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Weekend Primer #4

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

2016 Feb 19     
2 Bit Thugs

Heading out clubbing this weekend? Here are 10 things you should be talking about on the smoking terrace...

1. The nominees have been announced for the inaugural Electronic Music Awards, which will take place in Lost Angeles on 18 April. There's too many to list here but the 'DJ Of The Year' nominees are Carl Cox, Diplo, Dixon, DJ Harvey and Skrillex.

2. J Dilla's 'lost' vocal album The Diary is finally getting released after a protracted legal tussle between his estate and MCA Records. The album, which features contributions from Snoop Dogg, Madlib and Pete Rock, will be out through PayJay/Mass Appeal on 15 April

3. The second wave of artists have been announced for this year's Ultra Music Festival, which takes place in Miami on 18-20 March. New additions to the line-up include Richie Hawtin, Deadmau5, Crystal Castles, Steve Angello and Tiesto.

4. Speaking of Richie Hawtin, he's also been announced today as the headliner for Ushuaia Ibiza's opening party. Joris Voorn, Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles and Hot Since 82 are among the other DJs who'll be kicking off the Ushuaia season on 28 May.

5. A whole raft of unheard instrumentals by grime star Terror Danjah, dating back to 2002/3, have been released as an 11-track album entitled Lost Mini Discs. It's out today via Bandcamp.

6. Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has recorded an EP inspired by “acid, jungle and footwork”. The Foregrow EP will be out on Acid Test on 16 April.

7. Venue-hopping London party crew LWE have announced that Andhim will be their 'residents' for their next six parties. LWE's Will Harold said the German duo are “ideal frontmen for our new series”.

8. Rinse FM return to Ministry Of Sound next Saturday (27 February), with Finnebassen, German Brigante, Denney, Cristoph and William Kouam Djoko in The Box and Tom Shorterz, Sam Supplier and Murr in the bar.

9. Cocoon, meanwhile, take over London's Studio 338 on 12 March. Mathew Jonson will headline with a live set, supported by Tim Green, Sascha Dive and Einzelkind.

10. UK label No Fit State have just launched a podcast series called LIVE, which will feature only live-recorded club sets from label boss Geddes and chums.





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