This week: Armand Van Helden, Chemical Brothers, fabric, Sasha, Borgore, Eric B & Rakim, new clubs in London and NYC and more
1. Armand Van Helden [pictured] has announced what will be his first studio album in nearly a decade. Out on Spinnin' Records on 25 November, Extra Dimensional follows Ghettoblaster from 2007, and will be trailed by a single per week, the first of which (Know Thyself) dropped on Wednesday. Look out too for a new live album from Moderat, the supergroup comprising Modeselektor and Apparat. Recorded on their 2016 world tour, the imaginatively titled Live is out next month.
2. In fabric news this week... sadly, the club has been forced to make much of its 250-strong workforce redundant following the recent closure. MD Gary Kilbey said "it has been very sad two weeks". The club's appeal against Islington borough council's decision is set for 28 November, and tonight sees a fundraiser taking place at Church in Leeds, with Kölsch, Craig Richards and Mathew Jonson. Meanwhile, a 25-year-old man called Sebastian Clark-Darby has been jailed for eight months after sending death threats to an Islington councillor in relation to the fabric furore. Don't do anything stupid out there, people...
3. Hip-hop legends Eric B & Rakim are to reunite next year for a worldwide tour, 24 years after their acrimonious split in 1993. The tour will coincide with the re-release of all four of the duo's albums, including 1987's classic Paid In Full, but no dates or venues have so far been announced - nor do we yet know whether to expect any new material.
4. Boiler Room are to open their own London venue early next year - with a little help from virtual reality developers Inception. So if you can't make it along to the club (exact location TBA) in person, you'll be able to stream sets from the club using Inception's VR apps for iOS, Android and Samsung Gear VR.
5. Did you download those free 808 and 909 sounds we told you about a while back? If you did, but still haven't scratched that "I want vintage Roland drum sounds, I want them for free and I want them NOW!" itch, then check out TR-626 HD, another sample pack that's available for free download. This one comes from SampleScience and features sounds from the TR-626 Rhythm Composer - as used by Vangelis, no less!
6. Gorestep pioneer Borgore has inked a deal with Armada that will see the Dutch label taking on marketing and distribution for his Buygore imprint. The first fruit of the new partnership will be a singled entitled Best, which is coming on 4 November and which will be followed by a collab with rapper Juicy J two weeks later.
7. Sasha will perform a one-off live gig at The Barbican in London on 20 May next year. Entitled re-Fracted (live), the two-part show will see him first performing tracks from 2016's Scene Delete album with a chamber orchestra, before delivering a live set of updated versions of some of his classic tracks from days gone by. Tickets are on sale now, so grab one while you can!
8. UK bass music label Night Slugs have announced their third volume in their Allstars compilation series. Unlike the first two volumes, Allstars Vol 3 will feature all-new material, with contributions from label boss Bok Bok, Ikonika, Jam City and more. It's out on 25 November.
9. All eight albums by The Chemical Brothers are getting a vinyl reissue. Seven of them (all but 2015's Born In The Echoes) will be re-released on limited edition coloured vinyl on 9 December, before all eight are reissued on standard black vinyl two weeks later. The reissues coincide with live dates in Glasgow, Blackpool and London.
10. Meanwhile over in Deutschland, the owners of Hamburg nightclub Golden Pudel have launched an appeal to help them build a new club, after the original venue burned down earlier this year. For details of how you can help, visit Golden Pudel's own website.
11. It's not all doom and gloom in clubland, though, despite fabric and Golden Pudel's troubles! London's just got a new 350-capacity club/live venue called Omeara, which is housed in two railway arches by London Bridge, while over in New York, the site of the former club Verboten, which closed in March, is to reopen as a brand new joint called Schimanski. Schimanski will open in November (exact date TBC), with the likes of Sascha Dive, Edu Imbernon, Mat.Joe and Eli & Fur already announced as upcoming guests.
12. A hearty iDJ congratulations this week to our old friends over at Defected, whose 500th release dropped today. The record in question is Bubbletop by Dennis Ferrer feat Sagine, and the anniversary will also be marked by a Defected In The House 500 party at Ministry Of Sound on 5 November, headlined by Dennis Ferrer and Riva Starr.
12. And finally… Todd Terje has taken time out from producing shimmering, spangly Scandolearic records to launch his own range of men's Y-fronts. That's right, the nu-disco don is now officially big in the underpants department, with three designs by Bendik Kaltenborn available to purchase now via the Olsen Records (Terje's label) online store.
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