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Media Comment: Sunday Telegraph

I’ve been quoted in a Sunday Telegraph article on the legal, or semi-legal alternatives to iTunes. An interesting debate for sure.

The last few years have seen a rise in online streamed music services, which are a hybrid between digital radio stations, and social networks. These allow users to listen to music on demand, usually for free and often via their mobile handset, as well as share playlists and recommendations with their friends.

These services operate in a curious legal position, which is under constant scrutiny from record companies, but unlike peer-to-peer download services, they are not illegal for the listener.

The majority monitize through paid-for premium subscriptions and advertising, while many have also struck revenue kickback deals with record labels, creating an interesting emerging revenue model for the record industry, one which has traditionally been slow to adapt to social media and the digital revolution.

We’re massive fans of Grooveshark, MFlow and Jeli in the office, though let us know if you’ve got any other suggestions we should check out and whether you agree with Nick’s points.

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Adidas Is In All Commercial feat. Justice – Civilization (Directed by: Romain Gavras)

This is very very cool. A collaboration between electro producers Justice and Parisian director, Romain Gavras. Both have the creative Midas Touch and have worked together in the past with Gavras producing an edgy documentary for Justice, as well as various videos for Ed Banger records. A great move for Adidas, associating with some of the very coolest, creative artists of the moment.


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The best free dance music

In the words of Hunter S Thompson: “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel…I am a serious consumer”. Same here, as it happens, and that’s why I’ve become obsessed with seeking out podcasts within the strange and freaky world of electronic music.

Over the last few years, the quality of free (legal) material has just got better and better, especially when compared with the kind of guff that labels like Defected and Hed Kandi spew out. Here’s my top electronic(ish) podcasts and Soundcloud downloads, with a brief John Peel-esque synopsis for each.

1) Wolf + Lamb radio Loads of mixes from Zev & Gadi at the Macy Hotel in Brooklyn, plus music from their label mates. I would classify this as innovative house and techno.

2) The Fabric Podcast Every bit as good as the Fabric compilations, focusing on ‘back to mine’ type musical influences of each artist. The Mad Professor and Greg Wilson episodes are currently my favourites. These are as eclectic as it gets.

3) Resident Advisor. A proper musical education, weekly mixes from a wide range of DJs and producers, from mainstream (Danny Tenaglia) to more obscure (Isolee, Caribou) and everyone inbetween. Supported with detailed interviews and tracklistings at

4) The Magician. An ex-member of Aeroplane, these regular Soundcloud ‘magictape’ mixes are warm and cosmic.

5) Aeroplane. The one remaining member, these mixes are more eclectic than The Magician, getting into much more cosmic territory, with a fair bit of 80’s influence.

6) Prins Thomas The occasional club set, which are absolutely banging. Great if you want something other than standard 4/4 beats.

7) Greg Wilson. Brilliant house and disco mixes recorded live from various clubs. The Back to Basics New Year’s Eve mix is a great starting point to his sound.

8) Jimmy the Mince. Jim from Crazy P – lots of soul and funk. Not been updated for a while, but some great music on here. Think Roy Ayers, Al Green and Otis Reading.

9) Bodytonic Podcast. More mainstream than the RA podcast, but some great mixes from big DJs such as DJ Sneak and Joris Voorn.

10) Lazpod. Weird, weird goings on from Damian Lazarus. Really well produced and some strange sounds on here.


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mflow – getting paid for your mixtapes

There’s an interesting new music sharing service that’s just launched, mflow, which is currently in its beta phase.

I’ve been interested in music streaming services and internet radio for a while now, particularly as they’ve started to evolve into something more social. A past favourite for example, Grooveshark allows you to stream free music, build playlists, but also share them via links, as well as all your preferred social platforms.

But back to mflow. It follows a familiar model; you follow your friends, and therefore follow their music streams, all of which is free. You can also follow artists, DJs, celebrities and so on and hear what musical nuggets they recommend. You, in return can ‘flow’ tracks to your listeners, returning the favour.

But, here’s where it gets good. If anyone decides to buy the music you ‘flow’ to your followers, you get 20% rake back from the price of the track, which does sound too good to be true, admittedly. But while for the average person this might not amount to much, for more established music bloggers, DJs or artists, this could become a useful revenue stream. And it’s certainly motivation to start building really interesting, quirky playlists, which could breathe new life into art of the mixtape.

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