May 292013
 

To mark the UK release of Demi Lovato’s enormous single “Heart Attack” a brand new PHUNKSTAR remix was commissioned. And Bentley has made the most of this opportunity to begin moving the PHUNKSTAR sound to new grounds.

“I feel I’m growing up a lot this year, and it’s reflecting in my music,” explains Ben. “The new PHUNKSTAR Evolution mixes will be more a little progressive, deep and techy than before. But don’t worry, I’ll still be doing the big pop remixes every now and again.”

“Heart Attack (PHUNKSTAR Evolution Club Mix)” is available to registered DJs now from DMCWorld.com. MP3 download from DMCDownload.com coming soon.

Last week Ben released his new EP “ICUCM / Ain’t Nobody” which has already been picked up for club promo for the track “ICUCM (featuring Mark McLaughlin)”. You can view the official video for “ICUCM” right here.

ICUCM: The Cast!

 Posted by at 2:57 am on May 13, 2013
May 132013
 

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TS Content: Log into your TRUTHSt4lk3r account to view this postI have been rather busy this weekend, this time writing songs for other artists again! But more on that later. (~.^) Now that I have a few minutes I wanted to post this for the gallant TRUTHSt4lk3rz who have helped get so many views on the “Bandana-na-na” video (well done by the way!).

I wanted to strip some of the glamour from the video for “ICUCM”. With the original version being an EDM number it would have been easy to do a club or dance video. But the essence of the song is about unconditional love and acceptance of yourself and others, so I wanted to reflect that by having a broader range of characters to emphasise the universal message. And being a song so close to my heart, all the people in the video are my own friends and family!! (^^)

So here they are, in order of appearance… Continue reading »

May 032013
 

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Sneaking out onto their shelves last week, DMC quietly released the “PHUNKSTAR Monsterjam – 10th Anniversary Remix Collection” – but some of you guys still managed to spot it! The celebratory compilation contains a selection of Bentley’s biggest and best remixes including brand new and previously unreleased mixes – hand picked and mixed by the man himself! You can grab the album in CD form from DMCWorld.com or listen to audio clips and download this album from DMCDownload.com.

The reason we’ve been so late in announcing this is we were waiting to get our hands on some copies so we could give them away in a TRUTHSt4lk3rz competition! As soon as we get this sorted we’ll let you know!

Speaking of you clever clever TRUTHSt4lk3rz… as a reward for notching up so many views on Ben’s new “Bandana-na-na” video he’s added some audio clips from the new single “ICUCM / Ain’t Nobody” for you to enjoy. Log into your TS account and check them out!

Apr 272013
 

I wanted to offer “Bandana-na-na” as a free download to all the TRUTHSt4lk3rz for sticking by me for what has turned out to be a surprisingly challenging few months. As you can immediately tell, the song is a highly introspective, emotive, intellectual piece about the personal, professional and political troubles we face living in today’s modern society…

TRUTHSt4lk3rz can download the track for free here.

The Bandana video wouldn’t have been possible without the twisted sense of humour from my partner in crime Jayne. I don’t consider myself that funny a person tbh, so without her input the final result wouldn’t have been half as entertaining! xoxox

More importantly, I’ve also used the video as an opportunity to tease you with the first single from what might become my next album! (Check the above video at 2.25) I wanted “Bandana-na-na” to lighten the mood after recent events, also before starting the next project which already has a significantly darker tone. “ICUCM” will be a double A-side in some territories and here on BentleyJones.com with “Ain’t Nobody” – a cover that fuses my personal indulgence for symphonica and dark electronica. I’m super-psyched for you to hear it!! (^^)

“ICUCM” features the uber-talented Mark McLaughlin of Phats and Small fame and was originally intended to continue the electro-pop streak from UPGRADE. But to make sure I faithfully captured the essence of the song, the B-side will be a full orchestral version – especially for many of you who are followers of my score work! (~.^)

I’ll be taking most of the weekend off, but next week we’ll be working on getting more TS content for you including the first newsletter, remix stems, competitions and more. Also at some point soon I’ll be allowing the TS to preview all tracks from the new single!

Introducing… the TRUTHSt4lk3rz…

 Posted by at 7:16 pm on April 22, 2013
Apr 222013
 

We are introducing a new function to BentleyJones.com that will allow us to give exclusive content to registered members… and in light of Ben’s forthcoming project combined with the name many of you already refer to yourselves as, we have aptly called it the TRUTHSt4lk3rz – for those who seek purity through creation.

To becoming a TRUTHSt4lk3r all you have to do is register (for free) right here at BentleyJones.com – and we’ve made it even easier by allowing you to sign up using your social network (FaceBook, Google, YouTube, Live Journal or Blogger).

As a TRUTHSt4lk3r you will gain access to exclusive content including downloads, videos, events, competitions, blog entries and merchandise! We have only just begun adding TS content, and there’s a lot more coming in the near future.

Check out the TRUTHSt4lk3r FAQ here.

This is work in progress, so if any of you encounter any problems chuck us a message and we’ll get it sorted pronto!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for free now!

Apr 112013
 

It’s about time!! I’ve been dying to make this announcement and hopefully you’ll understand why it’s been so long in the delivery.

First, to get some unpleasantness out of the way; I have officially left my Japanese record label Sound Future and my manager Yutaka Kato. This decision was made due to multiple breaches of contract by the company – not just to me, but to several individuals. All enquiries regarding my work – past, present and future – should be channelled through myself directly. Any responses from anyone other than myself, my legal team or Remix Factory Music should not be considered authentic.

Thank you all for your love and support through this very stressful time. I offer my sincerest apologies as this situation has essentially halted my artist activities for the past 5 – 6 months. I can assure you; this is set to change immediately… (~.^)

Right now I’m discussing the possibility of joining a new label. But in the meantime, to get some new music to you as soon as possible I will be releasing 2 new singles + videos independently through Remix Factory Music. The first being a free download as a thank you for sticking by me these past few months. And the second single is potentially the lead song from a new studio album!

Also to look forward to is a compilation of my best remixes over the past 10 years. PHUNKSTAR 10th Anniversary Best Remixes Collection will be released very soon by the lovely folks at DMC. In addition I am in talks about presenting my own podcast show also hosted by DMC. This will coincide with the new brand of remixes – all of which I’ll elaborate on in the blog later.

As well as all this, I’ll be doing the usual composing and arranging with the Factory guys. I’ve already been working on some new projects recently so keep your eyes peeled for those!

My whole approach to my work will be undergoing some serious changes this year. The main priority being involving you guys much more in the production side of things. I feel I need to reconnect with you guys after such an eventful 12 months and this new album is the perfect opportunity.

So… what do ya think? Wanna make some music together? (~.^)