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.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Henry Saiz is an electronic artist who transcends trend and formula to create a musical language that can be difficult to describe, but easy to enjoy. His authentic sound refuses to be summed up by a singular category. Instead, he takes inspiration and influence from all over the place and incorporates them into his live and DJ sets while forging the perfect synergy between electronic, disco, house, techno, and beyond. Over the years, his original productions have been released on notable labels like Balance, Bedrock, and Renaissance. As good fortune would have it, we’re about to give you the chance to remix Saiz’s extended deep-house jam “Love Mythology” on Natura Sonoris.
Canadian-born Sid Le Rock (aka Sheldon Thompson) has been wowing dance-music lovers with his signature electronic fusion since he first burst onto the scene almost a decade ago. Currently living abroad in Germany, this former Torontonian has been releasing a steady stream of stunning releases on notable labels like Ladomat 2000 and Shitkatapult. His latest full-length album, 2013’s Busted With a Bag of Bliss, blends together the outer limits of pulsing techno, iridescent electro, and evocative retro-disco soundscapes—definitely a worthwhile listen from front to back. Now, here’s your chance to remix Sid Le Rock’s euphoric title cut, “Bag of Bliss,” on My Favorite Robot.
Enter our latest Play contest before January 20, 2014 for your chance to win a Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MKII digital DJ controller, a Sounds to Sample Elements library, and an official release on My Favorite Robot.
British new-wave legends Tears For Fears were one of the biggest pop acts of the ’80s. Their US-chart-topping second album, Songs from the Big Chair, became synonymous with the decade upon its release in 1985, and founding members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith became household names seemingly overnight. But before massive worldwide hit singles like “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” there was their lesser-known debut album, The Hurting, featuring standout selections like “Mad World,” “Pale Shelter (You Don’t Give Me Love),” and “Change.” To celebrate the 30th anniversary of that debut LP’s UK release, Tears For Fears are opening the vault and offering up this once-in-a-lifetime chance to remix their 1983 sleeper hit “Pale Shelter.” (Actually, there’s been so much recent goodwill and renewed interest in the band and their music, including a Matthew Dear and Tegan & Sara cover of “Pale Shelter,” that they’re busy writing and recording new material for their next studio album, their first in 10 years, set to be released in 2014.)
What a whirlwind year for Candyland. Since winning two consecutive Play contests in 2012, Ethan Davis and Josie Martin, both 21, have gone on to tour the US with Krewella, perform at TomorrowWorld, and release music on Protocol, Toolroom, and Ultra. Recently, the Santa Barbara-based duo took some much-needed refuge from the road to record the dubstep-tinged ballad “Not Coming Down” alongside singer Zak Waters. Now you’re up. Ready to make your mark?