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Weekend Primer #54

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2017 Feb 03     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Movement, Defected buys Soulfuric, Outlook, Love Saves The Day, Larry Heard, Pacha sold, Bass Culture and more

1. The full line-up has now been announced for Amnesia's return to Electric Brixton on 4 March. Joining previously announced headliner Patrick Topping will be Polish duo Catz 'N Dogz [pictured], Hector Couto B2B Mar-T, Edu Imbernon and Clint Lee. The event runs from 11pm-8am with an all-night bar, and tickets are on sale now, starting at £25.87 (inc. booking fee).

2. Mergers and acquisitions, part one: Defected has bought the rights to the entire Soulfuric Records back catalogue (including sub-labels Soulfuric Trax and Soulfuric Deep). The move will allow Soulfuric founders Brian Transeau and Marc Pomeroy to concentrate on running their 'other' empire, online music retailer Traxsource, and continues a long history of the two labels working together - the first ever Defected release, Soulsearchers' Just Can't Enough from 1999, was licensed from Soulfuric.

3. More details have been emerging this week of 2017's Movement festival in Detroit. Previously announced artists Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, The Belleville Three, Josh Wink, Recondite, Robert Hood and Nicole Moudaber will now be joined by Carl Craig, Octave One, Seth Troxler, Honey Dijon, Heidi, Ben Sims B2B Truncate and, perhaps surprisingly, deadmau5... albeit under his techno alias Testpilot.

4. The first wave of acts have been announced for this year's Love Saves The Day festival in Bristol, UK. Set to appear are Little Dragon, Crazy P, Jamie Jones, PBR Streetgang, Solardo, Catz 'N Dogz, Bicep, DJ Die, Zed Bias, Andrew Weatherall, Fat Freddy's Drop, Shy FX, AJ Tracey, My Nu Leng, Sherwood & Pinch, DJ Zinc and many more. Weekend passes are available now, priced £75 + £7.50 booking fee.

5. French house legend D'Julz is to mark 20 years of his Bass Culture club night with a series of six parties at the Rex Club in Paris, where it all began. Guests will include Seth Troxler, Derrick May, Lil Louis and Dyed Soundorom. The series kicks off on 18 February.

6. Chicago deep house legend Larry Heard, AKA Mr Fingers, is to play his first London show in 20 years, at the Sunfall festival in Brockwell Park on 12 August. Also on the bill are Derrick May, The Black Madonna, Ben UFO, Floating Points (live), Gilles Peterson, Move D, Palms Trax, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Madlib and more. Afterparty venues and line-ups have yet to be announced but daytime-only tickets are available now, priced £50 + £5 booking fee.

7. Meanwhile over in Croatia, Outlook festival celebrates its 10th birthday this year. Joining in the celebrations at Fort Punta on 7-10 September will be Wiley, Goldie, Friction, Pharoahe Monch, Digital Mystikz, The Bug, General Levy, Newham Generals, My Nu Leng, Calibre, LTJ Bukem, Dub Phiziz & Strategy, DJ Marky, Akala, Jehst, Princess Nokia, AJ Tracey and many more, while a special opening concert on 6 September will see Dizzee Rascal, DJ Shadow and The Outlook Orchestra playing live in a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre.

8. Mergers and acquisitions, part two: private equity firm Trilantic Capital Partners has bought the Pacha group for an estimated €350M. The purchase sees founder Ricardo Urgell relinquising control of all of the brand's clubs and hotels worldwide.

9. Innervisions Records' annual all-dayer in Barcelona will this year take place on 18 June at the Plaza Mayor De El Doble Español. Set to appear are label bosses Dixon and Âme, plus Todd Terje, Schwarzmann, John Talabot and Job Jobse. The event runs from 4pm-2am.

10. British electronic music legends Future Sound Of London have collaborated with synth-makers Digitana Electronics on a new beast called the SX-1 Standalone Expander. It's essentially a version of the company's Synthi AKS KS Expander unit for the EMS Synthi modular synth, that doesn't actually require a Synthi to use it.

11. Bristolian house and techno hero Eats Everything has been added to the bill for Ibiza club night ANTS' takeover of the 02 Academy, Brixton on 13 April. He joins previously announced headliners Groove Armada.

12. Feeling lucky, punk? Time+Space has announced its biggest hardware and software giveaway ever, with one lucky winner in line to get their hands on a Komplete Kontrol S-Series 88-note keyboard from Native Instruments, plus a suite of plug-ins from the likes of Rob Papen and Spitfire Audio. The total prize value is nearly £3,000, and the closing date is 28 February - click here to enter. Good luck!





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