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This week on Play: Win a Monster prize pack and a Garuda release in Gareth Emery’s “Eye of the Storm” remix contest

By Jason Black
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Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got English-born artist Gareth Emery on-tap. He’s a true DJ chameleon, shifting musical styles with ease to whatever suits him in the moment. After all, you don’t get to be one of the biggest names in dance music by confining yourself to any lone genre. Known for his keen sense of blending house, progressive, and trance into his live sets and his music, Emery’s versatility is a big reason for his current global success. He prides himself on defying simple categorization. “I’ve been a fervent anti-genre campaigner from the beginning,” he says. “My aim is to express myself through good music no matter the genre.” Well said. Make your mark by reworking Gareth Emery’s driving anthem “Eye of the Storm” featuring singer Gavin Beach.

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Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper's remix of DJ Cassidy's "Calling All Hearts"

By Jason Black
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House legend Frankie Knuckles’ untimely passing last month at the age of 59 left a tremendous hole in the global dance music universe. Not only was he a true pioneer, Knuckles was an institution thanks to his impressive musical canon. Beatport is proud to present this exclusive, final Knuckles’ remix. Along with some deft studio work from longtime confidant and close friend Eric Kupper, Knuckles has crafted his own signature interpretation of DJ Cassidy’s “Calling All Hearts” featuring vocalists Robin Thicke and Jessie J. Evoking the “golden era of dance music,” this is the first single from DJ Cassidy’s debut album Paradise Royale coming out this summer.

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Syn Cole on inspiration: "I often listen to film scores due to my classical piano background"

By Matt Ferry
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In a world where almost anyone can become a superstar overnight, there are few in the “big-room” game that have risen with such subtlety and decorum as Syn Cole. Avoiding the unscrupulous tactics of some of his contemporaries such as buying likes and hiring ghost producers, this Estonian DJ and producer (born Rene Pais), 26, has stepped out from beyond Ash and Avicii’s shadow with only a few original tracks and a handful of big name remixes. Following the recent release of his glowing remix of Zedd’s “Find You,” 2014 is set to be the year Rene transcends the Le7els brand that built him and make the melodic electro world his own.

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A-Trak and Armand Van Helden's 10 essential moments

By Joshua Glazer
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Duck Sauce have just released their long-awaited debut album, Quack, on Fool’s Gold. The dynamic duo of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden have been delivering crossover hits like “aNYway,” “Barbra Streisand,” “Big Bad Wolf,” and “It’s You,” for half a decade, but their individual careers span back much further. Below are the 10 essential musical moments by A-Trak and Armand that help to illustrate just how their current Duck Sauce sound came to be.

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