UK girl band the Saturdays will be unleashing their monstrous new single next month “Not Giving Up”, but before its release a PHUNKSTAR remix will be doing the rounds on radio and club promo. We’ll get an audio clip for you soon, in the meantime here’s the amazing original version:
Recently here in ol’ Blighty, we’ve been getting used to State-side releases taking a little while before reaching our side of the pond – and Zedd’s “Stay the Night” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore is no exception. Nearly 4 months after its initial release in the US of A the song has finally been unleashed on UK shores this week. But the wait has been more than worth it as it comes with Bentley’s first PHUNKSTAR remix of 2014!
This latest production sparks the initiative to experiment with mixing symphonic elements alongside the trademark PHUNKSTAR electronic flairs. The result? Something quite enormous sounding. Check it out for yourself below.
Like I’ve said before, I’ve been wanting to record something for Christmas for a while now. And although my schedule toward the end of this year has been hectic, I really didn’t want to leave it for another 12 months. So in the space of 2 weeks I pulled together “The Closing of the Year” before my return to Tokyo! Now I want to take this opportunity to explain why I chose these tracks and how they came together…
While “The Place Where Dreaming Ends” performed really well, I still wanted to end this year on something special. The intention was to wind things down towards the end of 2013 so I can concentrate more on writing and producing. Whether that ends up being the case or not is up to you – if enough of you ask me for new music then I’ll make time. (~.^)
And I always wanted to make a Christmas album. The problem has simply been time. Between producing, writing, remixes and travelling it has been very difficult finding time to continue working on my own projects. Which is why the release of “The Closing of the Year” might seem last minute – because it has been! (^^)
Despite Bentley having minor jaw surgery last week (no, the procedure wasn’t successful – he’s still talking…) it hasn’t stopped the rest of the world wanting a slice of his musical finesse. Currently at the front of the queue is Robin Thicke who wants a revamp of his global smash “Blurred Lines” in time for the holidays. A new official remix has been commissioned to fill a gap in the existing line-up of remixes that only Bentley’s enormous, main club, tight productions can offer.
“By now everyone’s heard it a thousand times,” explains Ben. “So I’m going to take it a little further away from it roots and reinterpret it into a fresh, new, vocal mix that people can rediscover.”
The Phunkstar remix of “Blurred Lines” will be released to club and radio promo next month, and is the latest in a string of remixes Bentley has recently produced for Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and more. In the meantime, Bentley’s new video for his song “What Now…?” is being released this Friday on YouTube, taken from his latest EP “The Place Where Dreaming Ends” out now.
As Miley Cyrus looks set to hit the UK #1 spot this week with her single “Wrecking Ball”, DMC also unleashed Bentley’s official PHUNKSTAR remix of the track which was also voted “Mix of the Week” on DMC’s download site, the world’s number 1 DJ website.
This news arrived just days after Bentley confirmed that he is remixing Britney Spears’ new single “Work B**ch”.
The PHUNKSTAR Radio Mix of “Wrecking Ball” is out now and the full vocal mix will be available on the next club promo CD released in a couple of weeks.
Here’s the deal about the new EP…
I had it all figured out… the tracklist… the artwork… the videos… and like nearly all of my best laid plans something comes along to crank a great big spanner in the works. (~.^)
As most of you already know by now, I’ve joined Avex in Japan as a writer and producer (one of the worst kept secrets, I know. The official announcement still isn’t for a couple of weeks! ^^). So I’ve been writing songs for other artists like crazy for the past few months, as well as keeping my new management informed of the songs I plan to release for myself. Everything was fine until they heard the new EP I was hoping to preview to you all today.
They loved it. So much so that they requested that I not release 2 of the songs from it because another artist loved them so much they wanted to record them themselves. The only reason I’ve agreed to this is because the artist is someone I’ve admired for a very long time and I know that if they do decide to record either of these two songs, it’ll be done in a manner I would be proud of.
But this artist is still deciding. And until they make some sort of decision either way, these two songs remain in limbo. Which is why, in conclusion, I can’t give you audio clips of ALL the tracks from the new EP.
So now I must decide the fate of this EP… whether I can find time to write and record replacement songs… to release the EP with the current shorter track list… to wait and see if the previous 2 tracks will become available again… or to just simply release them all as singles as and when they are ready.
Let me know what you guys think. And in the meantime, here’s the preview of the EP’s remaining tracks – lemme know what you think of those too!! ^^
Please note this EP is still in production.
Bentley has recently finished work on his official remix of “Applause” by the legendary Lady Gaga due to be released promotionally in a few weeks. The mix is being kept under wraps until then, but in the meantime Ben has released this clip for you to check out!