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Weekend Primer #60

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2017 Mar 17     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Ibiza residencies, DC-10 opening, 51st State Festival, Richie Hawtin, Goldie, The Definitive History Of Hip-Hop, DJ Shadow and more...

1. With the Ibiza season looming, the residency announcements have been flooding in this week. On Tuesdays, Sasha & Digweed will play the first six weeks of Renaissance's eight-week stint at Privilege, while Eric Prydz holds court at Hï Ibiza from 20 June to 22 August. Fridays from July 21 to August 11 at DC-10 will belong to Wild Life, where Disclosure will be playing every week, while also taking up residencies this summer are EZ and Hot Since 82 [pictured]. The latter will bring his Labyrinth night to Pacha, though dates are still TBC, while all we can tell you so far about EZ's plans so far is that he's definitely going to be there...

2. Staying in Ibiza for a minute, the line-up for Circoloco's 2017 opening party at DC-10 on 22 May is looking a bit special, with Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Jackmaster, The Black Madonna, Kerri Chandler, DJ Tennis, Marcel Dettman, Damian Lazarus, Ellen Allien, Dyed Soundorom, Shonky, Dan Ghenacia, Tania Vulcano and many more.

3. Here in the UK, London gets a brand new club space this September in the form of the 200-capacity Music Box. Located on the South Bank, it's primarily built to house events hosted by the London College Of Creative Media, but is expected to host two or three club nights and gigs that are open to the public each week. Meanwhile a new spot has just opened in Paris called Society. Located on Rue Cadet in the 9th Arondissement, the four-room space opened on 12 March with French hosue heroes D'Julz and Franck Roger behind the decks. The owners are currently applying for an all-night licence.

4. DJ Shadow has announced a four-date UK tour to take place this October. Catch him at 02 ABC, Glasgow (3 October), Albert Hall, Manchester (5 October), 02 Academy, Bristol (6 October) and The Roundhouse, London (7 October). The tour follows the release of the 20th anniversary deluxe edition of his landmark 1996 album Endtroducing.

5. Goldie is to release a second autobiography entitled All Things Remembered. Oddly, it's not a sequel to 2002's Nine Lives but will instead document his entire life and career, and it'll be published by Faber on 2 November. Before that, Goldie's first studio album in nearly 20 years, Journey Man, drops on Metalheadz on 16 June.

6. Richie Hawtin's live sets at Coachella on 14 and 21 April will see him debuting a new 75-minute "audiovisual experience" entitled CLOSE - Spontaneity & Synchronicity. After Coachella, the CLOSE bandwagon will roll on to various festivals, including Movement in Detroit, NOS Primavero Sound in Portugal and Creamfields here in the UK. You can see a trailer for the new show below.



7. Coming soon to TV is a new seven-part documentary series called The Definitive History Of Hip-Hop. The series should at least stand a chance of living up to its title: it's being produced by Def Jam supremo Russell Simmons, who says it "gets behind the scenes of what drove the beats, the rhymes, the ideas - and the people - that so powerfully hit a chord with all of youth culture in America and around the world".

8. The line-up has been announced for this year's 51st State Festival, which takes place in Trent Park, London on 5 August. And with Masters At Work, Basement Boys, Dimitri From Paris, Derrick Carter, Todd Terry, Matthias Tanzmann, Matt 'Jam' Lamont, Wookie, DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Omar, Barbara Tucker, Channel One Sound System and Shola Ama all on the bill, August 5 looks like being an absolute must for lovers of traditional US-style house, garage and disco.

9. Clubbers attending Hyperdub's Wednesday night do at Corsica Studios in London this week got a surprise when none other than Bjørk stepped up to play an unannounced DJ set. Resident Advisor quote one club-goer as saying her set started with "five minutes of birds tweeting, weird storm sounds and drone noises".

10. Uli Behringer is on a mission right now... after previously announcing plans for a Minimoog clone, the German hardware company boss has now stated his intention to produce a facsimile of the legendary Arp 2600 and OSC OSCar synths, too. All of these are possible because the copyright on the original designs has expired, so they are now in the public domain.

11. Upcoming releases to look out for include... UK Garave Vol 1, a tribute to the early rave era coming from Luke Vibert on Hypercolour (5 May); the first studio album from Lee Foss, Alchemy, which is coming on his and Jamie Jones' Emerald City label on 7 April; a disco-fuelled two-tracker from Doorly entitled Brassphemy coming on veteran Chi-town label Cajual in April; and, if his Reddit AMA earlier this week is to be believed, a live video album showcasing Dubfire's live AV project Dubfire:Live HYBRID.

12. And finally... who said the rave spirit was dead? UK police had to break up two large unlicensed parties last weekend - one in a school in Nottingham, which started as a beginners' DJ class and ended with the police kicking out some 250 glowstick-waving, Red Stripe-swilling kids at 3.30am, and the other in a sewer (no, really) in Newcastle, which attracted over 200 people. Talk about keeping it underground...





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