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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Magnetism Recordings Co..
German duo Digitalism are back with a new single. They've given us two amazing albums; one in 2007, Idealism, and one in 2011, I Love You Dude. This could mean there's another one on the way. The single is called Utopia, probably because they've done some live shows under the Utopia banner, but enough of that, just enjoy the music.
This week’s Essential New Tune is featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 31:25 mins here.
Label: Andy Moore, Jason Rackham, Magnetism Recording Co. / PIAS
Management: Simon Ashcroft, Digitalism
Publishing: Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Radio: Roo Farndon, Rood Media
Online: Roo Farndon, Rood Media
Live: Peter Elliott, Primary Talent (Europe/Asia) / Marlene Tsuchii, CAA (Americas)
11 Mar 2016
  • PledgeMusic is to acquire US–based NoiseTrade and (RotD) NoiseTrade connects artists and labels with fans through the exchange of free music for data and allows musicians to capture and instantly sell live performance recordings.
  • Over 250 labels are set to release limited edition records for the ninth annual Record Store Day on 16 April. (RotD, BBC)
  • In the US, new stats have emerged revealing the most popular music genre for each state, with EDM taking top spot in just one – Nevada. (
  • New research reveals the “vast economic, cultural and social impact” of live music to the UK city of Bristol in 2015. (RotD) The Buckinghamshire New University and UK Music census showed that 50% of the city’s music venues were affected by development, noise or planning issues, which poses “a huge threat to the future of this vibrant ecosystem”.
  • IMS and Mixmag have launched the Visionaries Contest 2016. (IMS)
  • IFPI has partnered with SoundExchange to create a website that will make it easier to identify sound recordings. (RotD)
  • In the UK, Radio 1 has announced details of their coverage of dance festivals over the summer. (BBC)
  • The National Institute of Drug Abuse recently released the results of their 2015 Monitoring the Future survey. It shows that drug use among teens has been stable or decreased across nearly all substances of abuse. (
  • Just before his sudden and mysterious death early last year, Miami nightlife legend Alex Omes had initiated an uphill legal battle against Ultra Music Festival. Omes sought to regain control of the festival he’d co-founded before being ousted as its president. A judge has ruled in favour of Ultra, citing a lack of official employment contract or binding documentation between the late Omes and the festival’s board. (DancingAstronaut)
  • New network, EDMtv, dedicated exclusively to the genre, will go live on Monday (March 14) via DirectTV. (Billboard, Mixmag)
  • Tickets have been released for IMS Engage in Los Angeles. (IMS) The day of one-on-one conversations between icons of electronic music and leaders of the wider world of film, technology and futurism takes place April 21. 
  • Major Lazer have become one of the first US acts to play in Cuba following the diplomatic thaw. The free public gig took place on Sunday (March 6) at Havana’s Tribuna José Martí event space, near the US Embassy, in front of tens of thousands of people. (Fact)
  • Pandora should revive Rdio as pay-for-what-you-want streaming. (TechCrunch)
  • A SMS-based CRM and direct sales tool called Superphone allows artists to own their relationship with their fans. (TechCrunch)
  • Pandora is launching a service called AMPcast — a service to let musicians “speak to their fans” by way of audio messages that they can record quickly on their mobile phones and post to run in conjunction with their music streams. (TechCrunch)
  • Ten days after a judge orders MP3skull to immediately shut down, surrender its URLs, and pay $22m in damages, the site remains totally live and untouched. (DMN)
  • Samsung is likely going to shutter its Milk Music streaming service in the near future as part of a bigger revamp of its music strategy, but denies it will buy Tidal. (Variety)
  • Marketing firm Muzit aims to treat those pirating music as fans, by using geo-location to find them, then sell them tickets, contests and merchandise. (NYPost)
  • Rhapsody is served a class action lawsuit over non-payment on mechanical royalties for unlicensed works in their catalogue. (DMN)
  • Spotify and a number of major US-based music publishers are now preparing an out-of-court settlement over unpaid publishing royalties, according to confidential details shared with DMN.
  • Data gathered by TorrentFreak from Google’s Transparency Report shows that the number of links reported in DMCA notices has more than doubled compared to last year, and quadrupled in comparison to the year before.
  • Sony Music Sweden has developed an app which shows acts their daily royalty earnings – including information pertaining to their label advance. (MBW)
  • SoundCloud is about to become a totally different musical destination, with a subscription service happening by October of this year, according to sources to DMN.
  • Massive Attack are to headline Hyde Park in London on 1 July as part of the British Summer Time festival. (Guardian)
  • Desert Hearts has announced the line up for their Spring 2016 festival which includes DJ Harvey, Extrawelt (Live), Butch and more. (Mixmag)
  • Egyptian trance act Aly & Fila claim their gig on Saturday March 5 at Zouk Singapore was their last at the club after they were asked to cut their set short to make way for Norashman Najib, the Prime Minister of Malaysia’s son, to take over the decks. (Pulse) Zouk denies the specifics of the incident.
  • Dekmantel Festival has revealed the full programme of artists appearing at the event’s opening concerts this summer, including Cabaret Voltaire, James Holden and Shackleton. (Fact)
  • The first names for the Slam tent at Scotland's three-day T in the Park festival have been announced, including Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler and Marcel Dettmann. (Pulse)
  • Here's why Netflix and YouTube just parked tanks on each other's lawns. (MarkMulligan)
  • Why radio needs music supervisors. (Billboard)
  • David Balfour considers the wider impact of Sony Music’s acquisition of Essential Music. (RotD)
  • The music startup meltdown. It’s going to get worse before it gets better… (Medium - Cortney Harding)
  • The number of physical stores in the UK selling music, video and games has reached an all-time high of more than 14,800, according to latest figures published in the annual ERA Yearbook. (RotD)
  • Is now a good time to talk about gender inequality? (Beatport)
  • A new study has revealed that music pirates tend to be better consumers of music in the long term, spending more on music than the average per capita in the US. (
  • Jonathan Geronimo, head of EDM Programming at SiriusXM Radio, claims the EDM bubble hasn't even come close to bursting. (MiamiNewTimes)
  • Artists should demand revenue-generating platforms work with one another to amplify complimentary offers, says Absolute's Digital Director Adam Cardew. (Midem)
  • Do we actually need to talk about 'female DJs' in 2016? (Thump)
  • Harangue the DJ: Aurora Halal. (Guardian)
  • A Swedish musician has created an incredible instrument box using over 2000 marbles. (
  • I discover all the best music in my life through video games. (Noisey)
  • Video mashup wizard Antonio Maria Da Silva recently released his second Hell's Club video, which features Daft Punk DJ-ing in a club full of the craziest assortment of famous movie characters you're ever likely to see. (
  • M83: Nostalgia at the end of the world. (Pitchfork)
  • A year in the life of Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris - pop's most powerful couple. (Mirror)
  • Carl Cox: "It's time for me to take a step back and have my own life". (Pulse)
  • Daedelus on Daedelus: LA’s beat scene vanguard traces his musical evolution. (Fact)
  • What does it take to be a superstar DJ? Just ask the Canadian dance don Tiga, who explains why principle, passion and a pheromone mist spray may help. (Guardian)
  • NYC’s Discwoman collective is the subject of the first episode of ‘Tribes’, a new video series from Smirnoff Sound Collective looking at groups around the world fostering diversity and inclusivity within dance music. (Mixmag)
  • Backed by gunfire and explosions, a new wave of electronic musicians are providing a soundtrack to the apocalypse. (Guardian - Ben Beaumont-Thomas)
  • I went to Mexico for a DJ gig and ended up in jail on suspicion of murder. (Thump)
  • Kyo bridges the gap between underground and mainstream in Singapore, says Marlina Azmi. (Pulse)
  • America's gay techno underground. (RA)
  • Meet the female DJs changing the EDM scene and fighting for equal pay. (EliteDaily)
  • The CRSSD Festival, San Diego, highlights non-commercial electronic dance music, says Jim Fusilli. (WSJ)
  • What Cuba thought of Major Lazer's historic Havana show. (Pitchfork)
  • Diplo and Major Lazer bring "revolutionary sound" to Havana. (CBSNews)
  • Diplo and Major Lazer bring their brand of music to Cuba. (NYTimes)
  • 21st-century DJs: spinning beyond the post-capitalist dream. (The Conversation)
  • The new sound of clubland? Riots, explosions and gunfire. (Guardian)
  • Hardstyle’s biggest attempt to take America by storm ended with a whimper. (Thump)
  • Paul Van Dyk’s team have released a statement detailing his condition following a nasty stage fall during his set at A State of Trance in Utrecht. His injuries were severe, including a concussion and cracked vertebrae - but he is now conscious and expected to make a full recovery. (
  • Irish producer Matador will release his debut album Ructions on his imprint Rukus next month. The 12-track LP will feature two tracks from The Enemy EP. (Pulse)
  • Recondite has announced new tracks for Scuba’s Hotflush imprint, set for release on March 18. (Mixmag)
  • Fool’s Gold Records has announced a new label compilation, scheduled for a most apropos release of April 1. Piecing together an 18-track effort, the newly announced Night Shift compilation includes contributions from Fool’s Gold mainstay acts and a handful of new signees. (DancingAstronaut)
  • The vivid, synthetic, and sci-fi inspired artist Seth Haley (a.k.a Com Truise) has announced his third EP, Silicon Tare, which is set to land on April 1 via Ghostly International. (XLR8R)
  • Axwell has released his first solo effort in over three years, with new single Barricade available now. (
  • Heidi has announced the relaunch of Jackathon Jams Recordings with !K7 Music Group, complete with a three-track EP and Europe-wide event series. (Mixmag)
  • Digitalism are back with a new album in May, their third in five years. Titled Mirage, the album is due out on Magnetism Recordings Co. on May 13 and the German duo have announced it by sharing two tracks; Battlecry and Utopia, which is Pete Tong's Essential New Tune. (Mixmag)
  • Sitting at a piano and backed by a full band, Kygo showed a new direction when he debuted new track Fragile on Norwegian TV earlier this week. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Following his messy split with Spinnin’ Records and MusicAllstars Management, Martin Garrix has introduced his label, STMPD RCRDS, to the world. The label will celebrate its launch with a showcase at Story in Miami during the Winter Music Conference where Garrix will be joined by friends Arty, Jay Hardway, Julian Jordan, Matisse & Sadko and surprise guests. (
  • In a new profile at Stereogum, A$AP Ferg revealed that Grimes and Skrillex will appear on Always Strive and Prosper track Hungry Ham. (Fact)
  • Björk has revealed that she’s started writing her new album, with Arca featuring as a collaborator again. (Mixmag)
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