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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
You Need Me (feat. Maxine Ashley & Sun-El Musician)
Black Coffee
Ultra Records
out now
"My first Essential New Tune of 2021 dropped as a bit of a surprise between Christmas and New Year. It's from Black Coffee and called You Need Me featuring Maxine Ashley and Sun-El Musician. It's sublime and this week's Essential New Tune."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 25.12 here.
Label: Ultra Records 
ManagementCristiana Votta & Samantha Emmenes 
Publishing: Brown Boy Publishing/Kobalt Songs Music Publishing/Warp Publishing/BMI
Radio: Vicki McCall & Esky Nadeem, Listen Up
Press: Dujon Fairweather & Mikey Corrighan, Listen Up
15 Jan 2021
  • Amy Wheatley has been promoted to Managing Director and Negla Abdela has been promoted to General Manager at Ministry of Sound. (RotD)
  • 827,000 ecstasy pills, 76kg of speed, 39.5kg of crystal meth and 217 litres of liquid amphetamine have been seized by Spanish police in the country’s largest synthetic drugs bust. (Mixmag
  • Defected Records has launched a new afro house label and will be curated by A&R Managers Sef Kombo and Louie Dunmore. (DJMag
  • Spain’s music sector lost €1bn in direct revenue and €7bn in indirect revenue during 2020, according to data from the federation of music in Spain, Es Música. (IQ)
  • A new all-party parliamentary group (APPG) is launching an inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on the UK nightlife industry. (Mixmag
  • Arts Council England has announced another round of Developing Your Creative Practice funding for DJs, artists and other creatives. (RA
  • Pressure is mounting on the UK government to resolve issues around EU touring visas for musicians and crews. (BBC)
  • Bandsintown has launched a subscription-based service where fans pay up $9.99pm to access more than 25 exclusive livestreamed shows, interviews and original series monthly. (Billboard)
  • Madeon to headline experimental music and art virtual festival, wwFest: VALORANT, tonight (15 January). (DA
  • Sherelle and Afrodeutsche lined up for 7 Days of Sound digital event. (Mixmag
  • The 2021 edition of The BPM Festival: Costa Rica has officially been postponed due to Covid-19. (EDMtunes
  • Music's non-static future as seen through music making app Endlesss. (Bas Grasmayer)
  • Music's TV opportunity: connected TVs and advertising revenues. (MusicX)
  • A report suggests Twitch saw its viewing hours grow by 83%, from 9bn hours in 2019 to 17bn in 2020. (MusicAlly
  • Streaming and the embarrassment of Covid riches. (MTP)
  • According to the MRC report, global recorded-music on-demand streaming finished 2020 up 22.6% on 2019. This growth was led by territories including Japan, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain, Brazil and Germany.
    In the US, on-demand audio consumption showed a 17% increase — to a record 872.6m streams. Total audio consumption was up 11.6% to 756.8m album equivalent units. Sales of albums plus tracks, or track-equivalent albums, were down by 11.9%. (RotD)
  • RANE unveils new motorised DJ controller, the RANE ONE. (Mixmag
  • Behringer to update BCR2000 MIDI Controller with Zaquencer sequencer. (RA
  • VERSELAB-MV1 is the new production workstation from Roland. (Mixmag
  • Sequential has announced desktop versions of its Prophet-5 and Prophet-10 synthesisers will be released in February. (RA
  • Ibiza 2.0 is a new DJ soundsystem from L-Acoustics. (Mixmag
  • Virtual rave Club Quarantäne returns on 16 Saturday with sets from Detroit In Effect, Roman Flügel, Valentina Luz and VTSS. (RA
  • Tokyo nightclubs have shut down amidst new lockdown measures. (DA
  • DT726 – Vanilla Ace (DT
  • RA.762 Peach (RA
  • Fact Mix 790: Henzo (Fact
  • Magnetic Mix 132: Introbeatz (Magnetic
  • Black Cadmium: The 'Shine A Light On' Mix (RansomNote
  • Label of the Month: Shall Not Fade (beatportal
  • Fresh Kicks 147: KMRU (DJMag
  • Taking Time: Cosha. (RA
  • Renegade Riddims: Natty Lou (DT
  • On Our Radar: January 2021 (beatportal
  • DJ Mag's artists to watch in 2021. 
  • EX.540 Roska - A conversation with a pillar of UK funky. (RA
  • The absence of gigs last year has given new albums a longer shelf life in the attention-deficit age of streaming. (Guardian)
  • Music publishers are splurging hundreds of millions buying up back catalogues, but it’s a shortsighted strategy. (Observer)
  • Meet three labels changing the sound of electronic music in Thailand. (Bandcamp
  • Totems of rave: How Vinca Petersen documented the European free party movement. (Mixmag
  • How Minsk's club community thrives amid anti-government protests. (RA
  • Video games have replaced music as the most important aspect of youth culture. (Guardian
  • The dancefloor as the new religious congregation. (electronicbeats
  • Jenifa Mayanja: Moving people forward (RA
  • Making house music anthems helped Channel Tres learn self-love. (Mixmag
  • Zora Jones is leading dance music into virtual reality. (Mixmag
  • Rebekah: the techno DJ fighting sexual abuse in dance music. (Guardian
  • Madlib and Four Tet have revealed their Sound Ancestors album will be out on 29 January. (DJMag
  • GRiZ has formally announced the winter edition of his Camp Kulabunga mindfulness and wellness retreat, offering a refreshing option for those looking to diversify their repertoire of digital events. (DA
  • Marshmello has announced his new album is finished. (
  • Armin Van Buuren has shared a 950-track playlist of the top A State of Trance songs of all-time. (
  • Joseph Capriati has shared a health update from hospital, in which he forgives his father for stabbing him last Friday. (DJMag
  • London-based Northern Irish duo Bicep have shared their new single, 'Sundial'. (DJMag
  • Flux Pavilion has announced he is moving on from dubstep with a decade of good memories. (
  • Porter Robinson has announced the release date for single 'Look At The Sky'. (
  • DJ Minx delivers a politically charged jam with 'Blind Amerikkka'. (beatportal
  • Tiësto launches AFTR HRS Sessions mix series with VER:WEST mix. (EDMTunes
  • Autechre have remixed SOPHIE’s 2015 single ‘BIPP’. (Mixmag
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