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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Don't Be Afraid ft. Jungle
Diplo & David Lazarus
Higher Ground / Because Music
out now
"I first heard this week's Essential New Tune when David Lazarus called me over for a meeting during Miami Music Week in 2019. He was so excited about it. It's taken a while and a pandemic to finish it and get it ready for release. It's called Don't Be Afraid ft. Jungle."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 38.14 here
Label: Higher Ground / Because Music
Management: Katy Eggs, tmwrk
Publishing: Katy Eggs, tmwrk
Radio: Martin Cook, Your Army 
Club: Tom Currie, Your Army 
Online: Laura Martin & Kitty Lester, Real Life PR 
TV: Emma Bailey, Your Army 
Live: Belinda Law, Echo Location Talent
29 Jun 2021
  • Bill Ackman, whose special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) struck a deal to buy 10% of Universal Music Group last week, is exploring options to increase his stake in the label. (NYPost
  • A report measures the progress the music industry has made since #TheShowMustBePaused. (RA
  • Ibiza has been added to the UK's green travel list. (DJMag)
  • A new survey found 58% of 2,080 people asked agreed that the UK Government "should be doing more to ensure musicians can work abroad post-Brexit”. (Mixmag
  • The UK's Events Research Programme scheme exploring the impact of large-scale events on Covid-19 transmission has found “no substantial outbreaks”, recording 28 associated cases of infection out of 58,000 participants, according to a new report. (BBC)
  • TuneCore and parent company Believe revealed that the ongoing Signed By program between the two companies has benefitted over 340 artists and labels around the world. Artists who release their music through TuneCore and are identified as rising stars, are eligible to be signed by Believe. (PRWeb
  • Audio streaming platform Beatstream fully launches with new partnerships and features. (RotD
  • YouTube won its latest copyright-infringement challenge after Europe's top court said online platforms are not liable for users uploading unauthorised works unless the platforms failed to take quick action to remove or block access to the content. (Reuters
  • YouTube is about to change its terms of service, and artists aren’t going to like it. (Music3.0) Changes include YouTube’s right to monetise and royalty payments and US tax withholding. 
  • The latest in European club and festival announcements. (RA)
  • A new festival, Summer of Love, is set for an abandoned central Manchester building over the weekend of 21-22 August. (DJMag)
  • Chicago's ARC Fest has added TSHA, Channel Tres, Lee Foss, and more to its line-up. (DA
  • Afrojack, David Guetta, Jamie Jones B2B Loco Dice and Tale of Us will be performing at Romania's UNTOLD festival. (DJMag)
  • Ultra Europe in Croatia has been rescheduled to 8-10 July 2022. 
  • Streaming, media, and indies have changed the game for the three biggest major record labels. Here’s a full breakdown on where each company is heading. (Trapital
  • How Bandcamp could really fix the music business. (Midia
  • Live streaming won’t go away when live music returns. This inquiry into Twitch helps us understand how they may co-exist. (Will Page)
  • International Music Summit has released the full findings of its annual IMS Business Report 2021. (RotD, Billboard, report) Report highlights included a 54% decrease in value of the electronic music sector down to $3.4bn following almost ten years of steady growth, and that 76% of all music NFTs, worth $50.2m, were issued by electronic artists in the last year.
  • Rewatch Game Changers by Microsoft Surface // Nora En Pure - Lake Arnensee (Beatportal)
  • Get your ideas flowing with Loopcloud session files. (Loopcloud)
  • On Our Radar - June 2021 (Beatportal)
  • LoopcloudBeatportBeatsourceLabelRadar and Plugin Boutique announce Global Producer Challenge with a $100,000 prize package. (Loopcloud)
  • Playlist of the Week - Black Girl / White Girl (Beatportal)
  • Cover Story: The Evolution of Palms Trax (Beatportal)
  • How Traktor Changed the World of DJing (Beatportal)
  • Clubs reopen across Spain with regional restrictions. (RA)
  • Nightclubs have opened at full capacity in the Netherlands. (Mixmag)
  • Do Not Sleep has announced details of its summer closing party at Amnesia Ibiza. (DJMag)
  • Le Baron Shanghai closes its doors after seven years, but will open new venue this year. (RA)
  • The team behind Glastonbury's Shangri-La district is set to open a new venue, Lost Horizon HQ, in Bristol. (DJMag
  • Marshmello secures new Las Vegas residency at Wynn Nightlife's Encore Beach Club and XS Nightclub. (EDM
  • RA.785 Ripatti (RA)
  • RITON in The Lab LDN (ft. Bad Boy Chiller Crew) (Mixmag)
  • Eris Drew | Eris Drew x Boiler Room MOVE Launch (BoilerRoom
  • Be Svendsen at Mount Nemrut, in Türkiye. (Cercle
  • Fresh Kicks 156: Kessler (DJMag)

  • Recognise: Hagan (DJMag
  • Porter Robinson - Nurture live behind the scenes. [video] (PorterRobinson
  • Kosh: Keeping Hope Alive (RA
  • The Continental Baths was a DJ incubator for Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles. (WaxPoetics
  • Hybrid Minds: Liquid duo go large. (iDJ
  • Mark Knight breaks down his debut album Untold Business. (DA
  • Violet: "There's an underground and a super-commercialised thing that's almost like a caricature of dance music". (Attack
  • Manchester-based Salute approaches dance music with a refreshingly unpretentious philosophy, which he’s applied to his uplifting productions. (DJMag)
  • In Conversation: Gorgon City talks ‘Olympia,’ The duo’s creative roots in Greek mythology. (Forbes
  • 'A local culture created': How the pandemic connected China's club scene. (Mixmag
  • How Ibiza nightlife plans to return safely this summer. (DJMag)
  • After the coronavirus pandemic, New Yorkers will not take their dance-club scene for granted again. (NewYorker
  • Will UK clubs actually be able reopen on 19th July? (DJMag)
  • After being closed for 15 months, clubs were set to open their doors on June 21 – but a lack of government guidance and a four week delay has pushed venues into an even more precarious position. (Dazed
  • If Britain loses its nightclubs it loses a vital part of its national DNA. (Guardian)
  • From AI artists and bedroom beatmaking to cryptocurrency concert tickets and virtual-reality festivals, here are the next great waves poised to overtake the strange, twisty business of hit-making. (RollingStone
  • Saoirse will launch her Trust label with her much-anticipated first solo release. (XLR8R
  • The Manchester International Festival will screen new documentary Laurent Garnier: Off the Record next month, exploring the origins and rise of techno music. (Mixmag
  • Eli & Fur have released new album Found in the Wild. (EDMTunes
  • Jaguar launches dance music podcast, UTOPIA Talks. (RA)
  • Tough Love return to Get Twisted records with ‘Charmer’. (DT
  • Armin van Buuren delivers the new track 'Goodbye' with SKOLES. (EDMTunes
  • Peter Zinovieff, a hugely influential figure in British music whose early synthesisers helped to change the sound of pop, has died aged 88. (Observer
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