News \ News \ Scene

Weekend Primer #39

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

2016 Oct 21     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Kraftwerk, Nervous Records, Butterz, Pendulum, Pacha Group sold, Richie Hawtin, Cerrone, Pioneer DJ and more

1. Kraftwerk (pictured), Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Chaka Khan, Chic and 70s disco star Joe Tex are among the artists nominated for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. To qualify for nomination, an artist must have begun their career at least 25 years ago, which has meant traditional rock acts have so far predominated. This year's nominations, however, continue the trend towards a more musically diverse roster set by last year's controversial induction of Run DMC. Don't get too excited, though: only five of the 19 nominations will go on to be inducted (Chic, for instance, have been nominated 10 times previously and never made the cut).

2. Pacha Group is being sold by founder and owner Ricardo Urgell. The group, which owns dozens of clubs and hotels around the world, is being taken over by global private equity firm Trilantic, for an expected price of €350 million - that's assuming the sale doesn't fall through at the last minute, as such deals often can. It's expected that under new owners, the brand will concentrate on luxury spas and hotels rather than nightclubs.

3. Richie Hawtin has teamed up with Pioneer DJ and the Association For Electronic Music to launch a new scheme called Get Played, Get Paid that aims to ensure music producers get the royalties they're entitled to when their tracks are used in DJ sets. We'll bring you full details soon, but Get Played, Get Paid will revolve around Pioneer's KUVO system and Hawtin's RADR app, both of which involve monitoring what tracks are played where.

4. Trentemoller has announced a massive 46-date tour for early next year, in support of his new album Fixion. The European leg begins in Amsterdam on 19 January and ends in Helsinki on 4 March, with UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester and London on 26, 27 and 28 January, respectively; he'll then head over to North America for the final 14 gigs of the tour, which climaxes at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC on 26 March.

5. Lots of new albums and compilations announced this week! On the artist albums front, look out for Journey To Solar, a new full-length from Maceo Plex that will be followed by a second simply titled Solar early next year (Ellum, 18 November); The Planets, the third album from grime favourite Terror Danjah (Hardrive, early November); and Red Lips, the first studio album from French disco legend Cerrone since 2008's Celebrate! (Malligator, 28 October).

6. Meanwhile on the comps tip, there's a new 19-track label compilation on its way from Loco Dice's Desolat label called X-Sampler 2016 (Desolat, 14 November); Bristol bass duo Kahn & Neek are behind the decks for Fabriclive 90, the first release on the fabric label since the club was forced to close (Fabric Records, 18 November); more bass-heavy thrills can be found on Grime 2016, a two-disc, 42-track selection compiled and mixed by Elijah & Skilliam (Butterz, 28 October); while for more techno-oriented sounds head for Sven Väth's Sounds Of The 17th Season (Cocoon, 25 November).

7. The tracklist has been now revealed for the Nervous Records 25th anniversary compilation that we told you about a few weeks ago. The double-vinyl package will feature tracks from Nuyorican Soul, Clubb Kidds, Kerri Chandler, Loni Clarke, Kim English, Swing Kids, Joe T Vanelli and Classic Man, and is out on 28 October. It's a fine selection of cuts, but we have to say we'd been hoping for something more along the lines of a three- or five-disc CD boxset...

8. Bad news for anyone hoping that Pendulum's appearance at Ultra Miami in March and reunion show in Perth might indicate the band would be properly getting back together. In a tweet on Wenesday, Pendulum's Rob Swire said: "FYI you can probably ignore all the 'Pendulum reuniting' bullshit. It's a one-off DJ set, because we happened to be in Perth." He did say "probably", mind you...

9. Sample Magic has announced Retrowave, a sample pack full of "nostalgic analogue synths, late-night beats and glo-fi melodics". The full pack includes a whopping 1.6GB of sounds in total, and is available now, priced £34.90. You can also buy smaller bundles of just the sounds you need - the pack's 30 FX loops for just £4, for instance, or its 120 drum loops for £11. Also just released is the second in the Toolroom Trademark series from Toolroom Records, wich features 391 samples personally selected by label boss Mark Knight.

10. Gui Boratto and DJ Spen B2B Karizma are among the musical attractions at Hollywood Forever's Halloween Special, which is at Egg LDN on 29 October. Also appearing are L-cio, Junior C, Gunjah and Manu Gonzalez.