Today I got an email inviting me to Beatport's new streaming service. Sign me up! I love to stream electronic music!

(By the way, the 'old' Beatport - the mp3 shop - is now known as Beatport Pro.)

Overall, it's pretty great. I'll be using this a lot when I want to listen to curated lists of current, popular dance music. Beatport has a pretty enviable catalogue. Sadly, Cartoon Beats is not on there - yet! - in the meantime here's some stuff involving Haszari and check out our buddies at Newclear Music and Muzikozi.

This experience is a huge improvement on crate-digging via short mp3 snippets!

Beatport Screenshot

Good Things

There are lots of curated playlists for genres, big sellers, new releases, etc. I listened to Deep House Essentials and then Sounds of the Underground which both were great as working background music, and had the occasional gem too. Genre-wise they were actually pretty similar (broadly deep & somewhat techy house), which I found curious.

I like the look and design of the site - it's clean and uncluttered. There's reasonably deep info there too: for example, heart/play counts, and metadata such as key and BPM. When you're looking at a track or release, you get recommendations for other tunes.

As a streaming music player it's pretty good and flexible - you can skip around in songs (by visiting the page for the track), as well as hit next when something horrible comes on. The sound quality seemed pretty fine too (note I am not any kind of audiophile!).

Wish List

While it's a good simple service, there are some things that would make it amazing (in my opinion).

  1. A radio / discover mode. This is the biggest gap for me. I'd like to tell it to keep playing, and have it play stuff based on its related/recommendations data. I don't care if the algorithm's dumb, I just want it to keep playing. (Of course they can improve the algorithm over time!)
  2. Play queue management e.g. "add to up next". It's really basic right now - when you hit play on a list or a track, it wipes out whatever is queued. I'd like to add lots of things from lots of places to my playlist, and then play that on shuffle (and then play related stuff when it runs out).
  3. Shuffle/random playback. Surely this is essential!
  4. Play history.

It'll be interesting to see how the service develops, and how it impacts on the other players in the market (e.g. Spotify, iTunes Radio, Red Bull Music Academy Radio, etc). Nice pivot, Beatport.

Yep - SoNic Smith's Ladies Style (Haszari's Le Mans Style remix) is number 1 on Dunedin's Radio 1 Top 11!

So huge thanks to everyone who voted, this is quite unexpected and we really appreciate it.

How far can we take this story? Well if you're elsewhere around the country, or just feel like voting, you can vote for us at any of the bNet/independent stations:
Dunedin / Radio 1:
http://www.r1.co.nz/top11.php
Auck / bfm:
http://95bfm.com/default,top10.sm
Christchurch / RDU:
http://www.rdu.org.nz/music.html
Wellington / Radio Active:
http://www.radioactive.co.nz
Palmy / Radio Control:
http://www.radiocontrol.org.nz/page.php?9
Auck / George:
http://georgefm.co.nz/
Hamilton / Contact:
http://www.contactfm.co.nz/

If you want a piece of the action, you can now buy the EP (or individual tracks) direct from iTunes. So get yours! And.. if you want a freebie, sign up to the mailing list at Cartoon Beats. We'll be sending out regular mailings with news and free exclusive tracks, edits & mixes.

And again, thanks to everyone who's helped us get this far - DJs who played the tracks & demos, wives/partners, radio stations who played our stuff, Radio 1, Rob Vouchermate, people who voted, people who've come see us play... etc. Too many names to list. Thanks!

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SoNic Smith & Haszari - Cartoon Beats - Ladies Style - the JAcket