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Freak Like Me
DJ Deeon vs. Lee Walker
Freak Like Me has been buzzing around on the underground for the past couple of months but it all kicked off when the man responsible for this week's Essential New Tune, Lee Walker, re-edited the original version and Marco Carola dropped it at Amnesia late last summer. Someone filmed it, uploaded it to YouTube and the internet went bonkers. Along with Marco, it's had big support from the likes of DJ Deeon, Dixon, Seth Troxler, Disclosure, The Martinez Brothers, Loco Dice and many more, including some bloke called Pete Tong. It's also had around 30,000 Shazams. Safe to say this track is causing a bit of a stir. 
This week’s Essential New Tune is featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 30:32 mins here.
Label: Simon Dawson, Defected Records
Management: Graeme Stewart, The Roof Music
Radio: Wez Saunders, Defected Records
Online: Greg Sawyer, Defected Records
Live: Ellis Coles, Platform Agency
26 Feb 2016
  • Magna Entertainment, a division of the investment firm Magna, has taken a “major position” in PledgeMusic. (PRNewswire) The size of its investment remains undisclosed.
  • Universal Music Group’s revenues were €5.11bn in 2015, up 2.7% at constant currency. Revenue was up 12.1% as reported by Vivendi. Subscription and ad-supported streaming revenues grew 43% to €954m. Recorded music revenues were up 2.4% to €4.11bn. Music publishing revenues rose 3% to €756m. Streaming and subscription services accounted for 24% of UMG's total recorded music revenues in the second half of the year, double its share in the first half of 2015. (Billboard)
  • Sales of music tapes are rising so quickly in American that the RIAA is pondering ways to track numbers for the first time since the early 1990s. (Times)
  • A study of 251 venues and 135 festivals in the UK finds the majority fail to provide adequate information for people with disabilities. (Independent)
  • Kaskade is set to be the first dance music headliner at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. The Chicago-native will play a solo headline show there on May 7. (Billboard)
  • In the UK, the BBC has launched BBC Music, an iOS and Android app that acts as a hub for the broadcaster’s music content across TV, radio and online channels. (Fact)
  • More than 15,000 people hit the streets of Sydney to protest the city's lockout laws at the weekend. (Mixmag)
  • Richie Hawtin has collaborated with Andy Ribgy-Jones, Allen & Heath and parent company Audiotonix to launch PLAYdifferently on his Prototypes Tour, a mysterious project that aims to build what its equally evasive website calls  “innovative instruments for the professional DJ.” (Billboard)
  • The Electronic Music Awards Foundation has released its seven award categories and the complementary nominees for each. Reflecting other music-related awards shows, EMAF will honor Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Radio Show of the Year, Festival of the Year, DJ of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Club of the Year. (Mixmag)
  • Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas has generated more than $1.3 billion for Clark County's economy over the past five years, according to the festival's 2015 Economic Impact Report. (Billboard)
  • Audio sharing tool Byta launches Team Accounts, aiming to make collaboration and tracking of music shared via the platform easier. (RotD)
  • Study suggests ‘streamripping’ is music’s new piracy problem. (MusicAlly)
  • Intentionally or not, Twitter has given artists a new way to crowdsource their creative decisions through polls. (FastCo)
  • Drip, the music subscription platform, has shared an open letter from its founders announcing its closure. (Mixmag)
  • Fast Company’s list of the most innovative companies of 2016 includes Spotify at 19. The music category Top 10 features Spotify, OVO Sound, Big Machine, Sonos, SubPac, Doppler Labs, Pandora, Shazam, Pacemaker and SoundCloud. (FastCo, FastCo)
  • SoundCloud has released Pulse, the straightforward app released last November that lets creators on the platform quickly manage and monitor activity around their music uploads, on iOS. (Billboard, TechCrunch)
  • Goldenvoice, the company behind Coachella, are working alongside Indio officials to create an autumnal version of Coachella at its home in California. (Mixmag)
  • The Moogfest Dial-Tones event, offering an exclusive preview of the Moogfest 2016 experience in select cities around the world, is coming to New York City’s Ace Hotel on February 27. (XLR8R)
  • Tomorrowland has begun the process of unveiling its headliners via social media and has kicked off the announcements with a bang. First out of the gate are heavyweights Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz together as a rare mau5trap vs. Pryda b2b performance. (Mixmag)
  • The Osheaga music festival returns to Canada from July 29-31 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. Topping the three-day festival’s lineup are Radiohead, Disclosure, M83, and Flume, with supporting performances from several rock, hip-hop, and electronic acts. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Farr Festival 2016 has added John Talabot, Palms Trax and Optimo to its line-up. (Fact)
  • Celebrated San Diego festival CRSSD has recently revealed the details for its after-party programing, guaranteeing that the music and festivities will seamlessly carry on into the night. (XLR8R)
  • 2019 will mark Woodstock's 50th anniversary, and the historic festival brand is looking ahead to begin rolling out plans for a celebration worthy of the half century milestone. (Mixmag)
  • Does Spotify need to go after exclusive content? (Verge)
  • The truth behind songwriter royalties: billions of streams pay less than minimum wage. (Auddly - Helienne Lindvall)
  • PewDiePie's YouTube audience dwarfs that of pop's biggest stars. Here's how the music business can catch up. (Midem - Bas Grasmayer, MTN)
  • Announcing Spotify Infrastructure’s Googley future. (Spotify - Nicholas Harteau/VP, Engineering & Infrastructure, MusicAlly)
  • The full video of Vevo CEO Erik Huggers interviewed at the Recode conference. (Recode)
  • One music copyright can be better than two. (Paul Saunders)
  • Harangue the DJ: Veronica Vasicka. (Saturday Guardian)
  • As ‘The Rave Story’ launches in London, Dazed looks back at the movement that shaped clubbing as we know it today. (DazedDigital)
  • The queen of sample clearance: an interview with Deborah Mannis-Gardner. (Forbes)
  • Why you're going to want the world's new E-Vape. (Mixmag)
  • D.J. Katapila: Spinning tunes in Ghana, with the world on his mind. (NYTimes)
  • Kygo on his rise to fame: 'I have to enjoy it while it lasts'. (Billboard)
  • The rise of Kygo’s laid-back house music. (NewYorker)
  • You're probably listening to Spotify wrong. Be a power user. (Wired)
  • We asked Pete Tong every question we could think of right before he went on stage. (Thump)
  • Is Tidal sailing steadily, or headed for the rocks? (Guardian - Eamonn Forde)
  • The problem with music blog premieres. (Medium - RAC, artist)
  • Taking Kontrol: Hugo Massien opens up about the UK house scene. (Thump)
  • Committed to tape: cassette culture and the fringes of dance music. (Bonafide)
  • Ataxia are set to feature on The Acid EP, a three-song sampler forthcoming on Play It Say It–Seth Troxler’s self-described “most no frills” label. (XLR8R)
  • Kaytranada and Badbadnotgood have remixed Jamie Woon’s recent single Sharpness, streaming now on SoundCloud. (Mixmag)
  • For the grand unveiling of Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic’s brand new passenger spacecraft, Virgin Space Ship Unity (VSSU), the company selected Porter Robinson’s Sea of Voices to soundtrack the ceremony. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Dutch DJ-producer Olf Van Elden (a.k.a Interstellar Funk) is slated to release his debut EP on the Amsterdam-based label Rush Hour Music, titled Electric Park Square. (XLR8R)
  • Having released a 12″ on Lobster Theremin in 2014, Budapest-based producer S Olbricht’s next release sees him continue his close relationship with the label on an album called ‘For Perfect Beings’, set for release April 8. (Fact)
  • Hot Creation boss Jamie Jones's new EP 'Illicit Behaviour' will land via Kerry Chandler’s Kaoz Theory label on March 14. (Mixmag)
  • Zurich-based producer Lee Bannon, aka Dedekindcut, has shared a new mix on NON Records—a collective of artists from Africa and the diaspora that founding member Chino Amobi has described as, "very critical of things as they are." (Thump)
  • Gold Panda has announced his third full-length LP, titled Good Luck and Do Your Best. The twelve-track LP is scheduled for May 27 on the revered UK label City Slang. (XLR8R)
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