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Weekend Primer #133

13 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2018 Aug 17     
2 Bit Thugs

THIS WEEK: Chandler bonanza, DGTL Madrid, Stormzy, ADE parties, Haai, FABRICLIVE 100, Swedish House Mafia and much, much more

1. Anyone who's met US house legend Kerri Chandler [pictured] will testify to what a down-to-earth, warm-spirited guy he is - but even warm-spirited, down-to-earth house legends don't normally go around giving away over 40 tracks for nothing! That's exactly what Kerri's done this week, though, making 2GB of unreleased mixes, Nina Simone re-edits and near-forgotten vinyl-only tracks available for free download via WeTransfer. The move comes in the build-up to the release of a 25-year best-of collection from his long-running Madhouse label (out 7 September), and you can grab the tuneage here.

2. Kerri's wasn't the only act of big-name generosity we were impressed by this week, either. Grime star Stormzy announced that he's funding a scholarship which will pay for four black students (two starting this year, two next) to attend Cambridge University, which has come under fire of late for its lack of racial diversity - in 2015, for instance, the university admitted only 15 black male students.

3. In much less happy news, fabric's long-running FABRICLIVE mix CD series is coming to an end. The Farringdon superclub announced this week that FABRICLIVE 100, which is mixed by Kode9 and Burial and which will be out on 28 September, will be the last installment in the series, which has been running since 2001. This final edition will be available as a mixed CD or on unmixed, quadruple-pack vinyl.

4. Also coming to an end is HAAi's residency at Phonox. The acclaimed Australian ecletic selector has played at the Brixton club every Saturday for two years, but now she says "it's time for me to play all the other clubs and festies now... and time for someone else to make this place their own". HAAi's last night at Phonox will be on 29 September; for the four Saturdays before that she'll play all night long, while Mehmet Aslan visits this weekend and Gilles Peterson pops by for a Brazilian special next week.

5. The ADE announcements keep on coming! The first names for this year's ADE LIVE were announced this week, with Roisin Murphy and Dam-Funk at Paradiso on 17 October the obvious stand-out. Amsterdam party crew VBX announced no fewer than four parties - at BRET on 18 October, Warehouse Elementenstraat on 19 October and BRET and Shelter (by day and night respectively) on 20 October - with highlights including tINI, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Sonja Moonear, Nicolas Lutz, Dyed Soundorom and Fumiya Tanaka. And finally the Dutch National Maritime Museum is the place to be on 19 October - not to look at old ships n' stuff, but to catch Stephan Bodzin playing a four-hour live set for Audio Obscura.

6. Electronic music pioneers New Order are to be the subject of a Sky Arts documentary next month. Directed by Mike Christie, New Order: Decades will focus on their live shows and is due to air on 22 September. In the meantime, a new mini-documentary about the 90s UK rave scene called Lost Club Culture has appeared on YouTube Music - watch the 13-minute film, which claims to offer "never before seen" period footage, below.

7. While we're on the "lots of people dancing outdoors" tip, probably the biggest news in that regard this week was a new addition to the DGTL festival family. DGTL Madrid is to be held at the city's IFEMA exhibition centre on 5 December, and was announced immediately after DGTL's fourth successful festival in Barcelona, a two-day event which saw some 35,000 people getting down to the likes of KiNK, Honey Dijon, Jamie Jones and Amelie Lens in the Parc del Forum last weekend. The line-up for Madrid is still TBA.

8. The fact that DGTL Barcelona went so well was particularly good news, because it emerged this week that the terrorist cell who killed 15 people and injured over 100 more in two attacks in the region last August had been researching local clubs and festivals previously. Spanish police say they found details about Barcelona clubs Pacha and Razzmaazz and the nearby Sitges and Rototom Sunsplash festivals on the men's mobile phones.

9. In other festival news, the UK's ABODE In The Park and Spain's Into The Valley announced their final line-ups this week. New additions at ABODE (Finsbury Park, London, 23 September) include wAFF, Leftwing & Kody, Paul Woolford and Secondcity, while added to the bill for Into The Valley (Fuengirola, Spain, 28-30 September) are Adam Beyer, Joel Mull, Laurel Halo, DJ Tennis and more.

10. Meanwhile Australian festival Rainbow Serpent (Melbourne, 25-28 January) were making their first line-up announcement, with Way Out West, Matador and Oliver Koletzki among the names on offer. And finally Berlin charity festival Life Act, which this year raises money for humanitarian relief in east Africa and Yemen, will welcome Tiefschwarz, Sebo K, Siopis and more to their event at Prince Charles on 26 August.

11. A Chicago mural depicting the late, great Frankie Knuckles, which was destroyed by building works in August 2015, is to be recreated elsewhere in the city, following a successful GoFundME campaign launched by the artists. The original mural was in place for over a year and had become a popular tourist attraction.

12. A Spanish start-up is making a new energy gel aimed at clubbers. Energy gels have long been popular with endurance athletes, but REVIBE is the first such product we're aware of to specifically target the rave market. REVIBE contains carbohydrates, electrolytes and B vitamins, but no caffeine, and the vegan-friendly, lemon & lime-flavoured gel will be available at festivals across Europe this summer.

13. Finally in EDM Corner, Swedish House Mafia have confirmed to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that they're officially back in the studio working on a new album. News which will no leave your heart overflowing with joy as we sign off for another week...

Kerri Chandler pic: Tony TK Smith





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