Weekend Primer #3

Our regular Friday round-up of dance music news

2016 Feb 12     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Wild Life, DJ EZ, Flying Lotus, Daft Punk, Bloc, Maceo Plex, Robert Hood and a YouTube video about YouTube videos

1. The line-up has been announced for Wild Life, the Brighton festival run by Disclosure and Rudimental. Ice Cube, Skepta, Carl Cox, Bastille, DJ EZ, Andy C, Four Tet, David Rodigan, Martinez Brothers, De La Soul, Dixon and many more will play on 11-12 June.

2. The new sound of Berlin is... grime? Well, maybe not quite, but Skepta and Boy Better Know have been booked to play Berghain on 15 April. Yes, it is a bit odd.

3. Expect to see a new album from Flying Lotus before 2016 is out. In a Beats1 interview, the LA beatsmith told Zane Lowe that he expects this year to be his “most prolific” yet.

4. Bloc Weekender have announced that this year's event, their 10th, will also be their last. The Bloc team are planning to open up a London nightclub and studio complex instead.

5. In Ibiza news, Maceo Plex will be taking over Tuesdays at Pacha with his new night Mosaic this season. Defected, meanwhile, have announced there'll be no Defected In The House this year – they're focusing their energies on Glitterbox (Space, Fridays).

6. Big iDJ respect to our old friend DJ EZ, who'll be playing a 24-hour DJ set on 27-28 February in aid of Cancer Research UK. The set will be live-streamed on EZ's own website, with anyone tuning in urged to make a donation.

7. Remember the Techno Viking from that YouTube video? The whole viral phenomenon is now the subject of a 48-minute documentary by film-maker Matthias Fritsch, who shot the original clip. Find The Story Of Techno Viking on YouTube.

8. A start-up in San Diego called Nervana has invented some headphones that don't just play music. They also send electrical pulses into the brain that apparently stimulate the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.

9. Robert Hood has recorded a new album under his Floorplan alter-ego. Entitled Victorious, it's been co-produced by Hood's daughter Lyric and will be out in June.

10. Serato has released a new iPhone app called Pyro that auto-beatmixes tracks from iTunes and Spotify playlists. So, expect the sky to fall in at any minute.

11. Like Detroit techno? Like photos? Like... books? Then you'll just love 313ONELOVE, a new book about Detroit techno by Berlin photographer Marie Staggart. It's out on 31 March.

12. Daft Punk documentary Daft Punk Unchained, directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre, will be broadcast on BBC next Friday (19 February) at 10pm. Set those Tivo boxes now!





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