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Weekend Primer #81

12 things to talk about on the smoking terrrace

2017 Aug 11     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Ibiza clubbing clampdown, Electronic Music Awards, Printworks, fabric 18th birthday, Jamie Jones, Anja Schneider and much, much more

1. The nominations have been announced for the inaugural Electronic Music Awards. The awards, which are the brainchild of Paul Oakenfold, were scheduled to be introduced last year, but had to be postponed. The debut awards ceremony will now take place in Los Angeles on 21 September, with nominees across the 11 categories including The Black Madonna [pictured], Todd Terje, Claude VonStroke, Nicole Moudaber and Hot Since 82, as well as the EDM-tastic likes of DJ Snake, Marshmello, The Chainsmokers and Major Lazer.

2. London's Printworks have unveiled the first line-ups for their second series of parties, which runs from October to December. Maceo Plex, Rødhad, Daniel Avery, Charlotte de Witte and more play the opening on 7 October, with the rest of the month seeing visits from Black Coffee (14 October), Ninja Tune (21 October) and Ram Records (28 October).

3. The Ibizan authorities' clampdown on club culture continues, with 16 beach bars and restaurants in the San José municipal district being informed they are no longer allowed to have DJs playing. These include the legendary Bora Bora and Blue Marlin. A new reduced noise limit was also recently imposed on venues that are allowed to play music, with the volume now needing to be kept below 65dB rather than 85dB.

4. Anja Schneider has left Mobilee, the label she founded 12 years ago. She announced the move in a post on Facebook this week, saying she now wishes to focus on a new label that she's launching, SoUS Music, and that an album on SoUS will be coming soon. In the meantime, Mobilee will continue under the leadership of Ralf Kollman.

5. Kidd Creole, a founding member of hip-hop originators The Furious Five, has been charged with murder. The rapper - not to be confused with August 'Kid' Darnell, of Kid Creole & The Coconuts fame - was arrested on Tuesday, after allegedly stabbing a man in midtown Manhattan following an altercation.

6. fabric have annnounced plans for their upcoming 18th birthday celebrations. The landmark anniversary will see a marathon 30-hour party taking place at the Farringdon club on 20-23 October, with Ricardo Villalobos, Margaret Dyas and Blawan among those joining residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis.

7. And here's a date for disco lovers to mark in their diaries: 30 September will see Percolate taking over London's iconic Roundhouse venue for an all-day party starring Todd Terje, Horse Meat Disco and Crazy P. Boogielicious!

8. In the market for some new studio hardware? Roland has announced boutique editions of its classic TR-808 drum machine and SH-101 monophonic synth, dubbed TR-08 and SH-01A respectively. Both will retail for $349 (UK price TBA), though no release date has yet been confirmed. In the meantime, Behringer have also hinted that they may have an SH-101 clone in the pipeline.

9. Rich people's magazine Forbes have published their annual list of the highest-paid artists working in dance music. Calvin Harris tops the 2017 chart with estimated earnings of $48.5M, followed by Tiesto, The Chainsmokers, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Diplo, David Guetta, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and, at No 10 on the list, poor old Zedd, who'll have to try and get by on a mere $19M this year. The struggle is real...

10. Jamie Jones, who probably earned a little bit less than $19M last year, has announced the line-ups for two parties under his Paradise banner, to take place in New York on 23 September and in Toronto, Canada the following day. both events will see Jones himself headlining, joined by Dubfire, Doc Martin and Nathan Barato, while the New York bash will also feature sets from Tiga and Honey Dijon.

11. Drug safety charity The Loop will not now be offering free drug testing at Leeds Festival on August Bank Holiday as planned, after the organisers and Leeds City Council were unable to come to an agreement.

12. Finally this week, albums to look out for include Oliver Huntemann's fifth long-player Propaganda (Senso Sounds, 13 October); a Hotflush Recordings label comp called Collective Endeavours, which will be released as two separate 12-inches on 18 and 25 August; and Welcome To The Jungle Vol 5, which has once more been compiled and mixed by DJ Deekline & Ed Solo, and which is out now on Jungle Cakes.

Black Madonna pic: Josh Clarfelt





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