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Weekend Primer #87

12 things to talk about in discotheques this weekend

2017 Sep 22     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: DJ Pierre, The Prodigy, Erol Alkan, Metro Area, Reason 10, Martin Garrix and more

1. Guess who's about to release his debut album? Only Nathaniel Jones! "Who's Nathaniel Jones?" you say? It's a fair question - you probably know him better by his middle name, Pierre. As in DJ Pierre. As in the man who invented acid house*. Unbelievably, the Chicago veteran [pictured] has never actually put out a full-length before, but now a career-spanning collection entitled Wild Pitch (after the distinctive house style he pioneered in the mid-90s) is coming on Get Physical on 24 November. Hurrah!


2. Essex ravers turned rock gods The Prodigy, on the other hand, are up to album number seven, and it's coming next year - despite Liam Howlett's 2015 declaration that the band were abandoning the long-player format. The as-yet-untitled album will be the result of a new deal the band have just signed with major label BMG.

3. Other new albums to look out for include a 20-track collection of Erol Alkan remixes and re-edits called Reworks Vol 1, which is coming on Phantasy Sound on 3 November; a 15th anniversary deluxe edition of Metro Area's self-titled 2002 debut (Environ, 27 October); and a Simian Mobile Disco retrospective called Anthology: Ten Years Of SMD, which is out on Wichita 20 October. The latter is just one of three SMD long-players coming your way, with a remastered edition of their 2007 debut Attack Decay Sustain Release and a B-sides and rarities comp called ADSR Expansion both dropping two weeks earlier (6 October), also on Wichita.

4. Tinnitus is a bitch. If you already suffer from the condition, try googling 'Reddit cure' - it does offer some relief, even if it's short-lived. But the folks at electronic music site Watch The Hype would much rather clubbers never developed tinnitus in the first place, so they've teamed up with hearing protection specialists Alpine to launch a club-based awareness campaign called All Ears. See their website for more info.

5. Propellerhead have announced the 10th incarnation of their popular DAW, Reason. Reason 10 adds a bunch of new virtual instruments and a huge library of bundled samples courtesy of Sample Magic. We'll bring you a review asap, but in the meantime check out the promo video...


6. There's been so much new kit from Pioneer in the past few weeks that our Gear News section is starting to look like Pioneer Weekly. The company's latest announcement isn't quite as exciting as, say, the DDJ-XP1 rekordbox controller instrument, but we thought you still might like to know that the flagship NX2 range is now available in white. So now you do.

7. In club news, say hello to CRANE in Birmingham, a new 3,500-capacity warehouse space from the team behind the Rainbow venues, located (naturally) in Digbeth. The club has two floors and opens on 29 September, with Steve Lawler, Richy Ahmed and Kölsch all on the bill. But say goodbye - maybe - to Club 414 in Brixton, London, which is under threat from developers again. This time it's cocktail bar chain Be At One who want to take over the 24-hour venue, but the club are once more fighting against closure, with a #Save414 social media campaign.

8. While we're talking London nightlife, the city's mayor Sadiq Khan has launched an official review of Form 696, a risk assessment form that event organisers must submit to the Metropolitan Police, which many have suggested is used by police to veto events (eg, grime nights) that will attract a predominantly black crowd. "Risk assessment shouldn't compromise the capital's vibrant grassroots music industry or unfairly target one community or music genre," said the mayor. The review's findings should be published early next year.

9. EDM megastar Martin Garrix has won his two-year legal battle with Spinnin' Records, and now officially owns the masters to all the material he recorded for the label prior to his departure in 2015. Spinnin', you may recall, was recently purchased by Warner Music, so whether other ex-Spinnin' artists will attempt to capitalise on the precedent set by Garrix's case remains to be seen.

10. One label Warner aren't likely to buy up any time soon is Unfinished Records, because there's only one release in the catalogue. Unfinished is the new brainchild of Arthur Smith, AKA Artwork and one-third of Magnetic Man, and the first release - a 303-squelchin', First Choice-sampling affair from Artwork himself called Let Go Of This Acid - is out now.

11. The line-up has been announced for Houston's Day For Night festival, which this year takes place on 15-17 December. Nina Kraviz, Jamie XX, Mount Kimbie and Autechre are all set to appear, as are the likes of Thom Yorke, Pussy Riot, Laurie Anderson and US cyber-espionage whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

12. Finally, how to tell if you're an ageing raver or not: did you ever bounce around your living room to Dance Energy on BBC2? If you did, you're probably aware that the show's presenter Normski is also a very accomplished music photographer - and might like to know that an exhibition of his photos, curated by Seth Troxler no less, is on view at Smokey Tails in Hoxton, London until 2 October. And for the youngers who don't know what we're on about, here's a taste of what you missed...

DJ Pierre pic: Courtesy of ADE





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