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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Both of Us
Jayda G
Ninja Tune
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"My Essential New Tune of 2020 is Jayda G's Both of Us. Congratulations to her. From a streaming point of view, one of the most enthusiastic DJ's I think I have ever seen and she makes great music as well."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in 24 December’s show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 1.55.30 here.

Label: Ninja Tune
ManagementSimon Gold, This Is Music
Publishing: Jayda G – Copyright Control / Fred again.. Promised Land Music / Universal Music Publishing Group
RadioMartin Cook, Your Army
Club: Tom Currie, Your Army
Live: Ben Start, Higher Ground
08 Jan 2021
  • Deltic, the UK's largest nightclub operator has been bought by Danish bar group Rekom for £10m, roughly an eighth of its pre-pandemic value. (Times)
  • Ticketmaster will pay a $10m criminal fine to avoid prosecution on US charges it repeatedly accessed the computer systems of rival Songkick, whose assets its parent Live Nation Entertainment later purchased. (Reuters)
  • DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards 2020 dance music winners: Sherelle (DJ); Hudson Mohawke (Producer); Anz (Breakthrough DJ); India Jordan (Breakthrough Producer); Kiwi Records (Label); 2 B Real (Breakthrough Label); Hudon Mohawke 'B.B.H.E.' (Album); Bicep 'Atlas' (Track); Josey Rebelle 'Josey In Space' (Compilation); Floating Points 'Bias (Mayfield Depot Mix)' (Remix/Edit); Four Tet 'Baby' (Music Video); Carl Cox's Cabin Fever (Solo Stream Series); Keep Hush (Multi-artist Stream Series); Defected (Virtual Festival); DJ Hype (Soldier of the Scene); Reprezent Radio (Outstanding Contribution) & Sports Banger (Innovation & Excellence). 
  • The Grammy Awards, scheduled for 31 January, have been postponed until 14 March, due to concerns over the spread of Covid-19 in LA. (Billboard)
  • A new study funded by Spanish festival Primavera Sound suggests same-day COVID-19 testing could create a route back to indoor music events. (DJMag
  • The UK Government has been warned that Brexit is threatening a “talent pipeline” for new artists. (DJMag
  • Musicians will abandon tours after huge new costs and bureaucracy of Brexit deal, ministers warned. (Independent)
  • A petition calling for Europe-wide visa-free travel permits for touring professionals and artists has received more than 222,000 signatures. (Mixmag
  • AIF CEO Paul Reed has given oral evidence to the DCMS Select Committee as part of its enquiry into the future of UK music festivals, identifying three key issues that are creating uncertainty among festival organisers and preventing adequate planning for the 2021 season. (RotD
  • UNTOLD has announced details of its 2021 festival cruise, UNTOLD Odyssey. (DJMag
  • Musicians earn less than 1 cent per stream — here’s what needs to change. (NextWeb)
  • Music made 2020 better, but we failed to make 2020 better for musicians. (TechCrunch) In a year where music was our lifeline, why didn't we return the favour?
  • Thunder only happens when it’s raining: How social media and UGC could decide the future of the music industry. (Synchtank)
  • The rise of the fan-centric streaming service. (Bas Grasmayer)
  • What to watch out for in 2021: scarcity models, return to live, and sustainability. (Bas Grasmayer)
  • Music research and analytics platform Viberate created a report on the year at online store Beatport. (RotD)
  • Space Park, a new outdoor venue in Miami created by Club Space and Bar Lab, has opened. (RA
  • Costa Rica’s famous Club Vertigo has announced it is shutting down. (Mixmag
  • DT725 – Luke Davidson (DT
  • RA.761 Forest Management (RA
  • Magnetic Mix 131: DJ Poolboi (Magnetic
  • The Chemical Brothers: Odd Bod Distress in the Area Mix (TheChemicalBrothers
  • Gorgon City - Live from Printworks, London (We Dance As One NYE) (Defected
  • Lost Frequencies at Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 (Tomorrowland)
  • David Guetta | United at Home - Paris Edition from the Louvre (DavidGuetta
  • 17 of the most-anticipated albums of 2021: Skrillex, SG Lewis, Porter Robinson, and more. (DA
  • Hot new tracks for January (IbizaSpotlight
  • Introducing: Verraco (beatportal
  • Making Waves: Rudosa (iDJ
  • Renegade Riddims: Dopplershift (DT
  • Aiyush Pachnanda spent three years photographing Cardiff's drum 'n' bass scene. (Mixmag)
  • The oral history of Haçienda, one of history's most notorious nightclubs. (Vice
  • The Incorporated Society Of Musicians has released a handy guide to the new regulations for various countries in Europe, including what notifications must be made, whether or not visas have to be acquired, permits and more. Download here
  • Exploring the influence of social media on electronic music in the past decade. (electronicbeats
  • Dance like nobody’s watching: Why GTA’s virtual clubs have saved dance fans. (beatportal
  • Crying on the dancefloor: How dance music got emotional in 2020. (Independent
  • For DJs, New Year’s Eve usually means a fat paycheck. This year, it meant isolation and fear. (LATimes
  • Octo Octa and Eris Drew: "The future of music is manifesting in bedrooms all over the world". (MusicRadar
  • James Blake: “People couldn’t care less if you’re mysterious now” (Mixmag
  • Bicep are on an island all their own. (beatportal)
  • Carl Cox: "It's irresponsible to be partying during the pandemic" (Mixmag
  • Virtual concerts aren't a passing fad – we're at the dawn of a massive shift in entertainment consumption, and it's time to get on board, says Roblox’s Jon Vlassopulos. (IQ)
  • Despite clubs being closed for much of the year, disco-influenced music ruled 2020. The artists and producers of some of the year’s biggest dance records talk about what the music meant to them. (Ringer
  • Year in review: How will dance music survive in 2021? (electronicbeats
  • The 15 best house tracks of 2020. (Magnetic)
  • The 15 best drum & bass tracks of 2020. (Magnetic
  • Our favourite releases of 2020 (XLR8R)  
  • The year of no gigs. (Mixmag
  • 2020's best mixes (RA)
  • 2020's best albums (RA)
  • 2020's best tracks (RA
  • The best DJ mixes of the year 2020 (Mixmag
  • The top 20 records of 2020 (electronicbeats)  
  • 2020: a year in dance music (DJMag
  • Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington are set to release a new album as DARKSIDE in the spring. (Mixmag)
  • Kerri Chandler has remixed Bonobo and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs' track Heartbreak. (Mixmag
  • Robert and Lyric Hood's Floorplan will drop a new single, Right There / Holy Ghost, on Classic later this month. (RA
  • Grimes taps REZZ, Richie Hawtin, Tale of Us, BloodPop, and more for Miss Anthropocene: Rave Edition. (DA
  • The KLF have released their greatest hits on to streaming services and YouTube for the first time, and have hinted at further music to follow later this year. (Guardian)
  • DMX Krew is releasing another album, called Loose Gears, through Hypercolour next month. (RA
  • Excision announces artists on upcoming Subsidia melodic showcase, Dawn Vol.2. (
  • Shanghai producer Laughing Ears announces second album, Blood. (RA
  • Madlib and Four Tet have shared Hopprock, the latest track from the album Sound Ancestors. (Mixmag
  • David Guetta has urged people to get vaccinated against Covid-19, to maximise hope for an “amazing”, party-filled year 2021. (Independent
  • A “scrapped” version of Avicii‘s career-spanning documentary, True Stories, has appeared online, offering viewers unprecedented access to never-before-seen footage of the late producer. (DA
  • Hardwell and Blasterjaxx unite to become Jaxxwell, release their Bootshaus ID. (EDMTunes
  • Marshall Jefferson has been hospitalised after contracting pneumonia. (Mixmag
  • Richie Hawtin’s 1996 ​CONCEPT 1 series will be available in its entirety as a digital release and distributed as an exclusive album package ​through Bandcamp. (DA
  • Palestinian DJ Sama’ Abdulhadi has been released on bail following eight days in jail after. performing in the West Bank as part of Beatport's The Residency series (beatportal)
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