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Weekend Primer #55

Your one-stop shop for all the week's dance music news

2017 Feb 10     
2 Bit Thugs

Starring Man Power, The JAMs, Darius Syrossian, Jeff Mills, Klute, Soulwax, Bromance, Nicholas Jaar and more festivals than you could shake a glo-stick at

1. Me Me Me Records boss Man Power [pictured] will be taking over the Friday night dance show on Radio 1 for the whole of March, as he becomes the latest DJ to be added to the station's 'Future 12' line-up. You can also catch Man Power in action at fabric on 25 February, the day after Me Me Me's next release - Soak by James Hadfield & Danny Linton - goes on sale

2. The first details are starting to emerge of DJ line-ups at Hï Ibiza, the nightclub formerly known as Space. The opening party will be on 28 May, while both Black Coffee and Uner have confirmed they're booked to play the venue in the coming months.

3. Forthcoming albums to look out for include Planets, an "electronic classical" tribute to Gustav Holst's The Planets Suite by no less a personage than Detroit techno titan Jeff Mills (Axis Records, March); fabriclive91, which has been mixed by Paul Woolford under his Special Request alias (Fabric, 24 March); Read Between The Lines, the eighth studio album from genre-hopping beat-mangler Klute (Commercial Suicide, 31 March); and last but by no means least From Deewee, a new long-player from spiky Belgian synth-botherers Soulwax that was apparently recorded in a single live take! (PIAS, March)

4. Say hello... to new Brooklyn nightclub The Sonic Jungle, a 44,000-square-foot space near Prospect Park that opens on 25 February with Wolf+Lamb headlining... to a new festival in Colorado from the organisers of Coachella, which will debut in 2018... to Sound Industry, a new dance music conference taking place at Colston Hall, Bristol on 30 March.... and to Nacht voor de Nacht, a new event in Amsterdam that will see a single €15 wristband getting you access to 20 of the city's finest nightclubs on 25 February.

5. Wave goodbye... to Disclosure, for a bit, as the brothers announce that bar a few festival gigs they're going on hiatus for most of 2017... and to Bromance, the French label and artist collective headed up by Brodinski, who've announced they're calling it a day for reasons unspecified. The announcement came accompanied by a special 5 Years Of Bromance mix, which you can hear below.


6. Remember those guerrilla posters that suggested The JAMs (aka The KLF) would be making a comeback in 2017? It's now been announced that said comeback will take the form of a book called 2023: A Trilogy, which will be published by Faber & Faber on 23 August (the date hinted at on the posters). The book is, we're told, "a utopian costume drama, set in the near future, written in the recent past."

7. Messrs Drummond and Cauty aren't the only ones making a bid for your bookshelves... Nicholas Jaar is publishing a 336-page tome called Network through publishers Printed Matter on 27 March. The book will consist of transcripts from his 111 Other People radio shows, plus a collection of essays.

8. Those festival line-up emails keep coming thick and fast! There were new announcements this week from Cocoon In The Park, who've got Sven Väth, Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati and Richy Ahmed (Leeds, 8 Jul); Dimensions, who've got Grace Jones, Moderat, Jeff Mills, Marcel Dettman, Doc Scott, Ben UFO, Nina Kraviz, Danny Krivit and many more (Fort Punta, Croatia, 30 Aug-4 Sept); Time Warp, where you can catch Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Ricardo Villalobos, Adam Beyer, Drumcode, Jackmaster and Maceo Plex (Mannheim, Germany, 1 April); OFF, with The Black Madonna heading up a mostly female line-up (Katowice, Poland, 4-6 Aug); and finally Electron, who've got Booka Shade, Mathew Jonson, Chez Damier, Black Coffee, Chris Liebing, Guy Gerber, Dub Phizix and, ooh, loads of people (Geneva, Switzerland, 13-16 Apr).

9. Meanwhile festival line-up additions this week include: deadmau5, Tiësto and Fatboy Slim for Tomorrowland (Boom, Belgium, 21-23 and 28-30 Jul); Solomun, Dixon and Sister Bliss for EXIT (Novi Sad, Serbia, 6-9 Jul); and Pete Tong, Hannah Wants, Jamie Jones, Jackmaster, Chaka Khan and David Rodigan for Wild Life (Brighton, 9-10 June).

10. Damien Lazarus has just set off on a US tour called Make America Rave Again. The 17-date trek winds up at the Crosstown Rebels party at the Miami Winter Music Conference on 25 March. No such luck for Darius Syrossian, though... he's had to cancel his headline gig at San Francisco's Halycon on 18 February because despite having a UK passport and US work permit, being Iranian by birth he can't guarantee he'll be able to get there thanks to Donald Trump's travel ban. The Do Not Sleep party will still go ahead, but Carlo Lio and Nathan Barato will now headline.





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