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Weekend Primer #104

The week's dance music news in bite-sized pieces

2018 Jan 27     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Movement, Dekmantel, Midland, The xx, Rusko, new software from Pioneer and Roland, Spotify, and much, much more...

1. A ton of festival news for you this week, starting with this year's Movement, which takes place in Detroit on 26-28 May. The headliners this year will be Claude VonStroke, Loco Dice B2B The Martinez Brothers and Wu Tang Clan. Techno unsurprisingly dominates the rest of the bill, courtesy of the likes of Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson, Laurent Garnier [pictured], Blake Baxter, Kenny Larkin, Luciano, Ellen Allien, Joseph Capriati and Nina Kraviz, but there's also room for everyone from John Digweed, Lee Burridge, KiNK, Justin Martin and Maceo Plex to Tiga, Modeselektor, Radio Slave and even Diplo...

2. Closer to home, Dekmantel in Amsterdam (1-5 August) also announced their line-up this week, with highlights including Carl Craig, Ricardo Villalobos, Danielle Baldelli, Goldie & DJ Randall, Mr Scruff, Modeselektor, Palms Trax, Theo Parrish, Rødhåd, The Advent, Thundercat, Four Tet, Floating Points, Shanti Celeste, Optimo and Shackleton.

3. Here in the UK, festival-cum-conference AVA in Belfast on 1-2 June will feature Floorplan, Midland, Bicep, Helena Hauff, Denis Sulta, Mall Grab, Rødhåd, KiNK, Twitch, Mano Le Tough and many more, while up in Lincolnshire, the line-up for Jaymo and Andy George's Lost Village (23-26 Aug) includes The Black Madonna, Ben UFO, Mount Kimbie, Dixon, Goldie, Honey Dijon, DJ Harvey, Helena Hauff, Peggy Gou, Move D, Gerd Janson, Mella Dee, DJ Tennis and Palms Trax. There's also Farr Festival in Hertfordshire on 5-7 July, where you can catch the likes of Moodymann, Roman Flügel, Shanti Celeste, Mr G, DVS1, Dixon and Mount Kimbie.

4. Back over in mainland Europe, Tomorrowland (Belgium, July) and Ultra Europe (Croatia, July) both have all the big-name EDM stars you'd expect, as well as - in Tomorrowland's case - the likes of Sasha, Dave Clarke, Paco Osuna, Marcel Dettman B2B Ben Klock and Claude VonStroke. Mount Kimbie, DJ Marky and Gilles Peterson are among those lined up for new arrival Nova Batida (Lisbon, 14-16 Sept), while Flow in Helsinki, Finland (10-12 August) has Bonobo, Helena Hauff and Moodymann as well as a raft of chart-busting pop, rock and hip-hop acts. And on a more underground tip - both literally and metaphorically - look out for Germany's 5001, which takes place in a disused nuclear bunker on 17-19 August and stars Shlømo, Antigone, Rachel Lyn and François X.

5. Looking further afield, Carl Cox, The Black Madonna, Derrick Carter, Mount Kimbie, Avalon Emerson and Rødhåd are among the attractions at Morocco's Oasis (14-16 Sept); Sao Paulo, Brazil nightclub D-EDGE celebrate their 18th birthday on 14 April with a mini-festival starring Slam, Mark Broom, DJ Heather, Mihai Popoviciu, DJ 3000 and many more; and finally Rezz has been announced as the headliner for this year's Shambhala EDM fest in British Columbia, Canada (10-13 August).

6. Some three years in the making, Frankfurt's Museum Of Modern Electronic Music is finally set to open its door in 2018. A date for the opening hasn't been announced, but we do know that it'll be housed for "two to four years" in the city's former children's museum, while it looks for a permanent home. See their website for more info.

7. Remixers will soon be getting a better deal from Spotify, with the streaming giant announcing this week that plays of their remixes will now count towards their monthly listening figures and not just the original artist's. Remixers will also now have access to the Spotify For Artists platform.

8. Midland has added a new sub-label to his Graded stable. InterGraded will launch with a four-track various artists EP on 23 February, and will provide a showcase for the work of up-and-coming artists while mother label Graded will focus, from now on, on Midland's own output.

9. After getting the all-clear from a particularly virulent form of stomach cancer back in October, Rusko has announced his first live show since he was diagnosed with the disease in May. The dubstep fave will be playing at bass fest Wobbleland in San Francisco on 23-24 February.

10. Armin Van Buuren will be the Wednesday night resident at Hï Ibiza this summer. He'll headline the main room from 20 June to 19 September, with support in the second room from Amsterdam's Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano. Guests TBA.

11. The Martinez Brothers and Louie Vega top the bill at a benefit for victims of the Puerto Rico hurricane on 25 January. Pa' Puerto Rico takes place at the HQ of Latin media company Remezcla in Brooklyn, and support will come from DJ Lady S and DJ Mode.

12. Moving on to studio news, Roland has announced official TR-808 and TR-909 emulation plug-ins. If you want to have a play, though, you'll need to sign up to the company's subscription-based Roland Cloud service, which costs $19.95 a month and also includes Juno and Jupiter emulators.

13. Pioneer DJ, meanwhile, has just released a new iOS app for recording DJ mixes. DJM-REC works with the company's DJM range of booth hardware, and as well as recording your mixes will timestamp them for you and stream them to services such as Facebook Live, Snapchat and Periscope. A free 30-day trial is available now.

14. Other new studio goodies announced this week include: Digitone, a new eight-voice FM synth from Elektron, which will retail for £699; a compact analogue synth from Doepfer called Dark Energy III, launch/pricing details TBC; and a brace of new affordable studio monitors from ADAM Audio, the T5V and T7V, which will retail for $199 and $239 respectively.

15. And finally... let's play good week/bad week! It was a bad week for The xx, after someone walked off from a live show afterparty in Sydney, Australia with some $6,000's worth of DJ equipment. But it was a considerably better week for rapper 50 Cent, who was famously declared bankrupt in 2015, after he discovered that a handful of Bitcoin payments he accepted for his 2014 album Animal Ambition - and then completely forgot about - are now worth somewhere in the region of seven or eight millon dollars. Talk about getting rich without even trying...





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