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Weekend Primer #89

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

2017 Oct 06     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Solomun, Seth Troxler, Apex RIP, DMC Championships, Fatboy Slim, Levon Vincent, Surgeon, Anjunabeats, Junction 2 and much, much more!

1. Solomun [pictured] is taking his Solomun +1 party, which has proved such a success in Ibiza, to the US for the first time. 8 December will see Solomun +1 taking over a Brooklyn warehouse (exact location TBC), with the '+1' special guest this time being Âme.

2. The D&B community was in shock this week after news broke that UK producer Apex had passed away, with some reports suggesting that he took his own life. As well as forging a successful solo career Apex, real name Robert Dickeson, was a member of the duo Unknown Error and also recorded under the alias Midnight Lamp. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

3. Happier news though from the DMC World Championships, which took place in London earlier this week and saw 12-year-old DJ Rena from Japan become the youngest-ever DMC champion. France's DJ Skillz and 2017 DMC Online champ DJ Spell took 2nd and 3rd place respectively, while another Japanese turntablist, DJ Yukichi, took the DMC Battle Champion title.

4. Fatboy Slim will be playing at London's famous Alexandra Palace on 24 February. And yes, that's ages off yet, but tickets went on sale today and they're likely to sell out fast! Support acts for the show (if there are any) are yet to be announced.

5. It seems to have been "let's launch a label!" week in DJ circles, with Gorgon City, Donato Dozzy, Cassy and Prins Thomas all announcing their own new imprints. Say hello to REALM, Afterhouse, Kwench Records and the imaginatively named Prins Thomas Musikk, respectively. The latter will debut with Thomas's fifth studio album - another veritable masterpiece of inventive nomenclature entitled Prins Thomas 5 - on 24 November.

6. And speaking of new albums, other notable long-players announced this week included: a second album from Caribou's Dan Snaith in his Daphni guise, which is called Joli Mai and is out on his Jiaolong label on 6 October; Pop Ambient 2018, the latest installment in Kompakt's long-running downtempo series, which is out on 17 November; and an eight-track, all-analogue set from The Hacker called Le Théâtre des Opérations, which drops via Dark Entries on 15 November.

7. Perhaps best of all the week's album announcements, though, is For Paris, the second long-player from Levon Vincent, which is coming in five monthly vinyl instalments from Jan-May 2018. Why's that best of all? Because those dates are only for the vinyl - the digital version is available as a free download via WeTransfer now! You can grab it here (until 9 October, anyway). It's Levon's way of apologising for rash comments he posted online following the terrorist attack at the Bataclan in 2015.

8. Calling bedroom producers! Anjunabeats have been announced as label partners for the second leg of Beatport's 'Beats In School' talent search, with the prize being a year-long mentorship with the esteemed prog, trance and tech label. The first leg of the contest offered a similar prize courtesy of Yousef's label Circus Recordings. For details of how to enter, click here.

9. Official iDJ big-ups to Seth Troxler, who this week donated $10K to relief efforts in Mexico following the recent earthquake. He challenged other artists who were booked for Ultra Mexico to do the same - and Martin Garrix promptly obliged, so props to him as well!

10. Speaking of festivals, London techno extravaganza Junction 2 returns to Boston Manor Park on 9 June next year, details TBC, while further afield the line-up was announced for Australia's Pitch this week. Pitch takes place just outside Mafeking in Victoria on 10-13 March, with Ben UFO, Sven Väth, Black Madonna, Bicep, Maceo Plex, Mano Le Tough, Heidi and Seth Troxler (weren't we just talking about him?) among the names on offer. Not such good news from the Pretty Lights camp, though - their Island Of Lights festival, which was due to take place in Puerto Rico in December, has understandably had to be cancelled in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

11. Moving on to studio news, and Sample Magic announced a new sequencer instrument called Klip this week. The plug-in is available now at the introductory price of £99 (rising to £129) and comes with 4,000 of the sample house's loops and one-shots pre-loaded.

12. If you're more of a hardware kinda person, on the other hand, Keith McMillan Instruments have just announced a new drum controller called BopPad. As the name suggests, the $199 instrument looks much like 'traditional' electronic drum pad, but allows four different sounds to assigned to each of its four quadrants.

13. Finally, Brummie techno don Surgeon's a busy lad of late. Not content with announcing the debut of Multiples, his live project with Speedy J, last week, this week he announced another collaboration, this time with London producer Dan Bean. The duo will go by the name of The Transcendence Orchestra, with their debut album Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals coming on Editions Mego on 15 December. The track Upper Windrush is streaming now, and can be heard below.






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