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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
13 Jan 2023
"This week's ENT comes from Disfreq who hail from Donegal in Northern Ireland. They cut their teeth on the Belfast club scene and they've put together a brand new Picture EP. Part 1 came out on Diynamic last week, another part is incoming, and together they will form a mini album. We love it, we played two tracks from it last week, but we've saved our favourite for this slot."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 30.12.
Label: Pete Oldak, Diynamic
Management: Matthew Verovkins, Night Department 
Radio: James Jackson & James Marsh, Listen Up
Live Agents: Night Department 
24 Jan 2023
  • DIY music distribution company TuneCore and publishing administrator Sentric Music Group have renewed their partnership. (Tunecore)  
  • DJ and producer Anton Powers has been appointed as Head of A&R at Ministry of Sound Records. (RotD)
  • Emmy Lovell has been appointed global head of music at Soundcloud. Lovell recently led Napster’s app relaunch as Interim CEO and was previously the company’s CSO. (MW
  • Ultra Music Publishing has filed a counterclaim against Sony Music in legal feud over use of Ultra name. (MBW
  • BBC Radio 1Xtra launches a Black dance music show hosted by Jeremiah Asiamah. (Mixmag
  • Eats Everything, Fisher, Hannah Wants, LP Giobbi and Patrick Topping are the first acts set named to perform at Radio 1 Dance Weekend Ibiza in July. (BBC)  
  • Pete Tong DJ Academy announces Future Talent DJ Mixes series on Apple Music. (DJMag
  • Saffron’s digital tech event, 7 Days Of Sound, announces workshops with rRoxymore, Manuka Honey, and more. (DJMag)
  • Richie Hawtin, aka Plastikman, has unveiled details of PhD Scholarship at the University of Huddersfield. (RotD
  • Spotify and Deezer, along with other media firms, have urged the European Commission to take action against Apple Inc for anticompetitive and unfair practices, in a joint industry letter. (Reuters
  • Cover Story: Kristin Velvet (Beatportal)
  • Playlist of the Week: Nocturnal Sunshine (Beatportal)
  • Artist of the Month: Maceo Plex (Beatportal)
  • Beatport Streaming x Traktor Pro 3 workshop with Matthias Tanzmann (Beatportal)
  • Amazon Music Unlimited is raising its price from $9.99 to $10.99 in the US and £9.99 to £10.99 in the UK in February, with similar prices increases across all of its plans and tiers. (Hypebot)
  • Spotify is set to have layoffs as soon as this week as the company moves forward with plans to reduce operational expenses. (HR
  • Blockchain fundamentals, alternative models to funding & Onboarding (Music X - Maarten Walraven) 
  • Web3 can help artists and companies manage music metadata. (CoinTelegraph
  • The Web3.0 celebrity: How artists can circumvent traditional entertainment structures and create authentic fan experience. (Forbes
  • LWE and Mainstage partner up for brand new Albanian festival, SISO. Music partners include Drumcode, Denis Sulta’s Sulta Selects, Amnesia presents Pyramid and Patrick Topping’s Trick. (Festivals
  • Tomorrowland has revealed the stage hosts for its 2023 Belgian festival. (DJMag
  • Avalon Emerson, Eris Drew & Octo Octa, LSDXOXO and more confirmed for Belgium's Paradise City Festival. (RA
  • Phonox, Unfold, HÖR Berlin and 99Ginger announced to play Maiden Voyage festival in London in August. (RA
  • Hot Chip, Sherelle, Heléna Star, and David Rudnick join top industry execs for AVA London 2023. (RotD
  • Equation festival in Vietnam, which will include a stage set in a limestone cave, will return this April.  (DJMag
  • Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia and Tiësto named as headliners at Creamfields South. (EDMTunes
  • LWE and Mainstage partner up for brand new Albanian festival, SISO. Music partners include Drumcode, Denis Sulta’s Sulta Selects, Amnesia presents Pyramid and Patrick Topping’s Trick. (Festivals
  • Chartmetric released its half-year Music Industry Trends and Predictions report, featuring new categories Breakthrough 100 and Viral 25. (Chartmetric)  
  • Serato’s Stems added to their DAW in Serato Studio 2.0 (DJTechTools
  • Liverpool club meraki will remain open as council rejects development plans. (DJMag
  • Get Physical Music to manage the recording and publishing catalogues of Definitive Recordings, the house and techno label founded in 1992 by John Acquaviva, Karl Kowalski and Richie Hawtin. (CMU
  • Ultra International Music Publishing announced a new agreement with Atlanta-based songwriter and producer Zaytoven. (RotD)
  • RA.867 Cardopusher (RA)
  • RA.868 Femanyst (RA
  • Sonny Fodera - Live from Warehouse Project (SonnyFodera
  • Sama' Abdulhadi in The Lab LDN (Mixmag
  • Selections: Eli Escobar (DJMag
  • How Air’s ‘Moon Safari’ became an elegant masterpiece of '90s electronic music (DJMag
  • 30 years of promoting in Detroit. (Attack
  • The Art of DJing: Batu (RA
  • Inside Copenhagen's bass-fuelled garage scene (DJMag
  • Streaming killed the music experience. It’s time to bring it back to life. (FastCo
  • Kaleena Zanders releases V I B R A T I O N and speaks on representation for vocalists in the dance music community. (Forbes
  • ANOTR: a family affair (DJMag
  • How ODESZA became one of the biggest headliners of the summer festival season. (Billboard
  • Ever wondered why Helena Hauff, Shackleton or Crooked Man aren’t on social media? Can an artist survive without social media? (Attack
  • The rising cost of everything: Inflation hits UK clubland (RA
  • Reports from the NY:LON conference
    Neighbouring rights: ‘We’re hitting the ground running…’ (MusicAlly)  
    SoundExchange CEO: ‘If you present your case properly, you can have increases’ (MusicAlly
    Regulating the streaming economy: ‘Consumption isn’t the same as consumer’ (MusicAlly
    TikTok music boss talks short video, long-form listening and licensing. (MusicAlly
    Diversity, equity and inclusion in music: ‘You have to look harder’. (MusicAlly
    WMG’s Oana Ruxandra on music’s evolution: ‘Conservatism is out the door!’ (MusicAlly
    New music formats: ‘Your fans aren’t AI. Your fans are real people’. (MusicAlly)
  • Alison Goldfrapp has launched her solo career with a collaboration with Claptone, called Digging Deeper. (Mixmag
  • Harry Romero has teamed up with Defected Records to curate a 30-track compilation. (Mixmag
  • Aphex Twin hints at Field Day show in London. (RA
  • Jeff Mills has created a new electronic score for Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic film Metropolis. (Mixmag
  • Overmono have announced their debut album, Good Lies. (DJMag
  • ILLENIUM announces the release of his self-titled fifth LP on 28 April and details of world tour. (EDM
  • Marshmello drops new single Party Jumpin with Jamie Brown. (WeRaveYou
  • Iranian artists AIDA and Nesa Azadikhah are launching their new label Apranik Records with a compilation in support of the country's women's rights movement. (DJMag)  
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