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Weekend Primer #58

11 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Mar 03     
2 Bit Thugs

Starring Fatboy Slim, Ben Klock, Dubfire, Behringer, Deamau5, I Love Acid, John Digweed, Arthur Russell and much, much more...

1. Fatboy Slim [pictured] is to return to Amnesia in Ibiza for a second summer-long Cream residency this year, following a successful season there in 2016. Cream are in charge of Thursday nights at the club, and Mr Cook will be there 11 weeks from 8 June to 21 September - so not quite every week, but an improvement on last year's seven!

2. Luke Vibert and Posthuman's I Love Acid label is 10 years old, and they're marking the event by releasing a 20-track compilation album that's supplied on a USB stick in the shape of a Roland TB-303 synthesizer. Contributors to the album include Mike Dunn, Hardfloor, Hannah Holland and, of course, Vibert and Posthuman themselves. Ten Years Of I Love Acid is out on 31 March.

3. A week later, on 7 April, John Digweed's Live In Brooklyn album drops... but there's no handy compact packaging for Mr Bedrock. Instead, the marathon mix recorded at Output on NYE is spread over five CDs, and features tracks from Tiefschwarz, Kevin Yost, Guy J, Martin Buttrich, Jimpster, Marc Romboy, DJ Tennis, Claptone, King Roc and many more.

4. Deadmau5 has posted a mini-documentary on YouTube that reveals the inner workings of his recently revealed new Cube 2.1 stage set. You can watch it here.

5. Meanwhile a full-length biographical documentary about Dubfire will make its debut at the Miami Film Festival later this month. Above Ground Level traces Dubfire's life from his family fleeing the revolution in Iran in 1979, through his early days as a DJ in Washington DC, to his current superstar status. The film also features contributions from the likes of Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox.

6. The life and work of original leftfield disco pioneer Arthur Russell are the subject of an exhibition that's just opened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Do What I Want: Selections From The Arthur Russell Papers runs till 14 March, and includes over 1,000 reel-to-reel, DAT, cassette and video tapes, along with handwritten session notes, scores and other ephemera.

7. German techno hero and Berghain resident Ben Klock is to host a series of parties called PHOTON at new London megaclub Printworks. The first event takes place on 30 April, when Klock will be joined by the heavy-hitting line-up of Marcel Dettman, Planetary Assault Systems and Ben Sims.

8. Barcelona gets a brand new nightclub this weekend in the form of the intimate, 250-capacity RED 58. The guests for tonight's opening party are Moritz von Oswald and Moreon & Baffa, with other bookings that have already been announced including Diego Krause, Eli Verveine, Riccardo and Sammy Dee.

9. And while we're talking all things small and Spanish, 2-4 June sees a new boutique festival called UVA making its debut in a 12th Century castle in Andalucia. We're told to expect "eclectic music from early jazz, via Afrobeat, bossa nova, funk, hip-hop, electronica, disco and house, all the way to techno". DJs include Antal, Capablanka, Les Yeux Orange, Sam Proper, Moody Collective, Nu Guinea and many more.

10. Behringer boss Uli Behringer has announced that the company intends to follow its soon-come Deep Mind 12 with a whole line of affordable synthesizers, and suggests that the cheapest could cost as little as $49 (£40 approx). More details as and when there are any!

11. Kahn & Neek have been added to the bill for the launch party for Sherwood & Pinch's excellent Man Vs Sofa at Brixton Jamm, London next Saturday (11 March). They'll have Flowdan in tow to take care of mic duties, and join the previously announced Kenny Ken, Hodge and Meltout Crew, as well of course as Sherwood & Pinch themselves, who will be playing live.

Pic: Alterna 2/Creative Commons, via Flickr





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