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Weekend Primer #88

Get up to speed on all this week's dance music news

2017 Sep 29     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Snowbombing, Awakenings, The Prodigy, Joy Orbison, Mefjus, Mutek, Bottin, MoS @ 26, Thievery Corporation and more

1. The first wave of artists has been announced for Snowbombing 2018. Pendulum and Liam Gallagher will headline the snowboarding and music festival in Mayrhofen, Austria on 9-14 April, while also on the bill are Bicep [pictured], Dizzee Rascal, DJ Hype, Skream, David Rodigan, Heidi, Jackmaster, Artwork, Alan Fitzpatrick, DJ EZ, Waze & Odyssey, Dusky, Redlight, Camelphat, Monki, Peggy Gou and more. Bookings are being accepted now, starting at £249 for basic accommodation and a five-day wristband. For full details, see their website.

2. Techno legends Speedy J and Surgeon are joining forces at ADE next month to launch their new improvisational live project, Multiples. Multiples will make their debut at Reaktor's ADE party on 22 October, alongside performances from Luke Slater, LSD (AKA Steve Bicknell and Function), Tommy Four Seven and more.

3. Speaking of live performances, following news last week of their forthcoming seventh studio album, Brit rave survivors The Prodigy have announced their first UK tour since 2015. The tour kicks off at Manchester 02 Apollo on 14 December, then takes in dates in Doncaster, Plymouth, Glasgow and Wolverhampton before climaxing with three nights at London's 02 Academy Brixton on 21-23 December.

4. Eric Prydz, meanwhile, is to play five consecutive nights in the US and Canada around New Year's Eve. Brooklyn's Output sees the tour commence on 28 December, and he's back there on 30 December and 1 January, while on 29 December he's off to Toronto and on NYE itself he'll be headlining the Echostage festival in Washington DC. Prydz and Output are something of a match made in heaven right now, given that Prydz won DJ Of The Year at the inaugural Electronic Music Awards in LA last week while the Club Of The Year gong went to the Brooklyn venue.

5. Another big NYE bash you might want to know about is the four-part Awakenings do at Gashouder in Amsterdam. For their daytime (12pm-10pm) party on 30 December they've got Richie Hawtin, Chris Liebing, Joris Voorn and Eats Everything, while that night (11.30pm-8am) you can catch Adam Beyer, Loco Dice, Tale Of Us and Joseph Capriati. The NYE do proper on 31 December runs from 8.30pm-6.30am and features Maceo Plex, Pan-Pot, Amelie Lens and Makam, while finally their New Year's Day Special (7pm-7am) features Charlotte De Witte, Len Faki, Sam Paganini and Roman Lindau.

6. Good and bad news from Canada's Mutek camp. Following the earthquake that struck central Mexico on 19 September, their Mutek Mexico festival has been postponed from 11-15 October until 22-26 November, but on a happier note they've just announced their inaugural US festival, which will be held in San Francisco in the spring (exact dates TBA).

7. If you're prone to remixing/re-editing the latest commercial hits for your DJ sets, then your life just got a whole lot easier. Sony has just announced a partnership with a company called Remix Hits that means you'll be able to legally purchase and download stems from the company's releases. Remix Hits is also said to be in talks with Universal and Warner to do the same for their output, and this video explains a bit more... well, not really, but here it is anyway!

8. The next album from dark disco don Bottin will be called I Have What I Gave, and is out on 2MR on 6 October. It's the Italian producer's first long-player since 2014's Punica Fides on Bear Funk, and features a track called Stellar Parade that sees him collaborating with legendary Italo originator Alexander Robotnick.

9. Meanwhile the next mix album in the long-running Fabriclive series will come from Australian D&B star Mefjus. The 29-track collection features mostly Mefjus' own work with a sprinkling of tracks from the likes of Emperor, Ivy Lab, Noisia and Camo & Krooked, and is out on 17 November.

10. Joy Orbison has put together a new compilation for Dekmantel's Selectors series. Selectors 004, his 11-track, er, selection of obscure D&B, techno and breakbeat gems spanning the last 25 years or so of dance music history, is out on 13 November.

11. Back on the live tip, Austrian dub/chill-out duo Thievery Corporation are touring North America this autumn - sorry, "fall" - and they're offering 10 fans per show the chance to get the 'Ultimate Tour Experience'. Which basically means you get to watch the gig from the wings/pit (venue depending) and attend the pre-gig soundcheck, if you pay a little extra via PledgeMusic.

12. Pioneer's WeDJ app, which gives you two decks and a mixer so you can mix tracks stored on your iPhone or iPad, has proved a big hit with iOS users - so now they've launched it for Android, too. A WeDJ-specific hardware controller, DDJ-WeGO4, is also available.

13. Finally, if you're in the Big Smoke this weekend and at a loss for what to do, then you might want to try the Ministry Of Sound 26th birthday bash tomorrow night (30 Sept), where DJ Harvey will be manning the decks alongside Ministry founder Justin Berkmann, Session Victim, In Flagrante and Harvey Sutherland.






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