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Weekend Primer #35

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

2016 Sep 23     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Cristoph, Black Madonna, Ibiza club raids, Ricardo Villalobos, Moby, Autechre, Simian Mobile Disco and more

Cristoph [pictured] has announced an 18-date European tour to promote his new 8-track album, which drops on Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound label next month. Here in the UK, you can catch him at Mint Warehouse in Leeds (24 September), Junk in Southampton (1 October), EGG in London (21 October), Code in Sheffield (28 October), Y-Plas in Cardiff (4 November), W34 in Newcastle (5 November), Warehouse Project in Manchester (11 November) and Motion in Bristol (3 December), while the tour also takes in dates in Ibiza (Sankeys on 25 September and Space on 2 October), Dublin, Milan, Amsterdam, Madrid, Granada, Beirut and Hanover.

• Also hitting the road is The Black Madonna, who's announced a major US tour that starts at Middlesex Lounge in Boston on 3 November, then moves on through dates in Washington, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Brooklyn and San Francisco, before ending at Lot 613 in Los Angeles on 19 November.

Scuba has mixed Fabric 90, with all proceeds from the compilation going towards the battlechest to save the Farringdon nightclub. Speaking of which, the #saveourculture crowdfunding appeal has raised over £200,000 so far.

• Having a slightly better time of it right now is south London club The Coronet, which has had its lease extended for another year. It was previously announced that the club would close in 2017, but it will now remain open until at least January 2018.

• As one door closes… Leeds is to get a new club called Church, which is the brainchild of the Back To Basics crew and which is housed in, you guessed it, a deconsecrated church. The 1,700-capacity club opens next weekend (30 September), with Damian Lazarus as special guest. Other big names set to appear over the coming months include Matthias Tanzmann, DJ Deeon, Sam Devine and Jamie Jones.

• Over in Atlanta, Georgia meanwhile, DJ Pierre - now one of only two surviving members of Phuture, following the tragic death this week of Earl 'Spanky' Smith - has opened a new club called WildPitch. Guests lined up over the next few weeks include Chus + Ceballos, Will Clarke and Riva Starr.

Ricardo Villalobos has been announced as the headliner for this year's Amnesia Ibiza closing party, which takes place on 8 October. Also on the bill are Apollonia, Mar-T, Gorgon City, Claptone, Hector Couto, Paco Osuna, Hannah Wants and more.

• Speaking of Ibiza, police raids at Ushuia and Pacha last week apparently turned up millions of Euros in cash, in a repeat of similar findings at Amnesia earlier this summer. The raids come as part of Ibiza police's Operation Chopin, a clampdown on tax evasion and fraud - though at this stage there's no evidence that the owners of the clubs have been engaged in any wrongdoing.

• The first three albums by Warp legends Autechre are to be reissued on vinyl on 11 November. The albums in question are 1993's Incunabula, 1994's Amber and 1995's Tri Repetae. The albums' re-release ties in with a 27-date European tour by the Rochdale tour, with UK shows in Brighton, Bristol, London and Manchester.

• Forthcoming studio long-players to look out for include Simian Mobile Disco's Sideways (Delicacies, 11 November), Nicolas Jaar's Sirens (Other People, 30 September) and Moby's These Systems Are Failing (Little Idiot Music, 14 October).







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