This week: the great laptop controversy, Yello, Arthur Russell, Oneman, Tramlines, Major Lazer and the "rave revival"
1. It's been a mixed week for European electronic music pioneers. Boris Blank and Dieter Meier, better known as Yello (pictured), announced that they'll be releasing their first full-length in seven years, Toy, on 30 September - and playing their first-ever live dates to promote it, at Kraftwerk Berlin on 26 and 28 October. Fellow originators Kraftwerk themselves had less good news, when their previous victory in a 19-year copyright battle over a two-second sample from their 1977 track Metal On Metal was overturned by Germany's highest court.
2. Over in the US, meanwhile, an archive of reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, DATs, VHS tapes and written material belonging to late avant-disco pioneer Arthur Russell has found a new home at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts. The audio material will also, eventually, be accessible online.
3. Los Angeles nightclub Cure And The Cause, run by Kenny Summit, has banned laptops from its DJ booth. Rather than technique snobbery the move seems to be designed to eliminate messy and complicated DJ handovers, with Summit saying in a statement, "Pioneer isn't going anywhere any time soon, they are the industry standard, so brush up on how to use the CDJs already, get Rekordbox (it’s free) and buy a good USB stick". But the declaration has stirred up a fair bit of controversy online, with several big names chipping in to voice their disapproval (Richie Hawtin) or agreement (Seth Troxler).
4. The cause of Prince's untimely death has been revealed. A report from the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Minnesota shows that the 57-year-old star died from an accidental overdose of the prescription-only painkiller Fentanyl. The opioid drug, commonly given to cancer patients, is said by the National Institute for Drug Abuse to be up to 50 times stronger than heroin.
5. Rinse FM favourite Oneman is to host a 13-week residency at London club XOYO. He'll be at the helm on Friday nights, joined by an array of guests including Gilles Peterson, MJ Cole, Ben UFO, Just Blaze, Skream, Mount Kimbie, Zed Bias, Wiley, Plastician, Slimzee and more, with particular nights dedicated to UK garage, dubstep, UK funky and grime. For full listings, see the XOYO website.
6. RIP this week Katie Bermudez (21) and Alex Haynes (22), who died at the Sunset Music Festival in Tampa, Florida, which also saw 57 people hospitalised for suspected drug-related problems. Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn has since said he does not wish the festival, which has run for the past five years, to return to the city.
7. Happier US festival news comes from the Windy City, where the all-new Myth festival will take place on 18-19 June. Artists include Huxley, Wave & Odyssey, Junior Sanchez, DJ Heather, Eddie Fowlkes, Terrence Dixon, No Rabbitz and the one and only Tyree Cooper. The festival is well timed, because President Obama has just declared June "African-American Music Month".
8. Berghain's strict and at times unpredictable admissions policy is (in)famous the world over. If you've never visited the Berlin hotspot and wonder how you'd fare getting past the notoriously picky bouncers, there's now an online virtual reality game thingummy that lets you find out: hit up Berghaintrainer.com to try it for yourself. You'll need to be running Chrome for it work.
9. After last week's announcement that he was recovering well from a bad fall back in February, Paul Van Dyk has revealed that he'll be making his DJ comeback on the Dreamstate stage at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas on 17-19 June.
10. Closer to home, Motion in Bristol announced their summer schedule this week. Highlights include Sugarhill Gang and Gangmasters Furious Five ft Melle Mel & Scorpio on 9 June, a Hospitality BBQ with Camo & Krooked, London Elektricity, Nu:Tone and Toddla T on 2 July, DJ Shadow on 21 July, Sequences with Noisia, Mala, Benga and Novelist on 23 July, Defected In The House with MK, Riva Starr and Sam Devine on 30 July and a Bitch, Please! daytime party on 13 August with Honey Dijon and Spencer Parker.
11. Major Lazer are giving away a remixed version of last year's Peace Is The Mission long-player for free! The album's being released as a giveaway on BitTorrent, with registered users able to download all 12 rerubs while the non-registered will have to content themselves with seven.
12. More names have been added to the bill for the Tramlines festival in Sheffield on 22-24 July. The 60 new additions include Derrick Carter, Cut Chemist, Zero 7, Tom Findlay of Groove Armada and Futureboogie's Joe90, AKA former iDJ scribe Steve Nickolls.
13. London's legendary 80s nightclub The Wag is to return... for one night only. Head to the Westbank Gallery, W10 on 18 June to catch founder Chris Sullivan spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz and more alongside Kevin Rowlands and Wag veteran Robert Elms, with the Robin Jones Latin Jazz Sextet playing live. The event will follow the release of the four-disc The Wag boxset, which is out on 10 June.
14. If dub and electro are more your bag, on the other hand, then its 17 June you'll want to mark in your diary, when the legendary Adrian Sherwood, Doug Wimbish and Andrew Weatherall take over the Jazz Cafe for the launch party of the soon-come Sherwood At The Controls Vol 2 compilation.
15. Are the glory days of raving set to return? You could easily argue they never went away, but this week saw UK tabloid The Sun once more running shock-horror headlines about "90s-style drug parties" while a report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction revealed that Ecstasy pills are currently purer and stronger than they've ever been - and that Ecstasy use among young people is increasing, after being on the decline for the past few years.
Pic: Yello by Helen Sobiralski
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