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Weekend Primer #69

Your one-stop Friday shop for the week's dance music news

2017 May 19     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: The Belleville Three, Ultra Mexico, ADE on the move, elrow opening party, Deadmau5, a new Moog synth and much, much more!

1. This year's Movement festival in Detroit will, as we've known for some time, feature a joint DJ set by the Belleville Three, AKA Juan Atkins, Derrick May and [pictured] Kevin Saunderson. Now, the three have announce that the Movement show - incredibly, only the second time the trio have performed together - will be the first date of an upcoming tour, with Saunderson saying, "Right now it's a DJ tour, some electronic drum machines involved but nothing major. Our goal is to evolve to a complete live show." No dates have been announced yet, though, so watch this space for details.

2. While we're on the subject of all things Detroit, this year's Movement will also see the launch of Detroit Electronic Music Camp, a series of workshops for aspiring producers. The sessions will take place at the Detroit Institute of Music Education and at Submerge (the headquarters of the mighty Underground Resistance) and will be hosted by Juan Atkins, DJ Minx, Amp Fiddler and other local heroes. Click here for full details. Look out, too, for a new album from another local hero, Terence Parker - entitled GOD Loves Detroit, it's out on Carl Craig's Planet E label on 30 June.

3. Over in the Netherlands, this year's Amsterdam Dance Event conference (ADE) will be relocated from its traditional home of the Felix Meritis centre while the venue undergoes structural repairs. This year's ADE, which is on 18-22 October, will be based around the DelMar Theater (next door to De Melkweg) instead.

4. Next we head to Ibiza, where there were more line-up announcements this week. The elrow opening party at Amnesia on 3 June will be headlined by Art Department B2B Dubfire and Technasia, Jamie Jones' night Paradise will be taking care of Wednesdays at DC10 from 21 June to 27 September with guests set to include The Martinez Brothers, Nicole Moudaber, Masters At Work, Carl Craig, Marco Carola and Joseph Capriati, among others, while joining Black Coffee at his Ushuaïa residency (Saturdays, 3 June-30 Sept) will be Mr Fingers (Larry Heard), Henrik Schwarz, Âme, Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles, Damian Lazarus, Agoria, DJ Harvey, Stacey Pullen and many more.

5. Ultra Music's quest for world domination continues with the addition this week of another new festival to its calendar. Ultra Mexico will take place in Mexico City on 6-7 October, though a line-up has yet to be revealed. Meanwhile, the full line-up has now been announced for Ultra Europe in Croatia on 14-16 July, with Carl Cox, Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Adam Beyer, Eats Everything, Nic Fanciulli, Marco Carola and more joining the more EDM-tastic likes of DJ Snake, Armin Van Buuren and Axwell V Ingrosso.

6. Contrary to what Ultra might have you believe, though, other festivals ARE available! Miami's Ill Points announced this week that their 2017 line-up on 13-15 October will include Richie Hawtin, Gorillaz, The xx, Bonobo, Skepta, The Black Madonna, Jackmaster and Kaytranada, among others, while Printworks in London will host a festival of a different kind on 23-24 September, when The Vinyl Festival celebrates all things black wax. Expect record labels and turntable companies to be in attendance as well as the likes of Huey Morgan, Steve Lamacq and The Charlatans' Tim Burgess.

7. If you've never seen Deadmau5's much-hyped AV stage set Cube 2.1 in action and were wondering what all the fuss is about, wonder no more! A fan has posted this video from his recent Lots Of Shows In A Row tour, enabling dance music lovers worldwide to gasp in amazement and awe/say "Oh, okay, it's a cube with lights on" [delete as applicable].

8. Speaking of technological innovations, a brand new Moog synthesizer was announced this week! The snappily named SUBSEQUENT 37 CV is essentially a reworked version of the company's Sub 37 Tribute Edition synth, but now with assignable CV control. Only 2000 of the synths will be produced, and it will retail for around £1,500.

9. Meanwhile, Latvian gear manufacturer Erica Synths has just released a new FX unit called Fusionbox. The standalone unit is inspired by the compaby's Fusion Delay & Chorus module for the Eurorack system, and can be used to create delay and flanger effects, as well as mimicking the "stereo ensemble" effect found on many vintage synths. Full details at the company's own website.

10. Ninja Tune's more hip-hop-oriented spin-off/sister label Big Dada is 20 years old this year, and they're planning a deluge of releases to mark the occasion from the likes of Zomby, Hype Williams, MF Doom and Young Fathers. Details are patchy for now but we'll keep you posted.

11. And finally, while we're talking much respected record labels, news just broke today that Grooverider is reviving his legendary Prototype Recordings imprint. The label shut its doors (metaphorically speaking) in 2004 after an 11-year stint as one of the most important labels in drum & bass, but will be opening them again (also metaphorically speaking) on 26 May when it relaunches with a Drumsound & Bassline Smith VIP of Grooverider classic Odyssey.

Kevin Saunderson pic: Via Facebook





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