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Weekend Primer #1

Our new regular Friday round-up of the week's dance music news

2016 Jan 29     
2 Bit Thugs

Going out clubbing this weekend? Here are 10 things you should be talking about on the smoking terraceā€¦

1. The line-up for Bristol's Love Saves The Day festival on May Bank Holiday weekend has been announced. Hot Chip, Everything Everything, Dizzee Rascal and Stormzy headline, while you can also catch Hudson Mohawke, Shy FX, Afrika Bambaataa, Martinez Brothers, Skream, Ben Klock, Joy Orbison, Rustie, Mad Professor and many more.

2. The next album by Andrew Weatherall is called Convenanza, and it'll be out in March. It shares its name with the arts festival Weatherall has been curating since 2012, and will be released through Rotters Golf Club.

3. Disclosure are to co-headline this year's Reading and Leeds festivals, alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foals. Also on the bill are Jack U, DJ EZ, Hannah Wants and Oliver Heldens.

4. Detroit techno legend Juan Atkins isn't too happy with website, complaining that only two black DJs feature in their top 100 - and at numbers 99 and 100 at that. Others however have pointed out that the top 100 is mostly commercial EDM jocks, with the house, techno and D&B rankings far more diverse.

5. Apple's Beats 1 'radio station' has added Skrillex to its line-up of regular DJs, joining the likes of Eric Prydz, Major Lazer and Dr Dre on the channel.

6., the crowdfunding-style site that lets labels offer limited-run vinyl editions of their releases, now has a Store Delivery feature that enables record shops to order bulk pressings. HMV and Juno are said to be onboard already.

7. Maya Jane Coles is working on a double album to be released under her own name at an unspecified point later in the year. Coles is said to have largely taken care of vocal duties herself.

8. A man in Shropshire has been sentenced to six years in prison for his part in supplying red Superman 'ecstasy' pills that caused a number of deaths last year (and that are thought not to have contained any MDMA whatsoever).

9. The four tracks featured in Massive Attack's innovative iPhone app Fantom have now also been made available in more traditional form as The Ritual Spirit EP.

10. Seminal Chicago house and ghetto-tech label Dance Mania are reissuing a number of classic EPs from Marshall Jefferson and Paul Johnson, as well as Dance Mania label boss Parris Mitchell.





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