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Weekend Primer #86

13 conversation-starters for the smoking terrace

2017 Sep 15     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Bjork, Four Tet, EBM, Mr C on drugs, DJ Bubbles RIP, 'New Forms' at 20 and much, much more!

1. New tighter noise restrictions will apply to outdoor events and warehouse parties in Amsterdam from January, following the passing of new regulations by the city authorities this week. Surprisingly, the city's Night Mayor Mirik Milan told Resident Advisor that Amsterdam-based promoters are generally fairly happy with this - because the other option was to curtail the number of events that are allowed to take place. "Keeping the scene open to all operators big and small was our goal from the beginning," he said.

2. Some sad news: San Francisco DJ Bubbles, AKA Anthony Torres, was shot dead outside a club in the city in the small hours of Sunday morning. Torres was a well-known LGBT+ activist, but at time of writing the San Francisco police say it cannot be known for sure whether this was a hate crime.

3. Conversely, foul play has now been ruled out in the death of 25-year-old Louella Michie, whose body was found in a wooded area at Bestival last weekend. The 28-year-old man, believed to be her boyfriend, who was arrested on suspicion of murder has since been released from custody, but remains under investigation for allegedly supplying a controlled substance.

4. Björk's next album, which she recently stealth-announced by posting a handwritten note on Instagram, will be out on One Little Indian in November. A title for the album has yet to be announced, but we do know that it's been co-produced by Venezuelan producer Arca, who also co-produced seven tracks on Björk's last album, 2015's Vulnicura. The album will be trailed by the single The Gate, which is out on Monday.

5. Meanwhile the next long-player from Four Tet, AKA Kieran Hebden, is called New Energy and will be out on 29 September - presumably through his own Text Records label, though that hasn't been officially confirmed. Rather touchingly, Hebden has donated the first 1,000 copies of the album (his ninth) to Oxfam.

6. Got a spare £17.5K knocking about? Then you might like to know that Germany's Schmidt-Synthesizer has announced another production run of its acclaimed Schmidt Eightvoice Analog Synthesizer. As with the two previous issues, the production run will be limited to just 25 units, but they now come in your choice of black and white finishes - though you'll pay an extra €1,000 for the white version [pictured], which costs €20,900 to the black version's €19,900.

7. Roland, meanwhile, has announced another model in its Boutique range, which has seen some of the company's best-loved machines of yore reissued in a new, smaller form factor. This time around it's a digital synthesizer from 1987, the D-50, that's getting the treatment. The new version will feature an onboard 64-step synthesizer and arpeggiator, and cost $349.

8. Speaking of reissues, a four-disc deluxe 20th Anniversary edition of Roni Size & Reprazent's 1997 Mercury-winning album New Forms will be out on Mercury/Universal on 10 November. The first two discs house the original album, the second contains remixes from the likes of Grooverider, Krust, Photek and DJ Die, while the fourth - 'Live Forms' - consists of alternate versions and re-edits.

9. Former The Shamen frontman Mr C, no stranger to tabloid controversy, told The Mirror in an interview published this week that, "We did Top of the Pops about seven or eight times. Every single time, I was on acid or E or both." He also revealed the inspiration behind Ebeneezer Goode, saying the titular hero was a composite character based on people the band knew at the time: "A couple of DJs, lighting engineer, sound engineer, couple of drug dealers, couple of wideboys. We put them all together as a composite character, and by the way they all got a silver disc when it went silver."

10. The full line-up has been announced for Japan's Labyrinth festival, which takes place on 16-18 September (ie, this weekend) in Chuba. Donato Dozzy and Peter Van Hoesen top the bill at the deep techno-based event, with Patrick Russell, Outer Space, Tobias, DJ Nobu, Ishq and more also set to appear.

11. The musical heritage of Detroit will be celebrated at the inaugural Electronic Music Awards, which take place in Los Angeles on 21 September. The event's custom warehouse-style downtown venue is to host a 'Detroit Dock' where Juan Atkins, Robert Hood (as Floorplan), The Saunderson Brothers (ie, Dantiez and Damarii) and Delano Smith will all perform.

12. Electronic body music, or EBM, is one of the more overlooked sub-genres in dance music's history (see also new beat, go-go, etc). Belgian label Alfa Matrix are doing their best to correct that, though: in 2011 they released a four-disc, 72-track EBM boxset entitled Electronic Body Matrix, and now a second installment is coming on 13 October. This time around, the four CDs house 76 tracks - and you'll also get a code to download 40 more.

13. Let's end this week's Primer back where we started... that is, in The Netherlands, where the city of Tilburg gets a new 1,200-capacity club next month. PKHS has three floors including a roof terrace, and the music policy is said to be based around "house, techno and tech-house", though no line-ups have yet been announced. The club opens on 6 October and will initally be open on Friday and Saturday nights only.

Amsterdam pic: Patrick Clenet/Creative Commons





Tags: Amsterdam, DJ Bubbles, Bestival, Louella Minchie, Bjork, Arca, One Little Indian, Four Tet, Kieran Hebden, Text Records, Roni Size, Reprazent, Roland, D-50, Schmidt-Synthesizer, Mr C, The Shamen, Labyrinth, EBM, Tilburg, PKHS