[Review] Monstercat 017 – Ascension


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.

Grant Bowtie
Aero Chord
Pegboard Nerds
Hero (feat. Elizaveta)
Tristam & Braken
Frame of Mind
Follow You (feat. Danyka Nadeau)
Eagle Eyes (feat. EMEL)
One Night Only (feat. Yohamna Solange)
Too Late (Original Mix)
Surge (Original Mix)
Wanna Know You (ft. Holly Drummond)
Tut Tut Child
Power Fracture
The Schism
The Munsta
Taking Over (feat. Cassandra Kay)
Quantum (Virtual Riot Remix)
Case & Point
All On Me (feat. Gamble & Burke)
Stephen Walking
Excellent Choice
Nitro Fun
Cheat Codes
Seconds Away
Do It
Inside Out
The Covenant
Dont Forget (feat. LaMeduza)
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)
Monstercat 017
Abyss Album Mix
Monstercat 017
Zenith Album Mix
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #86

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Some places have the weather, some have the beaches, and some have the never-ending party vibe, but Norway has now cemented itself as the home of summer as far as music is concerned. We’ve heard the amazing tropical stylings of both Kygo and Bearson throughout the year so far, but this magical land has made our jaw drop once again with another talented artist in Matoma. It doesn’t take long to realize that the 22 year old has a serious skill for composition, and every one of his productions is soaked in good vibes and just oozes happiness. He knows his way around an acapella as well, as these remixes of ‘Old Thing Back’ and ‘Higher Love’ will show, but be sure to check out his whole Soundcloud for plenty more material to throw straight into your latest summer playlist. It’s been a while since our latest dose of Snakehips, and this week we’ve been blessed with some of that production we know and love alongside some flawless vocal work from Sinead Harnett. The soulful songstress has worked alongside names like Disclosure and Ryan Hemsworth in recent times, but her blissful style just feels right at home over this bed of warm sultry groove. Consider us well and truly addicted. Peking Duk’s anthem ‘High’ has achieved a similar effect worldwide since it’s release, but it’s this vibe-filled version from Yahtzel that has got us hooked all over again. Whether it’s belting out the familiar lyrics or just bopping along to the infectious beat, this is a remix guaranteed to have waves of summer festival-goers under its complete control. We’re shifting from the festival stage to the heated dance-floor now, because Frenchman Darius has once again cooked up another killer piece of funk in his take on MØ’s ‘Don’t Wanna Dance’. But it really doesn’t matter what you want to do, because there’s no stopping your body from moving to this crazy groove, and there’s nothing that can prepare for you for the absolute eargasm that happens at 1:50. That’s way too hot to handle!!

We’re far from done yet though, because we’ve got some new Tobtok to add to the mix as well, so be expecting another big serve of the tropics to inject some joy into your day. This smile-inducing remix of the Zak Waters original will turn around even the darkest day into something worth celebrating, so lose yourself in this feel-good atmosphere of chill goodness. Zak’s been busy doing his own remix work lately as well, and we just love how well his vocals for ‘Over You’ meld so well with the timeless Breakbot classic. And because we love highlighting talent that you just have to hear in the Chill Dojo, we end the write-up with a big shout out to this jam from Kyle Hallam. We don’t know much other than the fact he hails from the warm climate of Australia’s northeast coast, but ‘Deep’ is as fresh as it gets, so that is enough to keep us satisfied for the time being. We see you Kyle.

Alright that wraps it up for another week, but your job is far from done after reading this. Get amongst it! Peace out.

Chill Dojo #86 zip

The Notorious B.I.G ft. Ja Rule
Old Thing Back (Matoma Remix)
James Vincent Mc Morrow
Higher Love (Matoma Remix)
Sinead Harnett (Feat Snakehips)
No Other Way
Peking Duk
High ft. Nicole Millar (Yahtzel Remix)

Dont Wanna Dance (Darius Remix)
Zak Waters ft. Codi Caraco
Out Of My Head (Tobtok Remix)
Zak Waters Vs. Breakbot
Over You (Baby, Im Yours Redux)
Kyle Hallam
Camden Arc
Is It Good To You
Parkinson White & Kyle Cook
Parkinson White & Kyle Cook
Parkinson White
Cherry Lipz
Novo Amor
From Gold (Nebbra Remix)
The City
Drowning In You (P A T H Remix)
J.Quest X Novastar
Lauren Aquilina
Get Here (Glastrophobie Remix)
Clean Bandit
Rather Be (JackLNDN Remix)
John Legend
All Of Me (Addal Edit)
Above & Beyond
Sticky Fingers (Lane 8 Remix)
Walter Sobcek
Midnight Crush feat. Mereki (Synapson Remix)
Estate + Liquid Pegasus
Tuff Luv
Estate + Liquid Pegasus
Tendency (Satin Jackets Remix)
Nicolas Haelg
Next To You (Original Mix)
Le Roi Crocodile
Kyla La Grange & Tez Cadey
The Knife (AA Seve Bootleg)
Kings Of Leon, Acoustic Cuts, Vijay & Sofia
Sex On Fire (AA Show Me Love Bootleg)
Paris Carney
Astronaut (Holborn Circuit Remix)
Drowning (The Ninetys Remix)
Sweetest Taboo (Flava Dre Massage)(Warren Xclnce ReWork)
Black Eyed Peas
Joints & Jam (Navy Shade Edit)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Aint No Mountain High Enough (El. Train Remix)
Were Fading (Parra for Cuva remix)
T Pain
Bartender (DJ Hoodboi Remix)
RJ Tripps
Peace Be With
Schwarz x 333 Boyz
Whack Tear Oil
Plue Starfox
Mikos Da Gawd x Tele Fresco x Aldo
Japanese Bucket Hat
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[Hip-Hop] Wiz Khalifa – 28 Grams (Mixtape)

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After a slight delay due to some legal trouble clever marketing he encountered during a stop on his Under The Influence of Music tour in Texas, Trap Wiz has finally been unleashed, and fully manifested himself in this brand new mixtape, 28 Grams. If his new nickname didn’t already give it away, it should be noted that this isn’t your typical Wiz Khalifa project, as the Pittsburgh native’s teamed up with producers like ZaytovenMetro Boomin, 808 Mafia, ID Labs, Sonny Digital and a few others to explore a grittier, trap-inspired sound.

We can’t say the experimentation pays off, as often times throughout the project it comes off as forced and contrived. The tape does have its shining moments however. Collaborations with Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign are almost guaranteed to stay in rotation all summer, and we also catch a few glimpses of classic Wiz on Ricky P produced numbers like “Pure,” “Samo,” and “Comb Over,” as well as the Thundercat assisted “Something Special.”

Standing at 28 tracks, sorting through an ambitious project of that scale can prove to be a daunting task, so as usual we’ve picked out a few our favorites for you below. If you do feel inclined to download the full mixtape however, you can do so at the link below.


Wiz Khalifa
Samo (Prod by Ricky P)
Wiz Khalifa
On A Plane (Prod by Cozmo)
Wiz Khalifa
Something Special ft. Thundercat (Prod by rmbjustize)
Wiz Khalifa
Word On The Town ft. Juicy J, Pimp C (Prod by Juicy J)
Wiz Khalifa
Banger ft. Ty$ (Prod by Sonny Digital)
Wiz Khalifa
My Nigs ft. Curren$y (Prod by ID Labs / PoShod Beats)
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[Get Crunk] The Friday Party Playlist (Vol. 105)


Well ninjas, it’s Friday and you know what that means – another week of crunk-tastic music to get you ready for an epic three-day weekend. Since Clayton has left me in charge of the Friday Party Playlist, I just wanted to give the master a personal shout out for consistently making those Sunday hangovers worth every last unnecessary shot. I have some big shoes to fill, so I hope all of you party people are ready to get crunk the Fergie way.

With that said, i’ve got an arsenal full of bangers that will have every girl at the party feel as if they are “literally dying”. What are you waiting for? Press play and get through your Friday the right way. As our TMN legend would say, “we’d like to kindly ask that you #danceirresponsibly” – so make us proud.

Yo Gotti
King Shit ( K!MŦƱ Remix )
Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith
La La La (White Panda X Gazzo Remix)
Dillon Francis & DJ Snake
Get Low (Black Boots Blacklisted Rework)
Happy (1DAFUL Remix)
Pharrell Williams
Monster (PRFFTT & Svyable X Chris Barnhart Remix)
Case & Point
Tritonal & Paris Blohm
Colors (Luke Shay Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ms. Jackson (Flaxo Remix)
The Fray
How to Save a Life (X5IGHT Remix)
Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, DVBBS
Goldskies  (Bassanova & Justin Strikes Remix)
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Zak Waters vs Breakbot – Over You (Baby, I’m Yours Redux) [TMN Premiere]

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Over You (Baby, I'm Yours Redux) Free Download

If there is one guy who knows how to swoon you with just the sound of his voice, it’s Zak Waters. Most of us are familiar with his name due in part to his collaboration with Adventure Club and David Solano for their incredible song, “Life In Color.” Since then, Zak has been tirelessly working on his own original productions that combine both his versatility as a vocalist and his love for dance music.

Since it’s Friday and we love to give you all free music, we have a special gift from Zak with the premiere of his redux of Breakbot’s “Baby, I’m Yours” versus his own original song, “Over You.” Here at TMN, we’ve become very familiar with “Over You” since we included the track in Sunday Night Soul Volume 12 back in February, to which every couple made sweet love with this man’s voice in the background.

Well ninjas, it’s time to prepare for another night beneath the sheets, because Zak is giving out this redux version of “Over You” vs “Baby, I’m Yours” to all of his fans to show his appreciation. This funky tune exudes enough soul and sexual tension to make the clothes melt right off of your body. Grab your free download, turn up the volume, and share the moment with someone sexy.

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[Nu-Disco] Michael Jackson – Love Never Felt So Good (Slinger Remix)

Michael Jackson
Love Never Felt So Good (Slinger Remix)

Fresh off of one of our favorite Nu-Disco takes on popular music, Slinger returns again to grace these hallowed pages of TMN with a high-energy disco rewrite of Michael Jackson’s posthumous charting single “Love Never Felt So Good”. Already with remixes of Prince and Pharrell under his belt, it was the perfect window for that glossy and ultimately mysterious nu-disco of Slinger to wrap itself up with the inimitable vocals from the King of Pop. Slinger’s remix begins with washy synth pads fueled by a simple upscale of strings before an exploding kick drum clears quite the followable auditory path for the tune to build into a dance floor assault. Again we’re taken one step further with the addition of a classic house piano and even a slight pan-flutey breakdown to pull a smile from even the most serious of dance groovers. Once again, this one is being given away in exchange for a Facebook like, so hop to it Ninjas.

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[Electro] Wolfgang Gartner & Popeska – We Are The Computers

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Wolfgang Gartner & Popeska
We Are The Computers (Free Download)

If you could morph Daft Punk with Wolfgang Gartner, Popeska, some video game noises, and an analog synthesizer this would be the lovechild. On “We Are The Computers” Wolfgang takes a step out of his comfort zone and approaches things a bit differently than normal. With Popeska being on the track you already know this is going to be a serious banger. Expect to hear this all over; it is about to be festival season! With quality like this, they easily could have had “We Are The Computers” released on Ultra Records or really any for that matter, but instead they put it out on Wolfgang’s label ‘Kindergarten Records’. For some odd reason, “We Are The Computers” takes me back to the first time I ever hopped on Sega Genesis and played Sonic The Hedgehog! Even though Wolfgang Gartner & Popeska’s newest track was put out on a record label, it is available for free download! Let this tune take you on a mystical journey back through time on a train of nostalgia.

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