I thought about giving you some feedback on this through Skype but screw that, I'll write a small (for my standards) review on it over here! It may not be apparent at first but this is an incredibly solid contest submission. If the judge(s) are factoring originality in their score (and I don't see why not) then this has it nailed. If they are I'm also pretty much doomed because one of my tracks is generic film-score stuff and the other is generic mission-impossible stuff.
Brilliant composition from the first second. You must be using a mode other than Ionian since it doesn't sound entirely in the major key. Might be Mixolydian or something. Whatever, it's awesome. What I like most about this is that it isn't always bright and happy. There are indeed moments where the song goes to a less happy mood like around 1:15, and then it resolves back to its content mood again. Creative stuff overall.
The instrumentation is highly intriguing. There are some sounds in Omnisphere that I load up, listen to, and then I think "damn, this sounds so good but I don't think I'll ever be able to fit it in anywhere". Examples of these sounds include the jabbadadoodlydah jazz vocal things and the solo tenor patch not found in this song. That said, you've actually put them in situations where they really make sense, in both this song and other songs. The jazz 'doo' vocals actually fit wonderfully at parts like 0:45.
Your instrument choice in general is just wacky, but in a good way. Jazz vocal things, steel drum, guitar, a bunch of synths, some synthy ambience in the background and then a drum kit from all things. Your instruments sound nice, except that steel drum which is unfortunately very obviously a free soundfont. It pierces through the mix too much and sounds too upfront. It's also kinda dry and needs a lot more humanisation.
The trill things at parts like 0:43; great idea, but they also sound very artificial. For trills like that, I find it useful to start the trill at a low velocity, and then increase the notes' velocity as the trill goes along. It makes it feel a lot more natural. I do the same for any kind of quick playing with an instrument, including turns, snare rolls, glissandos, broken chords, etc. Never play any of these ornaments and articulations with a constant note velocity.
The structure is spectacular. You go through different melodies smoothly and then bring the song round a full circle by repeating previous motifs again at the end and even changing them up a little at times, and it works well. Additionally your transitions are as always pretty much impossible to fault. The only transitions I'm a bit irked about are the 0:43 transition and the 1:00 transition. The former is just a little messed up since that steel drum is so loud, and the latter is smooth but could be improved a bit more! As transitions they're fine though, they just need some more fine-tuning.
In the percussive department, I don't have that much to talk about. They're fine I guess, and they do sound like they're actually played. They fit kinda well although personally I do question your use of a traditional drum kit over something a bit more synthy and punchy. Personally I think some techno drums, complemented by some ethnic percussion like bongos and whatnot, would work better in this track.
The mix is the last thing I need to talk about. Like in a lot of your other songs, the mix is clear. It's a good mix, although maybe dampen the cymbals' high-end a bit more? Also like I said that steel drum needs work. Lastly, I need some punchier sounds! I'm talking about the drums mainly; they're kinda weak and I would've loved something a bit more hard-hitting, like what FairSquare did in this track.
That's pretty much it. Great work on this; you're as always a worthy competitor who takes a direction that no other competitor would dream of taking. I mean, making something content/happy isn't entirely original, but you do it in such a creative way that I can't help but give this my exclusive seal of approval ^_______^.