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Weekend Primer #23

Your regular Friday night fix of dance music news

2016 Jul 01     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: ADE 2016 line-up, Bernie Worrell RIP, Dr Meaker, Black Coffee, Jovonn, Jeff Mills, Squarepusher, UK garage clubbing and more

1. The first wave of artists have been announced for this year's Amsterdam Dance Event, which takes place on 19-23 October. There are WAY too many to list here, but some of the bigger names include Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Ben Sims, Dave Clarke (pictured), Digitalism, Dixon, DJ Tennis, Ferry Corsten, Hardwell, Henrik Schwarz, Jackmaster, James Zabiela, Joris Voorn, Kraak & Smaak, Louie Vega, Luke Slater, Marcel Dettmann, Marco Bailey, Martin Garrix, Matthias Tanzmann, Maya Jane Coles, Nicole Moudaber, Octave One, Pan-Pot, Paul Oakenfold, Planetary Assault Systems, Richie Hawtin, Scuba, Seth Troxler, Shanti Celeste, Sven Väth, Tale Of Us, The Martinez Brothers and Tiësto, who himself famously got his first big break at the conference. For the full list, click here.

2. Before that, WECANDANCE festival in neighbouring Belgium will play host on 13-14 August to Jamie Jones, Labyrinth, Dixon, Recondite, DJ Tennis, Roy Davis Jr, Maribou State and many more. For full details and ticket prices, hit up the festival website.

3. RIP this week legendary funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell, who co-founded Parliament-Funkadelic with George Clinton and also worked with the likes of Talking Heads, Fela Kuti, Mos Def and Yellowman. He passed away last Friday night (24 June) after a battle with lung cancer, aged 72.

4. The latest album from Bristol stadium D&B collective Dr Meaker has just been released by Circus Records. He's come a long way, has Clive Meaker, since he handed Team iDJ copies of his first album while we were having a fag break outside... his mum had driven him by the office specially! Anyway, you can hear Dirt & Soul in full on Soundcloud.

5. Lithuanian DJ Ten Walls was booked by Circoloco Ibiza this week... then promptly dropped again when DJs and fans alike reminded everyone on Twitter of his nasty homophobic outburst last year. Ellen Alien, Soul Clap, Midland, Breakage, Scuba, Eats Everything and Pearson Sound were among those expressing their displeasure at the booking.

6. Congratulations to Black Coffee, who this week became the first South African artist ever to win a BET Award (kind of the US equivalent of the MOBOs here in the UK). He won the Best International Act: Africa category.

7. New albums are in the pipeline from Justice and Benny Benassi. All we really know about Justice's offering is that it will be out in the autumn, but Benassi's is a 15-track affair entitled Danceaholic and will be out on Ultra Music on 15 July.

8. Just in case anyone was in any doubt that there's a UKG revival going on in Britain's capital city right now, tonight alone London clubbers can choose from Garage Legends at Clapham Grand with Shola Ama, DJ Pied Piper and MC DT, or a For The Love Garage Summer Special at Village Underground with Artful Dodger, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Matt 'Jam' Lamont, Oxide & Neutrino and Bump & Grind. All together now... boooo! That's the good sort of 'boooo', of course.

9. If techno's more your thing then you might like to know that German veteran Paul Kalkbrenner has posted the first in a series of mixes called Back To The Future, in which he pays homage to the tracks that soundtracked his Berlin clubbing adventures in the late 80s/early 90s. Part 1 includes cuts from Aux88, Quadrophonia, LFO, Fingers Inc, 808 State, Aphex Twin, 2 For Joy and more, and you can hear it and download it for free here.

10. Numerous DJs/producers have expressed their unhappiness about the Brexit result online this week but Squarepusher has gone one further, launching a remix project called MIDI Sans Frontieres whereby you can download stems of his track of the same name, then post your remixes to the site. He describe it as a "piece of music written in the aftermath of the referendum and [...] the basis of an internationalist collaboration with sound makers irrespective of what kind of music they make, where they live, their background, their age – all are invited to participate. It is not offered as a substitute for progressive political action but as a complement to it. I put it forward in defiance of the bigotry threatening the fragile connections that exist between us all." Get involved at

11. Techno founding father Jeff Mills is to host a residency at London's Barbican arts centre next summer. The four-night event will include screenings of sci-fi films, orchestral reinterpretations of Mills' work and a premiere of The Planets, in which he takes the audience on an orchestral techno journey through the Solar System.

12. US house and garage legend Jovonn, meanwhile, is the proud father of a brand new record label. Body 'N Deep launches on 3 October with the three-track Peak Hour EP from Jovonn himself.





Tags: Amsterdam Dance Event, WECAN DANCE, Bernie Worrell, Dr Meaker, Ten Walls, Circoloco, Black Coffee, BET Awards, Justice, Benny Benassi, Paul Kalkbrenner, Squarepusher, Jeff Mills, Jovonn