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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Jan Blomqvist feat. Elena Pitoulis
There were stacks and stacks of new music to go through this week but this stood out ahead of the pack. It's the new one from Jan Blomqvist featuring Elena Pitoulis and it should bring up the goosebumps.
This week’s Essential New Tune is featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 32:20 mins here.
Label: Armada
12 Feb 2016
  • Warner Music Group reveals it will share with artists any proceeds from the sale of its equity stake in music streaming companies. (Billboard, Bloomberg, MBW) Sony Music has followed with a similar statement.
  • Nocturnal Tour Management and Rooted Touring have merged to produce Nocturnal Touring and Rooted Productions (NTRP). They are the biggest combined Electronic music touring and production company in the UK.
  • Many of SFX Entertainment’s largest creditors are SFX-owned promoters awaiting deferred purchase price payments, according to a 476-page creditor matrix seen by IQ.
  • SFX has been granted access to $80m of $115m debtor-in-possession financing, a form of financing during a bankruptcy that has seniority over other debt. (Billboard)
  • SoundCloud, which has 175m monthly listeners, has reported that in the year to the end of December 2014 it made a loss of €39.1m on revenues, which rose 54%, of €17.4m. (FT, Billboard, MusicAlly) The auditor said that the need for additional funding represented “a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern”.
  • A new vinyl subscription service is launching focussed exclusively on disco, house and techno. (VinylFactory)
  • The UK’s PRS For Music has supposedly enlisted the help of Google to help report performance fees for music played in public more accurately. (YourEDM)
  • iHeart Radio Music Awards has added a new Dance Artist of the Year category. (YourEDM)
  • Ukraine club Closer, a well-known Eastern European destination suited for house and techno aficionados, is facing heat by local authorities for alleged drug trafficking. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Julian Jones and Mike Hawkins have followed Martin Garrix’s lead and parted ways with Spinnin’ Records. (Billboard)
  • Record sales for vinyl in 2015 have led to innovative developments in vinyl-pressing technology. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • The ban on new pub and club licenses in central Sydney is to be extended to February 2017, Resident Advisor reports.
  • Electronic music conference International Music Summit returns with IMS Engage, IMS Ibiza, and expands IMS Asia-Pacific with two-day conference in Shanghai. (RotD)
  • Both legitimate artists gaming the system in hopes of a more fair payout, and bots created to harvest artificial listens, are costing Spotify enough money it’s starting to get aggressive about combating click fraud and spam. (Motherboard)
  • Inside Spotify's plans for video and podcasts. (TechInsider)
  • WhoSampled has announced a new integration with Spotify that will allow listeners to discover the inspirations and origins of songs through the service. (RotDBillboard)
  • Apple Music comes to Sonos. (Recode)
  • The Pirate Bay now embeds links next to all video torrents using streaming tool Torrents Time - enabling them to be played in a window without users ever having to leave the site. Music could well be offered next. (DMN, TorrentFreak, Verge)
  • A Game of Thrones themed event, going by the name of Rave of Thrones, will take place in London on Easter Sunday (March 27), DJ Kristiannarn (a.k.a. Hodor) will headline. (Thump)
  • Governor’s Ball has released its 2016 daily line-up, featuring Jamie xx, Bob Moses and Duke Dumont. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Disclosure and Rudimental’s Wildlife Festival has announced its first round of acts, with Annie Mac, Julio Bashmore and Four Tet all set to play the Brighton event June 11 & 12. (Fact)
  • Jamie XX to headline Sunfall Festival 2016 in south London. (Standard)
  • Kappa Futur Festival in Italy has announced Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Kerri Chandler, Chris Liebing, Nastia and Danny Tenaglia amongst its line-up. (Pulse)
  • Sankeys Ibiza has announced its Seven Wonders for 2016, curated by David Vincent, who has enrolled eight different promoters for the year. (Pulse)
  • The Chemical Brothers and Major Lazer are set to headline Manchester’s Parklife festival. (Fact)
  • Amsterdam record store Rush Hour will celebrate moving to a new premises with a three-day event in April. Guests will include Mick Wills and Beau Wanzer, amongst others. (Fact)
  • After establishing itself as one of the most celebrated residencies on the island, Defected In The House will not be returning to Ibiza this summer, instead opting to relocate to Croatia for its 2016 edition. (Defected)
  • Bloc Festival has announced it that the 2016 edition of the festival will officially be the last. (ResidentAdvisor)
  • Why tech house needs to just f**k off. (Pulse - Chandler Shortlidge)
  • Thinking about physical media in the digital age. (Thurrott)
  • Will performance royalties create a new class of radio pirate? (RadioSurvivor)
  • So Spotify doesn’t know who to pay? Here’s the simple solution. (Auddly - Helienne Lindvall)
  • About the gender politics of the dance and electronic music scene. (CultureVultures)
  • Former Cooking Vinyl digital marketer Sammy Andrews claims ‘the future of our industry is our artists’ at last week’s FastForward conference in Amsterdam. (MusicAlly)
  • Fast Forward 2016: in praise of positive thinking. (Medium)
  • Young voices tackle the music business: takeaways from Amsterdam's inaugural FastForward conference. (Forbes)
  • Recorded-music spending grew by 11% in the Netherlands in 2015, while live spending rose by 14% – and Spotify says its growth in the country has played an important role. (MusicAlly)
  • Breaking Beatport: examining how SFX Entertainment destroyed a beloved brand. (YourEDM)
  • From the warehouse to the classroom: The academic rise of electronic music. (HuffPo)
  • The sunset of SFX: Where to now? (Billboard)
  • Trance pioneer Ferry Corsten has signed with Creative Artists Agency for the world (excluding North & South America). (IMSMixmag)
  • Harangue the DJ: Roni Size (Saturday Guardian)
  • Check out this huge archive of helmet-free Daft Punk pictures. (Fact)
  • A rare early interview with Aphex Twin has been unearthed this week, featuring a 20-year-old Richard D. James talking to the German radio DT64 show Dancehall in 1992. (Fact)
  • Q&A: Antigone returns to Token Records with his new EP Suadade next month. Token label head Kr!z discusses how it came about. (XLR8R)
  • Havana's new beat: electronic music is on the rise in Cuba. (Thump)
  • What happens when DJs take Facebook more seriously than their records? (Thump)
  • digital marketing guide for artists, DJs, labels and brands in 2016. (Decoded)
  • Software? Hardware? Or Both? Jordan Rothlein profiles a powerhouse of music technology: Native Instruments. (RA)
  • North of Stockholm, a crew of young producers have perfected a nu-disco sound that's conquering the world, says Thomas H Green. (Mixmag)
  • Havana's new beat: electronic music is on the rise in Cuba. (Thump)
  • Kompakt’s Reinhard Voigt has unveiled his new 2-track EP Reisen & Speisen, out on 12” and available via digital services now. (Thump)
  • Leon Vynehall will debut on Running Back Records in the coming months with a new LP, ‘Rojus’. (XLR8R)
  • Martin Garrix has uploaded over 34 new tracks to his much-loved Spotify playlist, featuring the likes of Flume, Jace Mek and Oshi. (YourEDM)
  • London 3-piece The Invisible have unveiled new single Save You, out now via Ninja Tune. (Data Transmission)
  • The Necks’ Chris Abrahams is set to release new album Fluid To The Influence via Room40 on April 8. (Fact)
  • Flying Lotus, Shlohmo, Bonobo and more will appear on a Star Wars compilation curated by Rick Rubin, with each artist providing their own rendition of the film’s theme. (Thump)
  • After London-based fans were treated to a free screening of Daft Punk Unchained last September, the documentary will finally make its small screen debut in the UK this month, set to air on BBC4 on February 19. (Fact
  • Underworld have shared a new remix of their I Exhale single, courtesy of Pampa boss DJ Koze. (Data Transmission)
  • You can now stream an exclusive new mix from Gilles Peterson’s set for Ballantine’s x Boiler Room’s Stay True Journeys show in Brazil last month. (XLR8R)
  • Feminist DJ collective Factory Girls have dropped an all-female artists mixtape for Valentine’s Day, featuring the likes of Suga Shay, Katie Rex and Gun$ Garcia. (Thump
  • Massive Attack – Brixton Academy (Standard – 4* David Smyth, Telegraph – 4* Bernadette McNulty, Times 2 – 3* James Jackson, Guardian – 3* Ben Beaumont-Thomas)
  • The Winter Social - Maidstone, UK (Pulse)
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