This week: Viberate, Ultra Festival, Fabio Florido, New Year's parties, Vangelis, Novelist, Jeff Mills and much, much more
1. The latest DJ to be made a 'brand ambassador' for Richie Hawtin's PLAYdifferently Model 1 mixer is Hawtin's protege Fabio Florido [pictured], the Italian DJ and classically trained musician who's been a resident at Hawtin's ENTER night at Space Ibiza since 2013. Florido now joins the likes of Dubfire, Chris Liebing, Matador, Paco Osuna and Loco Dice in flying the flag for the PLAYdifferently brand around the world, to which end he'll be undertaking a European tour in December. His sole UK appearance on the tour will be for La Familia at Egg LDN on 10 December.
2. Who said Ibiza is dead? According to figures released this week by Spanish-language newspaper Diario De Ibiza, the 2016 summer season saw a record 7.1 million people visiting the White Isle. Whether those numbers can be maintained in the light of Space's closure, the high-profile raids on Pacha, Ushuia and Amnesia and the Iberican authorities' general clamping down on the club scene remains, of course, to be seen.
3. Unsurprisingly, given the time of year, the line-up announcements for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day parties have been coming thick and fast this week. In:Motion at Motion, Bristol has Ben Klock, Tale Of Us, Jackmaster, KiNK, Italojohnson, Jeremy Underground and Nastia on New Year's Day, while up in Leeds, Canal Mills has MK, Shadow Child and Gotsome on New Year's Eve, swiftly followed by The Black Madonna, Modeselektor and Floating Points on New Year's Day.
4. True to roving form, meanwhile, Percolate are throwing three separate New Year's parties - two in London, one in Manchester. On New Year's Eve, Oval Space in London welcomes Floating Points, Bicep, Midland and Nick Höppner. The following day, Percolate's London festivities shift to Pickle Factory, where you can find Jane Fitz and Saoirse, while Floating Points and Mall Grab head up the M6 to Hidden in Manchester.
5. The first wave of artists have been announced for the 2017 Ultra festival, which takes place in Miami on 24-26 March. Justice, Carl Cox, Sasha & Digweed (B2B), The Prodigy, Underworld, Joseph Capriati, Marco Carola and Major Lazer are all set to appear, with many more names still TBA.
6. Following his re-soundtracking of Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) and Woman In The Moon (1929), and Richard Fleischer's Fantastic Voyage (1966), Jeff Mills has dug even further back in time for his latest effort, providing a new score for Georges Méliès' 1902 silent film A Trip To The Moon, generally recognised as being the first-ever science fiction film. The new, Mills-soundtracked version will be out on DVD and Blu-ray next year.
7. While we're talking matters cinematic, Rinse FM have launched a new series of short documentary films called Practice Hours, which will go 'behind the scenes' with some of the station's leading lights. The first installment stars Novelist, and is available to watch on YouTube now.
8. According to the Islington Tribune newspaper, talks are underway between the owners and management of fabric, and Islington Borough Council. If they can come to a satisfactory agreement, it's hoped the club could reopen soon without the need for a costly appeal (which is due to open on 28 November).
9. Viberate, the music analytics service launched by Umek at ADE last month, is now out of beta and available for public sign-up. Viberate collates and analyses data on DJs and producers' social media followers, record and ticket sales and so on. It's designed to help promoters and labels make more informed choices when booking or signing acts, while similarly DJs and their agents can find details about venues, with 'free' and 'premium' user options. Find out more at Viberate.com.
10. Following the recent surprise release of their sixth and final album, the surviving members of A Tribe Called Quest have expressed their wish to undertake one last tour together. Q-Tip told Billboard: "We'll probably do a world tour. After that, that's it - for the rest of our lives."
11. If you're a fan of abstract synth doodles and ambient electronica, then this is your week, my friend! Not only has Brian Eno announced that he'll be releasing a new ambient album, Reflection, on 1 January, but 13 albums by Vangelis (including the three Jon & Vangelis albums he made with Yes's Jon Anderson) are to be reissued as a boxset called Delectus in February.
12. With demand for vinyl on the rise again, so are business opportunities for counterfeiters. Raids in Germany and Poland this week saw police seizing nearly two million pirated CDs, DVDs and vinyl records, following a year-long investigation.
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