The synthesiser pioneer Peter Zinovieff has died, aged 88. According to a report in The Guardian, the Russian-British founder of benchmark-setting brand EMS suffered a fall in his Cambridge, UK home, earlier this month and had been hospitalised for ten days.
“Despacio is happiness” reads a huge sign that looms overhead as you walk into the travelling audiophile soundsystem at the inaugural All Points East (APE) festival in Victoria Park, London.
The brainchild of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Dewaele brothers Stephen and David – better known as 2ManyDJs – inside the trio roll out a chugging vinyl-only showcase of disco, Italo, new wave, classic rock, acid house, electroclash and myriad more sounds for three afternoons at APE between 2pm and 8pm.
Having already hit Glastonbury – where the rig famously had more power than the festival’s famous Pyramid Stage – Sónar, Coachella, London’s Roundhouse and a recent three-date New York residency, Despacio is a major coup for the first APE festival, adding an extra dimension to a strong line-up that pairs indie royalty in Bjork, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The xx with a strong DJ roster that includes Hunee, The Black Madonna and Omar-S.
Sónar Barcelona has revealed more artists for its 24tjh edition taking place from 15th to 17th June 2017 with the likes of Seth Troxler back-to-back Tiga, Arca & Jesse Kanda as well as Soulwax, amongst others.
Among the first wave of artists of Sónar Barcelona announced last December were French duo Justice, techno gem Nina Kraviz, legendary Nicolas Jaar and more.
Soulwax have released their first new track in 11 years, titled ‘Transient Program for Drums and Machiner’. You can listen to it below.
The release can be downloaded for free from Soulwax’s website, and also comes with the news that the band will be going on tour next year, with 10 performances locked in through March and April 2017. You can see the run of dates at the bottom of the page.
Soulwax have been pretty busy of late — last month the Belgian electro-rock legends released their excellent soundtrack for new film Belgica, they're also about to reach 16 releases on their fledgling imprint Deewee Records (the 16th is dropping in a couple of weeks), and now they've found the time to deliver a 9-minute cosmic disco remix of Shock Machine’s ‘Open Up The Sky’.
Never one to shy away from taking risks, Belgian electro-rockers Soulwax decided for their new Soulwax album – their first in well over a decade – they would soundtrack a rowdy Belgian film called 'Belgica', and create 16 fictional bands in the process.
Soulwax, aka 2ManyDJs, aka the band helmed by the Dewaele brothers David and Stephen, shot to prominence in the early noughties. 2ManyDJs was a spin-off from their band Soulwax, and their party mash-up sets and radio shows shot them to fame — with even David Bowie professing to be a fan.
Despacio, the acclaimed new pairing of James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem and the Dewaele brothers of 2ManyDJs/Soulwax fame, are set to be one of the highlights of the Sonar festival next month.
With their custom-built soundsystem, emphasis on playing vinyl, and move away from the superstar DJ set-up, Despacio are bringing something new to the table — and Sonar seems the perfect setting for one of their rare live appearances.