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.
What happens when a Grammy-winning producer combines forces with a kingpin of the Demoscene in the Norwegian underground? Pegboard Nerds prevails, and the Scandinavian duo has unleashed yet another extended play, Heart of the Universe, from the Monstercat netherworld. The project comes after their 2018 effort with their Full Hearts EP featuring Knife Party and Dion Timmer.
The eclectic project ranges from the groups recognizable extreme bass like on the heavy, “Exterminate” and the reggae brostep “Computa Hakka” featuring the Ragga Twins to a brighter lead single in “Crying Shame” featuring NERVO and a sparkling pop leaning pitch with “Solo” featuring Maria Lynn.
Along with the audio project, the production veterans also released a physical comic book to accompany the EP. It’s the first chapter in their Heart of a Universe series.
Game composer Jaroslav Beck and designer Jan Ilavsky team up with Mutrix for the compilation’s first release, “Origins.” Pegboard Nerds bring their dynamic electro goodness to the soundtrack in the form of “Give A Little Love.” Morgan Page brings a dosage of house music with “Reason For Living,” and PIXL channels an electro-oriented path on “Full Charge.” Slippy delivers the bass on “Immortal,” and Boom Kitty offers a dramatic orchestral number in the form of “Burning Sands.”
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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.
REZZ and Deathpact take no prisoners in their new collaboration, “Kiss of Death,” and Wave Racer follows up recent single, “Auto,” with the soothing “Summer Rain.” Skrillex makes an appearance on Ed Sheeran’s latest, “Way To Break My Heart,” and Tycho reveals his full Weather LP on Mom+Pop/Ninja Tune. Ekali and Reo Cragun bring “Runaway” to Big Beat, and Madeon continues his tour de force with “Dream Dream Dream.” Keys N Krates have released a brand new “beat tape,” featuring tunes like “Sad Piano,” and TroyBoi returns to OWSLA for “PAPI CHULO.” Camelphat throw it way back with a remix of Dirty Vegas’ iconic 2002 release, “Days Go By,” and KSHMR taps Mike Waters for “My Best Life.” Moon Boots and Steven Klavier are all “Tied Up,” and David Guetta and Martin Solveig deliver a club mix of “Thing For You.” Tiësto crafts a big room remix of Illenium and Jon Bellion’s “Good Things Fall Apart,” and Armin van Buuren, Avian Grays, and Jordan Shaw team up for “Something Real.” Sofi Tukker get groovy on “Swing,” and Valentino Khan and Diplo collaborate on a hefty house heater, “JustYourSoul.”
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.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Kaskade has delivered the third installment of his beloved Redux series in the form of Redux 003, featuring tunes like “Ruckus” with Sego. Com Truise puts a retro spin on Hermitude‘s “Every Day” as part of a remix pack for the single, and EASTGHOST returns to bitbird to deliver “Remote Viewing.” After premiering on Dancing Astronaut, Madeaux‘s revival of “Black Magic Woman” makes its official debut, and Wuki takes to his Wukileaks channel for “Boasty.” Shakewell reveals a remix of Dillon Francis‘ “Fix Me,” and Example releases a set of remixes for “All Night,” including Jamie Roy’s “Up All Night Remix.” Conro breathes new life into “Remember You” with a new chill mix, and Zonderling releases a remix of Dannic and Promise Land‘s “Over.” Ryos takes to Proximity to unveil “Only You” featuring Sara Skinner, and Pegboard Nerds kick up the tempo on “Back to Me.” Timmy Trumpet releases “World At Our Feet” just in time for festival season, and R3HAB links with Norway’s Julie Bergan for “Don’t Give Up On Me Now.”
It’s looking like the next year is about to see a bountiful release harvest from illustrious Australian outfit Knife Party. They certainly know how to stir a frenzy among their fan base, slowly teasing out a variety of raucous new music through their Knifecast show and other platforms. It seems they’ve enlisted a tried-and-true partner for one of the upcoming releases: Pegboard Nerds. Following their “Harpoon” collaboration, released on Monstercat, the two acts have now forged a wild new tune that harkens back to both their electro stylings of old. A distinctly “Knife Party” drop ensues following encouraging vocals that command movement on the dance floor, bearing similarity to tracks like “EDM Death Machine,” or “Internet Friends.” Based off sources who were there to witness the track’s first unveiling in Amsterdam advise that the working title is “Jack;” only time will tell if this name sticks.
Knife Party is building up some serious momentum in front of a major drop of new music that we are guessing will be dropping in early 2019. After debuting several new original tunes on their new podcast series, Knifecast, the guys are steadily teasing new music. Their latest unreleased track comes courtesy of Pegboard Nerds,
Lost Lands ended two months ago, and bass heads will be happy to hear Jeff Abel, better known as Lost Lands helmer Excision, dropped some much needed content from the low-end showcase. Excision released the two-hour set he threw down in Legend Valley on the first night at his weekend bass Mecca, along with the festival’s official 2018 compilation. The 105 track mix contains tracks from a variety of X’s collaborators and up-and-comers in the bass music scene. It’s quite the list of artists that head bangers will certainly recognize and maybe even find new favorites in.
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.