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Weekend Primer #52

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

2017 Jan 20     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: MK, Annie Mac, Peacefrog, EDC UK, Run The Jewels, Chapter XIII, David Rodigan, and how Armin Van Buuren's audience is getting younger every year...

1. US house legend MK (Marc Kinchen, pictured) is getting his own show on Apple's Beats 1 internet radio station. Area10 Radio, as the show is known, debuts at 11pm UK time tonight, and will air fortnightly for the foreseeable future. Oddly, the tracklist for the first show has been published in advance, so expect classics from Marshall Jefferson, St Etienne, A Guy Called Gerald, Inner City and Jodeci, as well as plenty of upfront material.

2. Pendulum have been announced as the Saturday night headliners for this year's South West Four festival in London. The show on Clapham Common on 26 August will be their first in the UK capital since 2011.

3. Annie Mac appeared on BBC Three earlier this week, hosting a 30-minute documentary called Who Killed The Night? that examined the reasons behind - and effects of - the spate of closures that's seen the UK lose 50% of its club venues over the past 10 years. If you missed the programme, it's available to watch on YouTube.

4. Police in Turkey have arrested the man believed to be responsible for the New Year's Eve shootings at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, which killed 39 people. Abdulgadir Masharipov was apprehended on Monday in the Essenyurt district of the city. Over in the US, the wife of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people at Pulse in Orlando back in June, has been arrested on conspiracy charges, while in Mexico, the Zetas drugs cartel has claimed responsibility for the shooting that took five lives at the the BPM festival last weekend.

5. This year's Electric Daisy Carnival UK has been cancelled. The event in Milton Keynes, which has been running since 2013, was marred by the death of a festival-goer in 2016, and organisers Insomniac Events say they have now decided to indefinitely postpone the 2017 festival "until we can properly re-imagine all areas of the experience".

6. Peacefrog Records is to reissue two classic albums from 1998 on vinyl - Moodymann's Mahogany Brown and Theo Parrish's First Floor. They're set to drop on 2 February and 10 March, respectively.

7. Politically outspoken rap duo Run The Jewels have announced a European tour, to take place in March and April. They'll play Belfast (29 March), Dublin (30 March), Manchester (31 March) and London (1 April), before moving on to mainland Europe where they'll visit Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris, as well as the Snowbombing festival in Austria.

8. Birmingham's Rainbow Rooms celebrate their 13th anniversary with the Chapter XIII festival on 15 April, and they've got quite a line-up in store, with Dubfire, The Black Madonna, Adam Beyer, Midland, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Gerd Janson, Apollonia, Richy Ahmed, Dense & Pika and many more set to appear across the festival's nine rooms and 12 hours. Best get those tickets early...

9. Test-tube babies grow bigger and stronger more quickly if you blast them with loud trance music 24/7, a study at an IVF clinic in Moscow has found. No, really. The researchers used Armin Van Buuren's A State Of Trance compilations for the experiment, and believe the effect is due to the resulting vibrations making the embryos' test-tube home seem more natural and womb-like.

10. Legendary reggae DJ David Rodigan is publishing his autobiography. Co-written with Ian Burrell, My Life In Reggae details how the 65-year-old from Oxfordshire became a perhaps unlikely champion of 'the people's music' and wound up with an MBE for his troubles, and will be published by Little, Brown Book Group on 2 March.

11. Need some Amens for your next D&B anthem-in-waiting? Then rejoice, or at least give us a polite half-smile, because sample studio Rhythm Lab have packaged up over 800 variants on the genre-defining break, sampled using a variety of new and vintage equipment, and made them available for free download here. Enjoy!

12. And finally... it's been a good week for trance legend Tiesto, who was given the keys to Las Vegas in a special ceremony on Saturday. And not such a good week for South Korean, ahem, "DJ" duo G-Park & Charles, whose set at the Octagon Club in Seoul was revealed to actually be a recording of Hardwell's Hardwell On Air radio show...





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