This week: Claptone, Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, Awakenings, Motion, Holy Goof, EDC China, Pioneer DDJ-1000, Martin Garrix and much, much more...
1. Mysterious DJ/producer Claptone [pictured] will release his second studio album Fantast via Different Recordings/PIAS on 8 June. The album sees him collaborating with a wide range of artists including Joan As Police Woman, Zola Blood, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, and is trailed by the single In The Night, which is out now.
2. The next edition in the Fabriclive mix CD series has been put together by bass music DJ Holy Goof. Fabriclive 97 features 31 tracks from the likes of AC Slater, Zomby, DJ Zinc, Joker, My Nu Leng and Skepsis, and is out on 23 March.
3. Motion in Bristol have announced a new series of Friday night parties called Perpetual (see what they did there?). An in-house promotion, Perpetual will focus on house and techno sounds, with Daniel Avery playing all night long at the opening on 24 February and visits scheduled from Dixon and DJ Tennis (3 March), Roman Flügel (31 March) and Maceo Plex (27 April).
4. Not such good news for club-goers in Madrid, where 26 people were injured last weekend when the ceiling collapsed at a club called Sala Live. Mixmag reports that some 180 people were inside the 700-capacity Latin music venue when 16 square metres of plaster and some of the club's lighting fell on them. An investigation as to what caused the accident is now underway.
5. Moving on from clubs to festivals, and the final line-up was announced this week for Awakenings in Amsterdam (30 June-1 July), with new additions to the bill including Carl Cox, Charlotte De Witte, Nina Kraviz and Ben Klock. Also announcing their line-up this week were Swiss festival Caprices, who bring Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Ripperton, Ben Klock, Luciano, Guti, Henrik Schwarz, Sonja Moonear, Cobblestone Jazz and many more to Crans-Montana for their 15th edition on 12-15 April, while in Belgium, the stage hosts for Tomorrowland were revealed, with ANTS, Anjunabeats, Drumcode, Cocoon, Diynamic and Lost Frequencies among the big-name brands representing on 20-22 and 27-29 July.
6. Looking a little further afield, Electric Daisy Carnival will be expanding their activities in the fast-growing Asian market in 2018, with EDC Tokyo returning for a second year and the announcement of the first ever EDC China (dates, location TBA). Not to be outdone, Sónar are staging their second festival/conference in Hong Kong on 17 March, with confirmed artists including Laurent Garnier, Heidi, Mala, The Black Madonna and Laurel Halo.
7. Carl Cox is launching a new record label. Launching with the album MNTNS of SLNC by Digital Primate (real name Christopher Coe) in May, Awesome Soundwave will focus on the work of electronic musicians who perform live.
8. Pioneer DJ announced a new all-in-one DJ controller this week. The DDJ-1000 is designed to work with the company's rekordbox software and features four channels, Magvel faders, two jog wheels, eight performance pads per channel and all the hot cue, loop and FX trimmings we've come to expect from Pioneer, as well as two phono inputs if you want to hook up a pair of good old-fashioned turntables.
9. While we're talking new hardware, the MiniBrute 2 from Arturia is a new version of the company's analogue synth that now features a 48-point patch bay for connecting to Eurorack-format modular gear. It's expected to go on sale in late February, priced around €650.
10. And just quickly on the studio tip: Universal Audio has just launched a new Thunderbolt 3 audio interface called Arrow, which offers two mic pre-amps, one instrument input, two 1/4-inch TRS outputs and a bundle of 14 UAD plug-ins for £449; Native Instruments has launched a new website called Sounds.com, which will offer US users (only) loops and samples on a subscription basis; and UK retailers Time+Space are currently running a competition that will see one lucky winner walking away with over £2,700 worth of software and samples from the likes of Toontrack, Zero-G and Softube. To enter, click here.
11. Jeff Mills has teamed up with NASA and radio station NTS to put together a six-part radio series called Jeff Mills: The Outer Limits which will look at the latest advances in topics such as cosmology, quantum physics and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI), all soundtracked by Mills' own electronic, classical and jazz selections, as well as performances by guest musicians. The first programme aired on Wednesday, and the remaining five will be broadcast on 14 March, 30 May, 15 August, 26 September and 28 November.
12. Also getting busy on the techno soundtrack flex has been Innervisions artist Frank Wiedemann, who - with a little help from the likes of Modeselektor and Thomas Fehlmann - has scored a new documentary film called Symphony Of Now, which looks at Berlin's emergence as a global centre for nightlife and club culture. The film's first screenings will take place in February.
13. Speaking of films, Martin Garrix documentary What We Started, which premiered back in June, is to be released in selected US cinemas on 23 March, before heading to Netflix from June.
14. And finally, regarding a certain D&B producer and his much-publicised (and very possible career-ending) outbursts on social media this week... what can we say? Except that if any other big names want to out themselves as massive racist bell-ends, go right ahead: the sooner our scene's free of bigots the better! If you agree, perhaps you might wanna show some love to our good friends at Drum And Bass Against Racism...
Claptone pic: Andreas Waldschütz
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