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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Cassius feat. Mike D (Beastie Boys) and Cat Power
This week's ENT is rather special. It's the return of pioneering French duo Cassius, otherwise known as Philippe Zdar and Hubert Boombass. They were early purveyors of the French sound alongside the likes of Daft Punk but this is the first new music from them in over six years. With Mike D (Beastie Boys) and Cat Power, this is Action - enjoy!
This week’s Essential New Tune is featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 33:30 mins here.
Label: Olly Rice, Polydor
ManagementSeb Farran, Lickshot / Rene Symonds, Black Math Music
Publishing: Because Editions / Love Supreme / Motorbass / Mattitude Music, LLC / Kanna Music
Radio: Sam Kitchen, Polydor / Laurence Pinkus, Polydor
TV: Sarah Haddow, Polydor / Jessica Spaine, Polydor
Online: Rob Chute, Toast
Live: Brendan Long, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
18 Mar 2016
  • Spotify hires Microsoft general counsel Horacio Gutierrez as its top lawyer. (Geekwire)
  • Digital music distribution service Tunecore has revealed a 47% increase in publishing revenue last year, fuelled by a 57% jump in sync revenues. (DMN)
  • Michael Rapino, Chief Executive of Live Nation, said that artists were missing out on billions of dollars by underpricing tickets that are snapped up by touts at face value and then resold for a profit on the $8bn-a-year secondary market. (FT)
  • Rebeat Digital has filed a patent for High Definition Vinyl, which has 30% more capacity, 30% greater volume, and double the audio fidelity of a typical LP. (DMN)
  • Deadmau5 starts a regular radio programme for Apple Music’s Beats 1 this Friday, despite signing competitor Tidal's declaration when the service launched. (Billboard)
  • As part of the UK’s Office for National Statistic's 2016 Consumer Price Inflation Basket of Goods and Services study, the price of entry to a nightclub in the UK is to no longer be included in the government's official inflation figures. (ThumpFact)
  • London mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans for a Night Time Commission in the UK capital. The commission involves a six-month investigation into "what should be done to protect and manage the night time economy". (ResidentAdvisor)
  • Music startup Dubset is launching its new Mixbank platform for clearing and distributing licensed remixes and longform DJ mixes, with Apple Music as its first client. (Billboard) It is predicted to unlock ‘hundreds of millions’ of dollars in new music revenue. (IBITimes)
  • Japanese musician Yotaro Shuto has launched a Kickstarter campaign for 2020, a “semi-modular beat machine” packed with drums, samplers, synths, effects and mixers. (Fact)
  • Sony has revealed a new prototype that may indicate the future of headphones is ear-free. Called the Concept N, the headphones lay around the user’s neck and project sound upwards towards the ear. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Liine says that its Skram iPad app enables anyone to make music. (Music Radar)
  • Three large file-hosting services, among the most popular file-sharing sites in Spain, Brazil/Portugal and France, have announced that they will shut down at the end of the month, citing reasons beyond their control. (TorrentFreak)
  • Flipagram CEO admits music was used without permission on the photo app saying “It took a good year and a quarter or so from the first outreach and the first set of deals coming in.” (Recode, DMN)
  • SXSW Music: Richie Hawtin explains and demonstrates his forthcoming mixer, Play Differently. (Austin Chronicle)
  • Inside SoundCloud, the move to revenue begins. (CDM)
  • Vertex, the new camping festival from Electric Forest Organizers Madison House, will invite Odesza, Alabama Shakes, and Trey Anastasio Band as its headliners, with electronic acts such as Classixx, Seven Lions, Duke Dumont, Jai Wolf, and RÜFÜS DU SOL to support. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Spain's Sónar festival has confirmed 38 new names, including Underground ResistanceMad Professor and Gerd Jansen. (XLR8R)
  • Toronto’s Digital Dreams festival has announced its headliners for 2016 with Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Above & Beyond and Armin Van Buuren taking the top slots. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Iceland's Secret Solstice is taking the festival deep inside the Thrihnukagigur volcano for a one-off performance this year. (Mixmag)
  • North London residents are attempting to shut down this year’s Wireless Festival in London due to safety complaints - primarily with regards to noise and the use and sale of drugs at the venue, Finsbury Park. (Fact)
  • A new study from Nielsen is analysing those fans' behaviours to assess Instagram's impact on the music industry. (Billboard) Users spend 42% more than the general population on music, and they are also twice as likely to pay for music streaming.
  • Research claims that 68% of US smartphone owners listen to streaming music on a daily basis, with Amazon’s Prime Music the most popular service in the US. (MusicAlly)
  • Artist and Professor Melissa Ferrick explains why she's suing Spotify. (Billboard) “It’s not that I don’t think it’s a cool way to listen to music, they’re just not legally obtaining the licenses they need for streaming”.
  • Bad data is the worm in the apple for streaming music. (Mark Mulligan)
  • Blockchain: Panacea or pandemic? (Trichordist)
  • Fall of an empire: six things to expect in the wake of the SFX crash. (Mixmag)
  • Dull hipsters in broad daylight – why I’m done with today’s dance music. (Spectator - George Hull, Bloc founder)
  • How streaming services can crack social. (Midem - Dan Griffiths, Director of Interactive Marketing, The Orchard)
  • Algorithmic music curation is hailed as the future of streaming. So what does that mean for DJs and tastemakers? (Pigeons&Planes)
  • Harangue the DJ: Riton. (Guardian)
  • How Planet Mu operator Ital Tek made his most emotional album yet. (Fact)
  • The Interview: Underworld. (Spin)
  • Advice for young women looking to break into the music industry, from Discwoman's MoMA PS1 panel. (Thump)
  • Back with a new album inspired by the joy of revisiting their early work, Underworld talk creativity, longevity – and why this could be their most satisfying project yet. (Observer - Jude Rogers)
  • Noisey met Zane Lowe in Los Angeles where he tells his story and what it’s like to continually be recognised as “the old guy who interviewed Kanye.” (YouTube)
  • Mura Masa's new single is a glorious gallimaufry of musical invention. (Mark Savage)
  • It was the viral hit that broke YouTube records. But for its creator Baauer the Harlem Shake soon became a burden. (Guardian - Ian McQuaid)
  • UK producer Marcus Kaye (a.k.a Trevino) has announced the release of an upcoming two-part LP landing via his own Birdie imprint. (XLR8R)
  • Grimes was electrocuted on stage multiple times during this week’s Dublin Olympia show, reportedly caused by a faulty pedal. (Fact)
  • Prolific Ukrainian artist Mikhaylo Vityk (a.k.a Vakula) has announced his next full-length will be seeing release via Dutch imprint, Dekmantel. (XLR8R)
  • A selection of key recordings by trailblazing German electronic outfit Cluster, including one unreleased album and two made with Brian Eno, will form a new box set called Cluster 1971-1981. (Fact)
  • Lakker member Dara Smith will soon release his first solo album as Arad. Titled Particles And Waves, the album is due out on Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label on March 25. (ResidentAdvisor)
  • Philadelphia artist DJ Haram announced she is signing to NY-based collective Discwoman's booking agency DW Artists and has shared new track Birds Of Paradise. (Thump)
  • Sasha announced last month that he is taking charge of the next Late Night Tales release, with Scene Delete showcasing a less dancefloor-orientated side to the Welsh producer. As a precursor to the album’s April 1 release, Sasha has made Pontiac available to stream now on SoundCloud. (Mixmag)
  • Ann Arbor veteran Tadd Mullinix has announced the release of two albums on his Bopside label, entitled Skein and JTC. (Fact)
  • Dixon, Juan Atkins, Acid Pauli and others will all appear on a new Damian Lazarus remix LP set to come out via Crosstown Rebels on May 13. (XLR8R)
  • Gareth Emery trolls EDM with spoof act Cvnt5. (Beatport)
  • Daft Punk have announced their new range of merch via a series of vintage-inspired ads. Among the items on sale are helmet rings, caps and skateboards, all available via their website. (Fact)
  • Paul van Dyk will not be making any appearances at Miami Music Week this year after sustaining a couple of major injuries at A State of Trance 750 in late February.(DancingAstronaut)
  • Bloc Weekend - Butlins, Minehead (Times2 - 4* Stephen Dalton, Guardian - 4* Ben Beaumont-Thomas)
  • Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry - Electric Brixton, London (Guardian - 2* Mark Beaumont)
  • Grimes - Brixton Academy, London (Independent - 5* Hazel Sheffield)
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