[Review] Monstercat 017 – Ascension

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After successfully topping the album charts on iTunes Dance and solidifying themselves as one of the top independent labels in dance music, Monstercat has proven that they are the next driving force in todays industry. Housing artists such as Krewella, Pegboard Nerds, Haywyre, Vicetone, and more, the label has made it clear that their forward thinking mindset, along with their elite team full of passionate artists, are revolutionizing the music world day by day.

With the forefront of their operations being among some of the most well renowned talent out there, it was only a matter of time until the next wave of Monster-kittens made their rounds to showcase their ground-breaking productions. Well, ninjas, the wait is officially over because Monstercat dropped an intense load of eclectic feels on the world last week with the release of their 17th compilation album, Ascension. Including artists such as Aero Chord, Rootkit, SCNDL, Varien!, and more, this album showcases a wide array of genres that will tickle everyone’s fancy. The ninjas here at TMN have been listening to this compilation album over and over again, to which we find something new and enticing each and every time. Through each song we are able to senselessly move to the beautiful melodies and discover the intrinsic meaning that each artist conveys in their masterpieces. In the end, one will have lost all sense of their existing state of mind and embark on an intense journey into this lucid world full of numbing basslines, spine-tingling melodies, and ear-shattering breakdowns strong enough to melt your face off.

As music continues to evolve and artists begin to experiment with production, Monstercat continues to deliver us that next big sound. Their ability to stay ahead of everyone else is what separates them from the rest of the crowd, and for that, we cannot wait until these kittens bring forth the next round of talent to make us question the word around us. Ascension has given us that conclusive resolve within ourselves and is proof that Monstercat knows the true definition of artistry. Make sure to support these artists and purchase your copy today; we promise you will not regret this decision in any way shape or form.

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Reach
Aero Chord
Surface
Pegboard Nerds
Hero (feat. Elizaveta)
Tristam & Braken
Frame of Mind
Au5
Follow You (feat. Danyka Nadeau)
Stonebank
Eagle Eyes (feat. EMEL)
Trivecta
One Night Only (feat. Yohamna Solange)
Rootkit
Too Late (Original Mix)
Noisestorm
Surge (Original Mix)
Direct
Wanna Know You (ft. Holly Drummond)
Tut Tut Child
Power Fracture
Haywyre
The Schism
SCNDL
The Munsta
Favright
Taking Over (feat. Cassandra Kay)
Astronaut
Quantum (Virtual Riot Remix)
Case & Point
All On Me (feat. Gamble & Burke)
Stephen Walking
Excellent Choice
Nitro Fun
Cheat Codes
Eminence
Halo
Soulero
Seconds Away
Rootkit
Do It
DotEXE
Inside Out
Droptek
The Covenant
Fractal
Itvara
Bustre
Dont Forget (feat. LaMeduza)
Feint
Phosphor (feat. Miyoki)
Tut Tut Child
Drink Up
Varien and SirensCeol
Moonlight (feat. Aloma Steele)
Insan3Lik3 & Rob Gasser
Open Hour
Mr FijiWiji
Out on a Limb (feat. Jonny Rose)
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Abyss Album Mix
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Zenith Album Mix
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[Feels] Soulection – 100K (Free Album)

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Last night, I came across a tweet from Soulection-affiliated producer Dpat that read, “Emotional Dance Music.” While it was likely intended as a joke, this perfectly describes the genre emerging from the impressive LA-based collective whose roster includes some of the brightest up ‘n coming talents in electronic music today. Melding sounds of classic R&B with experimental elements of various EDM genres, the artists of Soulection have created a unique vibe that is airy, lo-fi and relaxing, yet completely danceable.

Earlier today, to celebrate gaining 100,000 followers on their Soundcloud page, Soulection put out a free compilation full of new material that demonstrates exactly how they have gotten to this point. 100k is an incredibly dope collection that captures the scope of the crew’s talents and uniquely soothing style. Feel the feels with a few of our favorite tracks above and grab the whole project HERE.

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[Booty Bass] Ivarr – Party People

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Here at The Music Ninja we supply only the finest records for all of you party goers out there! Whether it be a trap banger, a booty bass track, or even something sweet for your soft side we bring you nothing but the best! Ivarr’s newest track “Party People” samples bits and pieces from Kano’s “I’m Ready” and the Tag Team classic “Whoomp! There It Is” to create “Party People”! This booty bass track may be sitting at 128 beats per minute but it most definitely will make you twerk! It’s a bit crazy to see such talented artists like Ivarr have less than one thousand followers, especially being featured on a couple of David Heartbreak compilations! I guess that’s where we come into place, bringing you those hidden gems like Ivarr’s “Party People”; trust me we’re not stopping anytime soon!

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[Jersey Club] Liz – Y2K (Vices Remix)

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I’m sure you’re all aware that Jersey Club is the next best thing since kung-fu and karate, but are you completely familiar with Vices yet? If you aren’t completely familiar of this duo, then now is the time to soak it all in through musical osmosis! The water drop samples will surely help in the process on Vices’ remix of Y2K!

Vices is a Jersey Club duo which is oddly located out of Orlando. You may be wondering “wouldn’t that make Vices ‘Orlando Club’ or am I tripping?’” The answer to your question is yes you’re tripping, and no this is Jersey Club! Typically Jersey Club consists of a unique four to the floor drum style with a bit of swing on the kick towards the end of the bar, and some mind blowing vocal chops. On this Y2K remix Vices takes things to the next level by combining the standard style for Jersey Club and adding detuned vocals in to the mix, some water droplets, a few very sexual moans and some pitched bed squeaks creating the biggest Jersey Club remix to drop this year!

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[Electronic/Experimental] Sampha – Slow Lights

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Over the last few years, rising producer/singer Sampha has worked on projects with SBTRKT, Drake, and released a six-track solo EP, Dual, in 2013. Needless to say, fans are anxious to get their hands on his upcoming debut album. According to a new post from Sampha, it’s currently in the works, and he has a brand new track to share with the world.

His latest comes in the form of a new instrumental (emphasis on the -mental) track “Slow Lights.” Spacey synth arrangements fade in and out of one another as Sampha adds a heavenly vocal extension into the mix, resulting in a three-minute ride through psychedelic soundscapes and off the wall production. Check out the track above and be on the lookout for more music from Sampha in the near future.

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[NEW] Jamie xx – Girl

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James Blake previewed this glorious track titled “Girl” by Jamie xx on his BBC Radio 1 Residency show last month. He made a mistake and called it “Bloke” by Simon Tallwhacker, but James corrects himself during Aprils mix (featured below). We took the rip from the previous mix because he talks all over the most recent one, but none the less this track should give you the chills. Featuring his classic style of dreamy vocal edits mixed with flawless drum work, this one should be on repeat for a while. Cheers.

Click here to listen to Aprils mix.

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[Video/Chill/House] Sebastian Carter – Stranger Sights (Feat. Henry Green)

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Sebastian Carter has graced the pages of TMN multiple times behind a smooth and emotive brand of house remixes, but this time the Swiss born producer is back and armed with a beautiful original record featuring an ethereal vocal contribution from budding UK troubadour Henry Green. “Stranger Sights” executes a succinct hi-hat shuffle plucked right out of NYC’s Paradise Garage brand of late 80′s dance music; but rather than a jacking house vibe at its core, there lies a very seductive and melodic heartbeat to the tune. Henry Green, whose vocals we had never heard before, casts an even more soothing aesthetic onto “Stranger Sights” with his reverb treated crooning, and behind those beautifully coalescing elements, this one quickly took the place as our favorite Sebastian Carter tune. As an added bonus, the visually stimulating music video plays just as well as the track does aurally. The pair teamed up with rising photographer/videographer Jack Toohey, who had this to day about the project: “I was inspired by the mysterious quality of the song, I immediately pictured aimless wandering on a cold night. Picking up on lyrics like ‘retrace my steps, ‘wasting time’… That feeling of being out dancing until 3am – every things a bit of a blur – dangerous thoughts like ‘in the hope  that i’ll be yours again’ start slipping back into your mind. I guess it’s just trying to capture that feeling and that mystique of the hours before dawn.”  We think both the song and video nailed it. Stream “Stranger Sights” above (which you can download for free on his Soundcloud), and check out the official music video after the jump.

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