This week: return of the Minimoog, Warehouse Project, M25 Festival cancelled, Beatport gets a reprieve and Afrojack's antics with cucumbers
1. Moog has announced the return of the legendary Minimoog Model D [pictured]. First launched in 1971, the Model D was the company's first portable synthesizer and graced many records by everyone from Bob Marley to Gary Numan, before production was ceased in 1981. But now, following the success of a limited edition version back in May, it's going back into full production, with a retail price of $3,749.
2. While we're on the subject of hardware, there's a new Xone mixer on its way from Allen & Heath. Details are scarce, but the company gave the world a sneak-peek at the Xone:PX5 at an event at Berghain Kantine in Berlin last week, revealing it to be essentially be a stripped-down version of the Xone:92. There's no word yet as to a price or when it'll be available, but watch this space!
3. The line-ups have been announced for this year's Warehouse Project in Manchester. With over 40 parties being held at four different venues in the city between 23 September and New Year's Eve, there are way too may names involved to list here, ranging from Eats Everything, Bicep, Hannah Wants and Nina Kraviz to Chance The Rapper and Skepta. Click here to see the full calendar.
4. Also announced this week was the line-up for the first of three daytime festivals under the 'Annie Mac Presents...' banner. Scheduled to appear at London's Tobacco Dock on 1 October are Basement Jaxx, Eats Everything, Todd Edwards, Paul Woolford, Slimzee, Kölsch, Benji B, DJ Riton and more, with similarly eclectic line-ups expected for the ensuing AMP events in Leeds and Birmingham.
5. Before that, Ms Mac will be heading over to Ibiza, where on Thursday 4 August she kicks off Radio 1's annual 'Ibiza takeover' coverage from 7pm. A weekend of live broadcasts and Ibiza-themed Essential Mixes will follow, starring the likes of Carl Cox, Danny Howard and Mistajam.
6. With 2016 apparently 'the year of techno' there's no shortage of big releases to look forward to, with forthcoming albums that have just been announced including Cocoon P, the latest in the label's long-running 'alphabet' comp series and Arc Angel, a new full-length from Planetary Assault Systems, AKA Luke Slater. Featuring tracks from Josh Wink, Redshape, Alex Smoke, Mirko Loco and more, Cocoon P is out on 23 September, while Arc Angel follows a week later on Ostgut Ton.
7. Oh, and speaking of Ostgut Ton, the line-up has been announced for their 36-hour takeover of Berghain, which starts on Saturday 13 August and runs through till Monday Morning. Ben Klock, Marcel Dettman, Luke Slater (this time as 7th Plain), Virginia and Len Faki top the bill.
8. SFX Entertainment has announced that Beatport is not now to be sold off after all. After SFX went into bankruptcy earlier this year, Beatport was supposed to be sold at auction, but now SFX says that, having ditched the site's news and streaming services, it's back in profit as a download retailer and hence "retaining ownership of Beatport is in the best interest of the company".
9. Grace Jones has been announced as the new headliner for the Afropunk London festival, which takes at Alexandra Palace on 24 September. M.I.A was previously scheduled to headline, but was dropped by the organisers after she criticised some US stars for supporting the #blacklivesmatter movement but staying silent on the issue of Syrian refugees. Incidentally, M.I.A's fifth album Aim, which she says will be her last, is out on 9 September.
10. Cancellations corner! Ministry of Sound's M25 Festival, which was due to take place in London's Trent Park on 7 August, has been called off for undisclosed reasons, while both Ricardo Villalobos and Ben Pearce have been cancelling DJ gigs. Villalobos had to pull out of the Lovebox festival last weekend due to illness, while Pearce is taking time out from music altogether for the rest of 2016 as he battles with depression and social anxiety. Our wishes to both for a full recovery.
11. Remember a few months ago we told you about Touched Bass, a charity compilation album that featured over 100 tracks? Well, Touched Music have done it again: out next Friday (29 July), the new Touched 3 compilation features a whopping 417 (yes, 417!) tracks, including offerings from 808 State, Amon Tobin, Plaid, Future Sound Of London and many more. All proceeds, as ever, go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
12. And finally... EDM star Afrojack made plenty of column inches ahead of his appearance at the MTV Crashes Plymouth festival, after he submitted a rider that ran to 79 pages, and included stipulations for, among other things, cucumbers "sliced in a particular way" and white towels "that have been washed but not fluffed".
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