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Weekend Primer #93

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

2017 Nov 04     
2 Bit Thugs

This week: Nina Kraviz, Nicole Moudaber, Lost & Found, Papa Records, E1 opening, Artwork @ XOYO, Nightmares On Wax, Goldie, Ableton Live 10 and lots, lots more

1. Nina Kraviz [pictured] will be touring north, central and south America this autumn. The tour kicks off in Austin, Texas on 16 November, then visits LA, San Francisco, Juarez, Mexico City, New York, Costa Rica, Mdellin, Bogota, Houston and Chicago, before coming to a close at Space, Miami on 23 December.

2. Also heading out on the road is Nicole Moudaber, whose Best Of MOOD mix compilation (out 15 December on MOOD Records) will be promoted via a seven-date UK tour, starting in Glasgow on 24 November and ending in Liverpool on 16 December, with stops in-between in Newcastle, Dublin, Birmingham and London.

3. Soulful house, broken beat and nu-jazz label Papa Records, headed up by Oli Lazarus of Reel People fame, are 15 years old this year, and they're celebrating that milestone with the release of a very special compilation. Play It Like Papa: 15 Years Of Papa Records is out on 24 November and features 38 tracks across three CDs from the likes of DJ Spinna, Blaze, Jon Cutler, Faze Action, Osunlade, Domu, Matthias Heilbronn and Yam Who?.

4. New York's infamous 'Cabaret Law', which was introduced during the Prohibition era to clamp down on speakeasies and has since been making life difficult for bar and club owners in the city for 91 years, are to be repealed. The council voted on Tuesday to support a motion by councillor Rafael Eapinal to repeal the law, which effectively bans dancing in public spaces. The same session saw the city council agree to create an 'office of nightlife', whose role would similar to those of the 'night mayors' already in place in cities such as London and Amsterdam.

5. Back here in the UK, the line-up has been revealed for new London nightclub E1's 27-hour opening party on New Year's Eve. Among the attractions are Âme, Mano Le Tough and Blawan, with more names still TBA.

6. Speaking of New Year's Eve, Rootz Manuva, Holy Goof, Subzero, Eksman and IC3 have been added to the already heavyweight bill for the Playaz bash at the 02 Academy Brixton.

7. Sticking with UK clubs a moment, Artwork has been announced as XOYO's first resident of 2018. His 13-week residency begins on 5 January and will see him joined by guests including Kenny Dope, Derrick Carter, Derrick May, Jackmaster, Peggy Gou, Benji B, Fabio and Omar-S.

8. And speaking of all things arty, this year's Turner Prize show - pretty much the top honour in the UK art world - takes place in Hull on 5 December and will be hosted by none other than former Wolverhampton graf' writer Goldie. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the BBC.

9. Warp artist George Evelyn - better known as Nightmares On Wax - is to release his first album since 2013. Shape The Future is out on Warp on 26 January and will feature collaborations with former Zero 7 vocalist Mozez and Canadian rapper Allan Kingdom, among others.

10. Ableton has announced the 10th incarnation of its popular Live DAW. The new version includes four new instruments/FX - Wavetable, Echo, Pedal and Drum Bass - and will be available from January.

11. Korg, meanwhile, has just announced that it's making a new music-making game for the recently launched Nintendo Switch console. Details are scarce, but the game will be available in the spring. In the meantime, also getting on the gaming train is EDM megastar Avicii, who's been working on a new PS4 game called Invector that's been described as a cross between Wipeout and DJ Hero.

12. South Africa is getting a new festival called Bazique, which is the brainchild of the team behind Secret Garden Party, working in association with local promoters. Taking place at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club near Cape Town, the inaugural Bazique is on 16-18 March and already annnounced are Mano Le Tough, &Me and Edu Imbernon.

13. In other festival news, Jamie XX, Jackmaster, Kölsch, The Black Madonna, Midland, Patrick Topping, Mella Dee, Tiga and The Martinez Brothers are among the first names announced for the fourth edition of Annie Mac's Lost & Found festival, which takes place in Malta on 3-6 May, while over pond the dates, venue and line-up have been announced for the first Dirtybird Campout East. St Cloud, Florida will the destination on 2-4 February, with Wolf+Lamb, Claptone, Biz Markie, Soul Clap, DJ Craze, Tiga, Roni Size and LTJ Bukem all on the bill. Finally, Love International returns to Tisno, Croatia on 27 June-4 July, with Idjut Boys, Roman Flügel, Jane Fitz, Ben UFO, Craig Richards, Shanti Celeste, Optimo, Prosumer and many more.

14. If you use Bandcamp to promote or sell your music, then you might like to know that a new app has just been launched to make the whole process a lot easier. The catchily named Bandcamp App For Artists And Labels is available now for Android and iOS.

15. UK police have issued a warning about pink 'Rolls-Royce' ecstasy tablets, after a 16-year-old boy in Wales died after taking one. The pills in question are rectangular and stamped with the Rolls-Royce logo on the front and '200mg' on the back.

16. And finally... US EDM star Getter got in a spot of bother this week after he jokingly added 'no Bassnectar t-shirts' to his rider for a show in Washington DC. Unfortunately, the venue took the tongue-in-cheek request seriously and turned away ticket-holders wearing the offending item at the door, resulting in Getter having to apologise on Twitter the next day and offer fans who'd been refused entry a full refund. Whoops!