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Weekend Primer #77

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

2017 Jul 14     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Rusko, Stormzy, Midland, Chic, Mount Kimbie, Dirtybird Campout and much, much more

1. Let's start with some good news this week: dubstep producer Rusko [pictured] is apparently responding well to treatment for gastric lymphoma, the stomach cancer that recently forced him to put his music career on hold. The 32-year-old from Leeds posted a hospital bed picture on Twitter this week saying "3 rounds in... CHEMO FRESSHHHH & smiling everyday xx". Here's wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

2. Paul Oakenfold's Electronic Music Awards project, announced but then cancelled in 2016, will now go ahead after all, with an awards ceremony taking place in downtown Los Angeles on 21 September. The nominees have not yet been announced, but we do know that there will be 11 categories (not the seven announced in 2016) and that the whole thing will be streamed live on Twitter from 7.47pm (local time, so 3.47am in the UK) onwards.

3. Congratulations this week to all-conquering grime star Stormzy, who's been named Person Of The Year by Oxford University's African-Caribbean Society. The award comes following news earlier this year that he had given £9,000 to Fiona Asiedu, a black Oxford graduate from Tulse Hill in south London, in order that she could go on to do a masters degree at Harvard University in the US.

4. The next album in the long-running FABRICLIVE series will come from genre-hopping Leeds producer Midland. Out on 22 September, the mix is described as "an ode to all facets of club culture" and features tracks from Roman Flügel, Daphni, Kowton and Jesper Dahlbäck, among others.

5. The first studio album from disco veterans Chic since 1992's Chic-ism is now likely to be out later this year. Speaking to Billboard, Nile Rodgers said the album is "very reminiscent" of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, and that he's trying to come up with a release date that "artistically and spiritually fits the narrative of the album".

6. Other upcoming releases to look out for include album number three from Mount Kimbie, Love What Survives, which will be out on Warp Records on 8 September; a reissue of Glenn Underground's 1996 debut album Atmosfear (Peacefrog, out now); a 10th birthday label compilations from Claremont 56 (Claremont 56: 10 Years, 28 July, featuring remixes from the likes of Larry Heard, Ron Trent and Daniele Baldelli) and Greco-Roman (Marathon, Not A Sprint!, 1 September); and the latest in Cocoon's long-running series of Ibiza mix comps, which has been put together by Nastia and Einzelkind and is out on 25 August. Which brings us neatly to...

7. from Ibiza, where the line-up was announced this week for this year's Radio 1 Weekender on 4-7 August. Black Coffee, Claptone, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont & Gorgon City, Benji B, Eric Prydz and Kölsch are all set to appear alongside Radio 1's own Annie Mac, B.Traits and Pete Tong. Elsewhere on the White Isle, you can catch Chase & Status, Hype & Hazard, Sub Focus and Rudimental at Together (Amnesia) on 18 July, while Las Dalias hosts a Wax Da Jam party on 20 July that'll see Seth Troxler and Nightmares On Wax playing disco all night long at a fundraiser for the dance music children's charity Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.

8. While we're on the subject of all things Ibiza, the legendary Space (now Hï Ibiza) is now the subject of its very own museum in San Antonio. The museum was opened this week by former Space owner Pepe Rosello and Carl Cox, and includes furnishings from the club, old photos and vintage merchandise. And presumably lots of plots and marbles, given how many were lost on the famous dancefloor over the years.

9. Closer to home, Night Thing at London's Jazz Cafe plays host to Gilles Peterson on 21 July and Benji B on 28 July, XOYO celebrate their fifth birthday in August with a series of five parties starring the likes of Erol Alkan, Zenker Brothers and Matrixxman, while Printworks have announced their second event series, following a successful opening run in 2016. Issue 2 runs from October to December, though exact dates and line-ups are still TBA.

10. Over in the US, this year's Dirtybird Campout, which takes place in Bradley, California on 6-8 October, will feature sets from Eats Everything, Matthew Dear, Sacha Robotti, Sonny Fodera, Sirus Hood, Jesse Rose b2b Riva Starr, Coyu, Benji B, Lauren Lane and DJ Marky, as well as dirtybird regulars Justin Martin, Claude VonStroke, Worthy and Shiba San.

11. Other festivals announcing their line-ups this week included Dekmantel in Amsterdam, which takes place on 2-6 August and features Joy Orbison, Rødhad, Midland, Palms Trax and many more; and MUTEK Buenos Aires in Argentina, which returns after an eight-year hiatus on 22-24 September with Maya Jane Coles, Mathew Jonson and Sonja Moonear; and the RBMA Weekender in Sydney, which has Tony Humphries and Peven Everett, among others, on 31 August-3 September.

12. Staying down under for a second, Melbourne is getting a brand new nightclub called XE54. The 700-capacity club is housed in an underground bunker with an industrial/sci-fi aesthetic, and its music policy will concentrate on house and techno when it opens on 12 August with, we're told, some legendary Chicago and Detroit names set to make an appearance...

13. Looking for a new analogue synthesizer? Announced this week, Medusa from Dreadbox will retail for just $429 (£330 approx) when it goes on sale in December, and offers three oscillators, a 64-step sequencer, a 12dB-per-octave filter and a patch bay for hooking up Eurorack format equipment.





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