Notaker takes listeners to new heights in new Monstercat release, ‘The Storm’

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Notaker takes listeners to new heights in new Monstercat release, ‘The Storm’Notaker Press Pic

Following an otherworldly mau5trap EP, EREBUS I, in July, versatile producer Notaker is back at it again.

The St. Louis artist opens his latest venture with an air of mystery, building anticipation with formidable, distant drums and a haunting synth melody. A brief crescendo leads to another type of build, this time layered with additional mystical elements, before launching the listener deep into the heart of “The Storm.”

As seems to be his specialty, Notaker has built another transcendental, visionary experience in “The Storm.” The world he’s built within the song’s five-minute length serves as both the calm before the storm and the storm itself. He doesn’t shy away from heavy doses of bass, but allows his ethereal synth melodies to take center stage and mold this otherworldly experience.

“The Storm” seems to serve as a darker counterpart to his February 2017 Monstercat release, “Shimmer.” Both tracks are compelling sonic journeys, each carefully crafted to transport their listeners to a world undiscovered.

Exclusive: Take flight with Koven’s out-of-this-world ‘Do You’ music video

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Exclusive: Take flight with Koven’s out-of-this-world ‘Do You’ music videoReality Reach Sent Into Space Koven

On Reality Reach‘s release day, UK duo Koven did something completely out-of-this-world — they sent their EP into space.

After working with 100 fan-submitted vocals for “Voices,” the Monstercat artists have one-upped themselves once again. They partnered with Sent Into Space and Jägermeister to launch physical copies of their EP (along with Monstercat’s signature plushie) up high into the atmosphere.

To celebrate the package’s return from space, the pair have released a music video for the EP’s second track, “Do You.” The music video was created from the 360° footage of the package’s flight, showing the EP as it leaves the ground and sails for the heavens. As it ascends, viewers can observe the temperature, atmospheric pressure and altitude it travels. At the height of the song, the balloon camera offers stunning footage of the Earth from miles above its surface, showing breathtaking views from above the clouds. As the song draws to a close, the package descends back to Earth, where it lands in a field just as the Katie Boyle’s vocals drift off.

Reality Reach isn’t the only body of music that’s been sent into space. Over the years, Sent Into Space has worked with Metallica, Kelvin Jones, and Mystery Jets to present their music to fans in a unique way.

Conro throws euphoric electronics on Earth, Wind & Fire’s classic ‘September’

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It’s September, and Canadian producer Conro is here to remind fans why the end of summer isn’t that miserable with a rework of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 hit, “September.” For decades, the iconic song has given the world a reason to get dancing in the fall season, and the multi-talented artist has brought it back with a contemporary rendition.

The Monstercat release holds true to the original, ensuring those energy-fueled trumpet scales and melodies aren’t lost, while adding an upbeat, electronic bassline comprised of joyful lead-synths.

Conro’s released a steady stream of singles over the past year, and with a home at Monstercat since early 2016, he’s shaping up to be a huge breakout producer as we approach 2019. His recent works also include August’s mellow “Trippin” and June’s future bass-fueled “Fired Up.”

Infected Mushroom release second track off ‘Rocket League X Monstercat Vol. 4’ LP

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Infected Mushroom release second track off ‘Rocket League X Monstercat Vol. 4’ LPInfected Mushroom Walking On The Moon

Infected Mushroom releases a celestial psytrance single, “Walking On The Moon,” on Canadian electronic powerhouse Monstercat. Starting off with a dance between disonnant bells and funky keys, the track dives into dynamic ad lib textures, and finally, that beating four on the floor kick arrangement. The anticipation rises as the pitch climbs, and then the track falls into major space play with passing sonics amongst the acid house bassline. Vocoder vocals support the high-end amongst Infected Mushroom’s percussion-heavy narrative.

The Israeli musical duo called the track Brazilian Psybase, a nod to the swing and arrangement from the various percussion elements. “Walking On The Moon,” is the second single off of Monstercat’s collaborative Rocket League X Monstercat Vol. 4 LP. The first was “Charge” by Bossfight. Landing in full on September 13, the projects is set to feature artists such as Muzzy, Darren Styles, Gammer & Dougal, Tokyo Machine, and Pixel Terror.

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.

Nero members of The Night release second single, ‘Set Me Free’

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Nero members of The Night release second single, ‘Set Me Free’The Night Set Me Free 1

Nero‘s got a brand new bag, and regardless of the name, The Night is all about the light. Wedded in both marriage and sonic union, Nero’s Alana Watson and Daniel Stephens have for years now been using their lustrous side project as a way of decompressing from the menacing motifs inherent in their original, Grammy Award-winning act’s core design. However, until recently, The Night was kept in the shadows. Mid-March housed the release of the duo’s first single, “Different Story,” — something of a coming-out track — under the new moniker, via Monstercat.

Now Watson and Stephens return to the Canadian imprint for “Set Me Free.” Watson’s ’80s pop-influenced voice seems to be the only discernible trace of Nero influence evident in the new single, which is brimming with bubbly production. While a slightly cryptic synth interlude snakes between the chorus, the drop is all glossy reverb, animated vocal chops, and even a hint of cowbell for good measure.

Au5 makes his Monstercat return with ‘The Journey’ ft Trove

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Au5 makes his Monstercat return with ‘The Journey’ ft TroveAu5 The Journey 1

Au5 (real name, Austin Collins) has been wielding his atmospheric dubstep and bass music of all varieties since his training as a classical pianist led him to study electronic production as a teenager. His transcendent sea of releases is brimming with Monstercat‘s emblem, though until now he had been releasing elsewhere and independently for a few years’ hiatus from the imprint.

His latest track and reacquaintance with the Canadian label, “The Journey,” illuminates Au5’s tender tendencies. With steady metronome clicks, pensive piano chords, and Trove’s delicate vocals, the song takes its rightful place alongside Monstercat’s extensive catalog of dreamy downtempo. However, the track is not deficient of its fair share of vigor, exploding into a sun burst of jaunting chillstep around the two-minute mark.

Get your weekend started with Monstercat Uncaged Vol. 5

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Get your weekend started with Monstercat Uncaged Vol. 5Monstercat

Monstercat has been a force to be reckoned with over the past few years thanks to a consistent output of hit tracks and the label’s ability to foster emerging acts into top-tier artists. The label has started compiling a variety of their best recent releases into compilations called Monstercat Uncaged, leading to the release of a packed 41-track Monstercat Uncaged Vol. 5. 

This iteration of Monstercat’s Uncaged features hard-hitting tracks from the likes of Knife Party, Gammer, SLANDER, and Crankdat, among many more. This collection of releases is the perfect backdrop to get a party started and is a sampling of the diverse releases the label has to offer.

SLANDER and Crankdat surprise fans with heavy metal collaboration featuring Asking Alexandria

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SLANDER and Crankdat surprise fans with heavy metal collaboration featuring Asking AlexandriaKneel Before Me

SLANDER and Crankdat have teamed up with UK heavy metal band Asking Alexandria for a release that can only be described as incredibly unexpected. Both producers have been teasing a collaboration for a while, but listeners may be surprised to find that the track is as heavy metal as it is electronic.

The SLANDER duo has expressed that hard rock was a huge influence for them musically growing up, making this release an exciting one for them. “Kneel Before Me” showcases the producers’ diverse production capabilities as they meld the different genres together into an exciting whole.

The track opens with rasping vocals framed by electric guitar chords. Screaming falls into what the listener believes will be a heavy metal drop, but surprisingly builds into a fusion of metal and dubstep. For those who grew up on Linkin Park and System of a Down, this track is a welcome addition to the collection, with its electronic chords fusing into a hard rock framework.

The track is out now via Monstercat.

Monstercat announces stacked ADE lineup

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Monstercat announces stacked ADE lineupMonstercat Ade 2018

As 2018’s edition of Amsterdam Dance Event draws near, Monstercat has announced a stacked lineup of talent for their third year.

On Oct. 18, Monstercat artists of the Uncaged persuasion will descend on Melkweg’s ADE for an unforgettable series of performances. The array of talent includes Noisia, Feed Me, Modestep, Pegboard Nerds, Gammer, Muzzy, Going Quantum, Tokyo Machine, and Orri + Friends.

The Bassrush event will take place from 11:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Early bird tickets and tier one tickets are already sold out, but additional tiers and a final set of tickets will be released as the event nears.

Learn more and buy tickets here.