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Weekend Primer #110

Dimitri remixes Chic, rave flyers, new festivals and more

2018 Mar 09     
2 Bit Thugs

Every Friday, we bring you all the week's dance music news in handy bite-sized pieces

1. Dimitri From Paris [pictured] has remixed 10 classic Chic productions for a new double album on Glitterbox Recordings, cunningly entitled Dimitri From Paris presents Le Chic Remix. The package, which is out on vinyl, CD and digital on 8 June, contains Dimitri's re-rubs of four tracks by Chic themselves and six more by Sister Sledge, Norma Jean and Sheila B. Devotion, all complete with matching instrumentals.

2. The number of illegal raves in London nearly doubled last year from 70 to 133, according to police figures released following a freedom of information request by the Daily Telegraph newspaper. The news follows the rapid decline in the number of licensed venues in the capital over the past few years.

3. If that's got you nostalgic for the good old days, then a new book called Flying Over England will probably be of interest too. Compiled by Mike Pendergast, the book is made up of flyers he collected while travelling the length and breadth of the UK to attend raves in the early 90s. More info and lots of examples here.

4. Enough wallowing in nostalgia... coming back up to date, three brand new festivals were announced this week. On 8-11 June, London promoters ADOBE take over the entire island of Gozo, just off the coast of Malta, for an event called ADOBE On The Rock that'll star Richy Ahmed, Santé, Sidney Charles and Latmun. A couple of weeks later, on 22-25 June, Ithaka makes its debut in an Arabic lake-fort in western Spain, with a line-up of experimental electronic artists including Object Blu and Spanish techno producer JASSS, and then on September 14-16, US EDM fans will be flocking to Colorado for Grandoozy, a new event from the team behind Bonnaroo with a capacity in the tens of thousands. The line-up is still TBA but Florence & The Machine, Flume, Major Lazer, The Chainsmokers and Kendrick Lamar are all rumoured to be on the bill.

5. There were plenty of other festival line-up announcements this week, of course - too many to keep up with at the moment! But some highlights include Derrick Carter, Bicep, Peggy Gou, Mella Dee, Pan Pot, Rødhåd and Mall Grab at Terminal V (Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, 1 April); Derrick Carter (again), Honey Djion, Horse Meat Disco, Midland, Mr Scruff and Norman Jay at Gala (Peckham Rye Park, London, 27 May); Skream, Jamie Jones, David Rodigan, Patrick Topping, Claude VonStroke and Alan Fitzpatrick at Eastern Electrics (Morden Park, London, 4-5 August); and finally Solomun, Cari Craig, Maceo Plex, Rødhad, Peggy Gou, Honey Dijon, KiNK, Hot Since 82Fatima Yamaha and Jamie Jones at DGTL Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain, 10-11 August).

6. On the release front, look out for new albums announced this week by Jon Hopkins (Singularity, Domino, 4 May), Wajatta, AKA Jon Tejada and Reggie Watts (Casual High Technology, Comedy Dynamics, 11 May), Surgeon (Luminosity Device, Dynamic Tension, 25 May) and Detroit Swindle (High Life, Heist, 28 May).

7. Roland unveiled a new drum machine called the TR-8S this week. It's an upgraded version of 2014's TR-8 that now includes an SD slot so you can add your own sounds and samples if you get bored of the huge library of classic 606, 707, 808 and 909 sounds that are already onboard. It's available from April, priced €699 (£620 approx), and this video will give you more idea of its capabilities...

8. After Cocoon announced their move from Amnesia to Pacha a few weeks ago, Cream are also leaving the club after 23 years. They will instead be taking up residence at Hï Ibiza every Sunday from 24 June to 2 September, though no line-up details have been announced yet. Meanwhile, Martin Garrix will be taking up a Thursday night residency at Hï's sister club Ushuaïa from 5 July to 30 August.

9. Leipzig in Poland is getting a brand new nighYclub called Mjut. Located in a former railway warehouse close to the city's main station, the 500-capacity club will open on 7 April, with guests in the first few weeks set to include the likes of Shlømo and Burnt Friedman.

10. Hip-hop legends Eric B & Rakim are to head out on tour for the first time in over 25 years. Their 17-date US trek coincides with the 30th anniversary of their classic Paid In Full album, and kicks off on 8 April.

11. UK rave survivors Orbital are also touring this year, and this week they announced the tour finale: a huge gig at London's Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on 15 December. Details of times, prices and support are still TBA.

12. One more bit of live news: deadmau5 will be playing an all-ages show in Los Angeles on 1 April where he'll perform tracks from his new orchestral album where's the drop?, which is out on 30 March on Mau5trap.

13. The city of New York appointed its first night mayor this week, following in the footsteps of cities such as Amsterdam, London, Paris and Berlin. The new Office of Nightlife role was announced in August and now 47-year-old Ariel Palitz, formerly manager of the city's Sutra venue and a member of the city's licensing committee, has been announced as the first incumbent.

14. It was a good week for Ariel Palitz, then; not such a good week for Billy McFarland, organiser of the widely publicised debacle that was Fyre Festival, or for vulture capitalist Martin Shkreli, the man who became infamous for hiking the price of a vital AIDS drug from $13.50 to $750 overnight. McFarland is now facing up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud (ie, taking electronic payment for tickets to an event he'd failed to actually organise), while Shkreli - who's just been handed a seven-year sentence on fraud charges of his own - has been told by the judge he has to sell the one-of-a-kind Wu Tang Clan album he famously paid $2M for in 2015 in order to pay off his debts. The words 'ha ha ha' spring to mind in both cases...  





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