This week: festival deaths in Buenos Aires, documentaries about the TR-808 and Iranian ravers, new albums from Mala and Justice, Hospital get political and more
1. The iconic Roland TR-808 drum machine (pictured) is to star in its very own documentary film, a joint production by Atlantic Films and You Know Films. Imaginatively titled 808, the film features interviews with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Todd Terry, Diplo and Richie Hawtin, and the first trailer emerged online this week. It's set for a late spring/early summer release.
2. Sticking with film news a moment, another documentary called Raving Iran follows two techno DJs from the Iranian capital Tehran called Anoosh and Arash as they organise a rave in the desert - a brave move in a country where Western music is outlawed and you can be publicly flogged for dancing! The film is currently touring film festivals around the world.
3. Fabric mainstay Craig Richards launched a new record label this week called Tuppence. The label's first release is Go Ahead London by Radioactive Man which, like the rest of the label's output going forward, comes on 7-inch vinyl only.
4. A new long-player from Mala is on its way. Mirrors will be out on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings in June, and is apparently heavily influenced by Peruvian music - the result of the dubstep pioneer having visited Peru several times on his DJing travels.
5. Also on the albums front, Justice's next long-player is apparently imminent, which will come as very welcome news to fans who haven't had a new album from the French electro-rockers since 2011's Audio, Video, Disco. Nothing's been officially confirmed as yet, but a picture was posted on Instagram this week of them signing a contract with Because Music.
6. Tragedy struck in Argentina at the weekend when the Time Warp festival in Buenos Aires saw six deaths, all thought to be drug-related and with all the victims in their early 20s. The second day of the festival was cancelled as a result. The police also confiscated a quantity of the notorious 'Superman' pills that have been going round so seriously, if you happen to have any in your possession, get rid of 'em!
7. Ableton has announced the first details for this year's Loop, the company's conference for electronic musicians, engineers and producers which debuted last year. Loop 2016 will take place at Funkhaus Berlin (formerly the headquarters of East German state radio) on 4-6 November, though details of speakers, seminars and so on are still TBA.
8. In Ibiza news, line-ups have been announced for Maceo Plex's new night Mosaic. Maya Jane Coles, Bicep, Damian Lazarus, Adam Beyer, Radio Slave and Pearson Sound are among the artists who'll be joining Plex at Pacha on Tuesdays from 24 May. Martin Garrix, meanwhile, has been announced as the new Friday night resident at Ushuaia.
9. New from Producerloops comes Progressive Trap Vol 2, a new sample pack for trap producers featuring five construction kits and a whole host of WAV loops and MIDI files. The pack is available now as a download priced £29.95.
10. It was announced this week that Amsterdam Dance Event's opening concert this year will feature Henrik Schwarz, who'lll appear with jazz and pop orchestra Metropole Orkest. The one-off collaboration will see them performing an hour of music that Schwarz has written specifically for the event, which takes place at Melkweg on 19 October. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (23 April).
11. Another new arrival this week was Dance Tonight, a new free app for Android and iOS containing club listings from around the world. Using the app you can find where the hottest nights are, buy tickets, folllow your favourite artists so you know when they're coming to your town and chat with fellow clubbers. More on this soon, once we've had a proper play with it!
12. Finally, big up to Hospital Records, who launched a new t-shirt this week. Why does new merch get the iDJ thumbs-up? Because all proceeds from sales of the Trust Us, We're Junior Doctors tee will go straight to the South Thames Junior Doctors Campaign Fund to support striking junior doctors in the NHS.
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