Meet the Winners of Louie Vega’s ‘How He Works’ Remix Challenge

With over 950 remix submissions, Louie Vega and the team over at Nervous Records have selected the top three tracks from the challenge.

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Jun 22, 2023

With a storied, three-decade history of releasing some of the world’s most beloved dance floor tunes, Nervous Records is unquestionably one of house music’s most influential record labels. After teaming up with The Beatport Group for its 2023 Global Remix Challenge, Nervous Records put up the single “How He Works,” produced by one of the imprint’s most iconic artists, Louie Vega, to serve as the focal point for this epic musical contest with a tremendous studio prize package worth over $9,500 up for grabs.

The grand prize includes a Moog Minitaur, Audeze MM-100 headphones, and other high-end hardware and software, along with Nervous Records gear & records signed by Louie Vega, and last but not least, an official release on his “How He Works” remix EP.

After sorting through all the tracks, Nervous Records and Louie Vega have selected the grand prize winner and the two best runner-up remixes. Meet our winners and check out their tracks below!

Cee El Assadd

Grand Prize Winner: Cee ElAssaad

Congratulations to Moroccan DJ/Producer Cee ElAssaad for taking home the grand prize for the Louie Vega remix contest! His winning track will be released via Nervous Records later this year.

The rapidly rising DJ/producer has been bringing his astonishing anthems to the world for over ten years now. He got his start as a bedroom DJ, eventually going on to tour the world through his craft. He’s always respected the greats and has meticulously studied his profession to a near science. The artist cites Larry Levan, David Mancuso, Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles and François K as some of his biggest idols. All his hard work and studying has paid off, with him signing to a number of legendary labels, including Stereo Productions, Ibadan Records, Connected Frontline, Tribe Records, and King Street Sounds, just to name a few.

Speaking about the winning track, Nervous Records had this to say: “We loved Cee ElAssaad’s remix and decided to choose it as the #1 winner. ‘How He Works’ is initially rooted in a gospel theme, and out of over 950 remixes, Cee ElAssaad was the only one to not only translate that effectively into a top-tier remix but added the musicality to match. A job well done!”

Check out his first-place-winning remix in the player below!

Follow Cee ElAssaad on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and check out more of his music on Beatport.

Sorley Beatport

1st Runner-Up: Sorley

Hailing from the North East of England, Sorley is becoming an unstoppable force within the global electronic music scene, with an exceptional ear for crafting beats and a relentless drive for pushing boundaries. Sorley’s music resonates deeply, capturing hearts and souls with his distinct basslines, intricate synth hooks, and creative use of samples.

His unique style has found homes on some of the most renowned labels in the industry, with releases on The Martinez Brothers’ Cuttin Headz, Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound, and underground house music staple DFTD. Sorley has demonstrated his ability to create music that transcends genres whilst being true to himself and is beginning to etch his name into the upper echelons of the culture.

Check out his second-place-winning remix in the player below!

Follow Sorley on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and check out more of his music on Beatport.

Ed Nine Beatport

2nd Runner-Up: Ed Nine

Ed Nine was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago, where music, video games, and semi-strict parents kept him away from negativity in the streets.

Ed Nine has had the pleasure and honor of playing at clubs on the same DJ line-up with DJs and artists who inspired him. With multiple releases on house labels such as W&O Street Tracks, Robsoul Recordings, Street King, and GLA, as well as his own imprints “Groove Access” and the “Midway Hustle Records” collective & partnership, his music has been featured on house music charts & mixes from DJs worldwide. He has also appeared in multiple top ten genres and overall charts on digital and vinyl platforms such as Traxsource, Beatport, and Juno Records.

Check out his third-place-winning remix in the player below!

Follow Ed Nine on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and check out more of his music on Beatport.

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