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Weekend Primer #67

All the week's key dance music news in 12 easy, bite-sized pieces

2017 May 05     
2 Bit Thugs

Starring: Jeff Mills, Wiley, Ibiza line-ups, Puff Daddy, Peverelist, DJ Hell, IMS Ibiza and much, much more

1. Detroit techno legend Jeff Mills [pictured] has been made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts in France. He was previously made a Knight of the same order in 2007, but now joins the likes of Elton John, Van Morrison, film director Tim Burton and Pharrell in being made an Officer. He was given his medal by the Order's president Jack Lang at a private ceremony at Paris's Institut du Monde Arab (Arabic World Institute) last week.

2. Grime star Wiley is set to publish his autobiography later this year. Entitled Eskiboy, the book is being published by Penguin subsidiary William Heinemann, and will be out in hardback and as an ebook on 2 November, with a paperback release to follow in 2018.

3. This week's been all about Ibiza line-up announcements. Tale Of Us have booked Dixon Jamie Jones, KiNK, Recondite and more for their Afterlife parties (Amnesia, Thursdays), while Marco Carola's Music On (Amnesia, Fridays) have confirmed upcoming visits from Nicole Moudaber, Stacey Pullen, The Martinez Brothers and Claude VonStroke, among others. Amnesia's also where you'll find elrow (Saturdays) whose guests this season include Patrick Topping, Skream, Claptone and Richy Ahmed. Here's last year's elrow closing party video to get you in the mood...


Meanwhile, Ultra Music's Tuesday nighter at Privilege, Resistance, will star Sasha & Digweed, Dubfire, Eats Everything, Guy Gerber and more, but not before the Privilege opening party on 25 May where you can catch Roger Sanchez, Booka Shade, Chus & Ceballos and Kenny Glasgow. Over at Pacha, Hot Since 82's night Labyrinth (Fridays) makes its debut this season with visits from Derrick Carter, Carl Craig, Green Velvet, DJ Harvey and Maya Jane Coles, to name but a few, and finally the legendary Pikes Hotel will be home this season to month-long Saturday residencies from Bushwacka! (6 May-3 June) and Leon Vynehall (1-29 July)

4. While we're talking all things Ibiza, another 20 speakers were announced this week for this year's International Music Summit, which will be taking place on 24-26 May. As per the last announcement a few weeks back there are 10 men and 10 women, including Nicole Moubaber, DVS1 and Loco Dice. For the full line-up of speakers, or to book your place, see the IMS website.

5. Here in the UK, Birmingham's famous Rainbow Pub - part of the sprawling Rainbow Venues complex - is closing at the end of May, with owner Lee McDonald saying he's keen to pass on the baton to a younger generation. But as one door closes, another opens: down in Bristol, Motion's new outdoor area Yard will be kicking into life on 26 August, with guests for the opening including Jeff Mills, Seth Troxler and Eats Everything. Also on a UK club news tip, Erick Morillo will play headline shows for Covert at Gorilla, Manchester and Mint Warehouse, Leeds on 5 August (yep, both on the same night), while Solomun will play his biggest UK headline show to date at the 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy on 10 June.

6. Looking further afield again, several overseas festivals announced their line-ups this week. The Phase 2 line-up for Electric Zoo in New York on 1-3 September includes The Black Madonna, Dixon, Armin Van Buuren and Claude VonStroke, while US festival-lovers can also look out for a new festival helmed by EDM star Excision in September (details TBA). In Europe, Disneyland Paris is the venue for Electroland on 8 July, headlined by Steve Aoki and Nervo, Germany's Nachtdigital celebrate their 20th birthday on 4-6 August with a little help from Jeff Mills, Ben UFO and many more, while attractions at new arrival Neversea in Romania (7-9 July) include Nina Kraviz, Sasha, Sven Väth, DJ Sprinkles and Dekmantel Soundsystem.

7. Meanwhile in Croatia, new names added to the bill for Dimensions (30 Aug-4 Sept) include Goldie, Pinch, Billy Nasty, Adrian Sherwood, Maurice Fulton and Kode9. On a housier tip, the full programme has also now been announced for Defected Croatia on 10-15 August. As you'd expect, there are big names from the world of US/vocal/soulful house galore - see here for full details.

8. New albums to look out for include: Peverelist's Tesselations, which will be his third studio album and the first on his Livity Sound label (26 May); H.O.S.H's second album Stories From Sa Talaia, which was recorded in a series of live-in-the-studio sessions with the likes of Pig & Dan and Tim Engelhardt, and which he's giving away free via his new label Fryhide (2 June); Zukunftsmusik, which is the fifth studio album (and first in eight years) from DJ Hell (International Deejay Gigolo, 12 May); and a new compilation from Cocoon, Q, which is out on 9 June.

9. Want to know whether your tracks are getting any radio play (and hence if you're entitled to any royalties)? WARM (World Airplay Radio Monitor) is a new, er, radio airplay monitoring service for small record labels that tracks the playlists of over 21,000 radio stations in over 100 countries. Labels can sign up for a month's free trial of the service here.

10. If you're the sort of person who gets a new pair of kicks and says, "Yeah they're great, but I really wish they had a drum machine built-in," then rejoice, for Roland and Adidas have teamed up to produce, well, a pair of trainers with a drum machine built-in. But sadly the Neely Air Roland TR-808 shoes, to give them their full name, were only made as part of a 'creative challenge' and there are no plans to actually start selling them, so you can stop rejoicing now.

11. Puff Daddy is the subject of a new documentary film called Can't Stop, Won't Stop. Directed by Daniel Kaufman, the film centres on P.Diddy's efforts to reunite the Bad Boy Entertainment massive for a 2015 live show marking the label's 20th anniversary, and will be available exclusively via Apple Music from 25 June.

12. DJs, regular clubbers and festival-goers are far more likely than the general population to suffer from tinnitus, which leaves sufferers with a constant ringing (or, less commonly, roaring or banging) in the ears. So news that scientists at Indiana University in the US may have taken a big step closer to being able to cure the condition will be very welcome! The new technique involves replacing the damaged hairs inside the ear canal that cause tinnitus, with new ones grown from stem cells. It will, however, be some time yet before the method gets as far as any human trials. For a short-term fix in the meantime, Google 'Reddit tinnitus cure' - trust us, it works, if only for a short (but blissfully quiet) while!

Jeff Mills pic: Jakob Hirst





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