This week: Leftfield, Paul Oakenfold, Honey Dijon, Radio Slave, Eminem, Marshmello and much more
1. Leftfield [pictured] will perform the whole of their classic 1995 album Leftism live when they appear at the Simple Things festival in Bristol. Also on the Simple Things bill for 20-21 October are Juan Atkins, Daphni, Shackleton, Shanti Celeste, Wild Beasts, Metronomy, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Kahn & Neek, The Bug and many more.
2. More names have been announced for Mint Festival up in Leeds, which takes place at Stockeld Estate on 23 September. New names added to the bill include Sasha, Ricardo Villalobos and Loco Dice, while elsewhere at festival you can find Seth Troxler B2B Craig Richards, Martin Buttrich, Nic Fanciulli, Martinez Brothers, Eats Everything, Skream B2B Patrick Topping, Hannah Wants, Disciples, Lady Leshur, Mike Skinner, Wilkinson, Nervo and many more.
3. After a successful first South American venture in Sao Paulo earlier this year, Dutch festival behemoth Dekmantel is heading back there with a string of six large-scale events in Chile, Peru, Brazil (x2) and Columbia (x2) scheduled for September and October. Dekmantel Soundsystem will play all six parties, with a rotating line-up of guests set to include Marcel Dettman, Shanti Celeste and more.
4. Meanwhile in North America, Denver's Overland Park golf course is to be the setting for a brand new festival from Superfly, the organisers of Bonnaroo. Superfly say the festival will follow a similar blueprint to Bonnaroo, with a multi-genre line-up and a daily capacity of 30-40,000. A name for the event is still TBA, but it will be held on either the first or second week in September.
5. New York's legendary Paradise Garage is the subject of a new radio/podcast series. Entitled Legends Of The Dancefloor: A Piece Of Paradise and presented by Eddie Gordon, the five-part series includes interviews with many DJs, recording artists and music industry figures who visited the club, and will explore its lasting impact on the history of dance music and club culture. It's available to stream now via BBC iPlayer.
6. Eminem is the producer behind a new film called Bodied, which is directed by Joseph Khan (who's known for his music videos) and which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film is a satirical look at rap battles, and the screenplay has been written by rapper Kid Twist, himself a veteran of the battle scene. And look, here's a trailer!
7. Another week, another slew of big-name album announcements! Look out for new long-players from (deep breath): Bjork (details TBA but she confirmed an album's on its way via Twitter); Radio Slave (his debut full-length Feel The Same, Rekids, 15 September); Andrew Weatherall (Qualia, Höga Nord Records, 29 September); Special Request AKA Paul Woolford (Belief System, Houndstooth, 13 October); and last but not least Honey Dijon (her debut The Best Of Both Worlds, Classic, 13 October).
8. The history of Paul Oakenfold's label Perfecto is to be told in graphic novel form, with text by the main man himself. The Wonderful World Of Perfecto is out via Z2 Comics on 21 November, and will come accompanied by a soundtrack CD featuring collaborations between Oakie and an array of other DJs and producers.
9. Richie Hawtin has struck a deal with Ibiza restaurants Blue Marlin and Corichancha, who will now each host nights showcasing his ENTER.Sake brand of Japanese fire-water. The ENTER.Sake annual dinner will take place at Corichanca on 2 August, with Blue Marlin hosting an ENTER.Sake party the following night. Music will come from Hito and Fabio Florido.
10. It's long been suspected that bemasked EDM 'concept' artist Marshmello was the brainchild of US producer Dotcom, and new evidence has emerged this week to support that theory. The writing credits for his track Freal Luv, as submitted to ASCAP, feature for the first time one Christopher Comstock - which is Dotcom's real name.
11. New York's famous Webster Hall venue is changing hands. What approach the new owners will take towards the venue's bookings and music policy is unclear, but for now it's been confirmed that Skrillex will headline the final club event at the Hall before it closes for refurbishment tomorrow night (Saturday 5 August), joined by Ekali and Deux Twins as well as residents Alex English, Dali and Tjani.
Leftfield pic: MartinPaulEve/Creative Commons
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