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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
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12 Jan 2024
"This week's ENT comes from the Italian producer and DJ Undercatt reviving the Justice vs Simian classic in the year that Justice announced their return via a new album and tour. It's been hammered by the likes of Adriatique in their sets. It was massive for me over the festive period. It is a world exclusive and is set to drop on Undercatt's new label COMA on 12 January."
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 36.00 here.
Label: COMA
Management: Henrik Lucke Olsen, L-MGT
09 Jan 2024
  • Tencent Music Entertainment Group and Universal Music Group have extended their multi-year strategic licensing agreement. (RotD
  • Pacha Group has been acquired by FIVE Holdings: CEO Aloki Batra reveals plans for Ibiza clubbing institution amid $330m deal. (Billboard
  • Raine Group and Temasek Holdings, the Singaporean state investment fund, have begun interviewing investment banks about a prospective auction of SoundCloud. It is suggested a sale that could fetch in excess of $1bn. (Sky
  • Eight people are fighting for their lives - including seven people who are in induced comas - after overdosing on illegal drugs at Hardmission Melbourne. (Mail
  • Self-service vinyl platform Qrates seems to have imploded with no word to artists who utilised the service — leaving thousands of customers without vinyl they paid to receive. (DMN
  • 1990s rave and acid house documentaries to be screened in Berlin for short film festival. (DJMag
  • 2023 was UK's "worst year for venue closures" with loss of 125 grassroots spaces, says MVT. (DJMag
  • DJ Mag and BBC Radio 1 Dance Presents announce Ones To Watch residency. (DJMag
  • BBC Sound of 2024: DJ Peggy Gou voted in to third place. (BBC
  • A BPI report show women claimed an unprecedented 31 weeks atop the Top 40 in 2023 and accounted for 48.5% of all songs that reached the Top 10 – plus seven of the year’s ten biggest songs. (BBC) Overall music consumption grew by 10% to 182.8m ‘album equivalent sales’. Streaming hit a record high with 179.6bn audio streams across 12 months – up 12.8% on the previous year.
  • has a new company called Sound Drive, which made its debut at CES 2024. The new venture will launch this summer, with the idea to create and remix tracks in new ways every time you drive. (TechCrunch
  • Experts Only label announces ski trip event in Colorado on 17 February. (EDMTunes
  • Montreal plans to introduce 24-hour nightlife district. (DJMag
  • Melt Festival adds horsegiirL, DJ Heartstring for 2024. (RA
  • MUTEK Barcelona unveils first names for 15th anniversary, including  Autechre, Jlin, Ricardo Villalobos, Actress, Sofia Kourtesis and HiTech. (RA
  • Time Warp announces line-up for 30th anniversary edition. (DJMag
  • Italy's Kappa FuturFestival has announced its first wave of artists for this year's event. (Mixmag
  • UK holiday park Pontins Southport, home of Bang Face Weekender, closes with immediate effect. Bang Face  founders have promised to "provide an update as soon as possible" on the future of this year's event after recently revealing Helena Hauff, DJRUM, Gyrofield and G Jones were set to play. (RA
  • According to BPI analysis based on Official Charts data, vinyl LP sales in the UK increased by 11.7% in the first 51 weeks of 2023 to 5.9 million units, their highest annual level since 1990. (RotD
  • Where are we going and where have we been? Music in 2023 & beyond. (Chris Dalla Riva
  • Can SoundCloud really fetch a $1bn+ sale price? (DMN
  • Why independent Spotify curators still matter. (Chartmetric
  • Spotify's editorial playlists are losing influence amid AI expansion. (Bloomberg
  • The truth about major label deals in the age of TikTok and Spotify. (Magnetic - TheFatRat) 
  • Artist-led livestreaming platform Echio launches Echio Academy for emerging producers. (RA
  • 7 predictions for DJ gear in 2024. (DJTechTools
  • The top tech for electronic music producers in 2024. (EDM
  • The 10 best music tech products released in 2023. (Mixmag
  • The 10 best hardware and software releases of the year. (Attack
  • Cover Story: Henry Saiz (Beatportal)
  • Behind The Beat: Beatport Curation’s Best of 2023 (Beatportal)
  • Beatport Insider 2023: Top-Selling Tracks, Artists, and Labels of the Year (Beatportal)
  • Using Beatport Streaming with DJUCED (Beatportal)
  • Zouk Group has secured ODESZA for an unforgettable residency at their Las Vegas venue. (EDM
  • London electronic music and arts venue IKLECTIK confirms January closure and eviction. (DJMag
  • New York disbands M.A.R.C.H. task force behind venue raids, introduces C.U.R.E. initiative. (DJMag
  • Clubs in several Thailand cities can now stay open till 4 AM as the new curfew extension is in effect in specific nightlife areas. (DJMag
  • RA.918 Soul Summit (RA
  • RA.917 Purelink (RA
  • Stay On Sight with Skin On Skin b2b Skrillex (Rinse FM
  • Joyhauser | Crane Sessions ADE 2023 (Mixmag
  • Juliet Fox | Crane Sessions ADE 2023 (Mixmag
  • PAN-POT | Crane Sessions ADE 2023 (Mixmag
  • Adam Ten @ Petersen Automotive Museum, LA (DJMag
  • The dance floors of 2023 in pictures. (RA
  • The Sound Of: Over/Shadow (DJMag
  • Underworld’s 20 best songs – ranked! (Guardian
  • Generational dance anthems that turn 10 in 2024. (EDM
  • Eight emerging artists you need to hear: January 2024 (DJMag
  • 20 of the best dancefloor bangers from 2023. (Mixmag
  • The top 25 producers who defined the year 2023. (Mixmag
  • The top 25 DJs who defined the year 2023 (Mixmag)  
  • 12 unexpected moments from the year in music 2023. (Mixmag
  • Artists to watch in 2024. (Mixmag
  • Dancing Astronaut’s Artists to Watch in 2024. (DA
  • The 13 best electronic music tracks of 2023. (Attack
  • 2023 in review: 5 trends that defined dance music (Grammy
  • EX.694 Crystallmess (RA
  • EX.693 SALOME (RA
  • AfroTech is a prominent dance music style in clubs around the world — but in its country of origin the genre's future hangs in the balance. Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi reports on the need to support creativity and spirituality within South Africa's scene. (Mixmag
  • At home with: Madam X in Athens (DJMag
  • Lauren Mia: flow state (DJMag
  • Explore the transformative journey of DJing with Lars Schlichting's insights on technology, creativity, and Pioneer DJ's innovative role. (Magnetic
  • HoneyLuv: smooth operator (DJMag
  • Once reduced to nameless vocals or excluded altogether, women are now topping the charts with self-produced tracks. Kenya Grace, Piri, Venbee and Anz explain how they broke open the boys’ club. (Guardian)
  • Smaller clubs are losing out to mega raves, private events and even livestreams, say music industry insiders. (Observer
  • Justice have shared a preview of new music releasing in 2024. (EDM
  • XL Recordings tease Burial signing with new audio snippet. (Mixmag
  • Fred again.. to launch vinyl series with music recorded from intimate performances. (EDM
  • Hardwell announces live streamed DJ and production tutorials, Q&As sessions, more for YouTube channel. (DJMag
  • DJ Tennis launches Instagram cooking show, MunchieTown. (RA
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