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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
The Blaze
Bromance Records
Time now to unveil this week's Essential New Tune, and it comes from Brodinski's Bromance label from the French duo called The Blaze. They are Mayd Hubb and Jonathan Alric, and this is so fresh, so special, so different. It's called "Virile," and it's this week's Essential New Tune.
This week’s Essential New Tune is featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 31:30 mins here.

Label: Elena Giustiniani, Bromance Records
Management: Emmanuel Barron, Savoir Faire
Publishing: Alexandra Pilz-Hayot, Laurélie Bolard, Savoir Faire
Radio: Elena Giustiniani, Savoir Faire
TV: Elena Giustiniani, Savoir Faire
Online: Elena Giustiniani, Savoir Faire
Live: Emmanuel Barron, Savoir Faire
05 Feb 2016
  • BMG has invested in Ram Records, with the aim to help the drum & bass label grow in the UK and internationally. (RotD)
  • Faction Entertainment, a new music management business founded by former INgrooves principle Robb McDaniels, has launched with six founding manager clients. (Billboard)
  • Streaming company Guvera lost AU$81m (£39.4m) last year on revenue of AU$1m, but claims a AU$1bn (£487m) valuation. (AFR)
  • SFX has filed for Chapter 11 reorganisation in order to restructure its debt. Robert Sillerman will be replaced as CEO but will remain chairman of the bankrupt company. (Billboard, iQ, NYTimes) Subsidiary Beatport is assuring partners and consumers of a ‘business as usual’ approach.
  • A number of electronic music projects have gone on to great success after securing funding on Kickstarter, with these three leading the way. (
  • PlayPass confirms Eastern Electrics as its first 100 percent cashless festival client in the UK. (FestivalInsights)
  • Skrillex is the newest artist to join Beats 1 with a radio programme residency. (Billboard)
  • A new study has suggested that ketamine may be the most effective cure for severe depression. (Mixmag)
  • The year in electronic music with a look at what may lie ahead in 2016, particularly for the UK's clubs. (Quietus)
  • PRS for Music is reportedly working with Google on a project that should make performance fees for music played in public more accurate. (Fact)
  • After being threatened with closure earlier this week, legendary Hamburg club the Golden Pudel has issued an official statement confirming they will remain open. (Mixmag)
  • Juan Atkins has called DJ-ranking website The DJ List racist for not including more black DJs in its top 100. (Thump)
  • A US Department of Commerce report makes conclusions on three important copyright topics in the digital age: the legal framework for the creation of remixes; the relevance and scope of the “first sale doctrine”; and the appropriate calibration of statutory damages in the contexts of individual file sharers and secondary liability for large-scale infringement. (USPTO)
  • Atlanta-based EDM festival TomorrowWorld may not return in 2016 after the bankruptcy of its parent company, SFX Entertainment. (Fact)
  • Spotify/YouTube mash-up Wefre has been ’paused' as the founders seek clarity over the legality of the service. (MusicAlly)
  • Crowdmix social-music network to launch in May says founder. (MusicAlly)
  • As announced two months ago, Google yesterday shut down Songza, the music service it acquired in July 2014. (VentureBeat)
  • The best gadgets from the 2016 Consumers Electronic Show. (
  • Facebook will start broadcasting live video in a dedicated space on its iPhone app. (Guardian)
  • Following its announcement earlier this month, Apple’s iTunes Radio has officially gone from an ad-supported, free platform to a paid service requiring all users to have a subscription to Apple Music. (NextWeb)
  • Ableton has released version 9.6 of its Live software, which comes with a number of bugfixes, changes for the Push controller and more. (Fact)
  • SoundCloud has launched a new stations function, similar to that which exists on other streaming services, as a way to encourage users to hear new music (Billboard), in addition to now having a Top 50 chart for over 30 different genres. (
  • A new app from, the Spotify community and playlist sharing site acquired by Warner Music, has launched ‘Playlist a Day’ ­sending users a different human­-curated Spotify playlist each day. (TechCrunch)
  • Beatport has launched a completely localised version of its music service in the Netherlands. (Billboard)
  • Heidi, Butch, Miss Kittin and Jhonsson are a few of the latest additions to LWE’s Spring Season. (Mixmag)
  • Bassnectar, Above & Beyond and Eric Prydz are the marquee names on the bill for the Euphoria 2016 line-up. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Ryan Elliott, Jane Fitz and Brackles are among the first announced names for this year’s Field Maneuvers festival. (Fact)
  • Rødhåd, Dixon, DJ Harvey, Moderat and more have been added to the Nuits Sonores line-up, set to take place in Lyon, France, on May 4-8. (XLR8R)
  • Time Warp has just revealed the full lineup for the 2016 German edition, locking in house and techno royalties like Sven Väth, Minus chief Richie Hawtin, French avant-garde veteran Laurent Garnier, techno behemoth Carl Cox and fan favourite Ricardo Villalobos. (Pulse)
  • Electric Forest organisers let fans announce the headliner’s for this year’s festival by sending sealed envelopes with artist names to users of the #EF2016REVEAL subreddit forum. (
  • EDM events that restrict free expression are betraying our culture. (
  • “We need to keep artists inspired” (Midem - Adam Cardew, Absolute Label Services' digital director)
  • The YouTube paradox – How YouTube has reshaped the entertainment industry. (4pt5)
  • Spotify’s bridge loan to nowhere is all the rage. (MTP)
  • It's time for Spotify to figure out what it really wants to be. (Verge)
  • PRS For Music CEO Robert Ashcroft discusses challenges and innovations in music royalty collection. (Forbes)
  • Sony Music has for the first time broken down its global recorded music income by format – with streaming comfortably ahead of downloads. (MBW)
  • Virtually famous: Royce Wood Junior (Standard - David Smyth)
  • The legacy of colonial representation reared its ugly head in music videos from Major Lazer, Iggy Azalea and now Coldplay, reigniting the cultural appropriation debate. (Guardian - Rashmee Kumar)
  • Tech companies are leading the rise of crowdsourced A&R. (Forbes)
  • Royce Wood Junior: the production wizard steps out of the shadows. (Huck)
  • Why Italo-disco matters now more than ever. (Pulse)
  • Rihanna’s ANTI was downloaded more than 1.4m times in the 15 hours since the record was officially released on Tidal. (Spin) ANTI sells fewer than 1,000 copies, but some call it a hit. (NYTimes)
  • Sales of Rihanna’s much­-delayed album look dire on paper – but in a world of streaming, free downloads and blockbuster tours, that may not matter anymore. (Guardian  - Eamonn Forde)
  • Baauer recently performed on national TV in the US to promote his debut LP – all from the comfort of a couch. (
  • Ed Russell (a.k.a Tessela) has announced the release of a forthcoming record that will see release via Poly Kicks—his own, recently revived label, ran in collaboration with his brother Truss. (XLR8R)
  • Portland's Jason Burns continues his streak of catchy releases with his latest track ‘Remember’ featuring vocalist Erica Dee. (
  • The label arm of Bloc has announced its first album, the debut long-player from Bristol techno producer JoeFarr. (Fact)
  • Dixon will provide the official soundtrack to Givenchy’s runway show at Paris Fashion Week. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • A rare Rush Hour session from 2015 featuring Ben UFO, Pearson Sound and Joy Orbison is now available to stream on SoundCloud. (Mixmag)
  • Grammy-nominated Welsh producer Sasha will release his latest full-length studio album via Late Night Tales, the UK series of artist curated compilation albums. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Innervisions co-founders Âme and Dixon are set to record the first X Series Essential Mix of 2016, scheduled for broadcast on 2 April. (Thump)
  • Los Angeles composer Matthew David McQueen (a.k.a Matthewdavid) has announced a new album under the Matthewdavid’s Mindflight project. (XLR8R)
  • House dreamer Moomin has unveiled his much-anticipated second album, ‘Minor Thought’. (Fact)
  • Legendary Belgian dance act Soulwax conceptualised, formed and recorded as 16 different fictional bands in order to create the soundtrack for Felix Van Groeningen’s upcoming film ‘Belgica’. (Thump)
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