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Weekend Primer #78

11 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Jul 21     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Jeff Mills, Larry Heard, SoundCloud, Paul Woolford, Andrew Weatherall, elrow, Warehouse Project and the Belgian police

1. Want some free music? Paul Woolford [pictured] has made 19 unreleased tracks from his archives available for free download from his SoundCloud page. The tracks span the full range of aliases he's used and the full range of styles he's dabbled in over the years - and yes, we know other sites keep saying "20 tracks", but there were definitely 19 when we just looked! He's apparently put them there "before the platform goes out of the window," a reference to SoundCloud's much-publicised recent financial struggles.

2. Speaking of which, following the recent laying-off of 40% of the company's staff and the closure of its London and San Francisco offices, SoundCloud founder Alex Ljung wrote a blog post this week playing down rumours that the service may be nearing the end of its life, saying: "The music you love on SoundCloud isn’t going away, the music you shared or uploaded isn’t going away, because SoundCloud is not going away. Not in 50 days, not in 80 days or any time in the foreseeable future."

3. Warehouse Project in Manchester have announced full details of their 2017 schedule. With two parties every weekend from 16 September to 1 January, there are far too many names to list here, but showcases come from the likes of Ants, Dekmantel, Drumcode, Annie Mac, MK/Area 10, RAM Records, Knee Deep In Sound and Yousef/Circus, while also featuing on the line-up are Sasha & Digweed, Nina Kraviz, Chase & Status, The Chemical Brothers, Jackmaster, Jamie xx and many more. See their website for full listings and tickets.

4. elrow, meanwhile, have announced the line-up for their elrow Town London mini-festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 19-20 August. Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything and, er, Idris Elba headline, joined by The 2 Bears, Lauren Lane, Route 94, Riva Starr, Shadow Child, Crazy Cousinz, Roska, Cause & Affect, DJ Die and many more. However, it's not all good news from the elrow camp: 19-year-old British student Alex Masterson died after collapsing at an elrow party in Barcelona last weekend. His death is believed to have been drug-related but other party-goers have complained on social media of overcrowding at the event, as well as a lack of air-con and tap water.

5. Jeff Mills will debut his latest classical fusion meisterwerk next April. Lost In Space sees the Detroit techno pioneer working with France's Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and will be premiered at two live shows in Toulouse on 5 and 7 April, with an album release to follow.

6. Andrew Weatherall has announced his first single under his own name in over 10 years. The two-track release, Kiyadub, will be out on Byrd Out next month, though if you want one we'd suggest you don't hang about - it'll be limited to 500 vinyl copies.

7. Warp Records have launched a dedicated Aphex Twin download store. The Ceefax-style storefront features the majority of his back catalogue, including the recent EP that was only available on vinyl at London's Field Day festival, as well as over 40 unreleased mixes, alternate versions and so on. We're promised that the entire Rephlex catalogue will also be added in due course, so get your credit card out and find it all here.

8. House producers! Wanna infuse your tracks with some of that classic 90s Strictly Rhythm flava? Of course you do... so you'll be delighted to learn that current Strictly catalogue owners BMG have made hundreds of classic loops, stems and acapellas available in the form of the Strictly Rhythm Producer Loops sound bundle, which is available now, priced £58.80. The bad news? It's a joint venture with Avid, and so suitable for Pro Tools users only. But if that's you, click here and dive "deep inside," why don't you?

9. Deep house pioneer Larry Heard, AKA Mr Fingers, who's playing his first London gig in 20 years at Sunfall Festival on 12 August, announced today that he'll be using the show to premiere tracks from an as yet untitled but soon-come double LP. It'll be his 10th studio album, and his first since 2005's Loose Fingers (Soundtrack From The Duality Double-Play).

10. Next time you head off to a festival, you might be surprised to find The Law already know where you're going to be. Thump reports that 38 of the 400,000 people who bought tickets for this year's Tomorrowland festival are now banned from attending, after the festival allowed Belgian police to scan their customer database. Which isn't creepy, invasive or Big Brother-ish in the slightest, of course...

11. Finally, in EDM Corner: Martin Garrix is the new face of Armani after signing a sponsorship deal this week, Hardwell's entire set from Ultra Europe in Croatia last weekend can now be found on his YouTube channel, while a new documentary about Kygo entitled Stole The Show will be available via Apple Music from 26 July.

 

 

 

 

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