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Weekend Primer #116

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

2018 Apr 20     
2 Bit Thugs

THIS WEEK: Berghain vs the far right, Radar Radio, Arcadia, Soulwax, The Orb, fabric, James Lavelle, deadmau5, MK @ Ibiza Rocks and much, much more

1. The Berlin clubbing institution that is Berghain [pictured] came under threat this week when a councillor called Sybille Schmidt, who's backed by the far-right political party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), submitted a formal request that the club have its hours curtailed or its licence revoked. The request was later withdrawn after another councillor - Maximilian Schirmer from The Left Party - leaked the document online and encouraged Berlin residents to complain about the proposals.

2. London-based internet radio station Radar Radio has been taken off the air after a former producer at the station, Ashtart Al-Hurra, made allegations of sexual harrassment. Al-Hurra's statement followed similar allegations from female DJ collective Pxssy Palace, and after it was published online several DJs and labels announced they would no longer be working with the station, leading Radar to announce on Monday that it was suspending all broadcasts prior to an investigation.

3. deadmau5 is developing a videogame. He went on Twitch on Monday to stream footage of himself playing an early version of the first-person shooter, but stressed that it'll be at least a year before it's finished.

4. While we're talking all things multimedia, a documentary about the career of James Lavelle, The Man From Mo'Wax, will be hitting selected cinemas on 31 August. The film features interviews with the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Thom Yorke and Massive Attack's 3D, and will be available on DVD from 10 September. Look out, too, for a forthcoming Hulu documentary about last year's Fyre Festival debacle.

5. fabric have unveiled the June and July line-ups for their fortnightly Friday night party Forms. Highlights include a Moon Harbour takeover on 29 June, and an all-night-long set by Pan-Pot on 20 July. For full details, see fabric's own website.

6. The list of speakers for this year's International Music Summit (Ibiza, 23-25 May) was finalised this week, with new additions to the line-up including Andrea Oliva, B.Traits, BLOND:ISH, Honey Dijon, Rui Da Silva and Todd Terry as well as representatives from Native Instruments, Point Blank, Toolroom, elrow and Berklee College of Music. Full details at the IMS website.

7. That brings us neatly to other Ibiza news, and it's been a busy week with Privilege, Pacha and Amnesia all announcing their opening line-ups. Privilege's season kicks off on Friday 25 May with Faithless, David Morales, Sasha B2B Kölsch, Darius Syrossian, Guti, Danny Avila and more. Pacha, which has had its first major refit in 40 years over the winter, celebrates with six 'opening' parties that'll see Hot Since 82, Sven Väth, Seth Troxler, Dixon, Fatboy Slim and Solomun playing all night long on 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 May respectively. Meanwhile at Amnesia, new Monday nighter Pyramid (which takes the place of Cocoon) will make its debut on 4 June with Ricardo Villalobos, DJ Sneak, Ben Klock and Charlotte de Witte. Amnesia also announced a Diynamic takeover on 23 July.

8. Elsewhere on the island, more names have been added to Cream's season line-up at Hï Ibiza, with new additions including MK, Oliver Heldens and Robin Schulz, while MK can also be found at Ibiza Rocks, where he'll be hosting an Area 10 pool party every Monday from 9 July to 6 August.

9. A bit of a quieter week on the festival news front. Here in the UK, Arcadia announced that their Olympic Park event in London on 5/6 May will include a Hospitality takeover of their notorious Spider. In Europe, Croatia's Moondance and Belgium's Crossroads both revealed their line-ups: Moondance (9-11 August) has Rødhåd, K-HAND, Radio Slave and KiNK, among others, while the bill at Crossroads (8 July) includes Jeff Mills, Helena Hauff and DJ Nobu. In Malta, Annie Mac's Lost & Found festival announced the line-up for their pool parties at Cafe Del Mar, with Mella Dee and Monki on 3 May, Mike Skinner and Shola Ama on 4 May, Patrick Topping, Melé and William Djoko on 5 May and Annie Mac B2B Mall Grab, Mella Dee and Moxie on 6 May. Finally in the US, Moonrise (Baltimore, 12-13 August) will star the EDM-tastic likes of Diplo, Marshmello, DJ Snake and Kaskade.

10. Some new and upcoming releases to look out for include.... new studio albums from Soulwax (Essential, Deewee, 22 June) and The Orb (No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds, Cooking Vinyl, 22 June)... a new 17-track compilation from Modeselektor (Modeselektion 04, Ninja Tune, 1 June)... a vinyl-only comp called 25 Years Of Goldie on Metalheadz (21 April), featuring six rare or unreleased cuts... and the latest in the long-running DJ-Kicks series, which comes from Forest Swords (!K7, 18 May) and features cuts from Orbital, Neneh Cherry, Dead Can Dance, Laurel Halo and Vashti Bunyan.

11. Finally, on the studio tip, look out for a new range of new Eurorack modules coming soon from Behringer, which are expected to retail for less than $100 each. Details are sketchy but the company posted 3D renders on Gearslutz earlier this week. Meanwhile, Roland have been busy working with Puma to develop some trainers inspired by the design of the TR-808 drum machine.

Berghain pic: Yannick/Creative Commons





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