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Weekend Primer #135

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

2018 Sep 01     
2 Bit Thugs

THIS WEEK: ADE, Spirit RIP, Peggy Gou, Ben Sims, Neneh Cherry, Mr G, ANTS, Mumdance, Judge Jules and much, much more...

1. The second wave of artists were announced this week for this year's Amsterdam Dance Event, which takes place on 17-21 October. As always there are far too many names to list here, but just a few highlights added this week include 808 State, Adam Beyer, Agoria, Amelie Lens, Andrew Weatherall, Bob Sinclar, Boo Williams, Call Super, Detroit Swindle, Fedde Le Grand, Gerd Janson, Gui Boratto, Hernan Cattaneo, Honey Dijon, Hunee, Kenny Dope, Kevin Saunderson, Loco Dice, Low Steppa, Marcel Dettman, Michael Mayer, Miss Kittin, Modeselektor, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Mount Kimbie. And that's just the first half of the alphabet!

2. The drum & bass community has been in mourning this week following the untimely death of respected producer Spirit. The scene veteran, real name Duncan Busto, suffered a cardiac arrest on 13 August and passed away on Sunday (26 August). As well as running the Phantom Audio and Inneractive Music labels, his work had appeared on Renegade Hardware, Metalheadz, Timeless Recordings and Shogun Audio. A crowdfunding campaign to help with funeral costs can be found here.

3. Several big-name electronic artists have pulled out of Israel's Meteor Festival in protest at Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian lands. Among those either withdrawing or publicly declining an invitation to play were Shanti Celeste, Ross From Friends and DJ Seinfeld.

4. Meanwhile in India, police say they have foiled a plot to launch a terror attack at December's Sunburn Festival, which has been located in the western province of Pune after relocating from its previous home in Goa in 2015. A group of five men linked to the Hindu extremist group Santan Sanstha will face charges relating to the plan, as well as previous petrol bomb attacks on cinemas.

5. Look out for new labels headed up by Peggy Gou, Denis Sulta and Actress. Silver Service, Sulta's label, launches with Irish producer Cromby's house EP Futurolaon 21 September, while Actress's Werk_Ltd will launch with a six-track, self-titled mini-album by Young Paint, who is believed to be another alias for Actress (Darren Cunningham) himself. Details of Gou's plans for her new Gudu imprint are yet to be revealed, but we can tell you that it's launching alongside her new fashion line, Kirin.

6. While we wait for Gudu news, there are plenty of other new and upcoming releases to tell you about this week! Look out for new long players from: Bliss Signal, AKA Mumdance and WIFE, whose self-titled debut lands on True Panther/Profound Lore on 28 September... Spencer Parker, whose second album Dance Music is out on his own Work Themi mprint on 12 October... Ben Sims, who's releasing a 50-track compilation entitled Tribology on Machine in November... Neneh Cherry, whose Four Tet-produced fifth solo album Broken Politics will be released by Smalltown Supersound on 19 October... and finally Mr G, whose A Part Of Me Vol 2, out on Phoenix G on 8 October, sees him venturing into downtempo and broken beat territory.

7. Speaking of downtempo projects, Octave One will be playing their first-ever live show in their Never On Sunday guise later this month. Rome's Terme di Diocleziano is the place to be on 24 September, where we're told they'll be debuting new material due for release in 2019.

8. In UK club news, the full line-up has now been announced for the Playaz Halloween bash at the 02 Academy, Brixton on 27 October, with new additions including Hype & Hazard's new B2B project Switch, Hatcha & Friends (feat Jaguar Skillz), Black Sun Empire and Ocean Wisdom. Lee Foss's Repopulate Marstake over Egg LDN on 8 November with Foss himself, Latmun, Josh Butler, Nathan Barato and more, while ANTS make their Southampton debut at Bunker on 3 November with Solardo, Secondcity, Eli & Fur, Ronnie Spiteri and Collective States. And finally, Judge Jules will be touring the UK in September, with gigs at Logic Festival in Swansea, Koko in London and Restricted Forest in Blackburn(all on 8 September), Butlins, Skegness on 14 Sep, Bar Budda, Glasgow (15 Sep), University of Southampton (25 Sep) and finally Starworks, Wolverhampton (29 Sep).

9. Moving on to festivals, and here in the UK more names were announced this week for MADE For The Weekend in Birmingham (12-13 October), with new additions including MIST, Sneakbo, Lisa Mercedezand Izzie Gibbs.

10. Further afield, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival in New York (3-6 October) will star Nina Kraviz, DJ Hell, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Output, Mount Kimbie, DJ Seinfeld and more. Rise Festival in Les Deux Alpes, France (15-22 December, pack your snowboarding gear) has Annie Mac, Richy Ahmed, David Rodigan, Hospitality and more. And the second wave of artists have been announced for Epizode, the Vietnamese festival which humbly bills itself as "the most immersive music and arts festival in the world", with new additions to the line-up for 28 Dec-8 Jan including Apollonia, Dubfire, Mr G, tINI, Nick Warren, Ferry Corsten, Youandme and Oliver Huntemann.

11. Over in Ibiza, the famous Pikes Hotel is to host a benefit for the charity Help Refugees on 4 September. The line-up for Choose Love is still TBA, but the event will also include a three-course Syrian meal and and a sale of celebrity artworks.

12. In EDM corner, there's a new David Guettaalbum called7coming on 14 September. The album features guest appearances from Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne, Justin Bieber, Stefflon Don and Steve Aoki, so what more do you need to know? Meanwhile in the US, the Day Of The Dead festival, brought to by the same team behind HARD Summer, will return to the LA State Historic Park after a three-year hiatus on 3 November.

13. Finally in studio news, Moog has announced that it's discontinuing its Moogerfooger line of FX pedals once its current stock of parts is exhausted. The pedals, first launched in 1998, were originally designed for guitarists but have proven popular with keyboard players and dance producers. So if you want one, best grab it quick!