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Weekend Primer #28

Our regular Friday round-up of the week's dance music news

2016 Aug 05     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Noisia, Slam, Martin Garrix, Armand Van Helden, Skrillex, Circus 14th birthday and more

1. Noisia (pictured) were forced to rush-release their new album Outer Edges this week, after it emerged that it had already been leaked onto the internet. The album - their third, and their first since 2013's Foreign Beggars collab I Am Legion - was made available via Noisia's own website on Monday, and is out in all digital stores today. Physical versions will follow on 16 September, the original intended release date.

2. Scottish house and techno veterans Slam, meanwhile, have announced details of their sixth album. Machine Cut Noise is out on Soma on 28 October and is said to be inspired by their travels around the world as DJs, with "many of the ideas for the album ... created in airports, hotels and wherever the two found themselves inspired".

3. Native Instruments has announced an updated version of its popular music software suite, Komplete. Komplete Ultimate (£959) now includes 87 instruments and 18,000 sounds, while a new entry-level edition called Komplete Select (£159) includes just nine instruments, plus a delay and compressor. The standard Komplete 11, featuring 45 instruments and 13,000 sounds, costs £479.

4. The next compilation in Defected's House Masters series will celebrate the career of Armand Van Helden. Just the two discs this time but yes, Witch Doktor, Sugar Is Sweeter, Spin Spin Sugar, Flowers, U Don't Know Me, Psychic Bounty Killaz, Bonkers and Barbra Streisand are all present and correct. It's out on 2 September.

5. A new dance festival is being launched in the US featuring an all-female line-up. Together Fest takes place on 8 October, with Dani Deahl, Brazzabelle and Little Boots among the attractions, and is being held at the historic San Francisco Armory. Not, as some outlets have been reporting, at the Armory Club - that's a small cockail bar nearby, which in a stroke of beautiful irony is owned by the folks behind "BDSM, gangbangs and extreme porn" website

6. The line-up has been announced for Circus's 14th birthday celebrations at Liverpool Arts Centre on 24 September. Main man Yousef will be joined by Loco Dice, Patrick Topping, Waze & Odyssey, Solardo and Lauren Lane, as well as local heroes Lauren So Lung, Kydus, Lewis Boardman and Scott Lewis.

7. A whole bunch of unreleased Skrillex material was uploaded to Reddit this week, mostly comprising VIP mixes and edits of existing releases but also including previously unheard collaborations with Chris Lorenzo and Mija. One Skrillex fan commented: "This is our Wikileaks."

8. While we're on the subject of EDM megastars, Martin Garrix has ended his long association with Dutch independent label Spinnin' and signed a worldwide deal with Sony Music Entertainment. His first Sony single, In The Name Of Love, is out now.

9. Meanwhile, a new Netflix movie entitled XOXO will be out on 26 August. The film follows a young EDM DJ and his friends making their way to the festival of the same name, where he's been allotted a last-minute set, and if the trailer that emerged online this week is anything to go by, it's going to be every bit as good as Zac Efron vehicle We Are Your Friends...

10. Ragga star Beenie Man was unable to perform as scheduled at Canada's OVO Fest last weekend, having been refused a visa after he was diagnosed with Zika virus. He posted on Instagram: "Jah know... dah week ya deal wid me a way!! No visa fi mi Canada show (I apologize again). Zika virus hol' mi, the same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still. Selassie a guide I n I right through so once mi have life me a give thanks. #Unstoppable."  Get well soon!





Tags: Noisia, Slam, Soma, Native Instruments, Komplete, Defected, Armand Van Helden, Together Fest, Dani Deahl, Martin Garrix, Spinnin', Skrillex, XOXO, Circus, Yousef, Loco Dice, Patrick Topping, Waze & Odyssey, Beenie Man