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Weekend Primer #75

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

2017 Jun 30     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Detroit nightlife, new albums from Sharam, Matthew Dear and Zed Bias, festival news, International Deejay Gigolo turn 20 and more

1. Theo Parrish, Mike Banks of Underground Resistance and Omar S met with Detroit mayor Mike Duggan this week to discuss how the city's tourism industry, and economy generally, can benefit from its history as the birthplace of techno. Among the ideas discussed were an extension of bar and club licensing hours, and the appointment of a Nightlife Liaison similar to London's Night Czar or Amsterdam's Night Mayor.

2. Sharam has a new album coming on Yoshitoshi in October. Collecti (pronounced 'collect-eye') will be the Deep Dish man's third solo long-player and sees him exploring darker, more driving techno territory. The album includes four tracks from his previously released series of i twelves.

3. Look out, too, for new albums from Matthew Dear and Zed Bias. Dear announced his album plans this week with the release of new single Modafinil Blues, though a title and release date are still TBC. Bias's Different Response, on the other hand, is out on Exit Records on 22 September and is described as "modern UK soul delivered in the 160bpm format".

4. DJ Hell's International Deejay Gigolo Records are 20 years old in 2017, and to celebrate they're throwing a four-day party in Berlin. The event will take place across two venues - Tresor and OHM - on 13-16 July, featuring the likes of The Hacker, Boys Noize, Kevin Gorman, Hard Ton, Johannes Heil, Anthony Rother and of course Hell himself.

5. On the festivals tip, the UK's Lockdown and No Bounds and Australia's Strawberry Fields all announced their line-ups this week. Lockdown (Exeter, 1-3 September) has Dizzee Rascal, Basement Jaxx, Gorgon City, Hatcha, My Nu Leng, Sam Divine and Chase & Status, among others, while No Bounds (Sheffield, 13-15 October) makes its debut with Jeff Mills, Om Unit, Laurel Halo and more. Meanwhile down under, Strawberry Fields (New South Wales, 17-19 November) has Andrew Weatherall, Optimo, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda and a special Rush Hour 20th anniversary showcase.

6. One big outdoor event iDJ readers definitely won't be going to this year, though is The xx's Night & Day festival in Iceland. The festival was due to take place on 14-16 July, with headliners including Floating Points, Jagwar Ma and Robyn, but has been cancelled after Iceland's Environmental Agency declared the festival site an endangered area.

7. Coming back much closer to home, FUSE London have announced a series of three open-air parties, to be held at Studio 338 on 16 July and 12 August, and at Village Underground on 10 September. Artists scheduled to appear include Dyed Soundorom, Subb-an and Mackim.

8. Behringer's controversial clone of the Minimoog Model D is now available for preorder, at the surprisingly low price of just $299 (£230 approx). That's $100 less than was previously suggested. The video below shows the synth in action at the Superbooth 17 exhibition, as shot by the folks at

9. Art Department's Jonny White has set up a new charity called Music Against Animal Cruelty (MAAC). MAAC will organise fundraiser events for other charities that are working directly in the field of wildlife conservation and animal protection, with the first event being a benefit gig in Nairobi, Kenya on 1 July in support of local charity the Lion Guardians Foundation.

10. There's a new Bedrock compilation on the way. Bedrock Frequencies, out on 14 July, features 31 tracks selected and mixed by label boss John Digweed himself, across three CDs labelled 'Low', 'Mid' and 'High'. Artists include Jamie Anderson, Guy J, Robert Babicz, Saints & Sinners and Emerson, Digweed & Muir.

11. The infamous 'disco demolition' that saw thousands of disco records incinerated in a mass bonfire at Chicago's Comiskey Park Stadium in July 1979 is the subject of a new exhibition at Chicago's Elmhurst History Museum. Running until 8 October, the exhibition - Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died - is based on Chicago writer Dave Hoekstra's book of the same name.

12. In EDM corner, this week saw Major Lazer x DJ Snake feat MØ's Lean On become one of only four tracks to reach a billion (1,000 million) streams on Spotify (the others being tracks by Drake, The Chainsmokers and Ed Sheeran), while Martin Garrix announced two all-ages arena shows to take place at RAI in Amsterdam during ADE week.

13. And finally... if you were disturbed by reports that a severed finger was found among the detritus after the recent Electric Forest festival in Michigan, you'll be pleased to hear that local police have since confirmed the rogue digit to have been merely an impressively convincing fake.

Detroit skyline pic: A Healthier Michigan/Creative Commons, via Flickr






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