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Weekend Primer #24

12 things to talk about on the smoking terrace this weekend

2016 Jul 08     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Amnesia raided, Flying Lotus becomes a movie auteur, LCD Soundsystem head to Mexico and why Diet Coke is bad for your hearing

1. Leeds-based house producer Hot Since 82 [pictured] has announced a new albums series from his Knee Deep In Sound label. Each volume in the 8-track series will see a rising star of the house and techno world given (you guessed it) eight tracks in which to express the breadth of their production talents. First up is Newcastle lad Cristoph, whose debut 8-track offering will be out in October.

2. Turbulent times at Amnesia in Ibiza this week... a drugs raid at the club on Tuesday that saw owner Martin Ferrer arrested was followed by a second visit by Ibiza's Guardia Civil that lasted 17 hours. As a result, over €2 in cash that had been stashed in secret locations was confiscated, and the club's artistic director, business manager and accountant were also arrested. It's thought all the arrests relate to tax matters rather than illicit substances. In happier news for the beleagured superclub, a three-disc Amnesia comp mixed by Hector Couto, Mar-T and Betoko has just been released.

3. Back here in the UK, another illegal rave has ended in violence following a police raid. The event was taking place at a disused snooker hall in Walthamstow, and some of the 500 in attendance are said to have pelted officers with snooker balls from upstairs windows.

4. The authorities in Russia have also been taking a dim view of rave culture this week, with Moscow's Outline festival having been called off at the last minute. The Russian police claim the festival didn't have the correct permits, though the organisers are contesting this.

5. Better news for clubbers in the US. Not only did the new commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment in New York, Julie Menin, hold a symposium this week to discuss ways the licensing authorities can work more effectively with promoters and venue owners to support the Big Apple's nightlife industry, but the controversial R.A.V.E (Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy) Act, which outlaws drug testing at clubs and dance events, may be getting reviewed thanks to pressure from Dede Goldsmith, whose daughter Shelley died of heatstroke after taking MDMA in 2013.

6. Budding producers can now get a feel for what it's like to use a professional studio thanks to virtual reality technology. SoundStage is a new VR app for the HTC Vive platform that puts the user in a pro-level recording studio with a bewildering array of hardware and samples to choose from. We'll bring you a full review as soon as we can get our grubby mitts on a copy!

7. New compilations to look out for include Solomun's Selected Remixes 2009-2015 (out now on Diynamic), a 20-track comp from Adam Beyer's Drumcode to mark the label's 20th birthday (A-Sides Vol 5, 1 August), D&B label Technique RecordingsTechnique Summer 2016 (just released) and Lovin' Mighty Fire, a collection of obscure Japanese funk, soul and disco from the late 70s and early 80s compiled by Honest Jon's uber-digger Howard Williams (BGP International, 26 August)

8. On the artist albums tip, Dixon has confirmed that Âme's next studio long-player will be out on Innervisions in 2017, while the debut album from UK deep house hero Burnski, DNA, will drop a little sooner - it's out on his Constant Sound label on 10 September.

9. LCD Soundsystem are to host their own festival in Mexico. Beach Vibes will take place at Riviera Maya on the Yucatan peninsula on 26-28 January, and already confirmed for the festival are Carl Craig, DJ Harvey, Horse Meat Disco, Hot Chip, Tim Sweeney, Holy Ghost! and Shit Robot, with many more names still TBA. Tickets go on sale on Monday (11 July).

10. Changing times at Rane Corporation, the gear maker whose rotary mixers are the stuff of house music legend. The company has been bought by inMusic, the group that also now owns the Denon, Numark, Alesis and Akai brands. The sale is said to be the result simply of Rane founders Linda Arink and Dennis Bohn wanting to retire.

11. Flying Lotus is branching out into a new career as a director. Two films by the LA beatsmith, Royal and The Greasy Strangler, will be premiered at the Sundance Next Fest film festival, also in Los Angeles, in mid-August.

12. And finally... ever have difficulties hearing after a night out raving? The answer might be to cut down on the coffee and Pepsi Max, according to a new study at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada. Researchers found that when exposed to loud (110dB) music for an hour, all participants suffered some temporary hearing loss the following day - but that those who didn't drink caffeine regularly recovered full hearing much more quickly.





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