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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
String Theory
Family Planning
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"This week's Essential New Tune is a brand new tune from ABSOLUTE. He is doing something very close to my heart, messing around with strings and orchestras. This is String Theory from ABSOLUTE. and it's a banger."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 30.21 mins here. 
Label: Family Planning
Management: Ed Jenkins, Grade  MGMT
Publishing: copyright control
Radio: Ed Jenkins, Grade  MGMT
Club: Tom Currie, Your Army
Live: Ben Kouijzer, CAA
17 Jan 2020
  • A new documentary, titled United Nation, explores the history of drum & bass. (DJ Mag
  • Fisher tops 1001Tracklists top tracks of 2019 in their annual A State Of Dance Music report. (1001Tracklists
  • Diplo is to give a keynote speech at this year's SXSW festival in March. (Billboard
  • A man has been arrested after hospitalising three people in a shooting outside of Tbilisi club Bassiani at the weekend. (Mixmag
  • Two people were taken to hospital after being stabbed at an ANTS party during Mexico’s Esto Es Tulum festival. (Mixmag
  • Ultra Music Festival faces a new lawsuit from residents and is yet to sign an agreement with the city to use Bayfront Park for the three-day event. (Miami Herald
  • Sequential announces new Pro 3 synthesiser. (RA
  • Mixing console giant SSL has announced an affordable soundcard range. (RA
  • Prime Go is the innovative, battery-powered controller from Denon DJ. (Mixmag
  • Pioneer DJ have announced a new flagship mixer – the DJM-V10. (DJ Mag
  • Spotify’s Global Head of Music Nick Holmstén is leaving the company in March. (Hits)
  • Spotify is making its first move into podcast advertising with ‘Streaming Ad Insertion’ technology. It will give advertisers and podcast makers data including ad impressions, frequency and reach, as well as (anonymised) info on the age, gender and devices of listeners. (Spotify)
  • TikTok was the world's second-most downloaded app in 2019, and generates $40M per month. (MBW)
  • CDR is back for 2020 with a series of six events across four London venues this year. (RA
  • Burning Man unveils temple, ‘Empyrean,’ for 2020 iteration. (DA
  • Dweller returns to celebrate New York City's black electronic artists in February. (Mixmag)  
  • Hungarian beach festival Balaton Sound has revealed the first wave line-up for this year, including Loco Dice, Danny Tenaglia and Ilario Alicante. (Mixmag)  
  • Flume, Bassnectar and Rezz are among the names announced to play this year's Bonnaroo. (DJ Mag
  • Dekmantel announces line-up for 2020 festival, featuring Front 242, Theo Parrish, Loraine James and Venetian Snares. (RA
  • The phase two line-up for the Caribbean's SXM Festival 2020 has been announced. (Mixmag
  • AVA Festival is hosting another free conference at London's Printworks on 13 March. It will feature a series of talks, workshops and networking areas, with guest speakers including OrbitalAndrew WeatherallColdcut, and representatives from PRS For Music and SoundCloud. The second edition will also include a club night on 14 March headlined by Orbital, with Ross From FriendsJoy Orbison and Sally C also performing. Tickets are on sale now. (Mixmag
  • Robert Hood, Peach and D. Tiffany announced for Junction 2 in London. (Fact
  • Austria's Elevate Festival completes 2020 programme (RA
  • Objekt, Call Super, CC:Disco and more added to Love International line-up. (DJ Mag)
  • Goldie, Sampa The Great and Mala are playing Beat Horizon. (Mixmag
  • Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to headline China's inaugural C.E.A. Festival. (Billboard)
  • London's RE-TEXTURED has added Christoph de Babalon and Afrodeutsche for 2020. (RA
  • Helena Hauff, Aïsha Devi and Henry Wu set for Terminal 1 in Mumbai. (RA
  • Primavera Sound reveals 20th anniversary line-up for 2020, featuring Massive Attack, Amelie Lens, Squarepusher and more this June. (Fact
  • Richie Hawtin, Shanti Celeste, Carl CoxThe Chemical Brothers and more are confirmed for Sónar 2020. (Mixmag)
  • Are journalists listening to electronic music wrong? (First Floor
  • Physical media - Will it be abandoned for streaming? (Audiophile)
  • Festivals that support their local scenes ensure that the global scene thrives. (Mixmag
  • How Spotify streams turn into royalties. (Songtrust
  • Where the music business is going in 2020. (Rolling Stone
  • DJing & the data wars: How cloud DJing will transform the industry forever. (DJ Mag
  • Shore Club South Beach has released its line-up for Miami Music Week, featuring events curated by AxtoneHeldeepDefected, and Dada Life. (EDM Tunes
  • Diplo and Carnage to team up for a 10-hour house set at Miami's Club Space during the city’s Superbowl weekend. (DA)
  • Glasgow venue The Art School has gone into liquidation. (RA)
  • Bristol club Motion invites HAAi, Honey Dijon, and Mala for first parties of 2020. (RA
  • Ralph Lawson has announced he is leaving back to basics in Leeds after 28 years behind the decks. (Ralph Lawson)
  • DT677 – Aney F (DT
  • RA.711 The Carry Nation (RA
  • RA Sessions: Karenn (RA
  • The fabric show featuring mixes from L U C Y and Seba. (Red Bull)  
  • DJ Pierre in The Lab Atlanta (Mixmag
  • Kai Alce in The Lab Atlanta (Mixmag
  • Kessler in The Lab LDN (Mixmag
  • DJ Qu in The Lab NYC (Mixmag
  • The 15 best drum & bass tracks of 2019. (Magnetic
  • A history of African electronic music in 10 essential tracks. (Red Bull
  • Dance music from the '90s you forgot you loved. (
  • On Cue: Anetha (DJ Mag
  • Fresh Kicks 129: Tasha (DJ Mag
  • Get to know Vegyn, creator of genre-shifting beats. (Mixmag
  • In conversation with Will Clarke. (DT
  • Billboard Dance emerging artists: January 2020 (Billboard
  • 12 emerging artists you need to hear this January. (DJ Mag
  • Where to Dance In: London. (Billboard
  • Disco professor Daniel Wang digs into the “Infinite Past” to inform the present of DJ culture. (Electronic Beats
  • French house maestro Bob Sinclar goes back to his roots with this selection of songs. (Sun
  • Major music streaming services and media outlets lack an understanding of how new music culture evolves, but they still hold the power to determine success. (Quartz)
  • 50 years of Gramaphone Records, Chicago's most beloved institution. (Mixmag)
  • "In-your-face party": Why Adonis is doing the queer underground proud.  (Mixmag
  • Gift of the gabber: the return of dance music’s gloriously tasteless subgenre. (Guardian
  • Sweet salvation: How Homobloc took the queer underground to new heights. (Mixmag)
  • In conversation Boris Brejcha (Magnetic
  • Georgia talks about her love of house music, her rocky relationship with alcohol and how her hometown of London has changed for the worse. (Independent)
  • Diplo is workin' 5 to 9. (GQ
  • Cerrone's contribution to dance music is as important as Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk's. (Mixmag
  • Escaping bad energies: How Si’Noir is inspiring DJs to be non-linear. (Mixmag
  • "Wanting to feel freedom": Why Mars89 is creating ‘rebel music’. (Mixmag
  • Gut instinct: Why Meba Ofilia quit law school to pursue her musical dream. (Mixmag
  • DJ Mag's labels to watch in 2020. 
  • DJ Mag's artists to watch in 2020
  • Kidnap will head out on his debut India tour following the release of his first full-length album, Grow. (Mixmag
  • Claude VonStroke is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his prosperous label, Dirtybird, with a new album, Freaks & Beaks. (Mixmag
  • Rob Swire has teased what appears to be Pendulum's first new music since 2011 on his Instagram (
  • Amelie Lens has announced the 10th release on her LENSKE label, a various artists EP called The Future. (DJ Mag
  • Juan Atkins is working with Kraftwerk's Wolfgang Flür on a new Cybotron album. (RA
  • British-Nigerian DJ and Boko! Boko! collective member Juba has directed a new documentary about women DJs working and performing in Lagos, Nigeria. (Fact
  • Moby to release new album All Visible Objects in March. (Mixmag)
  • TOKiMONSTA has announced details about new album, Oasis Nocturno, on her own Young Art Records. (DJ Mag)
  • San Francisco producer and DJ Justin Martin has launched new label What To Do. (Billboard
  • Octo Octa has published a guide to building a home studio. (RA
  • Galantis and Charli XCX have teamed up to create a song for Japan's Super Nintendo World theme park. (
  • Norwegian DJ and producer Matoma is preparing for a climate-neutral concert tour. (IQ
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