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Weekend Primer #29

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

2016 Aug 12     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Paradise Garage the movie, Sony buys MoS, the return of Altern-8, Tresor goes to Detroit and more

1. Legendary New York nightclub Paradise Garage is to be the subject of a new film by Jonathan Ullman, who previously directed a 15-minute short about the club. According to the movie's website, 84 King Street portrays the complicated relationship between Paradise Garage owner Michael Brody and Larry Levan. It covers Larry’s brilliant but short-lived career including his remixing and producing work in the studio, and stretches into the 80s as AIDS began to tragically decimate the community". Kobna Holdbrook-Smith will star as Larry Levan.

2. Sony Music UK has bought the Ministry Of Sound record label, which according to Billboard produces one in six compilations sold in the UK. Sony Music UK boss Jason Iley said of the acquisition: "Ministry Of Sound is one of the greatest brands in music. I’m delighted to welcome one of the most innovative, smart and pioneering labels to the Sony Music family."

3. Also on the acquisitions flex are musical instrument behemoths Roland, who've just bought a 70 per cent stake in headphones manufacturer V-MODA. V-MODA founder and CEO Val Kolton will retain a 30 per cent share and his position within the company, as well as taking on a new consultancy role across the Roland portfolio. Fittingly, the deal was announced on 8 August - otherwise known (at least to Roland buffs) as 808 Day.

4. Could raves be banned in California? Following three drug deaths at the recent HARD Summer festival, San Bernandino County official Janice Rutherford is calling for a blanket ban on large-scale dance music events. It should be noted, though, that similar bids have failed in the past - LA County, for instance, rejected such a move in March this year.

5. In slightly better news for US readers, Boys Noize will be undertaking a major North American tour this autumn (sorry, fall). The tour begins in Los Angeles on 5 October and ends in Austin on 5 November, stopping in San Francisco, Vancouver, Seattle, Brooklyn, Miami, Boston, Toronto, Live Oak (FL), Philadephia, Bridgeview (IL), Washington DC and Denver along the way.

6. Tresor founder Dimitri Hegemann is said to be eyeing up an abandoned factory in Detroit with a view to opening a new techno club there. The redevelopment of the Packard Plant is likely to cost up to $500 million, with the plans including a hostel, spa and studio space as well as the club.

7. Also branching out are the organisers of the Snowbombing festival in Austria, who are launching a sister festival in Canada. The first Snowbombing Canada will take place on 6-10 April, at the Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia. The event is sponsored by Coors Light.

8. Police in Spain have issued a warning that a batch of pills confiscated in Ibiza recently contained up to five times the 'normal' dose of MDMA. The pills in question were grey, and in the shape of the Music in Ibiza logo. Safe usage charities urge anyone taking pills to start with a quarter or half, and wait at least an hour before taking any more.

9. Altern-8's classic rave-era album Full-On Mask Hysteria is to get a limited-edition reissue to mark its 25th anniversary. The new, remastered version will come on triple heavyweight vinyl in a stamped and numbered gatefold sleeve, and include a number of tracks that didn't quite make the cut first time around as well as some hard-to-find remixes.

10. Other new albums in the pipeline that you might want to know about include: Instrumentalepathy, the second album from LA beatsmith Gaslamp Killer, which is out on his own Cuss Records on 16 September; Pieces Of Me, Black Coffee's first long-player since signing to Ultra Music, which is out on 26 August; and COW/Chill Out, World!, the 16th album from The Orb, which is out on Kompakt on 14 October and is said to be "their most ambient yet".

11. Bristol superclub Motion have announced their line-ups for the winter, and it has to be said it's quite an impressive selection! As you'd expect from Motion, D&B and techno dominate the schedule, but there are house and garage nights scheduled too, with headliners from September to NYE including (deep breath) Eats Everything, Bicep, Andy C, Bad Company UK, Joris Voorn, High Contrast, DJ Hype, DJ EZ, Richy Ahmed, DJ Hype, Autechre, Joy Orbison, Marcel Dettman, Shy FX, Laurent Garnier, Adam Beyer, Julio Bshmore, Paul Van Dyk, Chase & Status and many more. For the full run-down, click here.

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