Dance Beat: Police Arrest 78 In New York Club Drug Bust ...

Ecstasy and cocaine are among substances confiscated at 10 popular dance clubs.

New York City police arrested 78 clubgoers and employees for the alleged sale and possession of controlled substances late Friday night (Aug. 18) and early Saturday morning (Aug. 19), according to a police spokesperson. Among the drugs confiscated at 10 of the city's most popular dance clubs — including Twilo, Vinyl, the Roxy, Sound Factory and the Tunnel — were ecstasy, cocaine and Ketamine, according to the New York Post.

The third album by Irish cinematic-beats producer David Holmes will finally receive its U.S. release Oct. 24 on 1500 Records. Bow Down to the Exit Sign features guest appearances by ex-Tricky vocalist Martina Toppley-Bird and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie. ...

Orgy producer Josh Abraham is one of several rock and rap producers who have remixed the latest single by British big-beat duo Hardknox. "Attitude," released on Tuesday (Aug. 15), also features remixes by Front Line Assembly, Wu-Tang Clan and Big Punisher producer Carlos Bess and newcomers Tears of Technology. The single also includes a version of "Attitude" with new Jive Records lyricist Mil. Hardknox — Steve P. and Lindy Layton — released their self-titled U.S. debut last year. ...

The debut from Manchester, England, producer Badly Drawn Boy (born Damon Gough), The Hour of Bewilderbeast, is due Oct. 3 on Beggars Banquet Records. The album of 18 deeply personal lo-fi indie-rock songs featuring strings and horns has received massive critical acclaim in the UK, garnering a recent nomination for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for best British album. ...

Godskitchen, a prominent club night that originated in the UK and has spread to Australia and Ibiza, Spain, will make its U.S. debut Nov. 22 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. DJs Lisa Lashes, Fergie, Daniel Soto and AJ Gibson will spin at the event. Godskitchen will return to the U.S. Jan. 24 for a four-city tour led by UK club staple Tall Paul. In September, Godskitchen also will launch the superclub Code in Birmingham, England.

Paul Oakenfold, Darren Emerson, Groove Armada, Rabbit in the Moon, Uberzone and Sandra Collins are among the electronic-music acts set to perform at Nocturnal Wonderland 2000 on Sept. 2. The all-night dance-music festival will be held at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., the site of last fall's Coachella two-day festival. More than 50 DJs and live acts will perform on nine stages from 5 p.m. until 6 a.m. Other DJs include Taylor, Christopher Lawrence, Donald Glaude, Simply Jeff, John Kelley and AK1200 with MC Nctrnl. Hip-hop acts the Alkaholiks, Dilated Peoples and Kool Keith will also perform.

Skinny Puppy founder Cevin Key will release the third album from his experimental project, Download, on Oct. 24. Key formed the band in 1996 with Skinny Puppy's Dwayne R. Goettel and Dead Voice on Air's Mark Pybey. Nettwerk, the band's label, has also announced that early next year it will release a Skinny Puppy live album recorded at their recent reunion show in Germany. ...

Experimental electronic-sound sculptor Oval (born Markus Popp) will present his Skotodesk installation on a four-city U.S. tour, beginning Sept. 15, with a 15-day run at Chicago's World Music Festival. Featuring an interactive sound terminal consisting of a Power Macintosh computer, LCD monitor and the OvalProcess music-generating software Popp invented, the installation will allow users to re-form and reshape the pre-installed sound files he uses to create his own tracks. Following its Chicago run, Skotodesk will move on to other venues: From Oct. 14–28, it will be at L.A.'s Low Gallery; from Nov. 1–7, at San Francisco's Amoeba Music record store; and from Dec. 7–Jan. 15, at the Alleged Gallery in New York. ...

Liquid Todd is slated to DJ at the upcoming Million Mambo March, a protest organized by New York City's Dance Liberation Front, to eradicate local cabaret-license laws that prohibit dancing at unlicensed venues. According to the DLF, a statute that regulates dancing "as if it were pornography" has been in effect in the city since the 1920s. In recent months, the DLF has organized a 600-person conga line on Avenue A, a "Hokey Pokey" around City Hall and a "Twist-a-Thon" in Times Square. The Million Mambo March is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Aug. 27, from Tompkins Square Park to Washington Square Park in lower Manhattan. Liquid Todd currently hosts a nationally syndicated mix show on New York radio station K-Rock and released the 1999 mix-CD Action, which included tracks by the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. ...

Prominent UK electronic-music label Warp Records will present the Incredible Warp Lighthouse Party on Oct. 14 in London at the Trinity Buoy Wharf Docklands. Autechre, Plaid, Boards of Canada and Richard Devine are among the acts scheduled to perform live at the event, while Aphex Twin, Mira Calix, Andrea Parker and members of the U.S. abstract-electronic crew Schematic will all DJ. More information on the show is available at www.warprecords.com. ...

The Montreal collective Godspeed You Black Emperor! have completed work on an upcoming double album titled Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, due Oct. 9 on the Chicago indie label Kranky Records. According to the label's Web site, the album's 16 tracks are divided among four sections — "Storm," Static," "Sleep" and "Antennas to Heaven" — and incorporate radio static and bizarre field recordings from recent tours into the group's innovative multi-instrument minimal repetitions. Lift Your ... will be their second full-length. ...

Thirty-year dance-music veteran Danny Tenaglia will mix his second entry in the Global Underground mix-CD series, which is due Sept. 19. Based on a recent set by the DJ, London follows the upcoming series release of UK DJ Danny Howells' Nubreed double mix-CD, which comes out Aug. 29 in the States. Tenaglia also mixed the Global Underground double CD Athens, released earlier this year. ...

Detroit techno icon Jeff Mills will return to the infamous New York club Limelight for a performance on Aug. 26. Mills, who co-founded the pioneering Detroit collective Underground Resistance and has released a number of seminal techno tracks on his own Axis and Purpose Maker imprints, had a celebrated residency at the Limelight in 1992. This will be his first performance at the club since then. Mills recently released a CD, The Art of Connecting, which compiles 10 of his classic singles but is available in the States only as an import. ...

P.S. 1, a contemporary-art museum in Queens, N.Y., is hosting "Warm Up 2," the second in its series of Saturday-afternoon outdoor summer music events. Upcoming shows include New York abstract hip-hoppers Anti-Pop Consortium with avant-garde guitarist Arto Lindsay and Toronto live-house jam band The New Deal (Aug. 19). Past performances this year have featured Swayzak and Luke Vibert. More information is available at www.ps1.org/cut/press/events.html.

— sonicnet.com staff report