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Weekend Primer #42

12 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2016 Nov 11     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Jean-Jacques Perry RIP, 2017 festival line-ups, new albums from Nathan Fake, Thievery Corporation and Nina Kraviz and much, much more

1. RIP this week Jean-Jacques Perrey [pictured], the French electronic music pioneer who first started messing about with synthesizers way back in the 1950s, and whose tracks EVA and Baroque Hoedown have been sampled too many times to mention. Perrey wasn't the only pioneer the world of music lost this week, as we say a sad farewell too to arch-miserablist Leonard Cohen - though at least, at 87 and 82, both had a decent innings.

2. It looks like a Kraftwerk show that was due to take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 23 November will now have to be cancelled, because the city placed a blanket ban on large-scale music events where synthesizers and samplers are the primary instrument following six drug deaths at the Time Warp festival earlier this year. Which, of course, wasn't a stupid knee-jerk reaction at all.

3. While we're (sort of) on the subject of festivals, the line-up's been announced for the Annie Mac-curated Lost & Found, which is in Malta on 13-16 April. On the bill, as well as Ms Mac herself, are Armand Van Helden, Jamie Jones, J.E.S.U.S (aka Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler), Andy C, The Black Madonna, Dusky, Kölsch, Alan Fitzpatrick, B.Traits, Richy Ahmed, Toddla T, My Nu Leng B2B Redlight and many more.

4. Damian Lazarus's Day Zero fest in Tullum, Mexico on 13 January, meanwhile, has Âme, Bedouin, Dusky, Dixon, Mathew Jonson, Satori, Serge Devant and Lazarus himself.

5. Upcoming albums to look out for include the third album from The xx, I See You (Young Turks, 17 January); a Nathan Fake album on Ninja Tune (title and release date TBC); a new long-player from Thievery Corporation (their ninth, if we've counted right), which is due in February; and fabric 91, a 41-track mix by Nina Kraviz which is out on 9 December, just after Ms Kraviz's appearance as a keynote speaker at Tokyo Dance Music Event on 1-3 December.

6. Plans are afoot for Orlando City Council to purchase the former Pulse nightclub for $2.25M and turn it into a permanent memorial to the 49 people shot dead at the LGBT+ venue by a homophobic gunman in June. Whether such a scheme will be allowed to go ahead in Trump's America remains sadly unclear...

7. This year's Global Drug Survey found that female MDMA users are up to three times more likely than men to seek emergency treatment after taking the drug. The survey also found that Ecstasy pills in Europe (including the UK) are now stronger than they've ever been. Elsewhere, big increases were reported in cocaine and nitrous oxide use. Most worryingly, the survey found synthetic cannabinoids - weed-like 'legal highs' - to be among the most dangerous drugs of all, with 1 in 8 weekly users seeking emergency medical treatment. Keep it natural out there, people.

8. This week's hearty iDJ big-ups go to Faithless, Rudimental, Skream, Eats Everything, Chase & Status, Shy FX, Daphni, Jon Hopkins and Sigma, all of whom are lined up to play benefit shows for the charity Help Refugees at Electric Brixton next month. Expect 4/4 fun on 8 December and breakbeat shenanigans on 15 December, with all proceeds going to Help Refugees' 'Choose Love' appeal.

9. London club Studio 338, which suffered a devastating (and fatal) fire back in August, is due to reopen next summer, say the owners. Work to repair and rebuild the North Greenwich club got underway this week.

10. In other good news from clubland, Sheffield's currently buzzing with rumours that the legendary Niche - the all-night venue that gave bassline to the world - is to reopen. Gossip was sparked by a mystery LCD billboard that appeared in the city a few days ago, bearing just the Niche logo and the words 'Sheffield are you ready?'.

11. Over in EDM corner, Martin Garrix played a charity gig in Mumbai, India this week that attracted over 40,000 people. The event at the Malaxhmi Racecourse was in aid of Magic Bus, a charity that supports children's education. Meanwhile, Armin Van Buuren has announced what will be his biggest solo show to date. The gig, dubbed 'The Best Of Armin Only', will take place at the 53,000-capacity Amsterdam Arena on 13 May, and tickets go on sale on 24 November.

12. UK house and techno duo Dusky have announced an eight-date British tour to promote their new album Outer, which dropped last month. They will kick off the tour at The Phoenix in Exeter on 9 February, moving on through Cardiff, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Leeds, Brighton and London before ending up at the 02 Academy in Oxford on 25 February.

Jean-Jacques Perrey pic: © bthrewww/Creative Commons, via Wikipedia.