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Pete Tong's Essential New Tune
Dee Montero
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This is our No. 1 tune of 2017. It was released by Solomon’s Diynamic label back in May, it comes from a very talented Irishman and it just sums up all the things I loved about 2017 musically. It’s melancholic, it’s emotional, it’s housey, it’s technoy, it’s uplifting, it’s hopeful and it’s inspiring and it’s a great way to send you into the festive period with a warm heart and a big smile on your face. 
This week's featured track, the No.1 tune of 2017, was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 1:54 mins here.
Label: Pete Oldak, Diynamic 
22 Dec 2017
  • Music creation and collaboration platform Splice has raised $35m in funding, and paid participating artists $5m in revenue. (Billboard)
  • Dancefair announce dates and program for its annual Utrecht event in 2018. (Decoded)
  • The free Songdex Claiming System allows publishers to claim recordings that embody their songs, offering a valuable tool to clear up publishing information for the millions of tracks - most of which come from independent artists - that are digitally distributed online through such platforms as TuneCore and CD Baby. (Billboard)
  • The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) has launched a confidential sexual harassment support service for the electronic music industry. (RotD, Billboard) the service will provide advice and guidance to anyone whose been affected by sexual harassment or assault on the job.
  • XLR8R's best of 2017: Gear
  • Behringer leaks new ‘conceptual’ series of affordable synth and drum machine recreations. (DA)
  • Discogs marketplace surpasses 37m total releases. (RA)
  • YouTube record label NoCopyrightSounds celebrates 1m paid downloads, despite giving music away for free. (Billboard)
  • Universal Music Group has reached a global, multi-year agreement with YouTube. (Billboard) Sony Music is said to have completed an arrangement too.
  • Tracklib, a global marketplace for music creators to discover, sample and license original recordings, has launched a service for artists and producers to clear samples legally. (PRNewswire) "Tracklib will change the music industry in more ways than anyone could ever imagine," said Tom Silverman, Founder of Tommy Boy Records.
  • Mixcloud has partnered with Nielsen's Gracenote for advanced music recognition using Gracenote MusicID to more accurately identify copyrighted audio content and ensure proper royalty payments to rights holders. (Hypebot)
  • Croatian festival Labyrinth Open 2018 announces Amelie Lens, Hernan Cattaneo, Len Faki, Stephan Bodzin. (DT)
  • Melt! Festival, Germany, adds Fever Ray, Nastia for 2018. (RA)
  • San Diego's bi-annual festival CRSSD drops spring 2018 line-up with Sasha, Cirez D, Nicole Moudaber and more. (Mixmag)
  • Ben Klock, Modeselektor, Solomun and more have been announced for a new event series called Sound Tulum in Mexico. (RA)
  • Innervisions to host three-stage takeover at Barcelona's Poble Espanyol in 2018. (RA)
  • DJ Kaleb Freitas killed and others injured during stage collapse at Brazilian festival. (Mixmag)
  • Miami's City Council may force Ultra Music Festival out from Bayfront Park. (Mixmag)
  • Nearly two dozen acts so far on Ultra’s 2018 line-up also played in 2017. (YourEDM)
  • This November’s Tokyo Dance Music Event celebrated its second edition with more than 1,000 dance music professionals from across Asia. (Billboard)
  • Where brand sponsorships and live streaming are heading in 2018. (FestivalInsights, FI pt2)
  • EDM got sad and anxious in 2017, just like everything else. (Noisey)
  • Analog founder Ian Hindmarsh talks merger with Magnum Bookings. (MagneticMag)
  • Behind closed decks: former Dubspot employees offer insight on the school’s shoddy business practices, eventual closure. (DA)
  • 15 industry figures tell us how to combat sexism and harassment in dance music. (Mixmag)
  • After a turbulent 2017, can SoundCloud survive the streaming wars? (Fact)
  • Why SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor thinks ‘being first' in music is big business. (Billboard)
  • “The Tunnels, in our opinion, is the best small underground venue in the UK” – 303 Liverpool. (Decoded)
  • Utrecht pop-up club WAS., which was meant to close on January 1, is to remain open during first half of 2018. (RA)
  • New club, Yu Yu, opens in Mexico City. (RA)
  • Hyperdub’s Ø party series will return to Corsica Studios in January. (Mixmag)
  • 93 Feet East has revealed its February programme featuring Huxley, Steve Bug and Doc Martin. (Mixmag)
  • Birmingham’s The Rainbow Venues has appealed the decision to revoke its licence. (Mixmag)
  • 2017's best tracks. (RA)
  • Pitchfork’s 20 best electronic albums of 2017.
  • The top 20 compilations of 2017. (Mixmag)
  • The most anticipated dance/electronic albums of 2018. (Forbes)
  • Billboard's 10 best dance/electronic albums of 2017: critics' picks. (Billboard)
  • Billboard's 50 best dance/electronic songs of 2017: critics' picks. (Billboard)
  • 2017 in electronic music. (RA)
  • Top 100 tracks of 2017. (DT)
  • XLR8R's best of 2017: New Artists
  • The 50 best albums of 2017. (Fact)
  • The 10 best record labels of 2017. (Fact)
  • The 50 best tracks of 2017. (Fact)
  • Monstercat named Dancing Astronaut’s 2017 Label of the Year. (DA)
  • Ask the experts: Kiasmos. (XLR8R)
  • In conversation with… Stacey Pullen. (DT)
  • The rise and rise of electro, 2017’s year's most urgent genre. (Mixmag)
  • Billboard Dance's breakout artist of 2017: REZZ. (Billboard)
  • Breaking through: Yaeji. (RA)
  • DJ Stingray's dystopian brand of electro has made him a dance music visionary. (Mixmag)
  • Jlin's Black Origami is the soundtrack for an age of ever-increasing uncertainty. (Mixmag)
  • Houghton arrived perfectly formed as the year's best festival. (Mixmag)
  • It's getting hot in here: Jeremy Underground talks Saunagate. (Mixmag)
  • Ambient music has become a soothing soundtrack to turbulent times. (Mixmag)
  • Meet the charity helping us bring together the underground electronic community for refugee aid. (DHA)
  • Objekt made the year's biggest rave anthem in Theme From Q. (Mixmag)
  • The sound of UK drill will turn a rave into a mosh pit in seconds. (Mixmag)
  • “It’s still great to put newly acquired vinyl on the turntable and turn it up loud. They’re the secret weapons.” – Digitalism. (Decoded)
  • Peggy Gou won our hearts, minds and shoes on the dancefloor. (Mixmag)
  • Go behind the scenes of Björk’s Utopia with the women who engineered it: Heba Kadry, Marta Salogni, and Mandy Parnell. (Fader)
  • Coldcut: "The saddest thing about dance music now is the lack of venues”. (Mixmag)
  • Rudimental and The Martinez Brothers in conversation about success, their cities and underground music. (GQ)
  • Zedd talks Stay, Grammys, Alessia Cara and the two albums he’s working on. (Variety)
  • DJ of the year Nina Kraviz: Fiercely independent, musically fearless and immersed in everything from acid techno to 80s pop. (Mixmag)
  • Massive Attack have announced two headline shows next year as part of Eden Project’s summer programming. (Mixmag)
  • Patrick Topping has announced Kaluki will host his biggest ever headline show at Manchester Academy. (Mixmag)
  • Carl Craig is taking his Synthesizer Ensemble to the Barbican in London this April. (Mixmag)
  • Flume shares new music with a Greenpeace campaign for the Great Barrier Reef. (Mixmag)
  • Armin van Buuren, Steve Aoki and more to headline world's first zero gravity concert, taking place at The World Club Dome in Frankfurt, Germany  (Billboard)
  • Armin van Buuren's Armada Music has launched a new fashion line. (DJMag)
  • Roche launches temporary label project, Perfect Location, with an ambient album. (RA)
  • New label, One Instrument, launches with compilation featuring Korridor, Yair Elazar Glotman. (RA)
  • FaltyDL to release new breakbeat EP on Hypercolour. (RA)
  • Stimming x Lambert announce debut album. (Decoded)
  • My Favorite Robot Records celebrates 10 years with worldwide label showcase tour in 2018. (Decoded)
  • Markus Schulz presents new stage production and 18 track LP. (YourEDM)
  • Diplo confirms new Skrillex album in the works, and possibly more Jack Ü on the way. (YourEDM)
  • Jeff Mills scores Japanese murder drama And Then There Was Light. (Mixmag)
  • Hector joins forces with Nicole Moudaber for the first release on his new label, Vlack. (Decoded)
  • CamelPhat's Grammy-nominated Cola was also the sound of Ibiza this summer. (Mixmag)
  • Baauer issues a takedown against FCC chairman Ajit Pai for use of Harlem Shake. (Mixmag)
  • Theo Parrish launches educational radio show for young people of colour. (Mixmag)
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