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Weekend Primer #70

11 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 May 26     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Kraftwerk live, Skepta wins an Ivor, Wild Life, DJ Snake, Daphni, RIP 'The Get Down' and more

1. Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have announced a series of eight live shows at Turin's Club To Club festival, in which they will play eight of their classic albums in full, starting with 1974's Autobahn and ending with 2003's Tour De France Soundtracks. The performances, dubbed The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, follow similar events that have taken place in New York, London and LA since 2012, and will take place on 4-7 November.

2. A hearty iDJ congratulations to grime star Skepta, who this week won the coveted Songwriter Of The Year award at the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards - an accolade that's more traditionally gone to the likes of Adele, Richard Ashcroft, Gary Barlow and Tom Odell. He doubled down on his triumph by also taking home the statuette for Best Contemporary Song.

3. The next FABRICLIVE album will come from Canadian producer Daphni, AKA Caribou (and real name Dan Snaith). His 27-track contribution to the series (FABRICLIVE 93) will be out on 21 July and is made up exclusively of his own material, a move he says was inspired by the likes of Omar S and Ricardo Villalobos. Daphni will also be playing at Bristol's Simple Things festival in October, alongside Juan Atkins, Shanti Celeste, Metronomy, Shackleton, The Bug, Dektmantel Soundsystem and many more.

4. Speaking of festivals, elrow's one-day event at London's Olympic Park on 19 August, Elrow London Town, is now a two-day event - they've added a 'closing ceremony' on the 20th, though details are still TBA. Festivals that were announcing line-ups this week, on the other hand, include Spain's Medusa Sunbeach (Valencia, 10-12 August) who've got Sven Väth, Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers, Jeff Mills and Marcel Dettman plus a host of big EDM stars such as Steve Aoki and Hardwell, and Belgium's Crossroads (Brussels, 9 July) who've got Robert Hood, Fred P and many more.

5. Over in Ibiza, this week saw Disclosure announcing the line-up for their four-part Wild Life residency. Joining the Lawrence brothers at DC-10 (Fridays, 21 July-11 August) will be DJ Harvey, Tiga & Audion, Miss Honey Dijon, Annie Mac, Bicep, Joris Voorn, Horse Meat Disco, Groove Armada, Denis Sulta and Hammer.

6. While we're on the subject of Ibiza, Armin Van Buuren has agreed that all promotional materials for his Universal Religion night at Hï Ibiza will now use only the event's full name and not (as had previously been the case) "UR with Armin Van Buuren", following complaints from Detroit techno demi-gods Underground Resistance who, understandably, felt that the initials UR, in an electronic music context, kinda belong to them...

7. And speaking of EDM superstars, what's going on with DJ Snake? This week saw the French-Algerian producer - currently facing a copyright claim from rapper Freddie GZ re: his Lil Jon collab Turn Down For What - cancelling a scheduled appearance at the Hangout Music Festival in Alabama and deleting his Twitter and Instagram accounts. No explanation has been given.

8. Korg has announced a 15th anniversary edition of its popular microKORG portable synth. The special edition microKORG PT, which has a platinum front panel and black wood side panels, will go on sale this summer, priced £329.

9. Edinburgh nightclub and live venue Studio 24 is closing next month, after a 22-year run (before which it was known as Calton Studios). The reasons for the closure are unclear: the club's management cite noise complaints and licensing difficulties, but the council deny that there have been any recent issues, and the Edinburgh News reports that the building has been sold to property developers.

10. Also on its way out, sadly, is The Get Down. The Baz Luhrmann-directed drama series about the early days of hip-hop, which cost $120M to produce, was a big hit with critics, but not so much with viewers - though we're told its cancellation is as much to do with Luhrmann's movie-making commitments as it is ratings.

11. So... Studio 24's gone... The Get Down's gone... want some good news? Okay, try this: at the International Music Summit in Ibiza this week, the annual IMS Business Report was released, and it puts the total worth of the global electronic music industry at a staggering $7.4 billion, a three per cent increase on last year's figure.

Kraftwerk pic: Daniele Dalledonne/Creative Commons

 

 

 

 

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