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Weekend Primer #31

The week's dance music news in bite-sized form

2016 Aug 26     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: turmoil in clubland, new albums galore, 24 hours of non-stop Aphex, Tiesto beer and more

1. Roland has hinted that it may relaunch the legendary TR-909 drum machine [pictured], or at least a version thereof. Last year, Roland issued 'Boutique' versions of several classic Jupiter and Juno synths, and suggested that Boutique versions of the TR-909, TR-808 and TB-303 may follow; the proclamation of a "909 celebration event" on 9 September suggests that day may have come. Watch this space.

2. Good news from clubland: it looks like at least the Terrace section of Studio 338 in Greenwich, which recently burned down, will eventually reopen. The club has started a crowdfunding campaign, following the success of one that raised nearly £10K for the family of Tomas, the club employee who died in the fire. Meanwhile Elrow's planned Bollywood party at the club has found a new home at Building Six nearby. Fabric, too, may be getting a reprieve: a new statement says that they're in talks with police about improving drug safety and security measures. And finally, former Hackney club The Laundry has reopened as Mangle (see what they did there?)

3. Bad news from clubland: changes to tax laws in Chicago mean that DJ sets are no longer classed as live performances, which means admission fees to small clubs are no longer tax-exempt. If the city attempts to recoup backdated tax income on the basis of the decision - which overturns a previous 2006 ruling - it's believed many clubs could be facing crippling, potentially fatal tax bills running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

4. Good news from festival-land: Electric Daisy Carnival have announced a brand new two-day event to take place in Delhi, India on 12 and 13 November. The new festival will be a joint venture between EDC and Indian promoters Only Much Louder. No word yet as to the line-up but expect lots of big names from the world of EDM as well as plenty of local talent.

5. Bad news from festival-land: the Bugged Out Weekender that was scheduled to take place at Butlins Bognor Regis in January has been cancelled. This appears to have been Butlins' decision, with a statement from the company saying in part, "Our key product always has been family breaks, and because we need to develop areas of our resorts with those in mind, it means we are unable to host Bugged Out in 2017." The Weekender in Margate next month will still go ahead.

6. New albums to look out for include… Frequently Flying, the third studio long-player from Sonny Fodera (Defected, 4 November); an as-yet untitled George Clinton album on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label (some time in 2017); Label Mates 001, the first installment in a new compilation series from Jesse's Rose's Play It Down label, which has been compiled and mixed by LA's Brillstein (out now); All Wet, the sixth album from Mr Oizo, featuring contributions from Skrillex, Peaches and Boys Noize (Ed Banger, 30 September); Dynamis, album #3 from deep dubstep don Distance (Tectonic, 21 October); and, after an 18-year gap, a new album from A Tribe Called Quest, recorded before the tragic death of Phife Dawg in March (Epic, release date TBC).

7. An unknown DJ has strung together the collected works of Aphex Twin into one whopping great 24-hour-long mix, which you can hear/download at The Internet Archive. Or at least you can for now... not sure how long this one will be available so if you're interested, be quick!

8. Grime MC Novelist is launching his own record label, MMMYEH Records. He broke the news in a tweet, saying "I've gone 100% independent. My team are gonna eat and do what we want." Previous Novelist releases have come on XL, Fabric and Criminal Tribe, though which of those labels was attempting to dictate Novelist's lunch menu is unclear.

9. Following Budweiser's sponsorship of Tomorrowland Belgium, the beer company has announced the launch of a limited edition Tiesto beer. Which is obviously just Budweiser in a can that says Tiesto on it, despite the brewers' insistence that it's "infused with the Tomorrowland spirit".

10. Maceo Plex has been added to the line-up for the Space Ibiza closing party on 2 October. He joins Carl Cox, Tale Of Us, Darius Syrossian, Anja Schneider, Josh Wink, Steve Bug and more at what's undoubtedly going to be a blow-out of epic proportions.

11. EDM star Gareth Emery has announced that he's turning his back on social media. In a Facebook post (oh the irony!) which you can read in full here, he says: "I chose this life for two reasons: to make music and to play music ... but making music has too often taken a back seat to being an online personality." His accounts will remain open, but will now be handled by his management team.

12. And finally... the Burning Man team have bought their own Boeing 747. It's not for international jet-setting purposes, though: instead the decommissioned airliner is being hauled to the Burning Man site in Nevada, where it'll be transformed into a luxurious lounge bar.





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