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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Hold Up feat. Fawks
Dim Mak
This week's Essential New Tune comes from YDG, who are very much made in LA but have teamed up with a guy from DC now living in their city: Fawks. They're an exciting new production crew and you can get this track now as a free download if you go to Dim Mak's Soundcloud page.
This week’s Essential New Tune is featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 52:30 mins here.
LabelLee KurisuTaylor Keyes, Dim Mak
29 Jan 2016
  • Ninja Tune has announced expansion of its international department with new staff in Germany and France. (RotD)
  • SFX Entertainment has settled a lawsuit which alleged that chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman stole three early partners' ideas for the consolidated EDM promoter that became SFX. (Billboard)
  • SFX Entertainment’s share price fell by 13.71% on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday (Jan 27). (MBW)
  • Neil Warnock, Head Of Music Worldwide at United Talent Agency; Gao Xiaosong, Chairman of China’s Alibaba Music Group; and Music Supervisor at Saturday Music, Mary Ramos, are to be keynote names at music industry conference Midem in Cannes this June. (Midem)
  • "I believe MDMA has an important role to play in the healing of our country" - Emanuel Sferios on reversing drug stigmas. (
  • A group of Australian festival-goers were given criminal records over minor drug offences after their pleas for leniency were rejected by a Sydney magistrate. (Mixmag)
  • 15 people have been indicted for their roles in the 2012 Madrid Arena catastrophe that killed five women. (Thump)
  • Australian radio station Triple J has revealed the results of its annual Hottest 100 list, featuring the likes of Major LazerDisclosure and The Weeknd in the top 10. (DancingAstronaut)
  • One of the UK's electronic music conferences, Brighton Music Conference (BMC), has announced the first speakers and talks for the 2016 event. (RotD)
  • Pete Tong and Richie Hawtin have officially brought the much-acclaimed Essential Mix series to the US. (Thump)
  • The Sunday Times' list of Britain’s 500 most influential people includes dance-related names, amongst them Annie Mac (BBCRadio1), Calvin Harris and Jamie xx. (Sunday Times)
  • Chris Price is to be the new Head Of Music for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, replacing George Ergatoudis who is moving to Spotify shortly. (RotD)
  • Massive Attack have released an iPhone app called Fantom, a "sensory music player" that actively remixes pieces of music based on the user's heartbeat, location, local time, and movement. (Verge)
  • Cür Media has launched its Cür Music streaming service in the US, breaking the mould of the familiar $9.99-a-month music subscription. (MusicAlly) Its two-tier structure offers a $2.99 (Octo) and $6.99 (Inked) a month package, with Inked allowing for offline-listening. On-demand streaming is limited to a selected eight tracks a day as the model focuses on playlists and radio. 
  • Amazon's Prime Music streaming service is adding Prime Stations, online radio which will offer themed playlists around genre or artists, and lyrics functionality. (MusicWeek)
  • Amazon is estimated to have spent more than $3bn last year on content for its streaming music and video services, to encourage renewals for Amazon Prime memberships. (BusinessInsider)
  • Spotify is going to start rolling out videos, although as yet it's not been clear on what kinds would be pushed. (BusinessInsiderWSJBillboard) The US, UK, Germany and Sweden will be the first to be given the video content, initially in Spotify’s Android app, with iOS following next week.
  • SoundCloud has launched a charts section on its website covering all music and audio on the service.
  • Belfast’s AVA festival have officially announced their line-up, featuring sets from the likes of Mano Le Tough, Gerd Janson, Rødhåd, and the UK debut of Bicep's new live show. (Thump)
  • Sónar’s flagship festival in Barcelona has unveiled a fresh batch of names confirmed for the coming edition, including Four Tet, John Talabot and James Blake. (XLR8R)
  • LCD Soundsystem have been announced as one of three acts to headline Primavera Sound in Barcelona. (CoS)
  • LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer will headline this year's Lovebox Festival in London. (BBC)
  • Radiohead, Jamie Jones, Apollonia, Skream top the bill at Iceland's Secret Solstice. (Pulse)
  • David Price, Head of Anti-Piracy Research and Analysis at IFPI, says a new paper suggesting pirate downloads help sales doesn't stand up to scrutiny. (IFPI)
  • Is YouTube killing the UK’s live music scene? (BBC - Mark Savage)
  • Touring can’t save musicians in the age of Spotify. (NYTimes)
  • Spotify songwriter lawsuits: what, why and what happens next? (MusicAlly)
  • Worldwide revenue for the top ten music-streaming apps was up 120% in 2015, compared with the previous year. According to app store monitor App Annie’s annual report, Spotify ranks No. 1 in many regions. (Billboard)
  • How artists make more money - a cautionary tale by Jon Webster, President, Music Managers Forum. (MMF)
  • Why SoundCloud will be worth more than Spotify. (TechCrunch)
  • Relive the talks from IMS Asia-Pacific 2015. (IMS)
  • How misguided drug policies are failing the EDM community. (CoS)
  • The practice of discreetly paying for co-production is normal in dance music. Will Lynch argues that it shouldn't be. (RA)
  • Harangue the DJ: Beatrice Dillon. (Saturday Guardian)
  • Who is the Kanye West of dance music? (Thump)
  • The Grammys examine EDM as the genre diversifies in 2016 categories. (DancingAstronaut)
  • How Dublin became a hotspot for hard-hitting techno. (Thump)
  • John Digweed interviewed on his expansive career. (Pulse)
  • Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike have come under severe scrutiny since winning the DJ Mag poll last year, and are out to try and prove their authenticity through strictly vinyl-based DJ sets. (
  • A look behind the scenes during the building process of a Daft Punk helmet. (Mixmag)
  • Meet Shuja Rabbani, the Afghan producer on a mission to bring EDM to Afghanistan. (Thump)
  • Underground legend Mr. C: "90% of DJs/producers are sheep". (Pulse)
  • Ahead of AnD's show on home turf, they discuss how Manchester's grey, industrial feel influenced them, why they'd never change their past work, and find out why hard can be meditative. (Pulse)
  • Music industry veteran Simon Napier-Bell delivers a keynote at IMS Asia-Pacific 2015. (IMS)
  • AFEM presents Protect The Dancefloor from IMS Asia-Pacific 2015. (IMS)
  • Tropical house breakout Kygo leads dance music's search for chiller vibes, says Ryan Mac. (Forbes)
  • DJDS aims to inject emotion into dance music on Stand Up And Speak, says Elias Leight. (Billboard)
  • Cloaks are bringing the heat with their debut single Wraith. (
  • Palms Trax has unveiled a new video for track Cloud City, taken from his upcoming EP on Dekmantel. (XLR8R)
  • Surgeon has shared new single GN – 108036 taken from upcoming LP From Farthest Known Objects. (Thump)
  • Dr. Fresch has revealed a new track, On and On, taken from his newly announced compilation series The Pharmacy. (
  • Longtime collaborators Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer have remixed Sexspurt, a track from Luke Vibert’s revived Kerrier District project. (XLR8R)
  • Kowton is set to release his debut album Utility through Livity Sound, with new track Shots Fired available to stream now. (Mixmag)
  • Deadmau5 has revealed two new tracks from his mystery shrouded Project Entropy tour concept. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Odesza’s label Foreign Family Collective signs Rüfüs Du Sol album Bloom. (TSiS)
  • Wiz Khalifa is starting out on a newfound DJ career – branding himself 'DJ Daddy Kat' – and it’s starting to take off. (
  • Mr. C celebrated his 50th birthday with the release of a remix EP of his latest track E-Motion. (Mixmag)
  • The Chemical Brothers have unveiled a new video for their Beck-featuring track Wide Open. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Prismo recently dropped a new future bass single Escape via the acclaimed Hegemon Collective. (
  • Wolfgang Gartner has unveiled a preview of his first album since a five-year hiatus, titled 10 Ways To Steal Home Plate. (
  • Flying Lotus has unveiled a sinister short film entitled F**KKKKYOUUU, which will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival as an official selection. (XLR8R)
  • After a 15-year hiatus, Fumiya Tanaka has relaunched Untitled Records. (XLR8R)
  • Sophie - Village Underground, London (Guardian - 5* Rachel Aroesti, Observer - 3* Killian Fox)
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