THIS WEEK: Hannah Wants, Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, Native Instruments, ADE parties, new albums galore, Ninja Tune, D'Julz, BPM festival and much, much more
1. Hannah Wants [pictured] revealed earlier this week that she was diagnosed with breast cancer 18 months ago. She broke the news in an Instagram post in which she said she's "feeling healthier (mind and body) than ever before" and "determined to stay fit and well". The news came in the same week that a crowdfunding campaign was launched to support UK garage don Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, whose lung cancer has sadly returned after six years in remission. Donate here.
2. London is getting a new music conference this year. The first edition of, er, London Music Conference takes place on 11-13 October, across several venues including Oval Space, The Pickle Factory, UNDR and Ministry of Sound. Speakers will include Alan Miller of the Old Truman Brewery and the Night Time Industries Association, Bradley Gun Raver, Hauswerks and dub legend Mad Professor. Tickets are available now, priced £153.99 for a three-day delegate pass or £57.09 for individual day passes.
3. New Order will play their only UK live show of 2018 at London's Alexandra Palace on 9 November, before heading off for a short South American tour. Tickets cost £51.95, and £1 for each ticket will go to the charity Action Against Hunger.
4. Congratulations to all at Ninja Tune, which this week was named Label Of The Year at the AIM (Association of Independent Music) awards. Peggy Gou's It Makes You Forget (Itgethane) was also named Track Of The Year. In other Ninja Tune news, Maribou State (signed to sub-label Counter Records) will be playing a string of seven UK dates in October, starting in Liverpool on 10 Oct then visiting Nottingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Oxford and Brighton before finishing at the Roundhouse in London on 18 Oct.
5. French deep house legend D'Julz is launching a new vinyl-only label called JV. The label will be distributed by Yoyaku and the first release will be D'Julz's own Chaplin Bong in November. D'Julz's other label Bass Culture, meanwhile, is about to reach its 10th anniversary.
6. Early 2019 will see the release of a new game called MIXMSTR for Android/iOS devices. Developed by Finland's Youth Control Games, MIXMSTR will see players "combine rhythmic action gameplay with strategic music selection to build a career as a DJ" and will feature "music from real labels, available to purchase". There's a teaser video, but it doesn't give much away...
7. Announcements about ADE parties keep coming thick n' fast. De Schule will host a 62-hour rave headlined by Marcel Dettman on 19-22 October, while Audio Obscura are throwing parties in a converted prison with Seth Troxler and Honey Dijon on 18 October, Rødhåd on 19 October and Nina Kraviz on 20 October, as well as welcoming Maceo Plex (in his more experimental Mariel Ito guise) to Central Station on 20 October. Manchester label ON IT Recordings host a showcase at The Box on 19 October with Green Velvet, Umek, Mihalis Safras, Wally Lopez and more, Vernkipt host three all-night parties at Amsterdam Studios starring the likes of Ben Sims B2B Truncate, Manni Dee, Cari Lekebusch, Slam, The Advent, Luke Slater, Marco Bailey, Claptone, Franky Rizardo, Matthias Tanzmann and Guti, and DJ W!LD headlines a showcase for his DAILYCID label at Het Sieraad on 17 October.
8. Back here in the UK, the line-up for fabric's 19th birthday party on 20 October has now been finalised, with Ricardo Villalobos and Helena Hauff among those added to the bill. Down in Bristol meanwhile, the full autumn/winter line-up at Motion has now been announced, with too many big names to mention dropping by to mention - so head here for the full schedule.
9. On the festivals tip, the final line-up for BPM Festival in Portugal (20-23 Sept) was revealed this week, with new additions including Kenny Dope, Craig Richards, Joseph Capriati, Octave One and Patrick Topping. Meanwhile first announcements came this week from Sydney, Australia's Lost Paradise (28 Dec-1 Jan) and France's Tomorrowland Winter (9-16 March), with Lost Paradise welcoming Bicep, KiNK and Peggy Gou, among others, and Tomorrowland's inaugral winter edition (which takes place in a ski resort) featuring the EDM-tastic likes of Steve Aoki, Armin Van Buuren, Nervo and Martin Garrix.
10. Closer to home, 15-16 September will see Mr C curating a two-day event at The Cause in Tottenham called Next Step Forward. The mini-festival marks 30 years since the summer of love, and will include veteran DJs like Danny Rampling, Eddie Richards, Nancy Noise and Colin Dale as well as young whippersnappers (ahem) such as Bushwacka!, Jay Tripwire, Omid 16B and Asad Silverlining.
11. It seems safe to say the traditional summer lull in release schedules is officially over, with an absolute ton of new albums announced this week. Four Tet has just released another live recording via Bandcamp, this time from a show in Tokyo in 2013; French techno producer Shlømo's full-length debut Mercurial Skin drops on Taapion on 29 October; D&B label Samurai Music have a second volume of their 10-year anniversary comp Samurai Music Decade coming on 28 September; Pinch's Tectonic and Peverelist's Livity Sound have joined forces for a joint compilation called In Deep, which is out now; Sharam Jey's third album Invisible will be out on his own Bunny Tiger label on 24 September; DJ Vadim's Dubcatcher III: Flames Up will be out Ninja Tune offshoot Soulbeats Records on 5 October; and finally Do Not Sleep resident Ronnie Spiteri released Part 1 of his debut album True Music today, with Part 2 to follow on 28 September.
12. Native Instruments has unveiled the latest update to Traktor, as well as launching two new controllers. Traktor Pro 3, which features mostly minor tweaks, retails for £89, while the new Mk3 versions of the S2 and S4 controllers will retail at £239 and £719 respectively, with the S4 now offering haptic feedback and a new hi-res display while the S2 has ditched its FX controls in favour of larger jogwheels.
13. In other studio news, Dave Smith Instruments is being rebranded as Sequential. The company was originally founded as Sequential Circuits in 1974, and was responsible for the classic Prophet-5 synth of the late 70s, but the name has been in Yamaha's hands since 1987. And speaking of all things synth-y, Gothic Instruments has now compiled all eight of its DRONAR sound modules into one massive instrument plug-in for Kontakt Player called DRONAR Master Edition, which features over 50GB of sounds.
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