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Weekend Primer #94

13 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Nov 10     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Drumcode, Snatch!, HYTE, Soul Jazz, Logan Sama, Mihalis Safras, Lil Louis, DJ International, Thekla and much more

1. Adam Beyer's Drumcode have announced their first-ever festival, for which they're joining forces with Dutch festival promoters Awakenings. The inaugural event will be held at Amsterdam's NDSM Docklands on 18 August, though line-up details have yet to be announced.

2. In other festival news: Dekmantel return to Sao Paulo, Brazil on 3-4 March, with Nina Kraviz, Four Tet, Floating Points, Marcel Dettman and Peggy Gou among those playing at the city's former theme park Playcenter; more names have been announced for Snowbombing 2018 in Mayrhofen, Austria, with Eats Everything, Idris Elba, Rudimental, Barely Legal and Richy Ahmed added to the bill on 9-14 April; and finally Morocco's Oasis have announced their dates for 2018, with the multi-genre festival set to take place in Marrakech on 14-16 September.

3. This week's biggest dance music controversy centred around Greek tech-house producer Mihalis Safras, who several other artists have accused of releasing music under his own name that's based heavily on tracks they previously submitted to his Material Series label as demos. Safras has now responded to the allegations, and admits that there has indeed been some unauthorised use of samples and loops - but says he is "now putting measures in place to avoid any further malpractice".

4. Could Bristol's much-loved Thekla - a nightclub on a boat - be the next UK venue to fall victim to noise regulations following property development nearby? That's the worry since Bristol City Council approved a new mixed-use block just across the harbour earlier this week - but the council has said that the developers will be required to soundproof their buildings appropriately.

5. Seminal early house releases by the likes of Marshall Jefferson, Frankie Knuckles, Fast Eddie, Chip-E and Larry Heard are to be re-released. The material, which was first released by the legendary DJ International label, is being remastered and reissued digitally by Universal Music, which now owns the DJ International back catalogue, with eight tracks being released every week from 10 November. And speaking of house veterans getting reissued, the first-ever release by Theo Parrish, the 1996 Baby Steps EP, has just been given another run-out on his own Sound Signature label.

6. House pioneer Lil Louis, on the other hand, hasn't got time for reissues right now - he's got the small matter of SIX new albums to release! All six will be out in 2018, and see the Chicago legend sharing all the music he's made since his last release back at the start of the decade.

7. UK producer Jesse Rose announced last year that he would be retiring at the end of 2017, and now details have emerged of his last-ever shows. He'll play Mangle in East London on 11 November (that's tomorrow night), followed by Funkhaus in Berlin on 12 November, where he'll appear alongside Henrik Schwarz as Black Rose. Expect some big-name guests, too, at what promise to be an emotional couple of gigs!

8. Trance heroes and Anjuna bosses Above & Beyond are the subject of a new documentary film. Above & Beyond Acoustic: Giving Up The Day Job will premiere early next year, and follows the trio - in our experience, three of the nicest guys in the game! - on their 2016 live tour.

9. Grime DJ Logan Sama has been dropped by 1Xtra after misogynistic comments he made on Twitter in 2013 surfaced this week. He had been set to host a new grime show on the BBC station. Sama has apologised for the remarks, saying that they were posted "as jokes among friends" and do not represent his true opinions.

10. Want to expand your knowledge of the early days of electronic music? Soul Jazz Records are to release the third in their Deutsche Elektronische Musik series on 1 December. The series focuses on experimental German music from the 70s, with Vol 3 featuring contributions from Neu! and Cluster among its 23 tracks.

11. Alternatively, if you're too busy making experimental electronic music of your own, you might like to know that Twisted Electrons has just announced a new hardware sequencer. The diminutive crazy8beats machine features two MIDI outputs, eight triggers and eight CV outputs, so is ideal for those working with hardware-based setups. It'll be out early next year, though no price has yet been announced.

12. HYTE have announced details of their monster 24-hour New Year's Eve party, which will take place at Berlin's Funkhaus, and the line-up reads like a Who's Who of contemporary house and techno. Try Ricardo Villalobos, Adam Beyer, Gregor Tresher, Pan-Pot, Nina Kraviz, Tale Of Us, Loco Dice and Chris Liebing on for size... and that's just Room 1!

13. Finally this week, congratulations to Riva Starr's Snatch! label, who are about to drop their 100th release. They're celebrating reaching that milestone with a party at Egg LDN on 24 November, with the label boss joined by Dennis Cruz and Gene Farris. The event runs from 11am through till 6pm, and tickets start at just £5!