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Weekend Primer #96

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

2017 Nov 24     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Craig Richards, Music On, MUTEK goes to America, Back To Basics, Delia Derbyshire, Dub Pistols, Joseph Capriati, virtual reality DJing and more

1. Craig Richards may be leaving fabric soon, as he announced back in October, but he's not gone yet. In fact, he's due to play an all-night B2B set with Ricardo Villalobos at the Farringdon club on 17 February. Villalobos is also one of the DJs whose highly stylised portraits [pictured] feature in St Martins and Royal College of Art graduate Richards' new book of paintings and drawings, A Show Of Heads, which is available as a limited edition hardback from 8 December. The portraits can also be seen at London art gallery No 1 Poultry on 8, 9 and 10 December.

2. Electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire - known for her work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, including the original Dr Who theme - has been awarded a posthumous PhD by Coventry University, which is also organising a series of young people's music workshops in her honour. A street in the city was previously named after her in 2001

3. Marco Carola's Music On festival returns to Amsterdam on 5-6 May, after a successful inaugural year in 2017. The Martinez Brothers, Stacey Pullen, Loco Dice, Claude VonStroke, Luciano, Paco Osuna, Apollonia, Miss Kittin and Oxia are all confirmed for the event, though a venue has yet to be announced.

4. Sticking with festival news a minute, MUTEK is to make its US debut in San Francisco on 3-6 May, though the line-up is still being put together. MUTEK was born in Montreal in 2000 and now hosts annual events in Mexico, Dubai, Tokyo and Buenos Aires.

5. Closer to home, London's Field Day is moving to Brockwell Park in Brixton, south London, after Coachella secured exclusive 2018 rights to its traditional home of Victoria Park in east London. Field Day 2018 takes place on 2 June.

6. New and upcoming releases to look out for include: Zomby's Mercury's Rainbow, an album's worth of Wiley-inspired eskibeat/grime that he recorded in 2008 but never released (Modern Love, 24 November); a series of four Rare Classics EPs curated by Ralph Lawson of Back To Basics (Back To Basics, from 7 December, with an album to follow in March); a new single from The Advent, Valiant Keys, whose release marks the first birthday of Egg LDN's record label What Came First (15 December); and a remixed version of Tale Of Us's ambient/neo-classical album Endless (Deutsche Gramaphon, 1 December).

7. Spanish clubbing institution elrow have built themselves a new headquarters in Barcelona. It's just a suite of offices and studios, not a club, but it's still pretty impressive, with different rooms reflecting elrow's different themes... take a look!


8. Seen Joseph Capriati lately? If you haven't, that's either because you don't spend your time hanging around with Italian techno dons, or because he's recuperating after playing a marathon (and apparently unplanned) 25.5-hour set at Heart in Miami last weekend. But it's probably the former.

9. Germany's EntroPi Games has launched what's believed to be the first virtual reality DJ/mixing app. Cunningly entitled Vinyl Reality, the app gives you two turntables, a mixer and virtual record boxes, and you can live-stream, record and export your mixes. It's available now via Steam, priced £9.68.

10. And while we're talking virtual instruments (albeit of the 'not hardware' rather than the 'you'll need a VR headset' kind), Novation has just made a browser version of its popular Launchpad sequencer instrument. You can find it here, but note you'll need Chrome to use it.

11. Sticking with studio news a sec, Rob Papen has just released a new version of his popular bass instrument SubBoomBass. SubBoomBass 2 features a new user interface, new spectrum waveforms and a new physical modelling engine for strings. It's available now from Time+Space, priced £79.95.

12. Not such good news for SONAR users. Gibson, who bought the Cakewalk brand from Roland in 2013, have decided to discontinue all of the company's products, including the popular DAW.

13. Dub Pistols [below] are currently in the middle of a 15-date UK tour to promote their most recent album Crazy Diamonds, and they've just announced their guests for the tour's London date. Joining them at the 02 Academy, Islington on 7 December will be the Ragga Twins and MC Navigator, plus Seanie T, Kioko and - a new name to us - DJ Ironing Board.

Dub Pistols pic: Chris Davison





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