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Weekend Primer #20

Our regular must-check Friday news round-up

2016 Jun 10     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Noisia, Prince, Glitterbox, Björk, Eats Everything, Sziget Festival and... Sainsbury's?

1. D&B noise merchants Noisia [pictured] have announced a string of live festival dates as part of a European tour entitled Outer Edges. The Dutch trio will play Let It Roll in the Czech Republic on 29 July, moving on to Sziget, Hungary (16 Aug), Pukkelpop, Belgium (19 Aug), Lowlands, Netherlands (21 Aug), SW4, UK (26 Aug) and Outook, Croatia (2 Sept), with more dates TBA. They've also just launched a smartwatch... oh no wait, hang on, that's Nokia.

2. In the wake of Prince's untimely death, 15 of his out-of-print albums have been added to streaming service Tidal, including the never-officially-released The Black Album from 1997, and his 'challenging', faith-inspired jazz album from 2001, The Rainbow Children. They went live on what would have been Prince's 58th birthday.

3. A study conducted by marketing research company Mindlab International has found that listening to music while you work makes you faster and more accurate at performing a range of tasks - and that the effect is most marked with dance music. So if your boss tells you to take your headphones off, you know what to tell 'em!

4. Calling DJ/producers with kids… hit up Kickstarter and check out Data DUO, a new simple synthesizer that's designed to be used by two people at once. With two oscillators, a low-pass filter, a drum synth, two-octave keyboard and eight-step sequencer, it's surprisingly well-specced for something so child-friendly, and will set you back €300. Full details here.

5. London arts centre the ICA is to host an exhibition called 'Detroit: Techno City' from 27 July to 25 September, tracing the history of Detroit techno from the Belleville Three right up to the present day. A series of specially commissioned radio shows will also air on NTS Radio while the exhibition is on.

6. Eats Everything has posted a second short film about his "superfans", known as Eaters on YouTube. The spoof fly-on-the-wall documentary, Behind The Eaters, can be seen here. And while we're on the subject of YouTube films that have had people getting all over-excited this week, here's a classical orchestra doing a version Darude's Sandstorm.

7. Supermarket chain Sainsbury's, which started selling records again earlier this year, reckons it is now the biggest retailer of vinyl in the UK, with an eight per cent share of the market according to its first quarter financial report. However, this has yet to be confirmed by any independent source, and we seem to recall American Apparel making similar claims a year or two back...

8. Björk's next "tour", Björk Dgital, will take the form of an art exhibition in association with virtual reality platform HTC Vive. Those attending the show will be able to enjoy tracks from her latest album Vulnicura in virtual reality, with Björk DJing in real reality on selected dates. The first exhibition, at Carriageworks in Sydney, is on now and runs till 18 June.

9. Someone's made a website called MusicMap that attempts to document the history of, and relationship between, every genre of music in the world ever ever ever. Try it out here... though to be honest we bailed as soon as we read on the front page that garage is a sub-genre of house. Presumably in the same way that wolves evolved from dogs...

10. Defected's Glitterbox party comes to Ministry of Sound in London on 4 August, for a 14-hour bash that features a daytime barbecue and headliners Dimitri From Paris, Joey Negro, Simon Dunmore, Severino and Purple Disco Machine. Before that, Circus takes over Egg LDN on 18 June, with main man Yousef joined by Tube & Berger, Lee Walker and David Glass.

11. The full line-up has now been announced for Sziget Festival in Hungary, which takes place on 10-17 August. The most recent additions to the bill include Tinie Tempah and the Chemical Brothers, who join the likes of Martinez Brothers, Tale Of Us, Zedd, Afrojack, Nicky Romero and Fedde Le Grand, as well as a host of big-name rock and pop acts. And Noisia, obviously! Meanwhile over in Serbia, added to the line-up for EXIT (7-10 July) this week were the mighty George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic.





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