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"This week's Essential New Tune goes to the house legend that is MK. Annie has already crowned this as her Hottest Record and was also in the mix for her. This is Chemical."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 31.41 here
LabelHenry Whittingdale, Columbia
ManagementMilo Mitchum, Three Six Zero
Publishing: David Ventura, Sony Music Publishing
RadioJames JacksonVictoria McCallEhsen Nadeem, Listen Up! 
Club: James Marsh, Listen Up! 
TV: Rob Clark, Columbia
OnlineDujon FairweatherFred Parry, Listen Up! 
Live: ROW - Laetitia Descouens, Decked out / N + S America - Max Braun, Wasserman Music 
28 May 2021
  • Chinese media and technology NetEase intends to spin off its subsidiary Cloud Village, which operates music streaming service NetEase Cloud Music, in an IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. (DMN)
  • Female-led independent radio station has launched a record label heralding its first new signing, MILYMA. (Mixmag)
  • Vinyl test pressings are being used as art canvases in a new London fundraising exhibition. (DJMag)
  • The Grammys category formerly known as best dance recording has been renamed best dance/electronic recording. (Billboard
  • Driift issued a statement regarding Glastonbury's Live At Worthy Farm livestream, which suffered technical issues on the Saturday night showing. (RotD)
    The livestream was available free to watch on Saturday after thousands of paying ticket holders were denied access. (iNews)
  • Despite the Save Our Stages Act which passed into law in December, independent music venues in the US have still yet to receive a single penny of government relief. (Mixmag)
  • Ibiza expects to be on the UK’s tourism green list from June, Spain's tourism minister has said. (DJMag)
  • New York venues will be permitted to reopen at full-capacity, provided they are hosting a fully vaccinated audience, according to an announcement by New York City governor Andrew Cuomo. (DJMag
  • The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has doubled down on its fears about the growing rent crisis facing the UK’s nightclubs as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. (NME)
  • The British culture sectary Oliver Dowden says he is “very hopeful” the UK will meet its 21 June target for a full reopening of venues, theatres and clubs without social distancing, following encouraging results from the recent Event Research Programme (ERP) test events. Only 15 out of a possible 58,000 people have so far tested positive for Covid-19, with nine of these coming from Circus nightclub events. (IQ, Standard
  • CircoLoco has announced a new partnership with Rockstar Games, starting a dance record label called CircoLoco Records. (Billboard
  • The Sandbox, the decentralized gaming virtual world from Animoca Brands, announces partnership with Richie Hawtin and deadmau5. The partnership has been brokered by Pixelynx, a new gaming venture launched by the two artists as a “portal into the metaverse” and to help a diverse range of artists and brands develop digital collectables and virtual worlds. (FullSync
  • Spotify launched its Fresh Finds family of playlists in 2016, using data from music blogs and tastemakers’ listening. The service is now expanding into a 'partnership program' for independent artists, offering them mentorship, marketing and training in how to use various artist tools. (MusicAlly, Spotify)
  •, the social platform that let people collaboratively build and perform DJ sets shut down in 2013, but has now raised $7.5m for its return. (TechCrunch)
  • BT unveils 24-hour crypto artwork. (Coindesk)
  • Mathame announce debut NFT collection, Angel Alphabet, The First Metamyth. On the day of the NFT release fans will be invited to experience Mathame's OVR live performance where they will be presenting the full collection and playing a set in a unique virtual world. (RotD
  • Richie Hawtin and Matthew Hawtin release a collaborative NFT with programmable art platform Async Art. (RotD)
  • Body Movements festival books over 30 LGBTQI+ collectives for East London debut. (RA
  • EDM star Illenium is set to perform the first-ever show at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on 3 July. (Billboard
  • Ministry of Sound will celebrate its 30th anniversary with Ministry of Sound Classical: Three Decades of Dance at the O2 Arena on 13 November. (DJMag)
  • Strawberries & Creem in the UK has confirmed a full line-up for its brand new house and dance stage, Studio S&C. (Mixmag
  • SiriusXM announces virtual memorial day weekend festival with Martin Garrix, Kygo, Nora En Pure, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, and more. (EDM
  • Primavera Sound has announced the lineup for its two-weekend festival in 2022. The line-up include Massive Attack, India Jordan, Ben UFO, Bicep, Dreamcatcher and Honey Dijon. (RA)
  • deadmau5 to perform at E11EVN Miami during world's largest cryptocurrency conference. (EDM
  • Miami promoter Where Are My Keys is throwing a lengthy day-into-night party this Sunday, 30 May, headlined by DJ Harvey and Moodymann. (RA
  • Moby, Aluna, Sofi Tukker, and more announced for virtual DGTL LIB 2: 24 Hour Brunchy-Q-Partython. (DA
  • Krakow's Unsound Festival has revealed its 2021 theme, dəəp authentic and will take place 13-117 October. (RA
  • Ultra Music Festival will return to Miami next year after the festival and the Downtown Neighbors Alliance, an organisation that represents various residential communities in Downtown Miami officially settled their differences surrounding “many of the issues that have impacted Downtown Miami residents during previous Ultra events,” according to the organisation’s president James Torres. (BillboardDA)
  • Hi-Res audio: It’s all about a maturing market (Midia)
  • VirtualDJ has announced a new Summer 2021 version, that includes the ability to export both Playlists and individual stems from any song straight to USB to work with any CDJ or XDJ hardware. (DJMag
  • Introducing: Space 92, Techno's new cosmic champion. (Beatportal)
  • A producers guide to defining your music’s audience. (Loopcloud)
  • Six emerging artists On Our Radar in May. (Beatportal)
  • Try Loopcloud today and get sonible entropy:EQ+ plugin (worth $99) for free. (Loopcloud)
  • You can't stop CC:DISCO! from dancing. (Beatportal)
  • Beatport Insider May 2021: Top-Selling melodic house & techno tracks, artists, and labels. (Beatportal)
  • Detroit's Spot Lite is a new Motor City venue, record store and gallery focusing on house music, jazz, R&B and soul. (RA
  • Cosmic Pineapple returns to Pikes with new event series. (IbizaSpotlight
  • The Balearic nightlife association, ABONE, has held talks with local government about reopening clubs. (RA
  • The Warehouse Project in Manchester has shows scheduled from September through to New Year's Day 2022. (RA
  • DJ Storm, IMOGEN, Goldie and more are down to play Brighton's Patterns club this summer. (RA
  • DT743 – Juany Bravo (DT
  • RA.781 Sam Goku. (RA
  • Fact Mix 809: Flora Yin-Wong (Fact)
  • NUDE070: Deysa (DT)
  • Yves Tumor | Boiler Room SS21: Patia's Fantasy World (BoilerRoom
  • Shyboi | Boiler Room SS21: Patia's Fantasy World (BoilerRoom)  
  • Giorgia Angiuli from Monopoli, Italy | Turning The Dawn (Mixmag
  • Eelke Kleijn at Mont Saint-Michel in Manche, France (Cercle
  • Label Of The Month: PTP (RA
  • Making Waves: LEON (iDJ
  • Renegade Riddims: Kathryn Brenna (DT
  • EX.559: Spotlight on Asian artists (RA
  • Elkka spotlights warm club sounds made for special dancefloor moments. (DJMag)
  • Synchtank Summit takeaways: Exploding data volumes, tech solutions and the importance of collaboration. (Synchtank)
  • The life and times of Robert Moog, the pioneer who changed music forever. (FarOut
  • How will smart speakers change the way we listen, consume and share music? (AmplifyYou)
  • How Japenese technology shaped dance music. (Attack)  
  • Twitch’s VP Head of Music Tracy Chan on Twitch Music, helping artists monetise, and the creator economy. (Trapital)
  • Happy and hardcore: clubbing at the turn of the Millennium. (Face
  • Meet the MC: Amaarae (DJMag)
  • “This isn’t about sides”: Palestinian artists call for music world to support ‘basic human rights’ (Mixmag
  • Berlin house and disco label Toy Tonics is pushing a bumping, cosmic sound fuelled by collaboration and live instrumentation. (DJMag)
  • Women at the forefront of India’s underground music communities. (Fact)
  • 20 questions with Skream: On his new label, fatherhood and first hearing his music in a club — when he was 14 years old. (Billboard
  • Alison Wonderland on deactivating her social media: 'I never felt better after scrolling through Instagram' (Billboard
  • How club workers are feeling about the return of events. (DJMag
  • DJ Pete Tong and club king Nick McCabe are taking Pacha to new places. But their Formentera hotel is more blissed-out calm than hedonistic. (FT)
  • The Prodigy frontman Maxim has teamed up with London artist Dan Pearce to create a new project in the form of a four-track EP and art installation called ‘Hope’. (Mixmag
  • REZZ and Grimes are working on new music. (EDM
  • Tchami's reveals forthcoming Year Zero remix album. (EDM
  • Lady Gaga won big at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards over the weekend, dominating in the categories dedicated to electronic dance music. (EDM
  • Gerald Simpson, AKA A Guy Called Gerald, says that he never made "one penny from" sales of his 1988 hit single 'Voodoo Ray' or his 1989 LP, Hot Lemonade. (Mixmag) The restarted label, Rham, said in a statement "If Gerald would like to contact us we will be happy to send any money currently due to him immediately."
  • Jamz Supernova's Future Bounce label has revealed full details of its first vinyl compilation. The release covers breakbeat, Jersey club, techno, juke and much more, with tracks from KG & UNIIQU3, Hagan, Sam Interface, Bamz, Lorenzo BITW, and Rose Bonica, among others. (DJMag
  • Grum returns from hiatus with Isolation EP. (EDMTunes
  • Calvin Harris was ninth in the Times Rich List for UK musicians. (Times
  • David Guetta set to release World Africa Day track, 'Shine Your Light', with Master KG and Akon this Friday. (WeRaveYou
  • Jasen Loveland, the American artist known for his prolific and novel explorations of acid and ambient, has died. (RA
  • DJ, producer, live artist and label owner Michel Baumann, AKA Soulphiction and Jackmate, has died. Last month, he posted on Facebook that he was in hospital undergoing chemotherapy. (RA)
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