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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Play In The Dark
Seth Troxler & The Martinez Brothers
Crosstown Rebels
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"Now, although they have shared many DJ booths and played some notorious b2b's together over the years. This is their first release together since Space and Time way back in 2014. It is also The Martinez Brothers first outing on Damien Lazarus's Crosstown Rebels. They combine to conquer with a lament to our lost dancefloors. A track described as unhinged as the times we are living in. This week's Essential New Tune is Play In The Dark from Seth Troxler & The Martinez Brothers."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 33.02 here.
LabelCrosstown Rebels 
ManagementEd Cartwright, 2plus2 & Shauna Slevin
Publishing: Minds On Fire, Alter Call Music (BMI) and Chris The Kid Music (BMI)
RadioJessica Lamb, For The Record
Club: Adam Carter
Online & TVAbigail White, For The Record
26 Feb 2021
  • Splice, the New York-based, AI-infused, beat-making software service for music producers, has raised another $55m in financing. (TechCrunch)
  • UK-based artist and label services company Kartel Music Group announced the launch of EMK, an electronic music platform that will encompass record label, publisher and multimedia platform. (RotD)
  • Spotify USA intends to offer $1.3bn in exchangeable notes due in 2026, while building its war chest for acquisitions or other purposes. In addition, Spotify USA expects to grant the initial buyers of the notes an option to purchase an additional $200m. (Spotify)
  • Universal Music Group has launched Virgin Music Label and Artist Services, to provide artists global solutions, with fully staffed operations already established in the world’s top five music markets. (Billboard)
  • New York house label Nu Groove to release first new music since 1992. (RA
  • UK non-profit Ladies Music Pub has launched its long-planned label, LMP Recordings. (RA
  • Daft Punk announce split after 28 years. The duo posted a YouTube video featuring a clip from their film Electroma, featuring an intertitle with the dates 1993-2021. (Guardian)
  • Lobbying group the Arena Resilience Alliance (ARA), an offshoot of the European Arenas Association (EAA), has launched a manifesto outlining what it believes to be the steps needed for the safe return of live events across Europe. (AAA
  • Ireland's justice minister, Helen McEntee, has unveiled new plans to overhaul current licensing laws and extend nightclub closing times. (RA
  • Facebook has banned accounts selling tickets to a 5000-person rave in Ireland that is supposedly going to take place on St Patrick's Day. (Mixmag
  • Spain plans to incorporate vaccine passports into its safe travel protocol, which may allow tourists to travel to the country and its surrounding islands this summer. (DJMag
  • In the UK the MU and the Ivors Academy were pleased to hear three of the music streaming giants commit to a dialogue with artists and their representatives about how revenue is shared out in the current streaming system, shed light on major label dominance and confirm that streaming is not a sales model. (RotD)
  • A full report on the UK's DCMS streaming economics inquiry, with the long-awaited appearance of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. (MusicAlly)
  • Nightclubs and festivals in England are planning to reopen from 21 June. (Mixmag
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  • Test two
  • Test three
  • Test four
  • Test five
  • Test Six
  • Bandcamp has been blocked in China. (DA
  • Pefoma, a free to join social media app created exclusively for up-and-coming musicians to connect with new fans and monetise audio-visual content, will launch on 1 March. (RotD
  • Jacques Greene has sold the rights to his new single, 'Promise', on cryptocurrency marketplace Foundation for 13 $ETH (~$23,000). (MW
  • Peggy Gou, Marco Carola and Mathame have been announced to play at Decibel 2021. (RA)
  • Ultra Music Festival 2021 has officially been cancelled due to coronavirus. (DJMag
  • Insomniac Events' Pasquale Rotella has confirmed Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas remains on the calender for May. (Billboard
  • Insomniac East has announced Tchami, Virtual Riot and more are set to perform at the inaugural Abduction 2021 festival on 10 April. (
  • Insomniac has launched Lost In Dreams, a new festival for future bass, melodic dubstep, and vocal-driven dance music with a dedicated record label. (DA)  
  • Tomorrowland announces a vinyl box set of iconic tracks from the festival’s 15-year history. (DJMag
  • Electric Zoo: Cancun Edition has been rescheduled to 10-14 November. (EDMTunes
  • South London's GALA Festival has announced it is to take place on 31 July & 1 August this summer. Line-up includes TSHA, Roman Flügel, Jayda G, Marcellus Pittman and more. (RotD
  • The UK's Hospitality Weekend In The Woods has revealed the full line-up for its debut festival in September. Line-up includes Netsky, Camo & Krooked, Noisia and more. (RotD)  
  • Creamfields has announced this year's festival in August has sold out.  
  • Danny Tenaglia has teamed up with Beatport, Gray Area and Jukebox to celebrate his 60th birthday with a two livestream featuring David Guetta, Carl Cox, Nicole Moudaber and more. All proceeds raised will benefit UNICEF. (
  • The Covid bounce and the coming attention recession. (Midia)
  • Serato and Splice join forces to launch arcade-inspired music production competition. (
  • Ableton Live 11 is available now. (DJMag)
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  • Test five
  • Beatport Weekly Playlist
  • Melbourne club XE54 returns at a 24-hour CBD venue. (RA
  • Ibiza club Amnesia announces closing party for 23 October. (RotD)
  • Pacha Group are set to open a new venue in Mykonos this summer. (DJMag
  • Rising dubstep music producer LEVEL UP has officially signed to United Talent Agency. (
  • Sentric’s electronic music publishing division, Black Rock, has signed DJ and producer Roger Sanchez to an exclusive songwriting agreement. (RotD)
  • DT732 – Nhan Solo (DT)
  • RA.768 Carl Cox (RA
  • Fact Mix 796: Minimal Violence (Fact
  • Magnetic Mix 136: She Spells Doom (Magnetic
  • DJ Matisa (SensuCast
  • Tech Support in the Lab LDN (Mixmag)
  • DJ Snake b2b Malaa (Malaa
  • Gorgon City DJ Set from Chicago & London (DJMag
  • Renegade Riddims: SIREN (DA
  • Dance Floor Epiphanies. (RA
  • Selections: Om Unit (DJMag
  • Introducing: VNSSA, the Beatport Next star who’s on the rise. (beatportal
  • Billboard Dance emerging artists February 2021. (Billboard
  • Jägermeister Presents: The Meister Series - LWE [watch] (JagerUK
  • With the music IP market booming, seven reasons why artists are selling their songs now. (Variety)
  • How making music is changing lives in UK prisons. (DJMag
  • State of Play: FUSER, the new DJ video game from the makers of Guitar Hero. (DJMag
  • The future of massive interactive live events for music. (MusicX)
  • The Verge chatted with Daniel Ek about the tension between launching Spotify’s own exclusive shows while also trying to sell ads, as well as how Spotify might help creators monetise.
  • Erol Alkan: “Running a club or a label was never a dream of mine” (Mixmag
  • Charlotte Toney on the Black Junglist Alliance: 8 months on. (DT
  • How Bicep wound up on top. (RA
  • "A form of therapy": Logic1000 and the healing power of dance music. (Mixmag
  • The 20 best Daft Punk songs. (Billboard
  • 9 things you probably didn’t know about Daft Punk. (DJMag
  • Why Daft Punk put on the robot masks: ‘It would not be enjoyable for humanity to see our features’ (Telegraph
  • When Daft Punk went to Wee Waa: an ode to the strangest album launch of all time. (Guardian
  • Daft Punk: always moving, always innovating, always brilliant. (DJMag
  • Daft Punk brought humanity to dance music. (Telegraph)
  • Daft Punk talks Kanye West, Coachella and that wild Pyramid Stage in unpublished interview. (Variety
  • Why Daft Punk was the most influential electronic act of its time. (Billboard
  • Daft Punk were the most influential pop musicians of the 21st century. (Guardian
  • Daft Punk’s retirement closes the book on an era of electronic music. (GQ
  • The 100th release on Phantasy Sound is 'Automatic' by label boss Erol Alkan. (RA
  • CloudNone and Direct convene to offer a hit of ‘Dopamine’. (DA
  • Sven Väth‘s Cocoon Recordings celebrates a well-deserved anniversary with the unveiling of 20 Years: Cocoon Recordings. (DA
  • Big Gigantic rework Petit Biscuit’s ‘Parachute’. (DA
  • CamelPhat to launch a new label this summer. (EDMTunes
  • Steve Aoki has teamed up with Capcom on a Street Fighter arcade cabinet and clothing line. (Verge
  • Nabihah Iqbal and Libby Heaney have created a "sonic mediation session" using field recordings made from artificial intelligence. (RA
  • Oliver Heldens has shared a new single, ‘Never Look Back’, with vocalist Syd Silvair. (DJMag
  • YouTube account Flip Reality has recreated Daft Punk’s full Alive 2007 set in virtual reality, using the VR DJ application Vinyl Reality. (Mixmag
  • Armin Van Buuren and Alesso team up on single 'A Little Love'. (
  • Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman has composed his third runway soundtrack for Prada - this time for the Fall Winter Womenswear 2021 show. (Nylon)
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