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Check out the winning tunes from our recent Play contests featuring Dam-Funk, Rone, Dragonette, and more

By Steven Dermody
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Electronica, electro house, trap and more are plentifully represented in the host of tracks that won our recent Play remix contests in the month of June, and all of them are now available to check out on Beatport.

First up, Rone’s “Bye Bye Macadam” got a pleasant reinterpretation by Pavane, who maintains the tempo but swaps out the track’s arpeggiated lead for a beautiful piano for a relaxing vibe. “That’s what I wanted to work: carry on the ascent, in a quieter and gentle way, while keeping the nostalgic and melodious spirit of the song,” he told us. Pavane utilizes the female vocal sample in his remix to keep the delicacy of the original in place.


Fed Conti takes Dragonette’s “My Legs” pop tune and works out an electro-house slammer that’s perfect for the dancefloor. His take is stripped-back and driving, and the added classic electro stabs bring up the energy considerably. “For me, remixing is both a vehicle to test my producer creativity on another artist’s music and a way to get a bit more popular in this saturated music world,” Conti said of his track.


“The parts of the track that really resonated with me were the vocals and the guitar samples,” says Maks, who turned in the winning remix of Tomorrow’s World’s “Drive.” “I tried my best to keep the integrity of the vocals while [placing] them in a more club-like track.” He puts a modern club stamp on the original, taking its rock/electronica feel and reworking it into a distinct 4/4 electro-house cut. The darker atmosphere of the original stays intact, while added sawtooth synth lines pack it with an aggressive punch.


Cutting down Dam Funk’s “I Don’t Wanna Be a Star” to two and half minutes, Yuri Shulgin (aka Mistanomista) takes the original’s percussion down a step to a smoother—dare we say, funkier?—place than the original.


“EOW” gets a trap twist from Gangsta Fun & Louisana Jones, keeping some of the frenetic energy and vocal hits of the original while subbing the wobble lines for sped-up hi-hats and cowbell hits. The remix has a Southern future-crunk soul to it, whereas the original stayed true to its dubstep tag.