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Weekend Primer #41

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

2016 Nov 04     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: London's first Night Czar, Snowbombing, Carl Cox on film, Zoukout, A Tribe Called Quest and more

1. London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that the city's first Night Czar will be Amy Lamé [pictured]. The American-born comedian, writer and activist was previously mayor of Camden in 2010-11. Accepting the post, she said: "For too long, the capital's night-time industry has been under pressure - music venues and nightclubs in particular are closing at an alarming rate. With the advent of the Night Tube, and the Mayor's commitment to protect iconic venues across the city, I'm confident that I can inspire a positive change in the way people think about the night-time economy."

2. Pete Tong will be executive producer of a new dance music documentary called What We Started. Written, directed and produced by Bert Marcus and Cyrus Saidi, the film will chart the evolution of dance music over the past 30 years or so, using the careers of Carl Cox and Martin Garrix as case studies. The film's only just gone into production, so no word yet as to a release date. Oh, and speaking of Carl Cox, he's just put together a new compilation from his Intec label. Pure Intec 3 features one CD mixed by Coxy himself and one mixed by Jon Rundell, and is out next Friday (11 November).

3. The fee for a temporary working visa in the US is to rise from $325 to $460 from 23 December - a rise of 42%. US Citizenship and Immigration Servcies - the government body that handles visa requests - say that the rise is "necessary to recover the full cost of services provided by USCIS", but musician's unions and trade bodies representing the nightlife industry have said it will make life harder for DJs and musicians visiting the US.

4. Front Room Recordings and Made To Play boss Jesse Rose has announced that he will retire from DJing and producing after one final album and tour in 2017. A post on his Facebook page said: "I feel blessed to have been a part of this scene. I will always love DJing and making music, but there comes a time when your body doesn't enjoy it as much as your mind. I have the biggest love for the fans of house music, my labels and the people that dig what we've done. I can only say thanks so much to everyone that has supported me over these magical two decades."

5. In Hackney, the local council have granted beleaguered Dalston venue Passing Clouds official status as "an asset of community value" (ACV), thereby lending its weight to the campaign to save the much-loved venue and arts space from property developers. No such luck for recently closed near-neighbour Dance Tunnel, though - that's just reopened as a cocktail joint called Ray's Bar.

6. How are you feeling? A study conducted by the University Of Westminster for the charity Help Musicians UK has found that musicians and music industry professionals are three times more likely than the average Joe to suffer from anxiety and depression. Be good to yourselves out there...

7. Former First Choice vocalist Rochelle Fleming has been added to the bill for A Night In Paradise, the Paradise Garage tribute being staged as a benefit for two AIDS charities at Ministry Of Sound on 27 November. Ms Fleming's live PA will complement main room sets from Jellybean Benitez, David Depino & Joey Llanos, Victor Rosado and Severino, while elsewhere in the club you'll find Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, Terry Farley, CJ Mackintosh, DJ Paulette, Ricky Morrison and more.

8. More names have been added to the line-up for 2017's Snowbombing festival, which takes place in Mayrhofen, Austria on 3-8 April. New additions to the bill include Dixon, Grandmaster FlashClaude VonStroke, Hot Since 82, De La Soul and Shy FX. They join the previously announced likes of MK, Eats Everything, David Rodigan, Skream, Toddla T and My Nu Leng.

9. The final line-up has also been revealed for the Zoukout festival in Singapore, which this year takes place at Siloso Beach, Sentosa on 9-10 December. There's no shortage of big EDM names - Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Dillon Francis, Lost Frequencies and Zedd, for starters - but the underground's also represented by the likes of Hot Since 82, Fritz Kalkbrenner and Tiga.

10. A Tribe Called Quest are to release their first album in 18 years next Friday (11 November). The surprise release, entitled We Got It From Here, Thank You For Your Service, was announced by Q-Tip in a post on the band's Facebook page, and was mostly recorded prior to the death of Phife Dawg in March. Guests on the album include Elton John, Busta Rhymes, Jack White, Andre 3000 and Kendrick Lamar.





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