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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Duck Sauce
Ministry of Sound/The Orchard
out now
"So this is the brand new track from Duck Sauce and now not only is this a lot fun as you'll expect but the video is absolutely amazing. Duck Sauce members Armand Van Helden and A-Trak are inside a kind of video game, questioning whether they are in a simulation - it is highly entertaining. But more importantly, the tune is ace and here it is. It's called Mesmerise. "
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 32.50 here.
LabelLaura Hand, Ministry of Sound & Asmarina Zerabruk, The Orchard
ManagementKaty EggletonRenee Brodeur & Dan Ross 
PublishingKaty Eggleton
RadioChristian Nockall, Your Army
Club: Tom Currie, Your Army
Online PR: Reid Kutrow, Sacks & Co.
Live: NA & SA - Sam Hunt, Paradigm / EU/AUS/Africa - Obi Asika, Echo Location Talent & Asis - Robb Harker, Super Modified Agency 
23 Oct 2020
  • BMG has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in independent German live music promotion company and event agency Undercover. (RotD
  • Warner Music Group expects its fiscal-year 2020 revenues to top $4.4bn – a figure that’s relatively close to investor forecasts and, in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, in line with FY 2019 revenues of $4.475bn. (DMN)
  • Vivendi has confirmed that it plans to take Universal Music Group public in 2022. (Billboard) UMG’s overall revenues were up 5.1% for the first nine months of 2020 and up 3% for Q3. Recorded music streaming revenue rose 22.6% and overall quarterly recorded music revenues were up by 11%. Physical sales were down 10.2% compared to the first nine months of 2019, while download sales declined by 20.1%. Music publishing revenues grew by 15.6%. Merchandising and other revenues were down 42.6%.
  • Top 100 DJs Awards 2020 to be unveiled on 7 November. (DJMag
  • Radio 1 is broadcasting Europe’s Biggest Dance Show for another year as nine radio stations come together for an eight hour simulcast today (23 October). (RadioToday)
  • Jose Padilla, known as the 'godfather of chill-out', has died of colon cancer at the age of 64. (Mixmag
  • UK Music's Diversity Taskforce is calling on the music industry to dump the "outdated and offensive" term BAME. (RotD)
  • The Face-Value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT) has published its recommendations for the future of online ticket resale, calling for new rules that shield fans against harmful secondary ticketing practices and reduce illegal ticket resale across the EU. (RotD)
  • 55% of professional musicians are earning no money due to COVID-19, according to new research from the charity Help Musicians UK. (DJMag
  • Major dance venues tell government “we are culturally significant” after being denied funding. (NME)
  • The Night Time Industries Association released a statement expressing its dismay that notable London dance music venues, including Printworks, The Egg, Studio 338, Oval Spaces and The Pickle Factory, were excluded from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. (DJMag
  • 588 more cultural organisations across England are to benefit from a share of more than £76m from the Culture Recovery Fund. The full list is here, and the names in the Music category are here. (NME)
  • DJ Carl Cox will host a series of exclusive performances in Sensorium Galaxy — a social VR platform. (RotD)
  • In the US, Apple has launched Apple Music TV. It offers a free, 24-hour live stream of popular music videos and other music content, including exclusive video premieres, live shows, fan events, chart countdowns and guest appearances. (TechCrunch)
  • SoundCloud says its new DJ plan features the largest catalogue of any offline plan, at a lower price. The biggest feature is the ability to save unlimited tracks locally in select DJ apps for use any time. (DMN)
  • Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), held this week, has a partnership channel on Deezer. (RotD)
  • Aphex Twin has collaborated with music tech company Novation on a new synthesizer, AFX Station. (RA
  • Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment (LIVE), an umbrella organisation representing the UK’s live music business has compiled a report suggesting 170,000 jobs will be lost in the live music industry this year if government support is withdrawn. It also reports live music industry revenues will fall 81% in 2020 compared to 2019, that 80% of employees are still reliant on the furlough scheme which ends this month and a talent drain will impact any successful industry relaunch. (RotD)
  • Sentric’s electronic music publishing service, Black Rock, has signed seven high profile electronic music producers to exclusive songwriting agreements. Mark Knight, Rodriguez Jr. and Mark Jenkyns all sign following existing relationships with the publisher, while Squire, Piero Pirupa, Harrison BDP and Jacky join in new deals. (RotD)
  • DT717 – Kyle Walker (DT
  • RA.750 Jasmine Infiniti (RA
  • Podcast 666: Rose Bonica (XLR8R
  • Fact mix 780: Griffit Vigo (Fact
  • James Blake pres. Before | Boiler Room (BoilerRoom
  • Armin van Buuren B2B Ferry Corsten Vinyl Classics – A State Of Trance Episode 986 (AStateOfTrance
  • Label Of The Month: Juke Bounce Werk (RA
  • Selections: Griffit Vigo (DJMag
  • Patch Notes: Nene H (Fact
  • Renegade Riddims: BRK (DT
  • Six emerging artists you need to hear this October. (DJMag
  • How we made: Insomnia by Faithless (Guardian)
  • From livestreaming platforms sharing their revenues with roadies, to immersive weekend-long gigs over high-end speakers, new music companies are innovating out of a crisis. (Guardian)
  • EX.529 Krust: The drum and bass innovator talks through his first album in 14 years. (RA)  
  • Hyph11E finds her voice within the void. (ElectronicBeats
  • Q&A: Sofi Tukker and Icona Pop head to the SPA. (DA
  • Take a trip through the cosmos with the Zenker Brothers. (beatportal
  • Mr.C chats Music, Producer tips, Live Streaming. (DT
  • Mat Zo revels in return to Anjunabeats. (DA
  • Dave Clarke: "The DJ scene is linked by money not ethics" (Mixmag)
  • How the world's biggest drum 'n' bass festival happened safely this summer. (Mixmag
  • From "Save Our Scene" to "Save Ourselves" a.k.a. Resident Advisor and Boiler Room got some big government grants. (Shawn Reynaldo)
  • Berlin clubbing and COVID-19: how Europe's party capital is changing. (DJMag
  • Inside Trax Records: Why Chicago's house originators are fighting for reparations. (Mixmag
  • Annie Mac: "There's not enough Black people in every level of the music industry" (Mixmag
  • The Beneficiaries: "We are resistance artists, techno is resistance music" (Mixmag
  • The Lazarusman: "Not being racist isn’t enough, you need to be anti-racist" (Mixmag)
  • Honey Dijon: "Dance music has been colonised". (Mixmag
  • The unsung Black women pioneers of house music. (Mixmag
  • How the dance music industry failed Black artists. (Mixmag)  
  • The exploitation of Black women vocalists in house music. (Mixmag
  • DJ EZ has launched a new label, NUVOLVE. (DJMag
  • Former Unsound co-curator Łukasz Warna-Wiesławski launches label with new EP from Avtomat. (RA
  • Shygirl set to release a new EP and shares track produced by SOPHIE and Sega Bodega. (RA
  • UK DJ and producer Dance System has launched a new label, System Records. (DJMag
  • Solomun releases Home, the first single from his upcoming album. (RA
  • Drum & bass duo SpectraSoul have announced that they are calling it a day after 14 years. (DJMag
  • Fatboy Slim will be releasing his contribution to the ‘Back To Mine’ mix series. (Magnetic
  • Skrillex has shared a new track and confirms new album is in "finishing" stages. (DJMag
  • Producer and collaborator David Dann has accused ZHU of contract breach and promissory fraud in $3.45 million dollar lawsuit. Dann claims Zhu "failed and refuses to pay" him commissions agreed to in a contract. (Pitchfork
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