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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Question Response
The last time this guy put out a track we made it an Essential New Tune as well, so two out of two isn't bad. He's Kevin Rodriguez, AKA Worakls, from the South of France and is a very talented, classically trained musician who was playing piano at the age of 3. This track, Question Response, really is magnificent and reminds me of early Daft Punk. I played it at ADE last week and people went mental. Turn it up.
This week’s Essential New Tune is featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 32:00 mins here.
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23 Oct 2015
  • eMusic, one of the Internet's first digital music stores, has been sold to cloud media startup TriPlay. (Billboard)
  • Australia’s copyright collecting society, APRA AMCOS, has reported a record figure for music royalty collections – A$300m – and noted a 26% increase in royalties received from foreign sources for Australasian music. (RotD)
  • Officials respond to misinformed claims that ecstasy is legal at ADE. (
  • An official report from the Medical Examiner’s Office has revealed that the cause of death a 22 year-old attendee at TommorowWorld was “acute toxic effects of MDMA”. (YourEDM)
  • Diplo & Sleepy Tom's track Be Right There is the new Shazam UK No.1 this week. (Shazam)
  • After taking their pop-up record shop to New York this summer, Jamie xx and label Young Turks have opened a London branch of Good Times. (Fact)
  • Crowdfunded vinyl re-pressing service Beat Delete will be shutting its doors after a recent decrease in orders. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Calvin Harris earned $66m this year. (YourEDM)
  • Data published by the Intellectual Property Office shows that 1.3bn files were accessed illegally online last year. From March to May 2015, pirate files accounted for 28% of all music consumed online. (Billboard)
  • Abbey Road in London is launching Europe’s first incubation programme focused exclusively on music technology start-ups. (FT) Abbey Road Red plans to host three start-ups every six months and take an equity stake of 1 or 2%.
  • A recent Ticketmaster report has revealed that dance music festivals in the UK have increased by 500% in 15 years. (Mixmag)
  • The Better Online Ticket Sales Act aims to ban scalper bots from ticketing sites. (
  • Ultra Music’s Patrick Moxey recently spoke to Billboard about the positive sides of EDM’s movement into mainstream consciousness. (Billboard)
  • Badges are now on sale for IMS Asia-Pacific, set to take place December 11 at the W Hotel Sentosa-Cove, Singapore. (IMS)
  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike's management have responded to allegations about the duo employing a team to canvas DJ Mag Top 100 votes at Tomorrowland. (YourEDM) In her statement, Debby Wilmsen admits to engaging in promotional campaigns to secure their votes, but says that it was ultimately their status as artists that won them first place.
  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have won DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ Poll. (Billboard)
  • After the problems at this year's TomorrowWorld, SFX issued a full refund for some ticket holders instead of the intended third and then subsequently charged them again for the over-refund. (HypeBot)
  • Starting next week, Phonica Records in London's Soho will be hosting a vintage Aberlour Voice-O-Graph recording booth. (Fact)
  • Brooklyn-based synth company Critter & Guitari have unveiled the Organelle, a tiny computer that can sound like any instrument. (Fact)
  • A meeting between Jay Z and Samsung triggers speculation that Tidal could be acquired. (TechCrunch)
  • Google Play’s global streaming lead Peter Asbill talks curation, Apple Music and why wannabe playlisters must ‘check their ego at the door’. (Guardian - Stuart Dredge)
  • Spotify has moved into the No 1 position on the iPhone App Store’s 'Top Grossing' charts for the first time in the US. (TechCrunch)
  • In an effort to stay ahead of Apple Music’s potential global reach, Japan and Indonesia are on the verge of receiving Spotify. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Apple Music has achieved 6.5m paid subscribers three weeks after the first users reached the end of their three-month trial period, chief executive Tim Cook has said. (Fact)
  • YouTube reveals new premium paid service, YouTube Red. (
  • London event organisers The Hydra have unveiled line-ups for their final season program, including Dekmantel, Numbers and Ostgut Ton Zhen. (XLR8R)
  • Life In Colour has announced its 2016 line-up, including Jack U, Big Sean and Ruby Rose. (Billboard)
  • Sydney label Future Classic will return with their summer series rooftop parties starting this November, with Kenton Slash Demon and Harvey Sutherland set to play the launch at the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art on November 15. (Mixmag)
  • Why Sydney’s lockout laws are failing. (Resident Advisor)
  • Spotify says artist protests are shrinking as more money rolls in. (SMH)
  • Music’s future: Stronger artist/fan connections and less ‘stupid vanity statistics’. (Musically - Lucy Blair, Motive Unknown)
  • Thump address some important and puzzling questions raised by DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs of 2015 List. (Thump)
  • A few of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs give their reasons why more women don’t appear on the list. (Thump)
  • Is electronic dance music inherently sexist? (HuffPo - Carl Loben, DJ Mag Editor)
  • Why DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs poll is harmful to dance music. (LA Weekly - Liz Ohanesian)
  • The company previously responsible for Amsterdam’s legendary Club Trouw are planning on opening a new venue called De School in the west end of the city. (Thump)
  • London’s XOYO is bringing its XOYO Loves series back for 2015, with seven parties over consecutive nights in November set to feature the likes of JMEMoritz Von Oswald and a PC Music showcase. (Fact)
  • London-based independent PC Music, home to a collective of performers and electronic musicians including Hannah Diamond, Kane West and Dux Content, has inked a multi-tiered label deal with Columbia Records and Sony Music which will see PC Music artists tap into Sony Music’s promotion, sales and distribution networks worldwide. (FacebookMBW)
  • Jean-Michel Jarre’s favourite albums. (Resident Advisor)
  • Harangue the DJ: Hunee. (Guardian)
  • Interview: Floating Points. (Fact)
  • Jeff Mills Q&A: ADE15. (DJBroadcast)
  • Inside Berghain’s Pop Kultur Festival. (Mixmag)
  • Interview: Visionist. On his new album, the London producer pushes back with a foray into abstract territory. (XLR8R)
  • Dave Tompkins maps the bass landscape in Miami. (RedBull)
  • How to crack the code of Sun Ra, according to DJ Gilles Peterson. (Noisey)
  • Carlos Hawthorn profiles tINI, the German DJ whose rise through house and techno has been achieved by doing things her own way. (Resident Advisor)
  • The evolution of electronic music in 26 records, by Juan Atkins: ADE15. (DJBroadcast)
  • Aphix is set to release debut EP Ruby Grooves via Montreal-based imprint Infinite Machine on October 30. (XLR8R)
  • Nina Kraviz has announced two multi-artist eight-track double-packs on their way on трип (Trip), the label she launched in December 2014. (Thump)
  • Dillon Francis and Skrillex have unveiled the video for their recent collaboration track Bun Up the Dance. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • New York and Montreal duo Tale Of Us have premiered new track North Star / Silent Space ahead of its release via R&S Records on November 6. (XLR8R)
  • Zomby and Rezzett released a two-minute preview of a new collaborative track called SDYF. (Thump)
  • Exit Records will release the debut full-length from Australian producer Joe Seven, titled Near / Far, on October 23. (Fact)
  • A unique Star Wars vinyl is up for auction and is predicted to fetch at least £800. (Mixmag)
  • Martin Garrix gave his new single Poison its first outing during his set at ADE. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Skrillex goes B2B with Noisia in 75-foot high crane. (
  • Arca and Dean Blunt just dropped a full-length version of their co-produced track Meditation. (Thump)
  • UK producer Floating Points has unveiled new track Peroration Six ahead of the release of his upcoming debut LP Elaena. (XLR8R)
  • Michelle Obama previews Justin Bieber & Skrillex's new single Sorry. (
  • SBTRKT debuted new track Flicker on his Radio 1 show last week, and it’s now available to stream on SoundCloud. (Fact)
  • Diplo teases five new Major Lazer tracks. (
  • Two of LA’s most buzzworthy producers, ZHU and Skrillex, have finally brought their collaboration out of the shadows. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Late last week, a DJ at Unsound played what sounded like unreleased and/or unheard Burial material, and many are speculating that it might have actually been Burial. (Fact)
  • Kraftwerk have announced a 3D concert residency at the Oslo Opera House next summer. (Fact)
  • Major Lazer - Academy, Glasgow (Independent - 3* David Pollock)
  • Skrillex – CMJ, New York (Billboard)
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