This week: Laurent Garnier, Space Ibiza, Space Miami, Derrick Carter, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettman, Deeperfect, Floating Points, Grace Jones and more
1. DJ, producer and F-Comm boss Laurent Garnier [pictured] is a revered figure in the international electronic music community, and it seems that's not gone unnoticed in his native France. He's just been awarded the country's highest honour, the Légion D'Honneur (roughly equivalent to an OBE). In a statement on his Facebook page, Garnier said that he was "profoundly touched" and that he saw the award as being "not just for my 30-year career, but for our collective history. The history of an entire comunity that believed in and fought for our dreams, as utopian as they may have seemed." He signed off by saying, "Keep it crispy!"
2. The 100th 12-inch release from German label Ostgut Ton will be Phantom Studies, a seven-track EP by Ben Klock and Marcel Dettman. It's the first time the two Berghain residents have collaborated in the studio for over a decade, and will be out on 27 January.
3. Details have been released of the 'standard' model of the reborn Technics SL-1200 turntable, the SL-1200GR. The new version will cost around £1,300 compared to the SL-1200G's asking price of £2,999, and weighs slightly less as it has an all-aluminium, as opposed to aluminium and brass, platter. The only other real difference in the spec is a torque of 2.2kg/cm, to the SL-1200G's 3.3kg/cm.
4. 2017 is now well and truly underway, but if you're still reeling from the loss all the great musicians that shuffled off this mortal coil in 2016, then you're not alone. Stones Throw boss Peanut Butter Wolf has been busy putting together three hour-long mixes honouring the fallen, which you can check out on his Soundcloud page. To get a taste, here's Part 2, which features tracks from David Bowie, Alan Vega, Sharon Jones, Colonel Abrams and Prince Buster, among others.
5. Another casualty of 2016 was, of course, Space Ibiza. Er, except that this week new owner (and Ushuïa boss) Abel Matutes Juan told an Ibizan TV channel that the club will reopen under that name for the 2017 season – and without any big overhaul of the layout or decor, either. "It’s an accredited brand," he said. "Which does not prevent us from adding another name that will link it with our other establishments."
6. Meanwhile in Florida, Club Space Miami also has new owners. Davide Danese and Coloma Kaboomsky are the men behind local house and techno promoters LinkMiamiRebels, while third partner David Sinopoli is co-founder of Miami's more rock/hiphop-oriented III Points festival. Plans are said to include a new live music room, and joint promotions with Brazilian club Warung.
7. First released in 1976, Open Soul by Tomorrow's People is something a Holy Grail record among soul collectors - the only album recorded by Chicago brothers Kevin, Maurice, Gerald and Timothy trades hands at prices in excess of £1,000. But if that's a bit steep for you, you'll be glad to know it's getting a reissue on Floating Points' new Melodies International label on 27 January, at the far more reasonable price of £20. The album has been remastered from the original vinyl with the assistance of Timothy Burton himself.
8. Derrick Carter is set to release his first new solo material in a decade. Squaredancing is a radical reworking of the title track from his 2002 album Squaredancing In A Roundhouse, and will come with remixes from Stacy Kidd, Scrubfish and Carter himself when it drops on doublepack seven-inch vinyl on Press Pot Recordings.
9. Disco legend Grace Jones is the subject of a new feature-length 'experimental' documentary called Grace Jones: The Musical Of My Life. Over 10 years in production, the "doc-biopic" is directed by Sophie Fiennes, and will be distributed to UK cinemas by Picturehouse Entertainment later this year.
10. If you're lucky enough to be in Mexico for BPM festival this weekend, then get yourself along to Calle 2 Y La Playa tomorrow afternoon, and check out a showcase by Italian tech-house label Deeperfect - they've got Pirupa, Uner and Miguel Bastida among the guests joining label boss Stefano Noferini behind the decks from noon-9pm. Also, we hate you.
11. Closer to home, next weekend (Saturday 14 January) sees Def:inition taking over Electric Brixton for their seventh annual fundraiser for Great Ormond Street children's hospital. DJs include Brockie, Nicky Blackmarket, Bryan Gee, Jumpin' Jack Frost, Sub Zero and Magistrate, joined by MCs Skibadee, Ragga Twins, Harry Shotta, Eksman and many more. The event runs from 10pm-6am and tickets start at just £6. Get yours at deftickets.co.uk
12. And finally... this week sees the Consumer Electronics Show taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and on display among all the phones, drones, digital home assistants and robot vacuum cleaners is... a Steve Aoki-designed phone charger/power bank. Shaped like a piece of cake. And no, sadly we are not making this up.
Laurent Garnier pic: Windishagency.com
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