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Weekend Primer #127

15 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2018 Jul 06     
2 Bit Thugs

THIS WEEK: Deep Dish, Cocoon, Aphex Twin, Garage Nation, Nile Rodgers, Glitterbox, Motion, The Orb, Kurupt FM, Drumcode Festival and much, much more

1. Deep Dish [pictured] are to reunite for a special one-off show at Pacha in Ibiza next Friday (13 July), to mark the 20th anniversary of their first appearance at the club. The duo officially split up in 2006, but have reunited for a handful of performances since 2014. Their Pacha gig will take place as part of Hot Since 82's night Labyrinth.

2. Last weekend's Garage Nation festival in East London, attended by over 15,000 people, was marred by four stabbings, with one victim, a 26-year-old man, said to have "potentially life-changing" injuries and three further victims sustaining less serious injuries. All four are believed to have been hurt during the same incident - a fight in the VIP area said to have involved 15 or so people.

3. Chic veteran Nile Rodgers has been elected as the new chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rodgers was elected by unanimous vote and will serve as the Hall of Fame's chair for three years.

4. The operators of Oakland, California venue Ghost Ship, where 36 people died in a fire in December 2016, have been found guilty of 36 charges of manslaughter and sentenced. Master tenant Derick Almena, 48, and creative director Max Harris, 28, received 12- and six-year sentences respectively, although the time they have already spent on remand will be deducted.

5. Tottenham's The Cause, a venue which raises money for mental health and other charities, is to host its own three-day techno festival at the end of the month. Artists appearing from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July will include Ellen Allien, Gary Todd, A Sagittariun, Geddes, Binh, The Analogue Cops and London Modular Alliance's Simon Lynch and Lela, with the Saturday and Sunday being all-day parties.

6. In other UK club news: Glitterbox take time out from their Ibiza season to host Ministry Of Sound on 28 July, with Jellybean Benitez, Ralphi Rosario, Mousse T and Dr Packer joining the Glitterbox residents.... Stephan Bodzin takes over London's Electric Brixton for two nights on 21 and 22 September, with support from Fideles plus more guests TBC, while liquid D&B label Spearhead Records have annouced a series of three summer shows, taking over Village Underground, London on 28 July with Rockwell, Total Science, Utah Jazz and more, Motion, Bristol on 18 August with LTJ Bukem, Spectrasoul, BCee and more, and Festival Pier, London on 1 September with Etherwood, BCee, Dynamite MC and more.

7. Speaking of Motion, the Bristol club have announced their full schedule for July-September. Highlights this month include the official St Paul's Carnival afterparty this Saturday with Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Mad Professor, Sequences Festival on 21 July with Noisia, DJ Hazard and Holy Goof, and a Defected all-dayer on 28 July with CamelPhat, Dennis Cruz and Franky Rizardo. For the full three-month line-up, see Motion's own website.

8. Ambient house pioneers The Orb, who recently released their 17th album No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds, have announced a UK tour to mark their 30th anniversary. Catch them in Cardiff (11 October), Bristol (12 Oct), Newcastle (13 Oct), Liverpool (18 Oct), Brighton (19 Oct) and Sheffield (20 Oct). Also heading out on the road are UK garage crew Kurupt FM. The tour will be their last, as their mockumentary series People Just Do Nothing is also coming to an end after a six-year run. The tour will visit Oxford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, Brighton and London in November - see here for tickets.

9. In festival news, the full line-up has been announced for Adam Beyer's Drumcode Festival, which is at Amsterdam's NDSM Docklands on 18 August. Among those appearing are Beyer himself, Ida Engberg, Joseph Capriati, Boxia, Dense & Pika, Marco Faraone, Nick Curly, Nicole Moudaber, Pig & Dan and Tiger Stripes... meanwhile Awakenings, who co-host Drumcode Festival, have just announced no fewer than seven parties at Gashouder for this year's ADE, with DJs playing on 17-22 October including DJ Rush, Charlotte De Witte, Ben UFO, Floating Points, Helena Hauff, Maceo Plex, Joris Voorn, Pan-Pot, Stephan Bodzin, Laurent Garnier, Henrik Schwarz, Sven Väth, Âme, Rødhåd, Luciano, Peggy Gou, Dave Clarke, Ben Klock, LSD, Scan X and Dax J.

10. Closer to home, Craig Richards' Houghton Festival have also now revealed their full line-up for 9-12 August, with new additions including Helena Hauff, Willow, Doc Martin, Akufen, Cassy, Move D, Doc Scott and Billy Nasty, while up in Birmingham two new stages have been added to this year's MADE Festival on 28 July. The Weird Arts Arena will feature graffiti artists, spoken word acts and more, while also new is the Fun Bus Stage.

11. Over in Ibiza, Cocoon have announced the July line-up for their Wednesday nights at Pacha, with highlights including Ricardo Villalobos, Craig Richards, Sven Väth, Seth Troxler, Luciano, Sonja Moonear, Roman Flügel, D'Julz and KiNK. And Renaissance return to the White Isle for the first time since 2012 with three parties at Eden. They've got 3D (Danny Howells, Dave Seaman & Darren Emerson) plus Audiojack and Jaydee on 16 July, Kevin Saunderson, Nick Curly, Lauren Lo Sung and Prymate on 20 August and Mathew Jonson, Booka Shade (live), Matt Tolfrey and Marino Canal on 3 September.

12. Aphex Twin and Diplo are both the subject of new documentaries. BBC Radio 4 aired a 30-minute programme entitled The Cult Of Aphex Twin on Tuesday, and you can now listen to it on iPlayer, while Diplo himself has produced a mini-doc about his career entitled Florida To California, which you can watch on YouTube.

13. The makers of the brilliant WhoSampled website have added Shazam-like music recognition to their mobile app, so you can now simply hold up your phone when you hear a tune you like and it'll tell you where all the samples came from (or, if what you're hearing is the original, where you know that lyric/melody/beat from). The WhoSampled app is free on Android (but you'll have to put up with ads), or £3.99 (ad-free) on iOS. In either case, you'll have to pay an extra annual subscription to add the music-recognition function.

14. Some new and upcoming releases to look out for include... UNER & Alex Kennon's Wonderland EP, which is out on Solar Distance on 20 July and which is a fundraiser for Bridges For Music, a charity that provides musical equipment and education to kids in developing countries... and Summer Of Love, a new three-CD collection of old-skool acid house, rave and Balearic which has been compiled and mixed by first-gen scene legends Paul Oakenfold, Colin Hudd and Nancy Noise, and which is out on New State Music on 27 July.

15. Finally, on the studio tip, New York-based Avantone Pro have relaunched their classic CLA-10 nearfield studio monitors, with the reissued speakers available now, priced $699 (£530 approx) per pair... and California's Nektar Technology have released two new MIDI contoller keyboards, the 49-key Panorama T4 and 61-key Panorama T6. Both feature 62 physical controls and ship with Nektar's proprietary Nektarine and Nektar DAW Control software, enabling near-instant mapping to just about any popular DAW, and they're available now, priced £280 for the T4 or £350 for the T6.





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