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.”
2013 was a banner year for our Play remix contests, and the end of it yielded some extremely strong finishes. Today we’ve got a nice collection of new tracks from those contests’ winners, with source material from Abe Duque, Russ Yallop, Gregor Tresher, and Groove Armada, among others. Check out the official releases below, and enter the current stock of Play contests here.
In this week’s Play contest, we ask the musical question, “What happens when you cross a mask-wearing electro-house producer with a ‘70s rock icon?” You get The Bloody Beetroots featuring Peter Frampton’s “The Beat.” (Although you may not know this British rocker, you’ll recognize his classic hits like “Baby, I Love Your Way” and “Show Me the Way”.) Under his dance-punk Beetroots guise, multi-instrumentalist Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo isn’t one to shy away from courting the mainstream by dropping a big-room, crossover anthem. And “The Beat” is just that, with all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from The BBs. Now here’s your chance to make your mark in 2014 by remixing The Bloody Beetroots featuring Peter Frampton’s “The Beat,” taken from The BBs’ latest full-length, Hide.
Ready to make your mark in 2014 and join the ranks of past Play winners like Zedd, Candyland, and Shreddie Mercury? Well, we’ve got you covered with this contest. A versatile drummer and percussionist, Venezuelan-born Royal Dust (aka Miguel Toro) is an impulse generator. Rhythm is his engine and you can hear it purr all over his 2013 self-titled glitch-jazz album Royal Dust. Now here’s your chance to gain acclaim alongside remixer extraordinaire Ricardo Villalobos by reworking Royal Dust’s shuffling “Royal” on Haunt Music.
Our weekly Play contests just keep rolling on in 2014—including this one with Matt Tolfrey, who’s risen through techno’s ranks to become one of the UK’s best and brightest young turks. This world-wise international DJ, accomplished producer, and Leftroom label owner can be summed up best by outspoken compatriot Seth Troxler, who described him as “the last great British DJ.” Now here’s your chance to make your mark just like past Play winners Zedd, Candyland, and Shreddie Mercury by remixing Matt Tolfrey’s tech-house roller “The Spooks” featuring Kevin Knapp, taken from his solo debut album, Word of Mouth.
Now here’s a refreshing new contest challenge for 2014. A few years ago, Moby (born Richard Melville Hall) decided that it was time for a change so he packed up and moved from his beloved New York to sunny LA. This fresh outlook permeates his 11th studio album, Innocents. One day, as the story goes, he was riding around town listening to “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on local radio station KCRW, and he heard a Damien Jurado song come on the air—and the rest is history. “Originally, ‘Almost Home’ was a fully finished song,” recalls Moby. “But I love Damien’s approach to melody and lyrics, so I gave it to him as an instrumental. What he did was much better than anything I’d come up with.” Now it’s your turn to impress and make your mark in 2014 by remixing Moby’s soothing “Almost Home” featuring balladeer Damien Jurado.
Welcome to a new year—and a new set of challenging Play remix contests just for you, the global Beatport community. First up is Belgian DJ extraordinaire Coone (aka Koen Bauweraerts), who’s been building a name for himself in dance music circles over the past decade as a global ambassador for hardstyle, the bass-heavy, high-BPM genre that’s managed to wallop its way over the Atlantic from Europe. And stateside clubbers have indeed taken notice, with LA-based arbiter of taste Steve Aoki signing Coone to his own Dim Mak label. Hardstyle, it seems, is set for worldwide take-off. Now here’s your chance to make your mark in 2014 by remixing Coone’s hard-storming anthem “150 BPM,” from his latest album, Global Dedication.