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Weekend Primer #32

12 things to talk about on the smoking terrace this weekend

2016 Sep 02     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Chemical Brothers, Berghain, Space, Fatboy Slim, Dizzee Rascal, Marcel Dettman, Youandewan, Seth Troxler, Four Tet and more

1. The Chemical Brothers [pictured] have announced three UK live dates to take place this December - although it's only Tom Rowlands who'll actually be performing, alongside visual artist Adam Smith. Catch him in action at SECC, Glasgow on 7 December, The Winter Gardens, Blackpool on 9 December, or at London's Eventim Apollo on 10 December. The dates form part of the duo's ongoing world tour in support of 2015 album Born In The Echoes.

2. While we're on the subject of live shows, Dizzee Rascal will be performing his 2003 debut album Boy In Da Corner at a Red Bull Music Academy event in London on 21 October. A venue has yet to be confirmed, but you can also find Dizzee at an accompanying 'A Conversation With Dizzee Rascal' event at the Yard Theatre the previous evening. Before that, Fatboy Slim will be playing his 1996 debut album Better Living Through Chemistry in full at The Social in London on 13 September, to mark its 20th anniversary.

3. New artist albums to look out for... & by Michael Mayer, which comes not on his own Kompakt label but on !K7, and features contributions from Prins Thomas, Roman Flugel, Miss Kittin, Gui Boratto, Kölsch and more (28 October); a debut full-length from Armin Van Buuren's "pure trance" side project Gaia (title, label, date TBC); There Is No Right Time, the 10-track album debut from Youandewan (Aus Music, 14 October); and Adoldesscent [sic], the debut long-player from Tuff City Kids (Permanent Vacation, 14 October).

4. Meanwhile in compilations corner... Marcel Dettmann will be the next DJ to join the DJ-Kicks roster, with his 19-track addition to !K7's long-running series due on 14 October.

5. Seth Troxler will be taking charge of Radio 1's Essential Mix on 23 September, with his mix coming live from Output in Brooklyn, NYC. It's the first time an Essential Mix has ever been broadcast from New York, though this year has already seen a broadcast from Los Angeles featuring Richie Hawtin, as well as another from Miami Music Week.

6. Following a successful all-nighter at Brixton Academy last year that featured Ben UFO, Pearson Sound and Floating Points, Kieran Hebden AKA Four Tet is staging another two all-night events at the same venue on 14 and 15 October. The full line-up is still to be announced but, as per 2015's debut, tickets will cost just £5.

7. Following the release of their first album in 12 years And The Anonymous Nobody... last week, De La Soul have posted a 33-minute documentary that explores the making of the album, and the trials and tribulations of the crowdfunding appeal that made it possible. You can watch the film, which is entitled We're Still Here (Now) here.

8. And if that's got you thinking, "Golly, if only there were more dance music documentaries available to watch online!" then you're in luck, because DJsound this week posted a 30-minute history of the Parisian techno scene, which you can watch here. And while you've got your TV eyes on you might as well also check out this trailer for Netflix's new EDM-themed television series Momentum.

9. Ibiza rumour has it that the owners of Space have been eyeing up the Reco des Sol Hotel in San Antonio, with a view to relaunching it as a hotel/nightclub complex under the Space banner... in the meantime, Steve Lawler has been added to the bill for the final closing party at Playa D'en Bossa on 2 October, telling Data Transmission that "I would have been absolute devastated if I hadn’t been asked. It’s been a very, very important part of my life."

10. Circoloco, meanwhile, are also on the move, with the DC10-based party brand announcing their first ever US shows. Head to Union in Los Angeles on 28 October, or a secret location in Brooklyn, NYC the following day, to catch sets by Martinez Brothers, Black Coffee, Tania Vulcano, Davide Squillace and Konstantin.

11. Good news for anyone who misses the monthly mixes that Aeroplane used to post online... they're back! The Belgian DJ explained in a Facebook post that he stopped doing them because he wasn't sufficiently inspired by the new music he was hearing, but that "having adapted to the new ways of buying and discovering new music, like Bandcamp or Bleep, or the 300-copy vinyl-only limited releases of disco re-edits and all kinds of other weirdness, I feel that there’s definitely enough new music I love in order to bring those mixes back in full flex." Check out the first mix in the new series - Inward Dancing Outer Thinking - on his Soundcloud page.

12. And finally... Berlin's legendary club Berghain got struck by lightning this week. With the club's air-con out of action (and the emergency floodlights triggered), you'd think the party might've come to an end - but no, most people just stripped off and carried on, apparently. In a Facebook post DJ T, who was playing in Panorama Bar upstairs, said: "Never saw so many topless girls and boys in a club…I will never forget that view from the iron stairs down on that ocean of naked flesh waving and pulsating." Those crazy Germans, eh!?





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