This Was SoundCloud’s Most Popular Electronic Track in 2017

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It’s that time of the year again when SoundCloud takes a look back at what’s happened on its streaming music platform for the past year. From Grammy nominations to the artists that have dominated 2017, SoundCloud has provided 17 Best Of 2017 categories that touch on electronic, rock, and hip-hop. Be sure to check out

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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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Mike Darlington Promises New Changes For Monstercat in 2018

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As Monstercat opens their voting for the Best of 2017 poll, Monstercat’s Mike Darlington has promised some rather big news for the forthcoming year. While many fans are left questioning what this could mean, Mike Darlington did confirm that they are continuously working on improving their website and will not be returning with colors for

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Ookay “COOL” To Set Tone For 2018

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Hitting the road over the past months on his “WOW COOL Tour”, Ookay has been hinting at what’s to come for some time now. Incorporating live instruments to his sets, bringing a fresh feel to the world and driving fans bananas at shows, everyone’s only favorite thief has more news for fans on what’s to

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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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Bass Boosted: The Meaning Behind The Hype and Best Songs

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You’re probably familiar with seeing the “bass boost” button. It’s most prevalent in aftermarket car stereo head units, self-powered PA speakers, and boom boxes. In addition to the infamous bass boost button, bass boosting is a common trend in YouTube music channels and artists in the dance music scene. You may be questioning, “what is

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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.

 

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Gammer’s ‘THE DROP’ EP Finally Lands On Monstercat

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It’s been a long time coming now, but one of 2017’s most anticipated IDs “THE DROP” by Gammer has finally dropped. After getting played by DJ Snake, Snails, Kayzo, Slander, NGHTMRE, and Party Favor, Gammer has released “THE DROP” EP off of Monstercat. With a mix of psytrance, dubstep, and hard dance music, the UK-based

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