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Weekend Primer #76

14 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Jul 08     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Plastician leaves Rinse, Fabric, Motion, HAAi, Moby, Nina Kraviz, Warehouse Project, Tomorrowland and more

1. Plastician [pictured] is leaving Rinse FM after 14 years. In a statement on his Facebook page, the dubstep and grime pioneer, said that he may still do one-off shows for the veteran ex-pirate station but that he will mostly be "focusing my energies into independently broadcasting live mix shows and podcasts via a Facebook-based platform I’m building with a team of friends, which we plan to launch around the middle of August."

2. fabric have announced their line-ups for August and September. A few selected highlights include Dave Clarke and Huxley on 4 August, Mampi Swift B2B Chrissy Chris on 25 August, Eats Everything on 26 August, Dubfire on 1 September, Ben Klock on 16 September and Dillinja and Lenzman on 29 September; for full details, click here.

3. Meanwhile down in sunny Bristol, Motion's series of In:Motion events kicks off on at the end of September - and contrary to what a certain video posted by Soundcloud earlier this week might have led you to believe, not everyone there will be young, white and mega-posh! The line-up for the opening on 29 September includes The Martinez Brothers, Black Coffee, HAAi, Jackmaster, Lauren Lane and more, while the following night sees My Nu Leng, D Double E, Matt 'Jam' Lamont, Krust and Cyantific coming to town,...

4. Nina Kraviz is launching a new record label called Galaxid. The first release will be a reissue of a 1996 ambient/IDM album by Species Of Fishes called Trip Trap, and is out on 28 July.

5. Fast-rising superstar DJ and Phonox resident HAAi, meanwhile, has just launched her new record label Coconut Beats. The label's debut release is a percussion-heavy AA-side from HAAi herself featuring the tracks DaDaDa and E, with the former "directly inspired by the south Indian art of konnakol, where the artist performs percussion vocally".

6. Moby has written a second volume of his memoirs. The follow-up to the best-selling Porcelain covers the years when he was at the height of his success following the release of Play and is described as "very, very dark... it’s mainly about how fame goes wrong." The book's out next year, but don't expect a third volume, with Moby declaring, "If I wrote a memoir now it would be like ‘I drank tea and went hiking'. It would be the most tedious memoir anyone’s ever read."

7. Back to those line-up announcements! This year's The Warehouse Project series in Manchester kicks off on 22 September with Eats Everything, Richy Ahmed, Patrick Topping, Solardo and The Martinez Brothers, followed on 23 September by Ricardo Villalobos, Ben Klock, Bicep, Peggy Gou and Midland. Tickets are available now.

8. Other interesting one-offs coming up include London house and techno institution Secretsundaze's 18th birthday at Oval Space on 26 August, elrow London Town's 'Closing Ceremony' at the Olympic Park on 20 August, a Drumcode Hallowe'en party with Adam Beyer and guests at Tobacco Dock on 28 October and a special all-night set by Joseph Capriati at Hï Ibiza in honour of his birthday on 27 July.

9. This weekend sees the opening of a new three-level club in Mykonos, Greece. VOID is equipped with a Funktion One soundsystem, and gracing the booth in July will be Black Coffee, Damian Lazarus, DJ Tennis, Guy Gerber, Lauren Lane, Steve Lawler, Martin Buttrich, wAFF, Nic Fanciulli, Serge Devant and more. Meanwhile in Utrecht in The Netherlands, a new 800-capacity club called WAS will open in a former factory building in September, with a music policy spanning house, techno, disco and electro.

10. Meanwhile, this year's Creamfields festival on 24-27 August will include a detailed, full-sized recreation of Nation, the Liverpool club where it all began 25 years ago...

11. Major album releases announced this week include the fourth long-player from Hercules & Love Affair, Omnion (MR.INTL/Skint/BMG, 1 September) and the fifth from Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1 (Columbia, out now), which features guest vocals from the likes of Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry and Young Thug.

12. That brings us nicely to EDM Corner and the announcement this week of the full line-up for this year's Tomorrowland festival, which takes place in Belgium on 21-23 and 28-30 July. Expect to see the likes of Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Steve Angello, Kaskade, Don Diablo, David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Tiesto and many more. For the full line-up, click here.

13. Meanwhile on Reddit, someone who goes by the name of /u/stealthydevil has compiled a Spotify playlist containing (almost) every track played at this year's EDC Las Vegas. The playlist is 120 hours and 26 minutes long and features a whopping 1,783 tracks in total.

14. And finally... fancy getting your hands on a piece of dance music history? The TR-909 drum machine used by Daft Punk on Revolution 909 is up for sale. The machine is expected to attract a price in the low thousands of Euros, but if that's a bit much, I've still got my old whistle from the rave/hardcore era which could be yours for just £1.75...





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