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Weekend Primer #117

Headlines and highlights from another week in dance music

2018 Apr 26     
2 Bit Thugs

Nile Rodgers breaks his nose, Squarepusher scores music for CBeebies and a new life-saving hope for Darude's Sandstorm. It's been another busy week...





1. Our thoughts are with Nile Rodgers this week as he shared some rather painful footage on social media after falling down his stairs of his studio and breaking his nose. If you really want to see the blood-splattered clips you can on his Twitter. Fortunately the legendary hitmaker is fine and has asked for a little peace ahead of his We Are Family charity event tonight.    

2. Usually known for his boundary-pushing nose-breaking drum maths, Tom Jenkinson AKA Squarepusher has also shocked the music world this week with a brand new composition… For BBC kids channel CBeebies! His gentle ambient piece is used throughout an episode of CBeebies Wind Down which features montages of seasons, landscapes, sounds and voiceovers designed to help toddlers (and adults) fall asleep. We’ll just leave it here in case you need it at any post-party point this weekend yourselves…


3. Speaking of partying, Guy J is about to host his first label festival. May 12 sees him taking his Lost & Found label to Thuishaven Amsterdam for the inaugural We Are Lost all-dayer. It features a vast line-up comprising all label friends and affiliates including Henry Saiz, Patrice Baumel, Guy Mantzur, Miss Melera, Khen, Sahar Z, Marino Canal, Budakid and more. Grab all the details here.  

4. You might get lost at this year’s Creamfields, too. The long-standing Warrington three-dayer has revealed a series of new productions in place for this year’s bash, giving three of their arenas a total rebuild. The first is a colosseum-style ring with full 360 wall of visuals and sound and no less than 140 hybrid strobes. Check it out on their Facebook, it does look like an immense rave den.

5. Another major motherfest, Belgium’s Tomorrowland, have made an announcement this week, too. They’re all set for blast of disco magic on July 21 as Glitterbox have been confirmed to take over the festival’s Cage arena. One of clubland’s most remarkable success stories, headed up by Defected’s Simon Dunmore, will be adding their signature glitz to the largely EDM-focused event with the likes of Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, PurpleDiscoMachine, The Shapeshifters and more.

6. But if it’s the premium glitz you’re after then there’s always Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival who have announced this year’s $1 million dollar ticket. Now a tradition for the June 21-24 event, the one-off ticket takes festival experiences to ridiculous levels. The cost for six guests include private jet transport, a private chef, a VIP yacht party, a premium luggage set, snowmobile trips, helicopter trips, gifts, all manner of culinary experiences and a gift hamper. Oh, and you can see some great music there, too: Stormzy, George Clinton, Clean Bandit, Gucci Mane and Steve Aoki are just some of the headliners.  Take a peep on the website for full line-up and $1 million dollar perks.

7. From festivals back to the clubs… Jeremy Underground will follow Andrew Weatherall and Detroit Swindle as the next DJ to curate London club Phonox’s Parallel residency. Each Friday throughout June, he’ll be inviting kindred digger spirits to join him on selection duties: My Love Is Underground label mate Inner Sense (June 8), Dirty Hans (June 15), the Mighty Zaf (June 22) and Roger Thornhill (June 29) Diggers delights, tickets are available from Phonox.

8. And finally a round of applause for London science team Chin Stroke R&D. Their recent Project Sandstorm crowdsourcing campaign and highly accurate intelidatamation reports have highlighted the plight of desert communities across the world. Their plan is to ease weather uncertainty with their unique sandstorm warning system that will play Darude’s meme-galvanised 1999 banger when a storm is nearby. Just when we thought the 1999 crossover trance hit couldn’t give us any more, it could now save lives. Get involved.

See you next week!  

Photo credit: Joe Mabel (wikicommons)





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