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Weekend Primer #82

10 things to talk about on the smoking terrace

2017 Aug 18     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: the war on raving, Soundcloud survives, new albums from Clarke, Holden and Pendulum, EDC Orlando and much more

1. The authorities in two of the world's most popular party destinations are trying to clamp down on rave-related revelry. Following two recent drug deaths, Goa's chief minister Manohar Parrikar has told police in the province that "Rave parties on beaches or remote areas should be totally stopped", while in Ibiza if it's not the local authorities placing restrictions on tourism it's the owners of the big clubs agitating for a clampdown on beach and villa parties. Boo, hiss, etc.

2. Cheerier news, though, from Hamburg. The city's famous Golden Pudel club, which has been closed since February last year and which was all but destroyed in a fire in October, reopened last night (17 August). The club, which was renovated with the help of a €300,000 government grant, will be open Thurs-Sun in August, and will then return to opening seven nights a week from September.

3. Good news, too, from Soundcloud. Last Friday, investors in the popular streaming service voted to accept a $170M rescue package offered by investment groups Raine and Temasek, saving the service from closure. Former Vimeo head Kerry Trainor will now replace co-founder Alex Ljung as CEO.

4. Only 40.5 per cent of 'ecstasy' pills sold in the UK contain any MDMA whatsoever. That's according to a report by American Addiction Centers, which also found the corresponding figures for The Netherlands, the USA, Canada and Australia were 66.8, 34.7, 25 and 16.1 per cent respectively.

5. Beatport has been rejigging its genre categories, with three new bass music verticals being added to the site: Trap/Future Bass, Garage/Bassline/Grime and Leftfield Bass. The latter will contain the sub-categories Juke/Footwork and Deep Dubstep, while a Half-Time sub-category has also been added in the D&B section.

6. Bestival is branching out with the launch of a new festival in Bali. The first Indonesia edition of Bestival takes place at Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park on 30 September-1 October, with Alt-J, Rudimental and Pendulum headlining, joined by De La Soul, Parliament/Funkadelic, The Cuban Brothers and many more.

7. Meanwhile over in the US, the line-up has been announced for this year's EDC Orlando, which takes place at Tinker Field in Orlando, Florida on 10-11 November. Armin Van Buurren, Diplo, Infected Mushroom, Zedd, Zomboy, Marshmello, Gareth Emery and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are all set to appear, with less EDM-tastic thrills coming from Green Velvet, Nathan Barato, Pan-Pot, Skream and Jamie Jones.

8. Hold the front page... a DJ is starting a new record label! This week, the label-starting DJ in question is Machinedrum, and his new imprint is called IAMSIAM. The label's first single, the Machinedrum-produced How U Want It by Rochelle Jordan, was released this week. Jordan has previously supplied vocals on tracks by Paul Woolford and Childish Gambino, among others.

9. While we're on the subject of record releases, look out for soon-come new albums from: Dave Clarke, whose first long-player since 2003's Devil's Advocate is called The Desecration Of Desire, and is out on Skint on 27 October; Pendulum, whose main man Rob Swire announced on Twitter this week that, "I am so fucking bored of EDM and lit drops and Serum patches and fEsTiVaL bAsS. I'm gonna make a new Pendulum album"; James Holden, whose third long-player The Animal Spirits is out on Border Community on 3 November; and Kölsch, who completes the autobiographical trilogy that began with 2013's 1977 with 1989 (Kompakt, 22 September).

10. And finally... his purpleness The Artist Formerly Known As Prince is being honoured by the addition of a new shade of purple to the Pantone Color Matching System. Pantone inks are what magazines use to print really bright, lurid colours, and the range now includes Love Symbol #2, which Pantone Color Institute vice-president Laurie Pressman described in a statement as "emblematic of Prince’s distinctive style. Long associated with the purple family, Love Symbol #2 enables Prince’s unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself."

Pic: Andy Weisner/Creative Commons





Tags: Ibiza, Goa, Dave Clarke, James Holden, Kölsch, Pendulum, EDC Orlando, Golden Pudel, Machinedrum, IAMSIAM, Bestival, Bali, Beatport, bass music, MDMA, ecstasy, Soundcloud, Alt-J, Rudimental, De La Soul, Parliament/Funkadelic, Armin Van Buurren, Diplo, Infected Mushroom, Zedd, Zomboy, Marshmello, Gareth Emery, Green Velvet, Nathan Barato, Pan-Pot, Skream, Jamie Jones