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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Fly Away
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons
Crosstown Rebels
This week’s Essential New Tune comes from an artist who, with his band, first premiered this track with a special version recorded at BBC’s Maida Vale studios for our live dance music month in October. It’s the second single from their forthcoming sophomore album, we’re talking about Fly Away from Damien Lazarus and The Ancient Moons.
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 31:05 mins here.
Label: Crosstown Rebels
Management: Ed Cartwright, Tusk
Publishing: Sony ATV / Copyright Control
RadioMartin Cook, Your Army
Online: Caroline Beashel, Yes Please
Live: David Levy and Ryan King, WME
Radio: Martin Cook, Your Army
01 Dec 2017
  • Blue Raincoat Artists has announced the purchase of Berlin-based DJ and electronic music booking and management agency Spar-ks. (RotD) As part of the deal, founder and CEO of Spar-ks Katrin Schlotfeldt will join the Blue Raincoat team, bringing with her the full roster.
  • Music licensing and digital distribution company Dubset Media has partnered with Merlin in a deal that both parties say will "unlock new revenues" for independent artists and rights holders. (Billboard, PRNewswire)
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  • IMS has partnered with Deeper Sounds to present IMS keynotes on all British Airways in-flight audio entertainment, the December show featuring Bernard Sumner speaking at IMS Ibiza 2017 debuts today. Listen to previous shows featuring keynotes from The Martinez Brothers and Yann Pissenem
  • Tokyo Dance Music Event schedule revealed. (IDJ)
  • Drug testing initiative The Loop won The Innovation Award at the UK Festival Awards. (RotD)
  • The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has included the 'agent of change' principle within his new planning strategy for the capital. (RotD) It means developers would have to take account of the impact of any new scheme on pre-existing businesses like music venues before going with their plans.
  • Live electronic acts thrive and indie dance arrives in 2018 Grammy nominations. (Billboard)
  • The Chainsmokers have scored their fourth Grammy nomination, for Something, in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category. (Billboard)
  • Odesza, Bonobo herald a new post-EDM wave at the Grammys. (LATimes)
  • The 2018 Grammy nominations for Best Dance/Electronic Album are: Bonobo - Migration; ODESZA - A Moment Apart; Kraftwerk - 3-D The Catalogue; Mura Masa - Mura Masa and Sylvan Esso - What No. (Billboard)
  • Australian lobby body for dance music is “definitely coming” says Hardware’s Richie McNeill. (IO)
  • Intellijel introduces multi-dimensional touch controller for modular synths. (RA)
  • Cakewalk closes and development ends on Sonar software. (Fact)
  • Elektron’s Overbridge software goes free, next major update in February 2018. (Fact)
  • Erica Synths releases Acidbox III analogue filter. (RA)
  • So Far Away by Martin Garrix tops the Supr chart for appearing on the most New Music Friday playlists. 
  • WARM Music puts heat on broken radio royalty business model. (Forbes)
  • At Slush Music conference, the startup-pitching contest was won by WARM (World Airplay Radio Monitor) overall - previously featured in RotD. Other category winners were ebooks-with-music app Bubo, musician-booking service Encore and playlists platform Soundsgood. (Slush)
  • Gareth Emery is launching a new music startup called Choon next year, built on the Ethereum blockchain. (MagneticMag)
  • Armada Music has announced the launch of its own video platform called YourArmada, coming Dec. 1. (DA)
  • Berlin's CTM Festival adds Errorsmith, Batu, Klein for 2018. (RA)
  • Australian NYD festival Let Them Eat Cake adds Fantastic Man, Nite Fleit and Love Deluxe. (Mixmag)
  • ​Artwork is launching "A Lovely London Festival" in 2018. (Mixmag)
  • Awakenings has revealed the line-up for a four-day Easter rave in Amsterdam. (Mixmag)
  • Richie Hawtin and Bonobo to play live sets at Sónar's 25th anniversary in Barcelona next June 14-16. (Mixmag)
  • Above & Beyond’s Anjunadeep imprint has announced plans for its first ever festival, which will be held at Three Mills Island in East London on August 12 next year. (Mixmag)
  • South Africa's Into The Castle festival cancelled as parent company 'struggles to survive’. (RA)
  • Earthcore organisers have broken their silence following the weekend's camping festival, and a cancelled Sydney leg, which was hit by mass cancellations and accusations of not paying artists. (Mixmag)
  • How I got over a quarter million plays on my SoundCloud. (MTF - Bas Grasmayer)
  • Tokyo Dance Music Event: Japanese women industry leaders give advice on being successful in Asian market. (MagneticMag)
  • ZoukOut CEO Andrew Li explains how the Singapore dance festival grew into a two-day event with 40,000 in the crowd. (SCMP)
  • When DJs meet start-ups: TDME aims to build bridges across the Asian dance music community. (JapanTimes)
  • Amsterdam's 'Nightlife Mayor', Mirik Milan, expands upon the reception of his introductory visit, limiting policing, cost effective methods for taxpayers, and even a more realistic approach to inevitable alcohol and drug use inside clubs. (Billboard)
  • fabric reveals new event series, Forms, featuring Skream and Kölsch. (Mixmag)
  • LWE has announced it will not be holding parties at Printworks London in 2018. (Mixmag)
  • London club 93 Feet East is re-launching with two parties in January next year. (Mixmag)
  • Birmingham's Rainbow Venues' license has been revoked and it may be forced to close permanently. (Mixmag)
  • Downtown Music Publishing has signed a worldwide deal with musician and producer, Goldie, covering his catalogue, and the catalogues from his founded label, Metalheadz. (DMP)
  • A guide to DFA Records. (BandCamp)
  • 10 of the most valuable rave records on Discogs. (Redbull)
  • 10 of the most iconic marathon DJ sets ever. (Mixmag)
  • The art of DJing: Dave Clarke. (RA)
  • A guide to jungle tekno with Ron Wells. (RA)
  • A quick-fire history of US DJ culture. (Redbull)
  • Cuban multi-instrumentalist Alpha 606 gives some tips on removing the computer from your workflow. (XLR8R)
  • Alesso talks Anitta, Poo Bear and the Latin explosion. (Billboard)
  • Nurse-turned-techno-pop shaman Kelly Lee Owens’ debut album is meditative and has healing qualities, finds Kate Hutchinson. (Observer)
  • Twenty five years on, the spirit of rave is being seen everywhere from catwalk fashion and art to the collective political experience of Acid Corbynism. (Guardian2 - Lauren Cochrane)
  • How we made: Shoom club night, with Danny Rampling and Pete Heller. (Guardian2)
  • San Francisco label Dark Entries is a prolific source of esoteric dance music from the '80s and the present day. Matt McDermott talks to Josh Cheon, the man making it all happen. (RA)
  • Claude Young: 'A lot of Detroit techno guys, we're all Radiohead fanatics’. (RA)
  • 'People are taking safer choices': six alternative artists on today's musical underground - including The Black Madonna. (Guardian)
  • Get to know IAMDDB, the ice cold vocalist blending neo-soul and trap. (Mixmag)
  • How Jai Paul and AK Paul enlisted Fabiana Palladino and Ruthven for their new label. (Fact)
  • Examining the curious condition of the flash in the pan DJ and how to handle yourself when dance music’s big time beckons. (IbizaVoice)
  • Richie Hawtin needs no introduction. Here, we countdown 10 memorable moments that made him the legend he is today. (DJMag)
  • Annie Mac webchat – on banning bongos, club closures and her favourite song. (Guardian)
  • Run the code: is algorave the future of dance music? (Guardian)
  • Or:la is the inventive artist with a kaleidoscopic approach to music. (Mixmag)
  • The Black Madonna, an activist DJ, wants to turn dance music upside down. (NYTimes)
  • Ekman announces album for Shipwrec, Primus Motor. (RA)
  • MUTEK is officially headed to San Francisco next year. (Fact)
  • Zomby announces ‘lost’ album Mercury’s Rainbow, shares first single Delvaux. (Fact)
  • Sasha and Alan Fitpatrick join forces on the final release of 2017 for We Are The Brave. (Decoded)
  • Flume teases new music with Ta-ku in Road to Osaka short film. (DA)
  • Daft Punk have released some limited edition Christmas merchandise on their online store. (MagneticMag)
  • Porter Robinson announces debut EP as Virtual Self. (Billboard)
  • Mad Decent releases festive compilation, A Very Decent Christmas. (DA)
  • PNAU win Best Dance Release at ARIA awards. (Mixmag)
  • Ninja Tune offers to match every pound donated to Help Refugees for 24 hours. (Mixmag)
  • Warp gives away the last copy of Aphex Twin's ultra rare Mt. Fuji cassette. (Mixmag)
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