This week: The Black Madonna, Sonar, elrow, vintage synths, Marco Carola, Terry Francis, festivals galore, Ibiza 2017 and more
1. Full details have been revealed of The Black Madonna's three-month residency at XOYO in London. The Black Madonna herself will play all night long on 7 April, 5 May and 2 July, while guest DJs will be Job Jobse and Mike Servito (14 April), Derrick Carter and Young Marco (21 April), Midland and Artwork (28 April), Ellen Allien and Shanti Celeste (12 May), Palms Trax and nd_baumecker (19 May), Rahaan and Denis Sulta (26 May), Heidi and K-Hand (2 June), Derrick May and Leif (9 June), Ben UFO and Peggy Gou (16 May) and Gilles Peterson and HAAi (23 June).
2. The much-discussed return of Justified Ancients of Mu-Mu, AKA The KLF, continues to be shrouded in mystery. Following some initial cryptic posters and the subsequent announcement of a book entitled 2023: A Trilogy, the situationist pranksters have now announced that some kind of 'event' will take place in Liverpool from 12.23am on 23 August to 11.23pm on 27 August. What that event will entail, exactly, is as yet unspecified.
3. This week saw more big Ibiza clubs revealing their line-ups for the 2017 season. Paul Van Dyk will take up a Cream residency at Amnesia, Martin Solveig's club night My House returns to Pacha, while over at Ushuaïa, the opening party on 27 May will star Paul Kalkbrenner, Eats Everything, Steve Lawler, Andrea Oliva, Uner, Martin Buttrich and more.
4. Also announced this week were more details of this year's International Music Summit and Brighton Music Conference (not that the two are connected). Over in Ibiza, speakers at IMS on 24-26 May will include Masters At Work, The Black Madonna, The Martinez Brothers, Dixon and New Order's Bernard Sumner, while in Brighton on 27-28 April, the official BMC afterparties will include performances by Patrick Topping and Manchester grime/hip-hop crew LEVELZ, while legendary tech-house night Wiggle will celebrate its 23rd birhday with sets from Nathan Coles, Terry Francis, Eddie Richards and many more.
5. Speaking of Terry Francis, his album Together dropped today on Hallucienda... unbelievably, it's the tech-house veteran's first full-length artist album in a career spanning over 20 years! Other new and upcoming releases to look out for include a reissue of Theo Parrish's 2000 album Parallel Dimensions (Sound Signature, out now), Aeroplane's first solo track in two years Love On Hold (Glitterbox, 24 March) and Dopplereffekt's first album in a decade, Cellular Automata (Leisure System, 7 April).
6. And while we're talking all things black and plastic and capable of reproducing soundwaves for your listening pleasure, UK techno hero Scuba is launching a new label called Who Whom. The label's first release, a four-track V/A EP called Curse Of Sherwood, is out next Friday (17 March) and features cuts from Isaac Reuben, Bleak, Marcus Suckut and Antonio Ruscito.
7. Marco Carola played at Los Angeles nightclub Sound on 24 February, and he's made his entire set available as a free download on Soundcloud. And here it is...
8. Several festival announcements this week. Gorillaz will host their own festival called Demon Dayz at Dreamland in Margate, Kent on 10 June, though the line-up is still TBA. Annie Mac's festival Lost And Found in Malta on 13-16 April will now include sets from Eats Everything, Dusky, Yousef, Solardo and Kölsch. Mysteryland in the Netherlands on 26-27 August will feature stages hosted by Cocoon, Elrow, Mad Decent, Dave Clarke and Hospital Records, among others, while finally a whopping 60 names and an extra stage have been added to the line-up for Sonar in Barcelona on 15-17 June... way too many to list here, so check the Sonar website for full details.
9. Further afield, grime star Skepta has been added to the line-up for Coachella in California on 14-16 and 21-23 April (he'll play on the Sundays), Bassnectar's annual three-day bash Bass Center will this year take place at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on 1-3 September, while Damien Lazarus's epic 24-hour Miami Music Week party on 25 March, Get Lost, will feature sets from Dennis Ferrer, DJ Sneak, Lee Foss, Soul Clap, Tiga, Skream, Art Department, Behrouz, D'Julz, Pan-Pot, Fur Coat, Guti, Martin Buttrich, Mr C, Ellen Allien, Joeski, Satori, Deniz Kurtel and many more.
10. Coming back this side of the Atlantic, Ibiza party brand elrow are to stage their biggest ever UK event on 19 August. It's called Elrow Town London, but details of the line-up and location are still TBA.
11. On the gear front, following last week's announcement of a forthcoming line of budget synths, Behringer have also revealed that they're working on a Minimoog Model D clone, though no release date has been set. Another classic synth getting the cloning treatment is the Yamaha CS-80 from 1977, which is to be replicated in the form of the Deckard's Dream from Sputnik Modular, the name being a nod to its use on Vangelis's soundtrack for Blade Runner.
12. And finally... an Airbnb host in Canonbury, London got more than they bargained for on Wednesday when a cheeky guest who'd booked their one-bedroom flat used it as a pop-up nightclub. The party, which featured a full professional sound rig, tickets and bouncers, attracted some 200 attendees and was finally broken up by police at around 4.30am...
Pic: The Black Madonna © Aldo Paredes