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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
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"It's almost six years to the day since Artbat made their 2015 debut. The Ukranian duo of Artur and Batish and launching their new label, called Upperground, releasing music that moves you, lets you dance and fills you with emotion. They're going to be putting out some very cool cutting edge emotive techno and trance. To celebrate, they are releasing a single from themselves."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 33.45 here.
Label: Upperground
Management: Chris Braun, House United
Publishing: Black Rock/Sentric
Radio/Club/Online: Pete Downes, Jukebox PR
31 Aug 2021
  • After leaving the position open for more than a year, Tunecore owner Believe has promoted Andreea Gleeson to CEO. (Hypebot)
  • Spotify is to spend up to $1bn between now and April 2026 to repurchase its own shares. The dollar amount represents just under 2.5% of Spotify’s market cap, and its shares rose 5.1% following the repurchase news. (TechCrunch)
  • The legendary recording, mixing & mastering engineer George Horn has died. (RA)
  • Reggae pioneer Lee 'Scratch' Perry has died, aged 85. (RA)
  • Among the winners at the AIM (Association of Independent Music) Awards were: Jayda G (International Breakthrough); megapunk (Elkka Remix) – Ela Minus (Independent Remix); Adrian Sherwood (Innovator); Love Record StoresBandcamp (Indie Champion). (RotD)
  • Nightlife business owners are claiming they have yet to be given any guidance over the introduction of vaccine passports next month. (Mixmag)
  • The ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative, aiming to make nightlife safer for vulnerable people, is set to be rolled out across London over the next few weeks. (DJMag)
  • An investigation by Mixmag has found that The Met was using a flawed methodology to calculate the number of raves that it was responding to during lockdown, which had the potential to dramatically inflate its statistics. (Mixmag)
  • 70,000-plus people support Unmute Us! protests in the Netherlands. (RA)
  • Belgian festival Tomorrowland has established a label, Tomorrowland Music, to work alongside Virgin Records Germany for new releases and receive global distribution support from Virgin Music Label & Artist Services. (IQVariety)
  • DJ Minx is living her best life (Beatportal)
  • How queer and trans artists captured the ambivalence of isolation. (Beatportal)
  • Discover Loopcloud 6.1 - improved Loopcloud session file, Apple Silicon support, smoother search capabilities and much more. (Loopcloud)
  • Introducing: Jess Bays (Beatportal)
  • Playlist of the Week - Anifsa Letyago (Beatportal)
  • Rodriguez Jr. chats about his new sample pack, and the differences between the studio and the stage. (Beatportal)
  • Beatport's DJ web app gives you instant access to genre charts and exclusive playlists, now available to try without a subscription. (Beatportal)
  • Curated by deadmau5 himself, Oberhasli is a virtual reality game that will contain an ever-evolving world of music, environments, and other interactive content for players. (EDM)
  • The latest in European club and festival announcements. (RA)
  • Belgrade club Drugstore is raising money for a new festival, Polja. (RA)
  • Martin Garrix returns to the stage with ID-loaded outing at Austria’s Electric Love festival. (DA)
  • Insomniac will require proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative test result for all future events. (DA)
  • Defected has announced the full line-up for its London party, taking place from September 25-26 at Tottenham’s Drumsheds. (Mixmag)
  • EDC Las Vegas 2022 event has been scheduled for 20-22 May. (EDM
  • Are NFTs the new Napster? This time the music industry isn’t taking chances. (Forbes
  • Chicago venue Primary is reopening next month for the first time in more than four years. (RA)
  • Berlin court rules that ban on indoor dancing cannot apply to vaccinated or recently recovered people. (RA)
  • Echostage in Washington DC has been voted the World’s No.1 Club in this year’s Top 100 Clubs poll. (DJMag)
  • Kobalt Music has signed Australian electronic music duo Cosmo's Midnight to a worldwide publishing deal. (RotD
  • Mix Of The Day: DJ Stingray 313 & Marcel Dettmann (RA)
  • RA.794 Mez (RA)
  • Mix Of The Day: Suzanne Kraft (RA)
  • Fact Mix 823: Foodman (Fact)
  • Mark Reeve at the Tetraeder, Bottrop (Mixmag)
  • The 15 best house tracks of August. (Magnetic)
  • Get to know: Wtchcrft (DJMag
  • Selections: Throwing Snow (DJMag
  • 5 Facts/5 Tracks: BluePrint (DT)
  • A history of trance music in ten tracks (RA
  • A new documentary about Scotland's rave culture is now available to watch. (RA)
  • From fan to family: How Discord gave artists a platform to connect with purpose. (EDM
  • With Ibiza clubs closed, ravers rage at illegal villa parties. (Billboard
  • EX.573 TSHA (RA
  • Throwing Snow celebrates rhythmic complexity, from otherworldly sound designs and face melting percussion to liquindi water drumming and masterful drumfunk. (DJMag)
  • Holly Herndon on vocal deep fakes and launching her digital twin Holly+. (Dazed
  • Becky Hill has gone from runner-up on the singing competition to the queen of British dance music, despite the industry trying its best to keep her down. (iNews
  • The artist formerly known as Barely Legal talks about developing her skills and confidence — and presents her debut DJ mix as Chloé Robinson. (Mixmag)
  • A previously unknown and unreleased tune from Frankie Knuckles has been found. (Mixmag)
  • An Instagram post by Swedish House Mafia member Sebastian Ingrosso has fuelled speculation of 2021 shows on the horizon. (EDM)
  • In a new interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, Skrillex fanned the flames of the anticipation surrounding his long-awaited sophomore album. (EDM)
  • TSHA’s ‘OnlyL’ EP has landed. (DA
  • Flume kicks off ‘Harlecore’ remix series, recasts ‘On A Mountain’. (DA)
  • Dutch dubstep and drum ’n’ bass trio Noisia have announced the dates for their ‘Farewell Tour’ after parting ways in 2019. (Mixmag)
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