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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Wanna Know (feat. YOUTHONIX)
Digital Farm Animals
We're coming back to London this week to hear from a guy who's been inspired by the sounds of Kitsune and Headbanger as well as The xx, London Grammar, Radiohead, Four Tet, Nicolas Jaar and more. I played this for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and got an amazing reaction. Coming out on Pin Up, this is Digital Farm Animals, Wanna Know.
This week’s Essential New Tune is featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 31:40 mins here.
LabelJasper Waller-Bridge, Syco
ManagementMarc Fineman Fine ManagementPublishing: Stella Songs/ Sony ATV
RadioJames PatersonJosh CliffordLuke Neville, Listen Up
OnlineMarie DapoignyJames Mack, Listen Up
LiveObi Asika, Echo Location
19 Feb 2016
  • Imagem Production Music is rebranding to Cavendish Music following Cavendish Music’s acquisition by ole. (BusinessWire)
  • SFX’s bankruptcy filing provides detailed finance information, showing a company falling short. (Billboard) Predicted revenues of $500m in 2015 were actually $337m, which meant predicted profit of $60m-$70m became a loss of $18m. Beatport saw revenue fall from $46.5m in 2014 to $39.1m in 2015, turning a $7.1m profit to a $5.5m loss.
  • Following a recent wave of public discourse regarding the restrictions aimed against Sydney nightlife, known as The Lockout Laws, the group known as Keep Sydney Open has planned and organized a formal protest in Sydney's Belmore Park that is set to take place at noon on February 21. (XLR8R)
  • Acoustic experts claim the path to perfect sonic reproduction is vinyl albums produced at the “half-speed” of 16 2/3 RPM. Six classic albums have been cut for release at Abbey Road Studios using half-speed mastering. (Independent)
  • The world’s #1 ranked house/techno DJ Carl Cox is partnering with UK charity Last Night a DJ Saved My Life to help to bring awareness to the plight of children living in conflict zones around the globe. (
  • Respected and much loved music lawyer and founder at Full + Bless Management Richard Antwi has died aged 38. The cause has not yet been confirmed. (Buzzfeed, Twitter, Voice)
  • DJ & producer Danny Howard will officially launch his dance label, ‘Nothing Else Matters’ with former Radio 1 colleague Nigel Harding and RCA Records today. (RotD)
  • Lucian Grainge tops Billboard’s annual Top 100 Power list.
  • Lucian Grainge notes Universal has all five Album of the Year nominees at the Grammys. (Billboard)
  • Universal and Warner are, unofficially, each claiming 34 Grammy wins from their artists and songwriters, while Sony privately counts 32 wins. A2IM says its member labels' artists were awarded 22 times, but it’s not straightforward for any claimants. (Billboard)
  • With two wins for Jack Ü at the Grammys this year, Skrillex has now dethroned Daft Punk as the electronic artist with the most Grammys. (
  • Diplo and Skrillex did a clean sweep of electronic music categories at this year’s Grammys, winning for both Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronic Album. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • BandPage, who describe themselves as “dedicated to helping musicians build their careers by growing their fan bases and increasing their revenue on the largest digital music services”, has been acquired by YouTube. (BillboardBandPageTechCrunch) The acquisition price was said to be around $8m, much less than the $27.6m in funding BandPage has raised over time.
  • Novation have announced the new in-app purchase for its Launchpad for iOS app, MIDI Sync. (XLR8R)
  • According to Tunecore, member artists enjoyed a 370% increase in royalties on the platform in 2015. (DMN)
  • BitTorrent launches $4.95 annual subscription to remove ads from uTorrent. (VentureBeat)
  • Last December, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowry filed a $150m class action lawsuit over copyright infringement against Spotify in the Central District Court of California. Now, the music streaming giant has fought back on multiple fronts arguing against both the class action quality of the case and the court’s jurisdiction. (Fact)
  • After scoring exclusive streaming rights to Kanye West’s new album, Tidal has taken over the number one spot on the US App Store. (TechCrunch)
  • Apple Music now counts over 11m subscribers, up from 10m a month ago. (DMN, TechCrunch) Apple’s iCloud service now reaches 782m users.
  • Spotify is closing in on 30m paying subscribers, having hit 28m at the end of 2015, say people familiar with the matter. (FTBillboard) While a hard number is still unknown, this new information suggests Spotify's growth has accelerated since the beginning of 2016.
  • MUTEK Montreal has unveiled its initial 2016 line-up, including Tim Hecker, Powell and Francesco Tristano. (XLR8R)
  • Dour Festival has added 27 acts to the line up for 2016, with Underworld, Pantha du Prince and Etienne de Crécy among the big names. (Fact)
  • London’s Lovebox Festival has revealed its 2016 line-up, with LCD Soundsystem, Jackmaster and Ricardo Villalobos all confirmed. (Thump)
  • Ricardo Villalobos, Jeff Mills and DJ Harvey have all been announced for Dutch festival Dekmantel’s 2016 edition. (XLR8R)
  • Dubfire, Tale Of Us, Nicole Moudaber, B.Traits, Benjamin Damage and Francesca Lombardo announced for IMS Finale Party at Dalt Vila this May. (Mixmag)
  • Electric Forest festival has announced they will be banning fans from bringing outside alcohol into the event in 2016. (
  • Is Amazon Prime Music technically the most popular streaming service? (Forbes)
  • Daniel Ek, Founder and CEO of Spotify, answers questions on Quora about the service and plans. “The big platform companies don’t generally like partnering. We do. This opens up lots of doors.”
  • How BandPage just screwed half-a-million artists. (DMN) YouTube is one of the worst-paying platforms for artists. Now, they own your trusted syndication partner.
  • Bandpage sold to YouTube. All your middlemen are for sale. Let’s do better. (Medium - Jesse Von Doom, CashMusic)
  • The 2016 Billboard Power 100 is dominated by white men born before Elvis had a hit. This isn’t only a problem of representation – it’s also bad for the industry. (Guardian - Eamonn Forde)
  • Artificial intelligence could disrupt the live music space. (Medium - Cortney Harding)
  • Jack Ü’s Grammys performance had nothing to do with dance music, argues Katie Bain. (Beatport)
  • LCD Soundsystem have signed a deal with Columbia Records. (Billboard)
  • Harangue the DJ: Junior Boys (Guardian)
  • The most influential tools of electronic music. (GearPatrol)
  • Which comes first in contemporary music technology: the musician or the machine? (Thump)
  • A rundown of the top five festivals to get that festival adrenaline rushing in 2016. (
  • Mike Caren takes a holistic approach to A&R, whether collaborating on songwriting and production with artists like Beyoncé and David Guetta; signing artists and overseeing their recordings; or helping them get their businesses off the ground under the umbrella of his company, Artist Partners Group. (Billboard)
  • Sexism, deceit, and power: The corrupt mechanics behind modern pop music. (Noisey)
  • Toronto based producer Grandtheft believes “big, corny EDM is dying”. (
  • Andy C discusses his All Night at Alexandra Palace, London, event coming this March. (Sun)
  • Kygo, the Norwegian classical pianist turned superstar DJ. (Times)
  • Why is every single UK dance music festival line up pretty much exactly the same? (Thump)
  • The house DJ of the Bernie Sanders Campaign, Mel Sandico. (NYTimes)
  • At home with Dave Audé on the day he won a Grammy. (Beatport)
  • Hovering somewhere between techno, ambient and drum & bass but rejecting the conventions of all three, Felix K's records are as elusive as they are absorbing. Mark Smith hears about the production methods behind his sound. (RA)
  • Max Stern chats with Brasstracks, Alexander Lewis and JNTHN STEIN to see how they use their background in classical music training to fuel their electronic experimentation. (Magnetic Magazine)
  • Japanese DJ-producer Fumiya Tanaka is set to release a new full-length on Perlon, entitled Find the Key, penned for an April 1 release. (XLR8R)
  • Milton Bradley has unveiled a trailer for his debut LP Tragedy Or Truth, set to drop on April 25 via Do Not Resist The Beat. (XLR8R)
  • Flume dropped an unreleased new track during his performance at Sydney’s Laneway Festival last weekend. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • DJ Haus has unveiled new track Feelin’ Reel, the lead track from his latest Space Jamz compilation. (Fact)
  • Baauer premiered his new track Temples last weekend at Alexander Wang’s New York Fashion Week show, with M.I.A. and K-pop phenomenon G-Dragon both featuring on the single. (Thump)
  • Full Effect Records founder Anthony Srock and Jeff Mills, aka Final Cut, re-released their 1989 debut Deep Into the Cut on 2xLP last Friday via We Can Elude Control, and it’s now available to stream in full. (Fact)
  • Flume has shared a new video for track Never Be Like You, taken from his second LP Skin. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Soviet-born producer Anton Zaslavski, most known by his stage name Zedd, has threatened to leave the U.S. if Donald Trump becomes President. (
  • Roni Size and DJ Krust relaunch Full Cycle Records with Formulate EP. (TheWire)
  • A documentary released in support of Mark Knight’s new album chronicles a year in the life of the UK house producer. All proceeds from the LP, A Year in the Life, benefit War Child. (Beatport)
  • Paul Oakenfold is leading the charge behind the inaugural edition of the Electronic Music Awards & Foundation show, which is set to air on Fox TV in the United States on April 23. (Mixmag)
  • Eric Prydz (Guardian - 3* Ben Beaumont-Thomas)
  • Floating Points - Electric Brixton, London (Standard - 5* Andre Paine, Times - 4* Lisa Verrico)
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