Monstercat unveils Best of 2017 results

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Canadian label Monstercat is ending their year on a decidedly strong note. On Dec. 6, they announced voting was open for their Best of 2017 selection, allowing fans to vote on their top 10 Monstercat tracks of the year and support their favorite artists. Just two days later, voting closed and results were released, unveiling longtime Monstercat artist Pegboard Nerds at the No. 1 spot with their track “Heaven Let Us Down,” which came out at the end of October. Also claiming top spots are Grant with “Are We Still Young,” Tokyo Machine with “Spooky,” MYRNE with “Confessions,” and Kuuro with “Possession.” View the full list of winners below.

1. Pegboard Nerds – Heaven Let Us Down

2. Grant – Are We Still Young ft Jessi Mason

3. Tokyo Machine – Spooky

4. MYRNE – Confessions

5. KUURO – Possession

6. Stonebank – Ripped To Pieces ft EMEL

7. Unlike Pluto – Everything Black ft Mike Taylor

8. Aero Chord – Drop It

9. Dirtyphonics & Sullivan King – Sight of Your Soul

10. Conro – Close

11. Muzzy – Spectrum

12. Slips & Slurs – Moving Hectic ft Harry Shotta

13. Tristam – Bone Dry

14. DROELOE – JUMP ft Nevve

15. Darren Styles – Us Against the World

16. Puppet – Bigger Picture

17. Kayzo & Slander – Holy ft Micah Martin

18. Bad Computer – New Dawn

19. Infected Mushroom – Spitfire

20. Gammer – The Drop

21. Feint – Outbreak ft MYLK

22. Ephixa & Laura Brehm – Losing You

23. Notaker & Declan James – Who I Am ft Karra

24. WRLD – Everything ft Ashdown

25. Anevo –  Waiting On Your Call ft Park Avenue

26. Rogue, Stonebank & Slips & Slurs – Unity

27. Bishu – Eyes Wide Open

28. Dirty Audio & Delta Heavy – Stay ft Holly

29. Duumu – Illuminate ft Slyleaf

30. Dion Timmer – Till I Make It ft Tima Dee

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Kuuro – Doji

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Kuuro – Doji

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Bass brethren Luke Shipstad and Jordan Post, otherwise known as Kuuro, have returned to Monstercat with their latest malevolent offering, “Doji.” The dubstep-leaning duo, first debuted on the eclectic Canadian label in 2016 with their melodic, yet forceful, “Aamon.” The two have ventured down a variety of nondescript bass-heavy genres, growing their fan base through official remixes for a wide-ranging catalog of prominent artists, including Zeds Dead, Dillon FrancisGalantis, and NGHTMRE.

“Doji” demonstrates the duo’s deep-seated affinity for Asian culture, which is substantially audible in the track’s sound design and ambient instrumentation in the interludes. The drop then thrusts the listener into a darker, foreboding realm of vehement sub-bass.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 17

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Versatile producer Sickick surprises with each new release. The mysterious Canadian artist has produced everything from pop music hip-hop to trippy “sickhop.” His latest, “Bermuda,” sneaks into your ear and stays there. It’s simultaneously catchy and intense, with seductive vocals layered over a dark trap vibe. The single is second in his “Sicks Weeks” series, ensuring that more top-notch production is coming our way.

This track from Mekanism has everything I love most about drum & bass: it’s emotion-packed, features gorgeous vocals and is fueled by a racing beat. Though NoCopyrightSounds released the track, there isn’t any information available about the artist. All they’ve revealed is that Mekanism is “coming soon.” If this is just the beginning for Mekanism, I’m looking forward to seeing what the future has in store.

This is perhaps my favorite release from the past week. Bishu seems to be capable of producing just about anything (remember that Santana and Rob Tomas remix from a few weeks ago?) His sophomore Monstercat release, “Eyes Wide Open,” makes a huge splash. With a foreboding introduction that leads up to an unexpected drop, Bishu continues to surprise. Each listen of this track brings out new details, revealing the complexity of it composition. It’s completely addicting.

Unlike Pluto recently announced a shift in the direction of his musical journey, citing that he’s going back to his roots after realizing he was “extremely unhappy” with what he was doing musically. “I was making music that I personally didn’t connect with – music that didn’t represent me,” he says in a Nov. 20 Facebook post. “I Need A Win” passionately marks his return to music that’s truly him, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

Tim Schaufert and CASHFORGOLD have once again crafted a gorgeous, ethereal soundscape with their latest collaboration, “Gold.” Schaufert’s flawless sound design skills truly shine on this single, and CASHFORGOLD’s delicate voice lends itself perfectly to the structure of the song. It’s light, airy and dreamy, making it the perfect nightcap for this week’s playlist.

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MYRNE – Lyra

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Singaporean producer MYRNE has had a stellar 2017, starting his journey with Monstercat back in April with “Afterdark.” Since then, he’s released three additional tracks on the Canadian label including a collaboration with Popseka and two solo originals. He ends his successful year on a high note with a fresh new production, “Lyra.”

“Lyra” has a delicate beginning that quickly builds into something more menacing. Booming bass and a sitar-like melody come together for a razor-sharp drop. He’s also incorporated elements of future bass into the second half of the track — something that’s sure to please fans of many of his previous releases.

Despite its ferocity, “Lyra” has a soft underbelly built on a graceful piano melody, showing MYRNE’s dexterity as a producer.

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Monstercat expands their reach with Infected Mushroom’s newest release ‘Spitfire’

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Legendary Israeli production duo Infected Mushroom have brought their talents to Monstercat in the form of their newest single “Spitfire.” Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani of Infected Mushroom have been touring the world and releasing music since the 90s and have long been known for blending acoustic instrumentals and synthesized bass with psychedelic elements. Their unique sound has garnered them an incredibly strong following.

The addition of Infected Mushroom’s “Spitfire” to Monstercat’s roster of releases not only proves the label’s ability to attract an industry mainstay, but it also shows their expansion into genres outside the bass-heavy releases for which they have become known. “Spitfire” blends techno, psytrance, and an upbeat bass line making the track perfect for any underground rave mood.



Gammer brings down the hammer in ‘The Drop’ EP

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Gammer brings down the hammer in ‘The Drop’ EP

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UK hardcore heavyweight Gammer has teamed up with Monstercat to release his forceful, four-track EP, The Drop. Though Gammer has been a consistent name in the hardcore scene for over a decade, he has only recently begun to venture beyond the characteristic sound he — and his fans — knows and loves.

The Drop showcases Gammer’s affinity for hard-hitting production, in line with the US’s recent wave of appreciation for heavy dance music. The EP showcases Gammer’s deep-seated devotion for hardcore, while he explores new avenues — particularly dubstep.

The most synergistic track on the EP is “Stay Tonight,” featuring Dylan Matthew, which is divided between rapid, pounding hardstyle kicks and dubstep breaks. Gammer toys with brostep in “The Drop” and again in “Let’s Get Crunk,” which turned heads when DJ Snake opened his Coachella set with the tune this past summer. Finally, Gammer ensures his Happy Hardcore fans can keep their feet flying across dance floors with, “Stay Tonight.”

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Modestep release vigorous single on Monstercat, Higher

NMF roundup: new heat from Hotel Garuda, DJ Tennis, Dombresky + more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

Manila Killa lent his dreamy style to a remix of Kailee Morgue‘s “Medusa”…

…and had a doubly productive day, as his collaborative project with Candleweather, Hotel Garuda, debuted their remix of Jai Wolf‘s “Gravity.”

Jauz‘s new imprint, Bite This, continues its hot start with a the manic dubstep track “Boss” from AFK and Carbin.

DJ Tennis puts a mysterious, melancholic spin on Tricky‘s “Running Wild.”

Zack Martino kicked the energy way up for the weekend with the release of “Hold On To Me.”

An evocation of twilight, Keys N Krates unleash the ponderous, RnB tinged “Glitter” with New Orleans-based vocalist Ambré.

Tchami‘s Confession label debuted an intriguing take on house courtesy of Movenchy and his Siamese Flamingo EP.

Dombresky and Tony Romero bring the fire with a funky, disco-infused heater, “Girls Night Out.”

Anjunadeep‘s Gallago debuted the airy “Lost Signal.”

Though LOUDPVCK is now a solo act after Ryan Marks left the duo, Kenny Beats keeps the momentum going with a hip-hop-infused trap anthem, “Jumanji” featuring Reese La Flare.

Closely following a remix of Kid Froopy‘s “Down” and an original, “You Don’t Really Know,” Ducky lightens the mood with an invigoratingly well-produced single, “Drop It.”

Gent & Jawns burst onto Monstercat by debuting a ferocious trap single, “The Meaning.”

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Spag Heddy transforms Slander’s ‘Superhuman’ with barbaric bass remix

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Spain-based Spag Heddy has added his special ingredients to Slander‘s “Superhuman,” transforming the emotive feel of the original and wrapping it in pounding, heart-stopping drops for a balance between melodic and dark bass.

Spag Heddy’s initial rise around 2011/2012 came from consistent ingenuity and a cunning drive, which led to the gradual collection of a loyal bass following. Today, he’s known for familiar festival tunes like “Samir” and “Hide,” as well as a hefty handful of remixes, EPs, and singles dropped in the last few years. Spag Heddy continues to lay the groundwork for bass artists of the future.

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Modestep release vigorous single on Monstercat, ‘Higher’

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Iconic dubstep duo Modestep has released their brand-new track, “Higher,” via Monstercat — showcasing their talent for the first time on the popular Canadian label. The single is the official kickoff for the forthcoming label compilation, Uncaged Volume 4. The daring UK pair also performed the single 6,500 feet above an icy ravine in New Zealand, paying homage to the track’s title.

“Higher” provides nostalgic dubstep notes mixed with smooth vocals — a perfect combination of energy that propels the track from beginning to end. The track showcases Modestep’s ability to create authentic sounds, as 2018 marks more than 10 years of touring and producing for the duo.

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Monstercat releases stacked ‘Uncaged Vol. 3’ featuring Ookay, Seven Lions, Slander & More

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Monstercat has gained a well-deserved reputation for pushing the boundaries of dance music. Whether it is collaborating with the gaming community or bringing together artists no one ever thought they would see listed alongside one another, the label has done it all. In May, Monstercat release a compilation, Uncaged, that brought together incredible releases from their label regardless of genre. Uncaged Vol. 1 was such a success, that the label is back with a new offering from the series.

Now we are on Vol. 3, and the third iteration upholds the greatness we have now come to expect from the series. The album alternates between electronic mainstays like Ookay‘s “Lighthouse” and new tunes like Reach’s “Nobushi.” Other artists featured on Uncaged Vol. 3 are Pegboard Nerds, Seven Lions, Kill the Noise, Slander, and Kayzo among many others.

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