This week: EDM for the deaf, Italians do festivals better, win a ton of music software, high-definition vinyl, how to upset millennials and more!
1. The line-up for this year's Kappa Futur Festival in Italy's looking a bit tasty... try Louie Vega, David Morales, Tony Humphries, Ricardo Villalobos, Marco Carola, Chris Liebing, Monika Kruse, David Squillace, Sven Vath, Nina Kraviz, Kerri Chandler, Danny Tenaglia, Carl Cox (pictured, as if you didn't know), Ben Klock, Ellen Allien and Nicole Moudaber on for size! The festival takes place on 9-10 July.
2. Meanwhile in Amsterdam, the 18HRS festival - also on 9 July - welcomes Monika Kruse, Uto Karem, Cause & Affect, Low Steppa, Answer Code Request, Benny Rodrigues and DJ Q, among others... all for just €39.
3. Apple Music has done a deal with online music marketing outfit Dubset Media that will make thousands of 'unofficial' remixes available via Apple's streaming service - with royalties going to the original artists and everything.
4. Fancy winning over £700's worth of Output music software, plus a year's membership of online tuition site the Ask Audio Academy? Then you'll be wanting to get yourself over to Time+Space to enter their free prize draw, won't you?
5. Bloc Weekender (RIP) co-founder George Hull upset a few people this week with an article in The Spectator in which he described hipster clubbers as a "precious and unimaginative bunch of wimpy pseudo-hedonists at a carefully designed ‘safe space’. In broad daylight." The internet responded that it doesn't matter what he thinks because he's an old white guy.
6. Interesting albums announced this week include Wiley's Godfather (coming 2 September, so you'll have to wait a bit), Evo-Devo by 90s comedown legend Deep Forest (10 June), and K.M.T, the debut offering from Africans With Mainframes, Chicagoan purveyors of "transcendental post-house machine funk" (Soul Jazz, 6 May).
7. Former Swedish House Mafiosi Steve Angello is becoming a BBC Radio 1 'resident' once more, alongside Sunnery James and Ryan Marco. The trio's first joint set was aired on Thursday.
8. Speaking of EDM superstars, Martin Garrix played a special concert for the deaf (no jokes, please) in association with 7 Up this week. The venue was equipped with extra vibration-inducing speakers and attendees were kitted out with induction backpacks so they could feel the music.
9. Juan Atkins' Metroplex label will be reissuing a load of classic techno vinyl in April, including three releases from Model 500 as well as tracks by Robert Hood's side project The Vision.
10. An Australian company called Rebeat Digital has filed a patent application for a new high-definition vinyl format, which would use 3D topographical mapping and laser inscription to produce records that play on a normal turntable, but much louder and with a 30 per cent greater capacity. More on this very soon!
11. Matthew Herbert, however, has other ideas... as part of a Science Gallery London exhibition about the future of food, earlier this week he could be found DJing with records made from cheese, aubergine, potato, onion and other foodstuffs. His set was described by one club-goer as "well tasty".
12. In Ibiza news, Solumun's 'Solomun +1' night will be returning to Sundays at Pacha this season, running for 21 weeks from 22 May to 9 October. As ever the Diynamic boss will be joined by some very special guests, but as yet who those guests are remains a closely guarded secret.
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