Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got a true art-rock classic just for you. English elder statesman Bryan Ferry is enjoying a well-deserved career resurgence at the moment. Last month, the former Roxy Music frontman performed at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival out in the California desert. He’s also had a fruitful, ongoing creative relationship with Norwegian disco-edit king Todd Terje who’s a massive fan. Their latest effort together, “Johnny and Mary,” a standout moment on Terje’s debut LP It’s Album Time. Ready to step up and triumph in our latest Beatport Play contest? Make your mark by reworking the ’20s Jazz-tinged version of Bryan Ferry’s 1975 art-rock classic “Love is the Drug” which was originally produced for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby soundtrack.
Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got some dramatic deep house awaiting your deft remix touch. Planet of Sound’s Chris Allen and Commie have been making waves since the late ’90s in global dance music culture. Early on, they joined forces on standout remixes for Ferry Corsten’s 2001 trance anthem “Out of the Blue” (under his System F alias) as well as notable artists like Jakatta and Golden Girls. Now, after a decade apart, the duo have teamed up again under their Planet of Sound alias to release new original music and tackle recent remixes for UK rockers Kasabian, London Grammar, Alt-J, and many more. Ready to become the next Zedd, Candyland, or Seven Lions by winning a Beatport Play contest? Make your mark by reworking Planet of Sound’s atmospheric electronic roller “We Are Together” on Armin van Buuren’s Dutch-based dance label Armada.
Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got Spanish-based Sian cued up and ready for you. This Irish-born techno fountainhead reps a classic modern approach to electronic music through his signature imprint Octopus. Embracing the more avant-garde side of club culture, his standout original material like “Farewell Mermaid” and “Sleeper Cell” demonstrates an otherworldly, slow, and hypnotic slant on mainroom dance music. Ready to make your mark and become one-to-watch in 2014? Get busy by reworking Sian’s techno slice “Shame Cube” on Octopus. Enter this Play contest now.
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.
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).”