New Jersey producer Au5 is known for his transcendent melodic dubstep tracks on labels like Monstercat, Simplify, OWSLA, and more. Over the years, fans have come to expect beautifully vivid soundscapes from the producer, but his latest release is something a little different.
In a genre he’s calling “future trap,” Au5 has released his latest song “I Miss You,” featuring vocalist Kenny Raye, on Simplify.
“I Miss You” initially appears to be completely different territory for the producer, but upon a closer listen, the components that make Au5’s music so unique are still very much present. The chorus contains heavy-hitting dubstep elements, and Raye’s vocals expertly capture the emotion of the song.
Canadian producer Conro has already had an exceptional 2017, and the year’s not even halfway over yet.
On May 17, the producer put out his latest single on Monstercat: a laid-back track called “Lay Low.” Unlike his previous release, a high-energy remix of Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa‘s “Scared to be Lonely,” “Lay Low” emits a much more relaxed downtempo vibe.
David Benjamin‘s smooth vocals glide perfectly over Conro’s mellow beats in the track. The producer is consistently pushing the boundaries of conventional electronic music, and the remainder of the year is sure to be a success for him.
Tomorrowland has just made some exciting new announcements for their 2017 stage setups, which will be backed by some of today’s biggest electronic music superstars and leading record labels. Yesterday, January 19, Canadian record label, Monstercat made headlines across the internet as they announced they will be hosting their own stage at the European festival, which kicks off July 21 in Boom, Belgium. Tomorrowland has announced their community-driven theme to be “Amicorum Spectaculum,” meaning “show of friends” in Latin. As the theme’s name suggests, its primary goal is to promote unity between festival-goers and genres of all different demographics.
Alongside Monstercat, stages will be hosted by major labels such as Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune, Martin Garrix’s STAMPD Record, and more. Other genre-specific collectives such as I Love Techno and hardstyle’s Q-Dancewill host stages at the event as well.
The festival’s second weekend will bring forth further notable entity partners, with stages hosted by the likes of Spinnin’ Records, Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak, Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance, Eric Prydz’s PRYDA, and more.
Tomorrowland’s melange of different sounds and genres, which includes over 65 collectives, labels, and artists, will easily mark the sprawling gathering as one of the most highly anticipated events of this year. With an already stacked assortment of genre-leading pioneers, we are all eagerly standing by for the stages’ lineup announcements to be made this coming Monday, January 23.
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Monstercat are at it again. This time with a smashing release from Dirty Audio and Max Style. An amalgamation of all things bass-related, “Roller Coaster” sputters and kicks as it climbs towards a future-focused drop. A wide array of samples and soundscapes collide together with chirpy vocals stutters before the collaborators throw caution to the wind and launch their full on dubstep assault. This one is truly a white-knuckle ride that turns up the intensity right when you least expect it.
Scandinavian standouts, Pegboard Nerds, have always managed to keep fans on their toes. While the pair started out in the dubstep space, they since have dabbled in a wide variety of genres to truly give their catalog of originals and remixes an impressive depth.
Currently on a streak of releases on Monstercat including a recent collaboration with Snails, the Nerds have now announced their new Nerds By Nature EP that will be released on the Vancouver label and introduce the lead-off track, “Melodymania.” A time travel back to the glory days of progressive house, Parsberg & Odden compose a graceful arrangement of retro-influenced synths that will take old school dance fans back to the days when they could be found at the main stage.
Making his debut on the ever-increasingly popular Canadian label Monstercat, Seven Lions teamed up with the duo Echos for an incredibly well-crafted sonic excursion, “Cold Skin.” The combination of feelings from the two melodic masterminds is nothing short of breathtaking.
Lexi Norton, one half of Echos, delivers a picturesque vocal performance that lives up to the powerful emotions felt in every other aspect of the piece. Seven Lions brings just the right amount of his renowned melodic dubstep style, while also exploring the cosmic side of his production — in concert with that of Echos’ aesthetic — giving the track a rich flavor overall.
Monstercat‘s new golden child Karma Fields, the world’s first AI act, is gearing up for its debut live performance, The Hex, with the release of a new single, “Sweat.” Along with the single, Monstercat released accompanying remixes from Bixel Boys and Soulji. Exactly which aspects of Karma Fields’ music are created by artificial intelligence seems to still be unclear, as details have not been forthcoming. However, one thing is still apparent: the music is well-produced and musically interesting.
“Sweat” begins with a chorus of mysterious chanting, backed up by what sounds like a drum circle, which resolves into a barebones breakbeat rhythm. A relatively simple melody is carried through the drop by a straightforward sawtooth synth that’s controlled by a low frequency oscillator. By varying the speed of the oscillations with the rhythm, Karma Fields creates a strong feeling of constantly speeding up then slowing down, effectively leaving the listener bouncing and floating overtop of the beat.
Jauz and San Holo have been building anticipation around the release of an upcoming collaboration among their fanbase for quite some time. The pair took to social media in April, inviting fans to submit potential titles for the then-unreleased tune, with nominations ranging from “Jawbacca” to “Songy McSongface.” While the latter title would surely have been a shoe-in for the Billboard Hot 100, the pair eventually landed on “OK!” as the name for their inaugural joint effort.
After months of Jauz and San Holo stirring the pot, “OK!” has been released on Monstercat. The sultry vocals which accompany the eerie synths of the songs introductory segment are beguiling. As soon as the song’s producers have lulled the listener into a false sense of security, they disrupt the hauntingly peaceful ambience they’ve created with an interjection of seismic bass patterns and sinister synthesis. “OK!” can be streamed below and is available for purchase here.
Sometimes it pays to geek out on a certain subject. For the dubstep duo Pegboard Nerds, geeking out on their music production has paid off immensely. The synths that they come up with, along with the overall mastering and sound design, tends to boggle the mind and their newest single, “BAMF,” is no exception.
A sci-fi-esque sound starts “BAMF” off on a mysterious note that sets the mood for the rest of the track. A vocal sample that was the likely source of the track’s name joins forces with a monstrous kick and bass to build the track up into a drop that succeeds in creating a certain “wow factor.” An incredibly heavy, yet tightly-controlled staccato bass comes in hot and heavy, driving the progression of both drops and showcasing a unique side of the Nerds’ production arsenal.
In March 2015, the mystery that is Karma Fields released its debut single, “Build The Cities,” accompanied by a video that included monochromatic 3D-mapping from the likes of master programmer Raven Kwok. Creating a never-before-seen multi-sensory experience, Karma Fields has made a remarkable impact as the world’s first AI act. Monstercat released Karma Fields’ debut album, New Age Dark Age, in April 2016.
Karma Fields has finally shared a preview of its anticipated live production, “The HEX.” Astonishing live visuals perfectly mirror the musical progressions taking place within the structure, which takes the form of an interactive 20′ by 19′ Hexagon. Live visual patterns displayed upon the computerized monolith have the ability to react to the music being played, creating an evolved physical representation of previously-created visuals and Karma Fields’ music. “The HEX” will debut during Karma Fields’ first live show, which is set to take place later in 2016.