Play fanatics! This week, we present Swedish-born chanteuse Karin Park who’s turning heads and winning hearts in the electronic dance sphere thanks to her own gilded brand of dark, sultry, synth-driven pop. As you may recall, in 2013, the statuesque singer songwriter made a notable guest vocal appearance on the Maya Jane Coles’ noir tale “Everything” taken from her breakthrough album Comfort. Park’s new single, “Shine” is a deep, poetic, and deliciously romantic slice of deep-house heaven. Ready to make your mark? Claim fame and glory by reworking Karin Park’s contemplative cut “Shine.”
Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got a real blockbuster exclusive tailor-made just for you. For our exclusive BT Producer Challenge, you have the unique opportunity to sign-up, download a free 30-day trial of the new BreakTweaker plug-in (a collaboration between iZotope and BT), and use it to create your own original track. Then, BT himself will pick one lucky grand-prize winner as well as two runners-up.
Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got a real winner for you to monkey with. Enter Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz), the Grammy-nominated producer, remixer, Mad Decent head honcho, and Major Lazer’s guiding force, who’s one of the hardest-working men in the music business. Ready to strike gold—and red and green—alongside Diplo, Pharrell, and the whole Major Lazer crew? No excuses. Fire up the studio and get crackin’ on recontextualizing Major Lazer featuring Pharrell’s freestyle hip-hop jam “Aerosol Can.”
Play fanatics! Today, in honor of Miami Music Week 2014, we’ve got a special treat just for you: remix a bona-fide dance-music anthem in celebration of Cr2 Records’ 10th anniversary. Born and raised in Paramaribo, Suriname, Dutch DJ/producer Chuckie (born Clyde Sergio Narain) is well known for helping to develop the signature “Dirty Dutch” sound, a house-music style defined by high-pitched lead synths over Latin-inspired rhythms and samples. In 2009, he teamed up with LA’s beloved high-energy pranksters LMFAO (aka Redfoo and SkyBlu) for “Let the Bass Kick in Miami Bitch,” an infamous, glitter-soaked ode to the city of Miami. Ready to soirée like spring breakers? Get your South Beach VIP on by reworking Chuckie vs. LMFAO’s anthemic electro-house banger “Let the Bass Kick in Miami Bitch.”
Listen up, Play fanatics! We’ve got our next colossal challenge ready just for you. Ragga-soca star Bunji Garlin (aka Ian Alvarez) has been the king of his native Trinidad & Tobago for over 15 years. Now, with the recent release of his Carnival anthem “Differentology (Ready For The Road)”, he has skyrocketed into the international spotlight. Ready to raise your game? Join the ranks of Major Lazer and rap icon Busta Rhymes by remixing Bunji Garlin’s “Differentology (Ready for the Road).”
This week, we present something from the pop end of the dance music spectrum for your creative consideration. Namely, British electronic trio Dirty Vegas (Ben Harris, Paul Harris, and Steve Smith), who were destined for chart-topping success straight from the start. Think you’ve got the skills to pay the bills? Join the ranks of Sharam Jey, Betoko, and Vanilla Ace by reworking Dirty Vegas’ latest pop-house ballad “Let The Night” featuring vocalist Steve Smith.
Eat. Sleep. Remix. Repeat. Let’s face it. You live for this stuff—and we’ve got you covered with another exciting challenge in our latest Play contest. Hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Phil Kieran has blossomed from being a hometown-hero DJ resident at local club Shine to joining the upper echelons of global dance-music culture while playing at some of the world’s premier venues. Along the way, he’s released original material on a host of notable labels like Cocoon, Yoshitoshi, and Skint. On his latest retro-inspired techno groover, “Computer Games,” Kieran draws inspiration from classic arcade hits like Pac-Man, Defender, Tron, Joust, Moon Patrol, and more. Ready to reach top-score status?
On tap this week, we’re brewing up dance music with a message to get your creative juices flowing. In a recent interview with Beatport News, Protocol Recordings boss Nicky Romero spoke about the inspiration behind “Colors,” his label’s latest progressive anthem produced by Austin duo Tritonal (aka Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed) and 23-year-old LA-based Paris Blohm: “The idea is that… everybody is equal and we should respect one another, regardless of race or where we come from.” Well said. It’s time to gain some respect of your own by remixing Tritonal, Paris Blohm, Sterling Fox’s collaborative effort “Colors.”
On this week’s Play contest, acid is king. Enter Brighton, England’s own Far Too Loud (aka Oli Cash), who’s gained a credible reputation within dance-music circles for crafting aggressive electro-house punctuated by behemoth basslines. Think LA-based breakbeat duo The Crystal Method and you’ll instantly know his sound. Ready to take the world by storm? It’s time to stake your claim by reworking Far Too Loud’s latest squelchy banger “Acid 9000.”