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Weekend Primer #113

13 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2018 Mar 30     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: San Antonio curfew, Swedish House Mafia reunite, remembering the 90s, Moog, Defected, Marcus Intalex and more

1. The local authorities in San Antonio, Ibiza are imposing a 3am curfew on all bars, clubs and restaurants in the town's West End [pictured]with a view to reducing anti-social behaviour. Cllr Pablo Valdés announced the setting up of a new 'Special Acoustic Protection Zone' at a meeting on Wednesday but was greeted by an angry reponse from local business owners: Resident Advisor reports their spokesman Josep Tur as saying, "This will mean the death and ruin of the West End."

2. Swedish House Mafia - AKA Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello - have reunited. The EDM trio called it a day in 2013, but joined forces for a "surprise" set that closed out the 20th Ultra Music Festival in Miami on Sunday. "It's Swedish House Mafia for life this time!" shouted Axwell from the booth, as their set climaxed with their 2010 hit One.

3. Look out for brand new label LENSKE. The brainchild of Belgian techno producer Amelie Lens, LENSKE will debut with the Risin' EP from erstwhile Lens collaborator Farrago on 25 May. The EP features the Lens/Farrago collab Jealousy, as well as a remix of the title track by Berghain resident Kobosil.

4. The New York house scene in the mid-90s is the subject of a new documentary called Back In The House that runs for an arse-numbing five hours. The film includes interviews with the likes of David Morales, Junior Vasquez and Danny Tenaglia, and will be limited to a run of 500 twin-DVD sets. You can order yours now from the movie website.

5. Meanwhile the Parisian house scene of the mid-90s is the subject of a new book of photographs and essays by Olivier Degorce. The 540-page tome, Plastic Dreams, features over 400 photos and is published by Headbangers Publishing, which is part of the Ed Banger empire. It's available from tomorrow (31 March) via Rough Trade, priced £34.99.

6. And if a book and movie aren't enough rave nostalgia for you, then a bunch of classic mid/late 80s radio shows by the likes of Frankie Knuckles and Steve Hurley are being released on cassette by tape-only label Still Music. The first four tapes - J, A, C and K - will be available from mid-April, with more to come. The project - Jack To The Lost Chicago Reels - has come about after Still Music boss Jerome Derradji bought a load of old reel-to-reel tapes from a Chicago record dealer.

7. Moog has just released an app version of its Minimoog Model D synth. The app is currently available for iOS users only, priced $4.99, and adds a clutch of new features that the classic hardware didn't have, including four-voice polyphony, an arpeggiator and a host of onboard FX. The app will work as a standalone application, or inside any DAW that supports the AU v.3 virtual instrument protocol.

8. Not sure what you'd actually do with a Minimoog? What you need, dear reader, is some schooling in studio technique - and that's just what Dutch trance megastar Armin Van Buuren is providing via his new online training programme. The series of 33 lessons is being offered through online course provider Masterclass, and access can be yours for $90. Van Buuren joins a list of other music stars who've offered courses through Masterclass, including deadmau5, Hans Zimmer, Usher and Christina Aguilera.

9. Over in Ibiza, Defected will once again be hosting Sundays at Eden this summer, with guests lined up for their 21-week season (20 May-7 October) set to include MK, Todd Terry, Derrick Carter, Claptone, Camelphat and many more. Meanwhile at Hï Ibiza it'll be Cream taking care of Sunday business, with residents Steve Angello, Diplo and Hardwell to be joined by a host of big names from 24 June to 2 September.

10. SUNANDBASS Recordings - the record label offshoot of the D&B festival of the same name - are to release an EP featuring unheard material from the late Marcus Intalex, who sadly died in May. The three-track EP drops on 20 April.

11. There were more festival line-up announcements and additions this week than we can possibly keep up with... but two in particular might interest those wanting to catch some genuine dance music legends in action. That'll be George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic at Secret Solstice (Iceland, 21-24 June) and Grace Jones at EXIT (Serbia, 12-15 July), then...

12. Oh, and finally there's one brand new festival to tell you about, as Amsterdam-based DGTL continue their bid for world domination with the launch of DGTL Santiago in Chile. The inaugural one-day, 4,000-capacity event takes place on 4 May and will star the likes of Ben Klock, Gerd Janson, Âme, Chris Liebing and DVS1.

Pic: Eduard Pitt/Creative Commons





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