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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Panic Room
Au/Ra x CamelPhat
This week's Essential New Tune is going in the direction of two guys who made a track that has become one of the biggest songs in dance music for the last 12 months. Subsequently, they have released a lot of dance floor bangers, but this feels like the first proper follow-up to their global success. They have teamed up with a new up-and-coming singer called Au/Ra, who is apparently only 15-years-old. It’s their new single, it’s called Panic Room, by Au/Ra and CamelPhat.This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen here.
Label: White
Management: Tom Rose, Propeller Recordings
Radio: Christian Nockall, Your Army
TV: Amy Collins, Your Army
Live: Alex Hardee, Coda Agency
09 Mar 2018
  • Zeon Richards has been announced as Head of A&R at Ministry Of Sound Recordings. (RotD) He was previously at Polydor, where he worked for three years as an A&R consultant.
  • Kobalt is to invest $150m in its AWAL independent artist and label services division to "better serve its growing roster". The company is hiring another 100 AWAL employees and introducing a lineup of new technology products at this year’s SXSW. (RotD, Billboard) Kobalt is also combining all of its recording business under the AWAL brand.
  • Leipzig has abolished its 5am curfew. (Mixmag)
  • The Worldwide Independent Network has announced a new initiative to add to the signatories of the 2014 Fair Digital Deals Declaration. (RotD, Billboard) WIN wants the majors to compensate indie labels distributed by them "their corresponding share of any pay out received” from Spotify’s public offering.
    Sony to is to share profits from Spotify stock sales with the independents: Will Universal and Warner follow suit? (Billboard)
  • The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has placed new restrictions on four of the main secondary ticketing sites by banning them from using misleading pricing to sell tickets. (RotD)
  • Jean-Michel Jarre, President of CISAC, and a delegation from five different EU Member States presented a petition signed by more than 14,000 authors and composers to the European Parliament, calling for an end to the “transfer of value” that is benefiting certain major digital platforms at the expense of creators. (CISAC)
  • Smirnoff parters with Global, Spotify, Deltic and Live Nation on Equalising Music 2018. (RotD)
  • Billboard Radio China and DJ Mag Asia launch new EDM radio show. (Billboard)
  • ​NYC commits to support club culture by appointing its first Nightlife Mayor, Ariel Palitz. (Mixmag)
  • The number of planned unlicensed music events in London recorded by the Met Police nearly doubled between 2016 and 2017. (SundayTelegraphGuardianMixmag) Mark Davyd of the Music Venue Trust said the high cost of maintaining a licence and paying business rates can drive innovative music underground and increasing the allure of unlicensed events.
  • Ben Turner and Blaise James are launching Remedy State, a three-day holistic retreat designed by and for industry professionals, taking place before this year's IMS. (Billboard)
  • After much speculation, Winter Music Conference has announced it will indeed return this year, March 20-22. (MNT)
  • Roland unveils new TR-8S drum machine. (Mixmag)
  • Resonate, a Berlin-based, community-owned streaming service has announced it has raised $1 million investment from Reflective Ventures. (DJMag)
  • Start-up Pacemaker has been putting its artificial-intelligence DJ technology through its paces, in what it’s describing as a ‘DJ Turing Test’ against dance star Steve Aoki. (MusicAlly)
  • Spotify is testing playlists that are auto-mixed – even when on shuffle. (MusicAlly)
  • SoundCloud announced an expansion of its invite-only Premier monetisation and development platform for creators that includes expanded editorial, marketing and promotional opportunities. (Billboard)
  • Dimensions Festival completes 2018 line-up with Nils Frahm, Margaret Dygas. (RA)
  • DGTL Barcelona confirms KiNK and Peggy Gou for 2018. (Mixmag)
  • SW4's new additions include Roni Size and Hype & Hazard. (Mixmag)
  • London promoters ABODE will launch their first international festival from 8 - 11 June on Gozo Island, Malta. (DJMag)
  • Commix, Groove Chronicles, Donna Leake in for Meadows In The Mountains Festival. (DT)
  • South London's GALA Festival announces 2018 line-up including Derrick Carter, Honey Dijon and Mafalda. (RA)
  • Nina Kraviz and Marcel Dettmann are playing in a 19th century Polish fortress in Warsaw this June as part of Instytut. (Mixmag)
  • Junction 2's finalised its line-up with Maya Jane Coles, La Fleur and Enrico Sangiuliano. (Mixmag)
  • Defected Croatia unveils phase two lineup. (DA)
  • Eastern Electrics has unveiled the likes of Skream, Jamie Jones, Nastia, Patrick Topping and more for its 2018 event. (Mixmag)
  • Terminal V in Edinburgh locks in Peggy Gou, Mall Grab and Bicep this Easter. (Mixmag)
  • Glitterbox reveals UK and European tour dates. (EntFocus)
  • Larry Heard to play AVA Festival in Belfast. (RA)
  • ​Derrick May, Tim Hecker and Lee Gamble top Mutek SF’s debut line-up. (Mixmag)
  • Ultra releases fourth episode of ’20 Years of Ultra’ documentary series. (DA)
  • On Mystery Land’s line-up of over 300 acts, there are a total of nine non-male names on the bill. (DJMag)
  • The sale of Ibiza holiday products to the British market has decreased by 3% in January this year compared to the same period of 2017. (TheIbizian)
  • Winter Music Conference faded away while you were prepping for Miami Music Week. (BigShot
  • Mediocre men, watch out — gender equality in the arts can’t be resisted, says Richard Morrison. (Times)
  • For a creative industry that prides itself on being forward thinking, there’s still a long way to go on equality. But things are changing. (IQ - Rhian Jones)
  • How underground club music in China is thriving against the odds. (Fact)
  • Sónar Hong Kong organisers on experimental line-up, exploding local electronic music scene and their love of Science Park venue. (SCMP)
  • New warehouse club, Mjut, to open in Leipzig. (RA)
  • Berlin venue Kosmonaut sold to new owners, becomes Polygon Club. (RA)
  • Martin Garrix returns to Ushuaïa Ibiza for summer Thursdays 2018. (Billboard)
  • DJ Harvey's taking his Discotheque to Printworks, London. (Mixmag)
  • Bloom is Australia's new club in an old underground McDonald’s. (Mixmag)
  • Legendary night Cream Ibiza is leaving Amnesia after 23 years. (RA). It's unclear whether it will leave the island for good, although some rumours suggest it will head to on Sundays. (Maninsanan
  • Concord Music has signed a global publishing deal with Berlin based DJ/production duo Christian Rich. (RotD)
  • Label of the month: Growing Bin Records. (RA)
  • 10 rising record labels that are pushing things forward. (Mixmag)
  • March: Six artists you need to check out this month. (Mixmag)
  • Hi-Five: Alison Swing. (XLR8R)
  • Black Tiger Sex Machine's new album, New Worlds, is out today. Find out what's in store for this LP and their upcoming Ceremony tour. (DA)
  • The most influential artists in music today including Diplo and The xx. (Guardian2)
  • Electronic DJ Tom Middleton makes album to send you to sleep. (Independent)
  • Balancing: the diary of my important mixtape, by James Zabiela. (DHA)
  • From tech house to EDM and jungle, the 5,500-person mega club Laroc has become a pillar of Sao Paulo’s emerging dance music landscape in just a couple of years. (Billboard)
  • Anne-Marie talks working with Marshmello on Friends, and dance's influence on her 'emotional' new album. (Billboard)
  • The many shades of Booka Shade and the constant art of reinvention. (Decoded)
  • All that must be with George FitzGerald. (DT)
  • Long player: George FitzGerald is the man in flux. (Mixmag)
  • Larry Heard is still spreading house music's original message of hope and unity. (Mixmag)
  • Why Nicolas Jaar is this generation’s most important electronic musician. (Dowsers)
  • From soundtracking the catwalks of Louis Vuitton to playing at Panorama Bar, Honey Dijon straddles different worlds with deceptive ease but being a black trans artist is not an easy path to tread. (Quietus)
  • DJ Peggy Gou’s style is as eclectic as her dynamic sets. (Vogue)
  • Forget the hedonism – millennials crave safe, clean clubbing. (Observer)
  • The evolution of women in the global dance music scene. (EggLondon)
  • Martin Garrix (Pop Dance) was amongst the winners at the Global Awards. (CapitalFM)
  • Losoul returns with Island Time, his first album in nine years. (RA)
  • Swedish House Mafia fuel reunion rumours with new group cover image. (Billboard)
  • Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs releases his first original in three years. (Mixmag)
  • Carl Cox will be releasing his first D'n'B mix in over five years on Apple Music's Beats 1 this month. (Mixmag)
  • Gareth Emery claims he “couldn't rely on Spotify for an income”. (Mixmag)
  • Seth Troxler curates Scooter LaForge exhibition in London. (JealousGallery)
  • Four Tet has remixed Bicep’s Opal which is taken from the Belfast duo’s 2017 self-titled debut album. (DJMag)
  • Diplo claims "Calvin Harris and I hijacked the term EDM when it was good for us” in interview with Annie Mac. (Mixmag)
  • Black Coffee has been nominated for Favorite Global Music Star at this year's Kids' Choice Awards hosted by Nickelodeon. (Mixmag)
  • Houndstooth to release Aïsha Devi’s sophomore album, DNA Feelings. (Mixmag)
  • Burial and The Bug are to release a collaborative project later this month. (Mixmag)
  • David August returns from hiatus with ambient album on his new label, 99CHANTS. (RA)
  • Börft Records announces Dance Classics EP series of rare '90s tracks. (RA)
  • Marcel Fengler's IMF label announces three-part compilation. (RA)
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