Monstercat reveals ‘Best of 2019’ list, voted on by fans

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After a few days of hard-fought voting, Monstercat fans have selected their top 40 songs of 2019.

The Canadian label revealed that fans picked RIOT‘s “Blackwater” as their No. 1 song of 2019, followed by Bossfight‘s “Overdose” and Grant‘s “Wishes.” This is the second year in a row that RIOT has topped the Monstercat charts, with 2018’s “Overkill” making its mark last year. Other notable releases on the charts include Pegboard Nerds‘ “Gunslinga” and Pixel Terror‘s “Amnesia,” which follow Bossfight and Grant, respectively. Voting for the annual list opened Dec. 3 and closed Dec. 5, and fans were able to vote for up to 10 songs.

In addition to the label’s fan-voted Best of 2019 list, listeners can find Monstercat staff picks in the latest episode of Call of the Wild.

NMF Roundup: Laidback Luke remixes Knife Party, Jason Ross and Dabin team up + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

After the release of their Lost Souls EP earlier this year, Knife Party have tapped Laidback Luke for a groovy remix of “Death & Desire,” and Jason Ross, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew team up for “One That Got Away.” Wave Racer has released a new single, “This N That” with LunchMoney Lewis, and Martin Garrix links with Dean Lewis for “Used to Love.” Walker & Royce tackle Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco,” and Hot Since 82 takes it one deeper on “Tilted.” Arty lends his spirited hand to Gorgon City and MK’s “There For You,” and Axwell remixes Halsey’s “Graveyard.” Four Tet’s dingbat-riddled moniker unveils new content, and Nicky Romero, Mike Williams, and Amba Shepherd collaborate on “Dynamite.” REZZ and Malaa take no prisoners on “Criminals,” and Golf Clap deliver their iteration of “Let It Go” by Hood Rich and BRUX. NGHTMRE flexes on an interpretation of Habstrakt’s “The One,” and Herobust cranks up the intensity on “Smoke.” Chime keeps the Halloween spirit alive with “Haunted,” and Modestep sound the “Alarm” on their new single.

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 this NMF.

Photo credit: Tim Snow

Deck the halls with Monstercat’s new holiday compilation

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Deck the halls with Monstercat’s new holiday compilationMonstercat Holiday Hits

As the countdown to December 25 dwindles down, Christmas music can be heard seeping from speakers all around the world. Putting a dance music spin on some holiday classics, Monstercat has unleashed a collection of songs of the season from some of the Canadian label’s up-and-coming talents.

The five-track compilation kicks off with Tokyo Machine‘s playful take on “Jingle Bells,” ringing in the recognizable melody with a significant amount of bass and setting the scene for the rest of the tracks. “Arctica” is a lighthearted original from Pixel Terror, and things take a turn for the stranger in FWLR‘s take on “Deck The Halls,” which features a theme of computer’s becoming self-aware and taking over. Skyelle‘s gorgeous vocals take center stage on “Christmas Ain’t The Same,” and Bossfight‘s formidable dubstep returns on a powerful version of “Carol of the Bells” called “Carol of the Cartels.”

Bossfight kicks off ‘Monstercat x Rocket League Vol. 4’ with ‘Charge’

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Bossfight kicks off ‘Monstercat x Rocket League Vol. 4’ with ‘Charge’Bossfight Charge Monstercat Rocket League

Canadian powerhouse Monstercat is preparing to unleash its latest collaborative effort with the gaming world in the form of Monstercat x Rocket League Vol. 4, out September 13. The fourth installment of the EP partnership with Rocket League kicks off with a release of the collection’s fifth track, “Charge” by Bossfight.

“Charge” is Bossfight’s fourth single on the label this year and only his fifth release with them overall, but the shrouded producer has already established himself as a total powerhouse known for his hard-hitting bass productions. He’s proven himself versatile, too, hopping seamlessly between electro, dubstep, drumstep, glitch hop, and more. “Charge” sees him in his electro element, kicking off with a dancing synth melody and building into a formidable, bass-laden drop.

Leading up to the compilation’s release on September 13, fans can also expect releases from Muzzy, Infected Mushroom, Darren Styles, Gammer & Dougal, Tokyo Machine, and Pixel Terror. Pre-order Monstercat x Rocket League Vol. 4 here.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 19

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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.

Tired of a SoundCloud feed packed with Post Malone remixes, edits and covers? I thought I was, too — until I heard StéLouse‘s cover of “Rockstar” with Still Haze and Manus. StéLouse takes us back to a “gone but never forgotten SoundCloud era of 2014” with a feel-good cover of the iconic song, coming at the listener hard with the Flume vibes. A swinging beat, gorgeously redone vocals that are arguably much better than the original, and a light trap beat give their cover a life all of its own. It’s revamped my love of the song in a whole new way.

In their latest release, drum & bass powerhouse duo Koven tap into their dark side. “With You” is ushered in by Katie Boyle’s strong vocals and a delicate piano melody that quickly builds into something more forceful. Six-minute “With You” is a formidable BPM-cranked journey that ends the UK pair’s successful year on a strong note, showcasing all the best parts of their skill set.

Lost Kings have been on fire on 2017, shifting their focus to from remixes to original content like “Look At Us Now,” “Quit You,” and “First Love.” They’re rounding out the year with another original: a catchy pop-influenced number called “Don’t Call.” The single is a classic Lost Kings track, centered on catchy vocals and a solid dance beat. And don’t worry — they’re still in the remix game.

Kasbo‘s latest creation is a beautiful but melancholy single. He calls “Snow In Gothenburg” one of the most atmospheric and personal tracks he’s ever made, and that’s made completely clear by the somber soundscape he paints as the song progresses. “The song itself about loneliness and isolation, and the freedom of coming to terms with those feelings,” he says. “Seeing the beauty of realizing that everyone has their own ways to go in life and that not everyone is supposed to have someone.”

For the final track of this week’s playlist, we shift gears completely. Monstercat veteran Ephixa and label newcomer Bossfight thrill in this heavy electro creation called “Subside.” With dancing synth melodies and pounding bass, these two take the listener on a wild ride throughout their collaboration, with countless unexpected twists and turns. The surprise factor throughout the course of the song makes it practically unclassifiable, putting “Subside” in a league of its own.

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