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Play It Down
This ENT comes from my friend Jesse Rose, from what is allegedly his last ever EP, Play It Down. Yes, he's retiring! I've heard that before. He says while he'll always love DJing and making music, after 20 years in the game, he's reached the point where his body doesn't enjoy it as much as his mind. Massive respect to Jesse, this is Carnival, this week's ENT. Turn it up. This week’s Essential New Tune is featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 33:05 mins here.
Label: Play It Down
16 Dec 2016
  • Spotify has abandoned plans to acquire SoundCloud. (FT, TechCrunch) The deal is said to have fallen through because Spotify did not want to slow its path towards a flotation with the costs and licensing agreements needed to buy SoundCloud.
  • Hits states Ministry of Sound was acquired by Sony Music for $55m.
  • At RCA UK, Colin Barlow is said to be exiting and Dave Dollimore, who joined Sony with the Ministry of Sound deal, expected to be the new head. (Hits) Dipesh Parmar is believed to be lined-up to replace Dollimore as day-to-day head of MoS, which will become a new frontline label within the Sony structure. (MBW)
  • East21, one of China’s biggest club and music festival operators, has struck a deal with DJ Mag for the rights to its monthly dance music and DJ magazine in China, including Hong Kong and Macau. (Standard) The five-year licence agreement is worth in excess of £1m to the 25-year-old publication and gives East21 the rights to host events under DJ Mag’s coveted Top 100 DJs banner.
  • Nineteen organisations representing every corner of the US music industry have issued an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump. (Billboard)
  • MDMA is more dangerous in the US than in Europe, according to experts. (Mixmag)
  • An amendment to the UK’s Licensing Act 2003 that would have compelled local authorities to consider “social or cultural” benefits when granting live music licences has been withdrawn by its sponsor. (IQ)
  • Native Instruments has updated Maschine. (xlr8r)
  • KOMA Elektronik has a new instrument. (RA)
  • Serato DJ is now compatible with the Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 media player and DJM-900NXS2 mixer. (RA)
  • SweetVinyl, the company behind two audiophile products that feature real-time, non-destructive, click & pop removal on any vinyl LP record, have surpassed a crowdfunding goal. (PRNewswire)
  • Two major Swedish ISPs are warning that a possible court-ordered Pirate Bay blockade will introduce a dangerous and unwarranted form of censorship. (TorrentFreak)
  • SoundCloud has said that while negotiating terms for SoundCloud Go, the company reached deals with licensing groups like GEMA to allow for DJ mixes to stay on the site. (ResidentAdvisor) One comment writer says “The only DJ mixes that ever got removed where ones with ‘commercial’ songs in them”.
  • A fundraiser for the Oakland Fire tragedy will be held in Berlin on December 16. (xlr8r)
  • Fabriclive will now only take place on the last Friday of each month. (xlr8r)
  • Boiler Room debuts in Indonesia at Potato Head Bali. (Pulse)
  • An alternative festival experience on board one of the world’s most luxurious cruise liners has been announced for summer 2017. (Pulse)
  • City-wide festival ALTN8 debuts in Hong Kong with 40+ acts. (Pulse)
  • Djakarta Warehouse Project is set to bring its biggest line-up yet, this weekend. (Pulse)
  • The first names have been announced for the 20th year of Melt Festival. (RA)
  • The line-ups for the first parties at new London venue Printworks have been confirmed. (RA)
  • More artists have been announced for Into The Valley 2017 in Estonia, as well as its Swedish offshoot, Into The Factory. (RA)
  • Finland's Flow Festival has announced the first names for its 2017 edition, taking place August 11-13 in Suvilahti, Helsinki. (RA)
  • New Sydney festival Days Like This revealed. (Mixmag)
  • Popular NYC hotspot Elvis Guesthouse is closing at the end of 2016. (Mixmag)
  • Bestival is to stage the four-day festival at the Lulworth Estate, Dorset – the home of sister event Camp Bestival – from 2017. (IWRadio)
  • The best music marketing of 2016. (AdAge)
  • Testing SoundCloud’s claims that DJ mixes are safe from copyright takedown. (DJTechtools)
  • London night tsar Amy Lamé on the challenges of the job. (Guardian)
  • Mixcloud’s Nikhil Shah and the art of bootstrapping. (FT audio)
  • The future of party culture in Trump's America. (Fest300)
  • Trump on Drugs: Nightmare scenarios looking ever more probable. (Pulse)
  • An open letter to underground party promoters. (Pulse)
  • Less than a week after the fire that killed 36 at a 100% Silk event, there’s evidence that various city governments are cracking down on similar spaces. (RA)
  • Vinyl indignity: record sales are up, but small labels don't see the benefit. (Guardian)
  • Apple and Spotify are generating $7bn a year in streaming music revenue, assuming each subscriber is paying around $10 a month. (Recode)
  • 8tracks, the site where users can listen for free to millions of playlists, explain the issues of running independent radio and the challenges of streaming music. (8Tracks)
  • Secondary ticketing: Days in the life of two tickets traded by a StubHub validated ticket seller. (MusicTank)
  • The line-ups for Berghain's annual New Year's blowout have been finalised. (RA)
  • A new dance bar, Tilt, has opened at 248 McKibbin Street in Brooklyn. (RA)
  • Decadence Colorado reveals its final NYE line-up. (DA)
  • [Audio] Song Exploder: DJ Shadow - Mutual Slump
  • How Ableton pushes women forward in music tech. (ElectronicBeats)
  • Blade&Beard - The Iranian DJ duo who risked their lives to party. (Dazed)
  • Raving Iran and the dancefloor’s countercultural history. (Insomniac)
  • Nicolas Jaar on chasing a creative high. (Creative Independence)
  • Breaking out of the EDM boy’s club, Anna Straker seizes the spotlight. (Observer)
  • Twenty years after the release of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing, DJs, artists, and collectors talk about crate digging in the internet age. (Ringer)
  • Harangue the DJ: Fatboy Slim (Guardian)
  • Documentary: The burgeoning dance music scene in Seoul, South Korea. (Mixmag)
  • Billboard's 10 best dance/electronic albums of 2016: Critics' picks. (Billboard)
  • 2016 No. 1s: The Chainsmokers on their 'not typical pop voice' topping the charts. (Billboard)
  • Meet the producers who brought dancehall back to the charts In 2016. (Billboard)
  • Apollonia pick five of the world’s best record stores. (Pulse)
  • Skrillex talks working with Bruno Mars: 'It sounds like nothing else that's happened before.’ (Billboard)
  • Mix of the day: Jon Hopkins. (RA)
  • A 24-track compilation, titled Co-Op, has today been released with the expressed aim of tackling "a global rise of fascism." (RA)
  • Mix of the day: Headless Horseman. (RA)
  • Dancing Astronaut’s breakout artist of 2016: REZZ. (DA)
  • Snapped: 10 Years of Diynamic with Solomun, NYC. (Mixmag)
  • What is the best Dance/Electronic album of 2016? (Billboard)
  • Ondalinda 2016 after-movie shows the intimate Mexican Festival's strengths. (Billboard)
  • Billboard's 10 best Dance/Electronic albums of 2016: Critics' picks. (Billboard)
  • 24 albums that made albums matter again in 2016. (Fader)
  • Five South African acts you can’t miss at Corona Sunsets festival. (Pulse)
  • Top 100 tracks of 2016 (MixmagMidland, Final Credits (Regraded) tops the list.
  • The top 20 record labels of 2016. (Mixmag) Dekmantel tops the list.
  • Top 20 DJs of 2016. (Mixmag) The Black Madonna tops the list. 
  • Josh Wink's Meditation Will Manifest is set for its first digital release. (xlr8r)
  • Juan Atkins and Orlando Voorn will be releasing a new collaborative album as Frequency vs Atkins on Out-ER. (xlr8r)
  • Semantica unveils Claudio PRC album Volumi Dinamici, set for release on January 30, 2017. (xlr8r)
  • Aera is up next on John Talabot’s Hivern Discs label. The La Calera EP is scheduled for January 13 release. (xlr8r)
  • Levon Vincent announces new EP.  (xlr8r)
  • Hear a track from Waxtefact's latest release. (xlr8r)
  • Berlin-based techno producer James Shaw, better known as Sigha, will release a new album early next year. (xlr8r)
  • The promoters behind Serbia’s EXIT Festival have just announced Sea Star, a new seaside festival on the coast Croatia, with The Prodigy as the first headliner. (Pulse)
  • Hessle Audio’s Objekt returns to Manila in January. (Pulse)
  • See what went down when Subsonic DJs skydived in the name of Sydney nightlife. (Pulse)
  • KiNK, Recondite, and Stephan Bodzin take RA's Top 100 Live Act honours. (Pulse)
  • Dubspeeka and Butane are set to take over South Africa’s techno scene this weekend. (Pulse)
  • Berlin's Record Loft is facing imminent closure after having its lease terminated. (RA)
  • Omar-S will release a 12-inch, i696, via his FXHE label next month. (RA)
  • DJ Hell will put out a new single called I Want U, following a three-year break from releasing music. (RA)
  • The Nite Owl Diner is putting out Nackt's first 12-inch on January 13. (RA)
  • Motor City electro unit Le Car will get another release on Auto-Reverse, a new set from Clone Classic Cuts. (RA)
  • Snap Crackle & Pop announces parties with Lena Willikens, Marie Davidson. (RA)
  • Matthewdavid's Mindflight has released a tape to benefit victims of this month's Oakland warehouse fire. (RA)
  • Audika Records, the label devoted to releasing archival music from the late US avant-garde composer and disco producer Arthur Russell, is preparing a new reissue of Russell's 1974 work Instrumentals. (RA)
  • Carl Cox officially partners with Babylon festival in Australia. (DA)
  • Rumoured Daft Punk song leaks featuring Nile Rodgers and Lemar. (DA)
  • Kanye West spotted listening to deadmau5 in the studio with the legendary Pete Rock. (DA)
  • Justice finally return to the Essential Mix this weekend. (DA)
  • New record label Weapons has just dropped its third release of the year, a track called Lick by Ten Ven. (Mixmag)
  • In September 2017 Justice are playing London’s Brixton Academy. (Mixmag)
  • Eats Everything gives fan guest list for life for his creative con. (Mixmag)
  • Two techno titans in Juan Atkins and Orlando Voorn, under his Frequency alias, have announced a collaborative album set to be released on the Berlin based Out-er label. (Mixmag)
  • Riton and Kah-Lo collaborate on a Betta Riddim. (Mixmag)
  • Is Swedish House Mafia reuniting in 2017? There are conflicting reports. (Billboard)
  • Lost Frequencies' What is Love remix package features Galact Marvl, Miko Mago and more. (Billboard)
  • Steve Aoki lines up New Year's Day warehouse party in New York feat. GTA, Bad Royale and more. (Billboard)
  • RA's The Black Madonna film to be screened at London Short Film Festival. (RA)
  • Aphex Twin has been announced as a headliner at Flow Festival in Finland, with The xx also confirmed. (Mixmag)
  • A fitting collection of DJs come together to support the Frankie Knuckles Foundation. (Mixmag)
  • Kate Tempest - Roundhouse, London (FT - 5* Bernadette McNulty)
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