Chicago house pioneer Jesse Saunders hospitalised after “major stroke”

Chicago house pioneer Jesse Saunders has been hospitalised after suffering a “major stroke”.

The Chosen Few DJs, which Saunders is a member of, took to Instagram to make a statement about his hospitalisation.

They wrote: “We have to sadly share some difficult news and ask for your prayers and support. Our brother Jesse Saunders has suffered a major stroke and is currently hospitalized in the Las Vegas area.

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“Jesse will likely be facing a long and difficult rehab, and will need the love and support of the house music community to which he has given much. Please keep Jesse in your prayers. Thank you.”

According to Mixmag, Saunders created the very first house record with ‘On And On’ along with Vince Lawrence in 1984, at the start of the Chicago movement.

Other notable tracks from the DJ included ‘Funk U Up’, ‘Real Love’, ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ and ‘Dum Dum’.

He also opened his own nightclub Playground after being exposed to the Chicago scene through the music of the late Frankie Knuckles.

Before that, the Chosen Few DJs were founded by Wayne Williams in 1977 with Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King and Andre Hatchett, who were part of the first wave of DJs and producers in Chicago who created the sound that became known as house music.

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The group became a seven in 2006, with the addition of Terry Hunter and with Mike Dunn in 2012.

Following Saunders’ admission to hospital, comedian Sterling Tyson wished the rapper a speedy recovery and said: “Sending prayers out to DJ Jesse Saunders of Chosen Few Djs.”

Mixmag also sent their respects, adding: “Get well soon Jesse Saunders.”

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New book ‘How We Used Saint Etienne To Live’ will trace history of the indie-dance trio

A new book called How We Used Saint Etienne to Live has been announced, which will explore the history of the British indie-dance band and feature all three members.

The book, written by journalist and music writer Ramzy Alwakeel – who wrote the 2016 book Smile If You Dare: Politics and Pointy Hats with the Pet Shop Boys – is out December 13, 2022, via Repeater Books.

It will feature original interview with Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs and will show how the band “made music out of memories, and how we made memories of them”.

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You can pre-order the book on the website, and check out the cover below

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‘How We Used Saint Etienne to Live’ (CREDIT: Repeater Books).

“Do you remember how we used to live?” the book description reads. “British indie favourites Saint Etienne do. But they also remember a load of other stuff that never happened, so maybe they aren’t the best people to ask.

How We Used Saint Etienne to Live is the story of that reciprocal process, told in the wrong order but the right time. It’s about the methods we use to remember, and what happens when those methods become outdated. It’s a tale that involves tape splicing, town planning, Now compilations and Saint Etienne’s 1995 UK singles chart peak, ‘He’s On The Phone’.”

Featuring original interviews, the book intends to show Saint Etienne’s “minds at work as they make and manipulate history and nostalgia”.

“Expect to be shown the receipts. Expect selective recollections and shameless revisionism. Expect concrete facts and flights of fancy. Don’t expect it to be immediately clear which is which.”

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Saint Etienne’s last release was the 2021 four-track EP 2021 ‘Her Winter Coat’, which included a Christmas single of the same name.

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i_O’s record label releases posthumous album ‘Warehouse Summer’

i_O’s record label Armada has surprise dropped a posthumous album, ‘Warehouse Summer’, a collaboration with Canadian singer Lights.

The album was made shortly before the DJ and producer, whose real name was Garrett Falls Lockhart, passed away in November 2020 at the age of 30. His death was caused by a “sudden and fatal arrhythmia” related to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland and causes it to become inflamed and underactive. He had released a trilogy of EPs called ‘444’ earlier that year and had also previously worked with Grimes on her 2019 song ‘Violence’.

Lights shared an emotional statement to Twitter on the day the album was released (November 23) telling the story of how the album came to be and what happened to it after i_O’s death.

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“‘Warehouse Summer’ is a 14-song album I made with i_o in 2020. It is one thing that will always remain a triumph, a bittersweet opus from that year.

“Garrett and I spent late nights scrounging up purpose in making this music, using it to mull over every inch of life. On facetime he’d tinker with samples n sip rice wine or a random beer he found while I plucked away on ambient guitar tones mumbling lyrics.

“Each song we made flowed right into the next, one through fourteen of them, nothing was hard when we were working on ‘Warehouse Summer’ (the project name was decided pretty much after we wrote the first song, Supermelt).

“The first time I listened to this again was 20 months after he passed, i dusted off the db link and shook the whole way through. I am reminded that even in your darkest moments you can emerge with remarkable memories. I will always, always cherish this one.

“I won’t speak much more on this cause I don’t want to speak for him, but ill say this: Garrett always said ‘Warehouse Summer’ felt like the feeling you get when you leave the rave at 4am and the air is hot and sticky and you’re dead af but alive. Like ghosts riding penny boards.

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“I hope you feel every bit of this when you listen to ‘Warehouse Summer.’ It’s intense and gentle, like he was. I lost a dear friend and musical partner, I miss him very much. 444ever. I would say he was so fucking inspiring but he would hate that.”

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i_O’s family also shared a statement of their own.

“We’d like to thank all who have patiently and lovingly stood by waiting for us, G’s family, to say yes to releasing these last tracks.

“Thank you to the i_o management for bringing together all the teams necessary to release these last tracks of music produced by Garrett & Lights. We are grateful to them and so many others for their regular “check-ins” with us, allowing us time and space to miss him and grieve his absence. We loved hearing from so many, as each of us remember Garrett in different ways. Some of your stories made us laugh or smile, others made us cry, for it is in those stories we relived much of what Garrett was about as a person and in the many ways his life impacted each of us.

“Thank you for sharing yourselves with us, it has truly helped in the healing. We hope with this music release there will be healing for others as well. Continue to take gentle care of yourselves and each other, remembering how fragile life can be.”

‘Warehouse Summer’ is the second full-length project Lights has released this year, after her fifth album ‘PEP’ came out in April.

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The Chemical Brothers, Christine and The Queens and Fatboy Slim to headline Wilderness 2023

The Chemical Brothers, Christine and The Queens and Fatboy Slim have been confirmed as the headliners for Wilderness Festival 2023.

The event will return to Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire on the weekend of August 3-6 next year.

Also in attendance are the likes of Sugababes and Confidence Man, alongside an extensive line-up of comedy, film screenings, Q&As, panels and more.

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2022’s Wilderness was headlined by UnderworldYears & Years and Jungle, with the likes of Sophie Ellis-BextorOrlando Weeks, Roisin MurphyWillie J HealeyBillie MartenPip BlomCraig Charles, Peggy Gou, Jordan Rakei, Gabriels and more all also playing.

Check out the first handful of names for 2023 below, with more line-up announcements due at the start of next year.

Tickets for Wilderness 2023 are on sale here now.

This week, Christine & The Queens has shared a new video taken from his acclaimed recent live shows as Redcar. The French singer released new album ‘Redcar Les Adorables Étoiles’ last week (November 18) and has been playing a handful of launch gigs for it.

Following the final show of the run in London on Tuesday (November 22), Redcar has shared a video of his performance of ‘Ma Bien Aimée Bye Bye’ from a recent hometown show at Paris’ Cirque d’Hiver venue.

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It was also announced this week that Christine & The Queens will curate 2023’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre, the venue where he closed out the Redcar tour.

The event will see him bring together artists for the next edition of the annual festival who’ve instrumental in shaping his musical identity. Meltdown Festival will run from Friday, June 9 until Sunday, June 18, 2023.

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Diplo poses in traditional Qatari dress during World Cup 2022

Diplo has been pictured in traditional Qatari dress while in Doha performing as part of the current 2022 World Cup.

The producer is in Qatar to perform as part of Major Lazer for the Daydream Festival, which is being held as part of the celebrations during the tournament.

Last night (November 23), Diplo shared photos of himself on social media watching the match between Spain and Costa Rica, which ended in a resounding 7-0 victory for the Spaniards.

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Sharing a photo of himself in a long Qatari shirt called a thobe and a gutra headdress, Diplo wrote: “Damn spain up 7-0 i’m not even paying attention I just wanna make sure my hat thing looks alright.”

Another video was shared by his Major Lazer bandmate Ape Drums on his Instagram Story, including one of Diplo pretending to sell merch outside the stadium.

“What’s up, habibi? What you want?” he told the camera. “Anything you want I get for you. I get anything for you.”

See the photos and videos below.

The 2022 World Cup runs from November 20 – December 18 in and around the capital city of Doha, and is being held amid ongoing criticism regarding the death of migrant workers in the creation of stadiums and the country’s views on homosexuality, which is illegal in Qatar.

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Yesterday (November 23), the German team protested FIFA before their game with Japan, covering their mouths while posing for a pre-match photo. Earlier this week Germany were among seven European nations – also including England and Wales – to announce that they would no longer be wearing pro-LGBTQ+ ‘OneLove’ armbands during games after the threat of sporting sanctions from governing body FIFA.

England manager Gareth Southgate previously promised that his players would speak out about human rights abuses during the tournament. “Regarding the LGBT community, we stand for inclusivity and we are very, very strong on that,” he said. “We think that is important in terms of all our supporters.”

Numerous artists have distanced themselves from the World Cup, including Dua Lipa and Rod Stewart, while Melanie C has said she “wouldn’t be comfortable” performing at the 2022 World Cup as an LGBTQ+ ally.

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