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Keep Calm
Dino Lenny & ARTBAT
Upperground
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"This was always destined to be an ENT when I first heard it about six weeks ago, and the 4 March is the day they always wanted to put it out, but so much has changed in the world over the last eight days, especially for the guys that made it. It comes from ARTBAT, who are Ukrainian. Originally, they made this EP based on how they were feeling during the pandemic, but given that the two tracks on the EP are called 'Keep Calm' and 'Our Space', you have to say that those titles take on a whole new meaning. Artur and Batish are still in Ukraine and are very much feeling the full brunt of everything, but talking to them and their team over the last couple of days, they decided to stick with the release date and put these songs out."
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08 Mar 2022
  • Music tech company Serenade announced a number of high profile new investors from the music and associated creative industries. (RotD
  • Epic Games has acquired independent music storefront Bandcamp. The companies said that Bandcamp would “keep operating as a standalone marketplace and music community” but use Epic’s resources to expand internationally and continue adding new features, including the development of merchandising and payment options, mobile apps, and livestreaming. (Bandcamp
  • Universal Music Group posted a record $9.4bn in revenue for 2021, a 14.4% increase over 2020. (PRNewswire) Recorded music revenues were up 14.3% to $7.52bn, while streaming soared nearly 17% to just under $5bn. Physical revenue was up 18.6% year-on-year to $1.24bn. Universal Music Publishing’s revenue was up 12.6% to $1.49bn. Lucian Grainge noted the company had eight of the IFPI’s top 10 global artists of the year. 
  • The Night Time Industries Association have spoken out about concerns that elements of a previously outlawed form of discriminatory licensing policy is once again rearing its head. (RotD
  • Saffron launches zine and announce 40 free “Music Tech Kits” will be made available to Black women, non-binary, trans and gender non-conforming people in the UK. (DJMag
  • Ukraine:
    'Fight against Russian aggression': Ukrainian electronic music scene urges boycott in open letter. (RA
    Ukrainian labels Standard Deviation and Mystictrax have curated a 65-track fundraiser compilation to support humanitarian organisations in Ukraine. (DJMag
    DJMag and Night Tales have teamed up to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine appeal. 
    This weekend, London-based promoters and fundraisers Save Our Scene are hosting an event in support of Ukraine. (Mixmag
    Fundraising parties across the globe. (RA
  • What makes a great Kick drum? Kick drum patterns and sonics explained (Loopcloud)
  • Playlist of the Week - Eliza Rose (Beatportal)
  • Legendary House music vocalist Robert Owens discusses his sample pack (Loopcloud)
  • Label of the Month - Lost & Found (Beatportal)
  • Beatport to host 4th ReConnect global fundraiser on March 13th raising money for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. (Beatport)
  • Beatport DJ redefines how we dig for music digitally, learn how from our product specialist Eluize (Beatport)
  • Music collectibles platform RCRDSHP has paid out more than $515,000 to creators from primary sales in the six months since its launch in August 2021. (RotD
  • Amazon Music adds Pandora-style Spotlight artist voice messages. (MusicAlly
  • Nia Archives, Soichi Terada, Willikens & Ivkovic and more confirmed for Gottwood Festival. (RA
  • Dixon, Âme and more to play Lost In A Moment festival in the UK. (RA)  
  • Glastonbury Festival confirms Four Tet, Bicep for 2022. (RA
  • Ultra Music Festival 2022 sells out. (EDMTunes
  • Tomorrowland sells out 600,000 passes for historic three-weekend event. (Billboard
  • Tomorrowland has announced the full line-up for its 2022 winter festival. (DJMag
  • UK ERA Yearbook:
    Music streaming services increased revenue by 10.9% to £1.33bn from 2020 to 2021, according to ERA data. (RotD) Streaming video on-demand saw a rise of 28.2%. 
    Sales of physical formats amounted to £1.05bn in 2021, down 18.5% on 2020, to comprise just 11% of the overall entertainment market, but in unit terms that still represented more than 50m discs sold. (RotD)  CD revenue was £150.1m, while vinyl albums hit £135.6m and vinyl singles £3.3m.
    ERA's annual yearbook can be downloaded here
  • As the worlds of music and finance converge, there are a number of lessons the music industry stands to learn from finance, including how to invest in music. (Chartmetric
  • What Bandcamp’s acquisition by Epic Games means for music fans and artists. (Pitchfork
  • Epic Games, Bandcamp, and fandom for the ‘me’ generation. (Midia)
  • What happened to progress in dance music. (Attack
  • Louder to take over Monday nights at Eden in Ibiza, with Chase & Status, Hybrid Minds, Wilkinson and more set to play. (IbizaSpotlight)  
  • Ultra Music Publishing announced an alliance with Warner Chappell Music. (RotD) WCM will become Ultra’s sub-publisher in the UK and be responsible for collecting the company’s digital income across Europe. Ultra, which has a network of studios around the world, will also explore opportunities for its roster of writers and producers with those represented by WCM.  
  • RA.822 GiGi FM (RA
  • Magnetic Mix 179: The Librarian (Magnetic
  • Shy One at Cruachan Power Station, Scotland (Mixmag
  • Lone in The Lab LDN (Mixmag
  • Dance System from DJ Mag HQ (DJMag
  • The 15 best progressive house tracks of February 2022. (Magnetic
  • 12 emerging artists you need to hear this March. (DJMag
  • dweller: Forever and Always (RA
  • How Nicolette's ‘Let No-One Live Rent Free In Your Head’ mapped the future of electronic songwriting. (DJMag
  • What are perpetuity deals in record contracts? And why they're a problem. (Mixmag
  • 20 questions: An artist’s checklist for an NFT pitch (Mixmag
  • Ukrainian artists, labels and fundraising releases to support today. (RA
  • Cyclic Revolution: Debit’s radical new album reconstructs Mayan musical history. (Mixmag
  • How electronic artists influenced fashion soundtracking. (RA
  • Celebrating the history of Black culture in dance music. (Forbes
  • Bandcamp sells to Epic: can a video game company save independent music? (Guardian
  • An eye for talent: Airspace is encouraging the next generation. (Mixmag
  • Even in a pandemic, men won't stop sexually harassing women in nightclubs (Mixmag
  • Elijah: Demystifying the music industry (RA
  • Kaskade and deadmau5 unveil new project 14 years in the making, Kx5. (DA
  • Metal Cows, early beefs, sunrise sets and making classics: A long, sprawling talk with Diplo. (Billboard
  • Diplo talks new solo album, Why he didn’t join Neil Young’s Spotify exit and his misinterpreted Taylor Swift diss. (Billboard
  • Having caught our attention with the recent Synth Heads NFT release, in partnership with Beatport, Pixelynx CEO, Inder Phull, discusses how the music industry is set to change. (Attack
  • The second instalment in Palms Trax's 'CWPT Tape Series' has landed, with Cocktail d'Amore resident Budino in the mix. (DJMag
  • Peggy Gou, Kevin Saunderson, and Patrick Topping feature on The Batman soundtrack. (RA
  • Calvin Harris confirmed Funk Wav Bounces Vo1.2. (EDM
  • Loraine James and Rebecca Smith collaborate on new audiovisual installation. (RA
  • Record label and collective, femme culture, has returned with a rebrand and new compilation: ‘HeForShe x femme culture Vol. 4’, due for release on 15 April. (Mixmag
  • The Prodigy have announced a ten date UK tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Fat Of The Land. (EDM
  • RÜFÜS DU SOL have announced their biggest ever UK show, due to take place at London's Gunnersbury Park on August 20 this year. (Mixmag
  • Swedish House Mafia have revealed the release date for their debut album, ‘Paradise Again,’ which will land on 15 April via Republic Records. (DJMag
  • Richie Hawtin, AKA Plastikman, has reworked his 1998 classic album, Consumed, with the help of Grammy Award-winning pianist Chilly Gonzales. (RA
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