Is this what it sounds like when the ghosts of your pasts become those of your present? Richie Hawtin needs little introduction in electronic music circles, but having spent much of the last few years on the lucrative global DJ roustabout, his releases as a producer have been sporadic by any benchmark.
For Hawtin From My Mind to Yours began as a simple exercise in road-testing a new studio, but then rapidly became a Damascene trip (sic) back into the realm of creating new music, albeit in familiar forms and under the guise of well known aliases. In part using vintage equipment found in gathering dust in a corner, this new spirit of retro-pioneering led to a series of jams which would ultimately become to what we have here. It's appropriate to point out that what he conjured out of the sessions is both a return to familiar forms but equally very much for the purist: the whole excercise clocks in at over two hours played back to back, but you assume the urge here to drop in and tune out will be strong for those who like the isolation of long, dark sets in clubs which harbour similar qualities.
Reviving names like F.U.S.E is a bold step, even when you don't really have to consider what other people think, but luckily the moniker used to bring the seminal Substance Abuse to the world in 1991 is still making sounds here to dazzle the ears and to flash-fire the retina by. Twenty five years on the sounds are now tougher and more hypnotic, the chattering hi-hat and discombobulated voices of Close like a rogue piece of software fragged by something alien, whilst the monstrous, near sixteen minute Them needs to be consumed best whilst subject the metronomic pacing of a long train journey.
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Ride and The Strokes will be joined by The Black Keys, Patti Smith, The Replacements and more.
Fans and hopeful attendees of Barcelona's Primavera Sound were delighted to discover that the preview app they downloaded was a video game displaying the full line-up for the festival's fifteenth anniversary.
Already announced were Friday and Saturday's headliners Ride and The Strokes, and now they've been joined by a host of other equally incredible artists. Thursday sees The Black Keys leading the bill alongside The Replacements, who are hitting Spanish stages for the first time and Antony and the Johnsons, who've been doing plenty since their last Barcelona gig. Bringing some variation to Thursday proceedings are electronic virtuosos James Blake, Richie Hawtin and Simian Mobile Disco.
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It's only April but Contactmusic already have one eye on the summer. specifically towards Creamfields 2013 which will be taking place at its usual venue near Daresbury in Cheshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August). And while much of the UK's music press will be off to Leeds and Reading, we're looking forward to something that bit more adrenaline-fuelled, weird and wonderful over at Creamfields.
Long since established as the UK's premier dance and electronic festival, Creamfields will be in full party spirit this year to celebrate its 15th Birthday, and the initial line-up is befitting such a milestone. Leading the charge for 2013's event are iconic dance pioneers The Prodigy headlining the Saturday night (24th August) with their only UK festival appearance of 2013. Still going strong and approaching their 25th anniversary, the band are still legendary for their incendiary festival appearances and we're expecting nothing less from their Creamfields headliner - true trailblazers! Supporting them on the North Stage that night will be French Wunderkind Madeon and Zane Lowe with DJ sets, while the South stage takes a distinctly more cutting-edge tack with Avicii, Knife Party and Nicky Romero. Steve Angelo and Benny Benassi head up the Size Matters tent, while Eric Prydz invites Marco Carola, Adam Beyer and special guest Maya Jane Coles to his Prydz Friends tent. Also heading up their own tents are Pete Tong and Annie Mac with impressive supporting casts, though personally, we're most excited about Above & Beyond's Anjunabeats stage: with Paul Oakenfold, Gareth Wyn and Gareth Emery giving us a night of exceptional Trance before Above & Beyond themselves come along to finish the whole thing off in glorious style.
Onto the Sunday (25th August) and the big name is undoubtedly David Guetta - arguably the biggest name in the world of electronic music right now - heading up the North Stage with a selection of tunes that have pretty much been resident on radios across the globe over the past few years. Though, he does face a little competition from Tiësto on the South Stage, as well as Groove Armada giving one of their ever-excellent and eclectic DJ sets in the Nation tent, and Sebastian Ingrosso proving that there is life after Swedish House Mafia as he fronts the All Mixed Up stage. Frankly, Sunday is full of mouth-watering clashes, with Richie Hawtin's intelligent Techno jacking the Enter stage around, Laidback Luke and Eddie Halliwell getting hands up in the air at the Super You&Me stage, Kutski, Andy Whitby and Alex Kidd pushing it hard and fast at the Goodgreef X-Tra Hard stage and Subfocus and Modestep bringing the bass tremors in the Speakerbox tent. And frankly, if you've got any energy left after that little lot, you're a stronger man than I am! An impressive line-up all round.
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The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.