Monstercat 017 – Ascension Ascends the Label Even Further

Over the past two years, we have watched this next label transform from the likes of a promising, transgenre EDM collective with loads of potential into the fierce jungle feline you see before you today.

Monstercat is most certainly where it’s at when discussing labels that have set the tone for the next few years of electronic dance music releases.

How, you ask?

Well, that next part is a bit tricky.

To begin, this Vancouver-based music label has elucidated talents from some of the most unheard of, eclectic groups of musicians in all of dance music. Not only have they championed said undiscovered artists onto the scene, but these new talents have proceeded to swell their fair share of waves in this vastly expanding ocean we affectionately refer to as the “EDM-o-sphere.” A quick glance at the “current roster” on the official Monstercat web page will reveal a staggering number of widely popular producers you may not have necessarily associated with MCat.

7 Minutes DeadAstronautAu5BrakenCase & PointDirectDotEXEDzeko & TorresDroptekFalcon FunkFavrightFractalHaywyreHellburgInsan3lik3KrewellaLets Be FriendsMr FijiwijiNoisestormPIXLPegboard NerdsProject 46, Rameses B, RazihelRogueSouleroSplitbreedStephen WalkingThrottleTristamTut Tut ChildVarien and Vicetone.

(Just to name a few of our favorites.)

However, words will only get us so far. You need to HEAR what we mean.

Without hesitation, the fat cats over at MC have released their 17th compilation LP to date. So far, “Monstercat 017 – Ascension” has garnered attention from every corner of the EDM world, making this their most supported album to date! With a four-hour laundry list of tracks, fantastic production quality throughout, and loads of prodigal EDM producers on top of it all, Monstercat presents to you a release that will only serve to exacerbate their stranglehold on the EDM industry.

Keep it up boys and girls.

Figure | Horns of the Apocalypse EP [OWSLA]

It gives us great joy to announce that Josh Gard aka Figure has officially signed onto OWSLA for his latest EP release titled Horns of the Apocalypse. After dropping his remix of “Barcode” by Blood Diamonds earlier this year under Skrillex’s massive label, it would seem Mr. Gard has found a home amongst some of the best and most promising EDM producers in the business. Skrillex most certainly knows great music when he hears it, we just wonder why it took OWSLA this long to snatch up one of our favorite heavy bass producers.

But as the Romans say: better late than never.

Figure’s latest EP features two tracks with Del The Funky Homosapien. Many of you may recognize him as Deltron 3030 (the rapper who spit on “Clint Eastwood” by the Gorillaz), some may even remember him for his remix of Josh’s “Upgrade”. According to Figure, Del loved his remix so much that he contacted him in order to collaborate on future releases by Josh. We think it’s great that members of the EDM community can team up with rappers and NOT produce a trap track. Originality is how we identify with an artist.

Write that down.

For fans of Figure, his newest EP release is pretty much what you would expect from drumstep’s whizkid, with a few exceptions. His collaboration with another Nest native, Nick Thayer, is a bit off the beaten track in comparison to that classic Figure sound. Either way, it’s funky, it’s fun and undoubtedly experimental. It’s nice to see Josh Gard trying out new things. Overall, a solid EP and yet another reason to watch Figure crawl his way to the top of the bass music scene.