object blue, Ploy, Mount Kimbie play Dummy’s stage at The Great Escape

With not long to go now until The Great Escape hits Brighton’s shores, we’re thrilled to unveil the line-up for our event at The Late Escape, the festival’s after-hours programme.

On Saturday 11th May, we’ll be hitting up Patterns to showcase some of the most exciting acts in the electronic game right now.

Fresh from dropping their heavily-spun DJ-Kicks mix, post-dubstep pioneers Mount Kimbie will be bringing their melodic electronics to the Brighton venue.

Joining them on the bill is object blue – someone we’ve had an eye on for some time (having named her as one of eight artists to watch in 2019), and she’ll no doubt be filling her record bag with some killer tracks.

Responsible for ‘Ramos’ (one of our favourite tracks of 2018), Timedance/Hessle Audio mainstay Ploy is set to bring his percussive wizardry to the venue.

Also scheduled to spin is Brighton-based DJ Danielle – who counts illustration alongside her fierce selecting talents that weave between leftfield, electro, new-wave, techno and beyond.

Finally, French-Icelandic producer Daniel Ness – having just dropped his ‘Shy’ EP – is completing the bill.

Find more information here.

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Dummy x Pirate Live: Watch Sami Baha, Martha and Intentionally Cold this Thursday

This Thursday 18th April, Dummy is taking over Pirate Studios’s London HQ, bringing out three of our current favourite selectors for a two-hour livestream.

First up, Planet Mu mainstay Sami Baha is one of the most forward-thinking beatmakers around – his Dimzy-featuring ‘Discreet’ was one of our top tracks of 2018, and the newly-announced Rinse resident is a gold standard selector.

An NTS regular, Peckham-based Martha has enjoyed a sharp rise through the underground, becoming a renowned tastemaker thanks to her globally-spanning electronics that mine the corners of the world for the freshest sounds.

Rifling through the outer borders of grime, Intentionally Cold is a name you’ll be hearing a lot more of. The South London artist is a member of the HMRC producer/DJ collective, and will be kicking our stream off with his 0° selections on Thursday.

We’ll be streaming the entire thing from both the Dummy and Pirate Studios Facebook pages from 7pm until 9pm – make sure you tune in.

Related: Pirate Studios have launched a hunt for fresh new talent – get involved here.

For more information on how to book sessions at Pirate studios, head here.

Fuse is throwing a techno rave in every one of Brussels’ metro stations this month

One of Belgium’s longest-running electronic music institutions, Fuse, is taking techno to every one of the underground stations in Brussels on April 27th.

“From Friday morning (10:00 AM) to Saturday April 27 (12:00 AM) you will hear techno music in all Brussels metro stations,” the website Studio Brussel reports.

Having been in operation since 1994, the techno label and club is celebrating its 25th birthday this year, and the underground “mega-rave” is part of the festivities.

For the occasion, Fuse asked their fans for the favourite tracks, which have been compiled into a playlist to be played in the metro stations – listen to it here.

 

Wiley calls Drake a “bumbahole” after Drake labels him “goofy”

Wiley and Drake have engaged in an online spat, after the grime godfather labelled the Canadian rapper a “culture vulture”.

Over the weekend, Drake appeared on BBC 1Xtra’s Rap show with Tiffany Calver, discussing the tag he’s been branded with for bringing out UK talent on tour.

Calling out Wiley by name, the ‘God’s Plan’ rapper said: “I just said his name cause I felt like that was some goofy shit. But yeah, I just didn’t like that. Like, what are you talking about?”

Taking to Instagram stories, Wiley did an impression of Drake’s flow and call-out in a mock Canadian accent before saying: “Listen bumbahole…”

Giggs also got involved after Wiley @-ed him in the conversation – in a series of tweets which have since been deleted, he wrote: ‘What exactly are u trying to achieve?’

Wiley tweeted: “Cover up the BBK tattoo” – a reference to the Boy Better Know ink that Drake got in 2015.

Recently, Drake brought out a newly-freed J Hus at one of his Assassination Nation London shows.

Related: Listen to a mixtape of ’70s and ’80s reworks of old school grime bars

Charli XCX and MNEK have worked on a song on K-pop group TWICE’s album

K-pop outfit TWICE recently announced their forthcoming mini album, titled ‘Fancy You’.

As per a tweet referencing the album’s credits, both Charli XCX and MNEK have worked on the track ‘Girls Like Us’.

The producers are responsible for some of the best pop music in recent times, and we can’t wait to hear the cut…

Watch TWICE’s ‘YES or YES’:

TWICE’s ‘Fancy You’ comes out on 22nd April 2019. 

Related: Listen to Charli XCX producer umru’s Dummy Mix

Human Traffic 2 has been confirmed: a “reaction to Brexit”

Rave cult classic film Human Traffic is getting a sequel, writer and director Justin Kerrigan confirmed over the weekend.

Making the announcement at a 20th anniversary celebration for the 1999 flick, he said: “It’s about one race, the human race, and a reaction to Brexit.”

He also confirmed that Danny Dyer would reprise his starring role as Moff for the long-awaited follow-up.

In an interview with Mixmag, Kerrigan confirmed that fellow original cast members Shaun Parkes, Nicola Reynolds and more would be joining him.

“It’s a comedy about the rave generation set over a weekend in Cardiff, London and Ibiza,” he said. “Human Traffic 2 is as relevant to today as [the original] was relevant for its time.”

There’s no release date just yet, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on the film’s developments.

Watch the announcement:

Related: The 10 Best Jungle Tracks of All Time, according to General Levy

Mall Grab, Maribou State, Mella Dee and more locked for Hideout’s boat parties

As well as throwing parties on land, a key part of Hideout Festival is its legendary boat parties – and the scheduling for these has just been announced.

The 2019 edition will see water-tight sets from the likes of Mall Grab, Maribou State, Mella Dee, George Fitzgerald, Mistajam and many more.

There’s also a CruCast boat billed, with sets from dynamic duo Bru-C and Window Kid, plus Darkzy and Skepsis.

The Croatian festival is held on the shores of the golden Zrće Beach from July 1st-5th, having quickly become a coveted destination for dance music fans.

The five-venue festival had previously announced Bicep, Mall Grab, Maribou State, Barely Legal, Gerd Janson and Jax Jones – plus Melé and Danny Howard for its beach party takeover.

Find and book the Hideout boat party line-ups here.

Hideout Festival adds Melé and Danny Howard to its beach party line-up

Find tickets to Hideout 2019 here.

Sheffield venue The Harley is set to close with immediate effect

Much-loved Sheffield venue The Harley has announced it will be closing due to “mounting financial pressures”, it is being reported.

The announcement was made on the venue’s Facebook page today (Friday 5th), but has since been deleted.

The statement explained that financial issues had caused the immediate closure, and that the venue would be working with local promoters to move any upcoming events.

“It brings us great sadness that we have to shut The Harley with immediate effect. Mounting financial pressures, much like many other music venues across the country, means that the business was no longer viable.”

It continued: “Our events and music department, and key promoters, have begun working on a new city centre event space which will be announced very soon. “The venue may have come to an end, but the memories will live on.”

The pub has strong roots in the Steel City’s history, becoming an important live institution for up-and-coming acts.

Khushi announced as support act for James Blake’s UK tour

Fresh from supporting James Blake on his North American tour, London-based vocalist, songwriter/producer Khushi has been announced as the support act for Blake’s upcoming UK tour.

Having already worked extensively with Blake on his latest album ‘Assume Form’ and with his own upcoming debut album being partially produced and mixed by Blake, there couldn’t be a better suited opener.

Initially rising to prominence with 2013’s ‘Magpie’, Khushi has since gone on to achieve critical acclaim for his work with indie electro trio Strong Asian Mothers. Recently releasing latest single ‘Freedom Falls’, his more self reflective solo material is something of a departure.

Catch Khushi at the following dates:

7/4 Manchester @ O2 Victoria Warehouse
9/4 Bristol @ O2 Academy Bristol
10/4 Bristol @ O2 Academy Bristol
17/4 London @ Eventim Apollo
18/4 London @ Eventim Apollo

Watch James Blake’s new ‘Barefoot In The Park’ video with Rosalía:

Tickets for Bristol and London dates are sold out. Remaining Manchester tickets can be found here

Pirate Studios launch a hunt for fresh UK talent with their Pirate Prodigy programme

Pirate Studios have launched a quest for the UK’s finest new talent via their new Pirate Prodigy programme, which kicks off today (April 3rd).

Winners across three categories – band, DJ and vocalist/MC – will receive once-in-a-lifetime mentoring from some of the industry’s most notable figureheads, including Toddla T and Jamz Supernova.

Offering self-service, 24-hour studios, Pirate Studios boasts state-of-the-art facilities at affordable prices in a bid to reinvent the concept of the music studio.

Pirate Prodigy winners will receive one-to-one mentoring and masterclasses in aspects including management, publishing, A&R, radio-play, songwriting and PR, as well as the chance to play at festivals that Pirate Studios are hosting stages at in 2019.

Pirate Prodigy’s judges/mentors:

Edith Bowman (TV presenter & former Radio 1 DJ)
Mr Scruff (DJ, producer and illustrator)
Jamz Supernova (Radio 1 & 1Xtra DJ)
Toddla T (Radio 1 DJ & producer)
Isabella Summers (Florence & The Machine)
Jammer (BBK & Lord of the Mics host)
Tom Windish (leading talent agent, founder of Windish Agency & CEO of talent agency Paradigm)
Craig Evans (managing director, Flying Vinyl)
Oneman (Rinse FM DJ)
Tom Paine (director of festivals & events, Team Love)
Naina (Beats 1 & Reprezent Radio DJ)
Luke Hood (UKF founder & AEI Group director)
Plastician (DJ)
Despa Robinson (StayFresh Entertainment & BE83 Artists founder)

Acts can enter now via piratestudios.co.uk/prodigy.

Dummy launches on Mixcloud Select, the platform’s “fan-to-creator” service

Audio streaming platform Mixcloud has rolled out a new “fan-to-creator” subscription service, Mixcloud Select.

Dummy is thrilled to be launching with the service, which allows subscribers to access exclusive features and rewards.

We’re joining artist and curators like Anja Schneider, Dekmantel, Worldwide FM, The Pharcyde and many more, and will be providing access to our vast archive of mixes that have racked up hundreds of thousands of plays over the years.

Subscribers will also be able to enjoy offline listening as part of the service.

Nikhil Shah, Co-Founder of Mixcloud, said: “People come to Mixcloud to listen deeply to shows handcrafted by passionate creators. Mixcloud Select is a direct response to that, empowering creators to deepen connections with their most engaged and loyal fans. We’re helping them take control.”

 

Subscribe to Dummy on Mixcloud Select now.

French rap icons PNL share video for ‘Au DD’, announce ‘Deux Frères’ album

French rap titans PNL have shared an atmospheric new video for ‘Au DD’, the first visual to be shot inside Paris’s Eiffel tower.

The brothers have also announced forthcoming album ‘Deux Frères’, set for release on April 5th this year.

It follows the success of their second record ‘Dans La Legende’, which received massive acclaim as the first independent French album to reach diamond status.

Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh designed a capsule collection for his Off-White label, which the pair sport in the footage.

Watch the sky-high visuals – which fit the duo’s cloud rap sonics perfectly – now:

PNL release ‘Deux Frères’ on April 5th 2019