Featuring Chic, BPM Festival, Lego synthesizers, InFiné Records, Deadmau5, Hot Since 82, Aphex Twin and more
1. Chic legend Nile Rodgers [pictured] has announced that the band's first album in 25 years will be released in 2017. Entitled It's About Time, the album will coincide with both Chic's 40th anniversary, and that of New York discotheque Studio 54. Rodgers wrote in a blog post on his website that "we will pay homage to the club that put us on the international map by doing a series of concerts, afterparties, VIP packages, films and singles - then drop the full album along with a BIG SURPRISE!". In the same post, he discussed his shock at the deaths of David Bowie and Prince earlier this year, saying "it was like I'd been struck by lightning twice".
2. The full line-up has now been announced for the 2017 BPM festival, which is at Playa Del Carmen in Mexico on 6-15 January. There are over 460 artists in total - so far too many to list here, obviously - but a few selected highlights include the likes of Jackmaster, Kerri Chandler, Steve Bug, Seth Troxler, Chris Liebing, Danny Tenaglia, Dyed Soundorom, Hot Since 82, Ivan Smagghe and Martinez Brothers. For the full line-up of the 10th anniversary event, see the BPM website.
3. And while we're on the subject of festival line-ups, Nos Primavera Sound in Porto, Portugal on 8-10 June will welcome Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Richie Hawtin, Skepta, Bicep, Nicolas Jaar, Metronomy and Run The Jewels, among others.
4. French techno and leftfield imprint InFiné are to release a 19-track compilation called InFiné 10 on 6 January, in honour of (as you've probably guessed) the label's 10th birthday. Featured artists include Oxia, Apparat, Murcof, Aufgang and Danton Eeprom.
5. A basement, a red light and a feeling are still good enough for us here at iDJ Towers, but if you're a fan of more extravagant, Vegas cabaret-style DJ shows then Deadmau5 has posted a video online that gives the first full look at his spectacular new Cube 2.1 stage set. Check it out on YouTube. The rodent-headed one has also been working with rapper Shotty Horroh, with their first track Legendary also surfacing on YouTube this week.
6. Want to get your hands on an original Roland TB-303? Well tough, cos they cost a shit-ton of money and you can't afford one. But never mind, you can always build yourself one out of Lego! A German company called Numode is now selling bespoke Lego 'kits' that let you model your own TB-303, a 2x-Technics-and-mixer DJ setup and an AKAI LPC-2000XL sampler. See them all here.
7. Meanwhile back in the world of actual, real, working synthesizers, new from Erica Synths comes the Pico System 1, an ultra-compact new modular machine that will be available in January. At €1,000 (£853/$1,050 approx) the Pico is quite reasonably priced for a boutique modular, but hurry - it's a strictly limited run of just 30 units. Full details here.
8. Good news for any Hot Since 82 fans reading this down under: the Knee Deep In Sound boss will be undertaking a short Australian tour in February, with dates in Perth (10 Feb), Melbourne (12 Feb) and Sydney (13 Feb). For the latter two dates, he'll have Cristoph, Butch and Emanuel Satie in tow.
9. How do you respond to a tragedy in clubland? Pt 1: If you're Harry Potter creator JK Rowling, you let legendary Marvel Comics artist Jim Lee create bespoke drawings of your characters to feature in a 144-page comic compilation called Love Is Love, that will raise money for those affected by the horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub in June.
10. How do you respond to a tragedy in clubland? Pt 2: If you're a socially inadequate racist cretin who frequents 4chan's alt-right board /pol/, on the other hand, you use the opportunity of the tragic fire at Oakland's Ghost Ship venue earlier this month to start a GamerGate-style hate campaign attacking organisers of unlicensed dance music events, because "these places are open hotbeds of liberal radicalism and degeneracy" and because "these places hold Black Lives Matter meetings".
Pic: Joe Mabel/Creative Commons
Tags: Chic, Nile Rodgers, BPM Festival, Nos Primavero Sound, InFiné, Deadmau5, Shotty Horroh, Lego, Roland TB-303, Erica Synths, Pico System 1, Hot Since 82, JK Rowling, 4chan, Pulse, Ghost Ship, Jackmaster, Kerri Chandler, Steve Bug, Seth Troxler, Chris Liebing, Danny Tenaglia, Dyed Soundorom, Hot Since 82, Ivan Smagghe, Martinez Brothers, Oxia, Apparat, Murcof, Aufgang, Danton Eeprom, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Richie Hawtin, Skepta, Bicep, Nicolas Jaar, Metronomy, Run The Jewels