Joy Orbison releases new six-track EP on Hinge Finger


81b has been released by Hinge Finger, which Joy Orbison, real name Peter Grady, runs with The Trilogy Tapes boss Will Bankhead. The six tracks are available digitally on Bandcamp now and will be out on vinyl next week. 

So far in 2018, Joy Orbison has released a split 12-inch with Ben Vince, called Transition 2 / Systems Align, and a 90-minute mixtape on Cav Empt. Hinge Finger released an EP from Tom Of England in March. 

Read Aaron Coultate's recent Label Of The Month feature on The Trilogy Tapes with Will Bankhead. 

Paris boat club Batofar closes permanently


Popular Paris boat club Batofar has closed for good. 

Moored in the 13th arrondissement since 1999, the red tugboat ran into financial troubles earlier this year, according to daily newspaper LibĂ©ration. It was initially due to shut for renovations, though they never materialised. A 17-hour closing party, scheduled for February 3rd, also never happened. More recent photos show the red boat being dismantled. (See right.) 

LibĂ©ration also reports that the venue will reopen in summer 2019 as a salsa club under a different name, Faro Faro. 

For almost 20 years, Batofar was a vital and trusted spot for underground house and techno fans. Recent guests include Tin Man, Xosar and Djrum. 

Giorgio Moroder reveals first-ever live tour


Giorgio Moroder will embark on his first-ever live tour in 2019. 

The show will feature the Donna Summer collaborator on piano, synths and vocoder, with support from live singers and a band. While the complete list of European dates are still TBA, The Guardian reports that he'll be performing in the UK on April 1st through the 5th of next year, stopping in Birmingham, London, Glasgow and Manchester. The Dublin-based magazine Hot Press has reported that Moroder will perform in the Irish capital on April 8th. (We'll update this story as more dates are revealed.)

In today's announcement, Moroder explained why he's decided to finally perform live at 78. "Back in the days it was unthinkable for producers to ever leave their studios," he said. "That territory was reserved for the singers. Today, DJs and music producers have become the superstars of popular dance music, so the time feels right, and I am so excited to be finally doing this!" 

Listen back to Stephen Titmus's 2015 RA Exchange with Moroder.