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Weekend Primer #72

The week's dance music news in handy bite-sized pieces

2017 Jun 09     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: RIP Dominator, Pete Tong, DJ Tennis, Lil Louis, Body & Soul, Nic Fanciulli, Ultra Japan and much, much more

1. Some sad news to start with: the drum & bass world was shocked this week by the death of Dominator [pictured], the young jump-up producer and DJ who rose to fame after being championed by Grooverider in 2011. It had been announced just a few days before that Dominator (real name Neil Aldred, but known to many simply as 'Dom') had been suffering from cancer. Our thoughts are with the young family he leaves behind, and all others affected.

2. Aphex Twin played at London's Field Day festival last weekend, with his set live-streamed on internet radio station NTS. We told you that last week, of course; what we didn't know then, was that Warp Records would be taking the opportunity to release an ultra-limited, 11-track Aphex Twin EP simply titled London 03.06.17 that was only available at the festival. The record sold out in just a couple of hours.

3. Pete Tong is taking his Ibiza Classics live show to Los Angeles, where he and the Heritage Orchestra will perform orchestral versions of house classics at the Hollywood Bowl on 9 November. It that's too far to go, though, you can always try and catch The Symphonic Sounds of Back 2 Basics at Millennium Square in Leeds on 28 July, where the Opera North orchestra will also be rendering club classics in an orchestral style (and very possibly fashion as well). Support comes from Robert Owens, A Man Called Adam, Adamski and The Beloved.

4. The Phase 1 line-up has been announced for Ultra Japan, which takes place for the fourth year running at Odaiba Ultra Park in Tokyo on 16-18 September. Highlights include Carl Cox, Sasha & Digweed, Seth Troxler, Pendulum (live), Eats Everything, Nic Fanciulli, Joseph Capriati, Stephan Bodzin and Don Diablo, plus a host of big-name EDM stars such as Steve Aoki, Hardwell and The Chainsmokers. And talking of all things EDM, one of the USA's longest-running dance and EDM festivals, Nocturnal Wonderland, returns on 15-16 September, at the new location of the Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernadino, California, though the line-up for that one is still TBA.

5. Over in Ibiza, London club XOYO will be taking up a Monday night residency at Pikes Hotel from 3-24 July, with guests set to include Simian Mobile Disco, Michael Mayer, Haai and Midland. Meanwhile at Hï Ibiza, Italian techno star Joseph Capriati will play all night long on Thursday 27 July. The first appearance on the White Isle of his '100% JC' party is brought to you courtesy of Fanciulli, Lawler, Luciano et al's In The Dark residency at the club.

6. Speaking of Nic Fanciulli, he's finally going to release his debut artist album later this year, after nearly 15 years in the game! My Heart will be out on his own Saved Records on 20 October, and features guest appearances from the likes of Jamie Principle, Audion, Guy Gerber and Agoria.

7. Following the deaths of 36 people at Oakland DIY venue Ghost Ship in December, the building's principal tenant Derrick Almena and creative director Max Harris (AKA Max Ohr) are to face manslaughter charges. They are accused of having unintentionally caused the deaths through disregard of fire safety regulations - including locking one of the fire exits.

8. Loco Dice's much respected Desolat label is starting up a new event series called Seran Bendecidos. The first Seran Bendecidos party will take place at Barcelona's City Hall on 17 June (during OFF Week), with Guti, Yaya, Francisco Allendes, Danny Ocean and Mahony.

9. DJ Tennis, AKA Manfredi Romano, will be the next DJ to contribute to !K7's long-running DJ-Kicks mix series. His two-disc selection drops on 14 July and features cuts from Basic Channel, Kenny Dixon Jr, Pole, Jon Hopkins, Maribou State and Robert Hood, among others.

10. You probably know by now that Body & Soul - the legendary NYC Sunday party set up in the late 90s by Joe Claussell, Francois K and Danny Krivit - will be returning on 3 July with a special one-off, one-day event on Governors Island. But this week saw an exciting addition to the bill with the news that the three residents will be joined by Underground Resistance live act Timeline, a "high-tech jazz" combo whose members include 'Mad' Mike Banks and Mark Flash.

11. First-generation house star Lil Louis (of French Kiss fame) hasn't put anything out for a while. But he never stopped producing and now apparently has a backlog of over 1,500 unreleased tracks - some of which will see the light of day on a series of six (!) albums he plans to release starting later this year. You can hear some of the new material at a 'listening event' at Ministry Of Sound on 15 June.

12. Finally, The Hague in the Netherlands is getting a new club next month. Het Magazijn is located in the basement of a former wallpaper store and boasts a 24-hour licence and a Funktion-One soundsystem, as well as an intimate capacity of just 150. The club opens on 6 July.





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