' takeover of Tobacco Dock on 6 October... the first artists have been announced for Playaz' Halloween bash at 02 Academy Brixton on 27 October, and include Hype & Hazard, General Levy, DJ Rap and Problem Central, with more names TBA... the same night will see Terminal V taking over Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre, with a spook-tastic line-up including The Black Madonna, Len Faki, Moodymann, Eats Everything, Robert Hood, Call Super, Optimo and more... and finally Charlotte De Witte takes her KNTXT party to Antwerp's Sportpaleis on 3 November, joined by special guest Len Faki.

5. Moving on to festivals… the full line-up has now been announced for Morocco's Oasis (Marrakech, 14-16 September), with new additions including Sasha, Hot Since 82, Joy Orbison and Boo Williams... Bristol's multi-venue Simple Things festival on 20 October will see appearances from Helena Hauff, DJ Stingray, Jane Fitz, Optimo and Kamaal Williams, among others... and Ocaso Underground Music Festival in Costa Rica returns for its third year on 2-7 January, with attractions including Jamie Jones, HOSH, Doc Martin, Nathan Barato, Sacha Robotti, Gene Farris, Frankie Bones and many more.

6. Over in Ibiza, Cafe Mambo will play host to a 25th birthday party for Positiva Records on 4 August, with Jonas Blue headlining... elrow team up with MIDSOMMAR and Absolut for a party at Cova Santa on 8 August, with DJs including 2ManyDJs, Damian Lazarus, Crazy P, Axel Bowman, Acid Monkeys and Alfredo... Richie Hawtin's ENTER.Sake and fellow Japanese firewater enthusiasts HEAVENSAKE take over Destino for an evening of fine dining and, well, sake on 16 August, which'll be soundtracked by Hawtin himself, Dubfire and Hito...

7. Larry Heard is to play his first ever German live show on 19 September, as part of Berghain's new night Bring Down The Walls, while Mala & The Outlook Orchestra will be making a special one-off appearance at London's Southbank Centre on 2 December, with dubstep classics reworked by a 20-piece orchestra.

8. Wiley is taking his Eskimo Dance rave down under for the first time in October, where the man himself will be joined by Lethal Bizzle, Big Shaq, Devlin, P Money and more for dates in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane... also hitting the road is house and bass star Chris Lorenzo, who's playing nine UK shows in September and October… and Gorgon City head out on tour early next year, starting at Newcastle's 02 Academy on 31 January and taking in dates in Manchester, Nottingham, Dublin and London before finishing up at the 02 Academy Bristol on 9 February.

9. Some new and upcoming releases to look out for include... Ellen Allien's Take A Stand EP, her first solo EP away from Bpitch Control in over 20 years, which is out on Boddika's Nonplus Records on 31 August... Solidarity Vol 1, a charity compilation put together by SESH FM that features 20 tracks by Irish electronic music artists, with proceeds going to the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (SESH FM, out now)... a boxset from industrial/EBM pioneers Nitzer Ebb called 1982-2010 that brings together all the band's five albums plus various out-takes, extras and rarities (Pylon Records, 5 October)... and a retrospective from acid jazz founding fathers Night Train entitled Lovesick 1987-2017 (Acid Jazz/PIAS, 21 September).

10. Finally in EDM Corner, the Scottish National Portait Gallery has just acquired a picture of Calvin Harris, originally taken by photographer Paul Stuart for GQ Italia in 2015. The portrait will go on display in the Edinburgh gallery very soon - the first time a DJ has ever appeared in the collection.