This week: Daft Punk, ADE, Diplo, drug-testing, Giorgio Moroder, Seth Troxler, DJ Fresh to retire and more
1. Japanese action figure maker Medicom has added a pair of Daft Punk dolls (pictured) to its range. The 12-inch Guy-Manuel de Homme and Thomas Bangalter figurines come complete with light-up helmets just like those worn by their flesh-and-blood counterparts, and are available for pre-order now - assuming, that is, you've got £200 or so burning a hole in the pocket of your shiny leather jumpsuit.
2. Amsterdam Dance Event have announced the second wave of artists who'll be appearing at ADE parties on 19-23 October. New to the bill are (in no particular order) Dubfire, Robert Hood, Hector Couto, Agoria, Ellen Allien, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Miss Kittin, Andhim, Tube & Berger, Christian Smith, Roman Flugel, Art Department, Monika Kruse, Patrick Topping, Ricardo Villalobos, Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero, Skepta, Speedy J, Stephan Bodzin, The Advent and many more. Dave Clarke's electro party Whip It also returns to Melkweg on 22 October.
3. Speaking of Dubfire, he's added a load of new dates to his dubfire:LIVEHYBRID tour, with new shows at Audioriver Festival, Poland (29 July), Yalta Solar Summer, Bulgaria (5 August), Untold Festival, Romania (7 August), Il Grido Festival, Italy (14 August) and Invasion, Indonesia (24 August).
4. Respect to the organisers of Secret Garden Party, who last weekend became the first UK festival to offer an official drug-testing service. In a joint venture with the local council, police and drugs safety charity The Loop, the testing booths at the Cambridgeshire festival tested over 200 pills and batches of powder - with over 80 proving to be suspect.
5. DJ Fresh has announced that he's quitting touring. In a post on Facebook, he says in part: "I've decided to come off the road altogether after this year ... I cannot continue to be part of this industry. I hate everything about it. It's fake, soul destroying and promotes everything BUT experimentation and heartfelt emotion (which is what music means to me)". What this means for the future of the recently reformed Bad Company UK isn't clear, especially as Fresh goes on to say "long live Bad Company" in the same post.
6. The next installment in Cocoon's Cocoon Ibiza mix CD series will come courtesy of Carl Craig and Sonja Moonear. The two-disc set, which features tracks from DJ Pierre, Luciano, Nicole Moudaber, John Tejada, Agoria, Ralphi Rosario and Ricardo Villalobos, among others, will be out on 19 August.
7. Lollapalooza founder and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell isn't much of a fan of EDM, telling the Chicago Tribune that "I sometimes cringe at my own festival... I hate EDM, I want to vomit it out of my nostrils". What's perhaps surprising, though, is his reason for such loathing: "I can't stand what it did to what I love, which is house music, which was meditative, psychedelic - it took you on a journey." He goes on to say that he plans to start again with a new event, where "there will be great house music. I hope I will keep EDM at the door."
8. Giorgio Moroder is to headline a two-day event in New York that pays homage to the glory days of disco. Brought to you by the legendary Casablanca Records, I Feel Love takes place in an empty factory building in Brooklyn, with the Italian disco don joined by NYC originator Nicky Siano as well as contemporary selectors Jackmaster (Friday), Armand Van Helden (Saturday) and Soul Clap (Saturday). For further details and tickets, click here.
9. Our hearty iDJ congratulations this week to Seth Troxler, who's successfully completed his fundraising trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. So far, he's raised over $105,000 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation; if like to chip in you can do so here. Congratulations also to Maceo Plex, who this week set the world record for the most DJ sets played in 24 hours by playing 10 different sets in 10 different Ibiza venues on Tuesday (26 playing).
10. Diplo has confirmed that the new Major Lazer album, which is expected early next year, will feature contributions from Sia, Usher and MØ, among others. No word yet as to a title, though. And speaking of Diplo, the line-up's been announced for the first Mad Decent Beach Party in Mexico next February, with A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Claude VonStroke, Dillon Francis and Justin Martin all set to appear.
Tags: Daft Punk, ADE, Dubfire, Secret Garden Party, drug testing, DJ Fresh, Bad Company, Carl Craig, Cocoon, Sonja Moonear, Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza, EDM, house music, Giorgio Moroder, disco, Nicky Siano, Jackmaster, Soul Clap, Armand Van Helden, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Diplo, Major Lazer, Mad Decent, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Claude VonStroke, Dillon Francis, Robert Hood, Hector Couto, Agoria, Ellen Allien, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Miss Kittin, Andhim, Tube & Berger, Christian Smith, Roman Flugel