Monstercat's New Compilation, 'Ascension,' Raises The Label To An Unprecedented Level
Monstercat has consistently exhibited the unparalleled ability to discover talented up-and-coming producers across a variety of genres. With the bar raised so high, it's become quite difficult for Monstercat to exceed the lofty expectations fans have set for the label. However, Monstercat has somehow managed to outdo themselves yet again with Ascension, their 17th compilation album.
While many other labels struggle to remain relevant, Monstercat continues to grow at an exponential rate. Ascension is a fantastic example of how Monstercat has been able to stay ahead of the curve. They are constantly searching for the most talented EDM producers—regardless of genre. On Ascension, you can hear top-notch tracks from the following genres: drum & bass, dubstep, electro, future bass, hardstyle, house, glitch hop, Melbourne bounce, trance, and trap. In a Facebook note published on May 22nd, Monstercat had the following to say:
"Over the past three years, we’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the fastest growing names in the industry. We’ve always believed Monstercat to be a strong platform for developing talent. Some artists with roots in Monstercat have found career-changing opportunities like festival plays and major label artist collaborations—things that, at one point, we could only have dreamed of for our artists. We’re incredibly proud of their accomplishments and look forward to working with them in the future!
As many of you know, each album represents a stage in the life of Monstercat, and Ascension is the perfect opportunity to shine light on another wave of emerging artists. Starting with Aero Chord, Grant Bowtie, Rootkit, Stonebank, and Trivecta, Monstercat is opening its doors to new names who fit in alongside our current artists to form a growing roster we’re happy to call our family.
We invite you to take a listen to our newest compilation and consider supporting the album with a purchase. Your support directly impacts the life and development of these talented artists!
As always, thank you for joining us on our journey!"
Because of personable messages like the one above, Monstercat has built a fiercely devoted fan base. On top of releasing fantastic music, Monstercat realizes the importance of developing a strong relationship with each of their fans. Monstercat's combination of great music and fan appreciation is why Ascension rocketed to the top of the iTunes Dance Albums chart shortly after its release.
One song that immediately stands out when taking a look at the tracklist of Ascension is "Hero" by Pegboard Nerds. Millions of people have already heard "Hero," as it was the soundtrack for the viral Superman With a GoPro video.
"Cheat Codes" by Nitro Fun is another standout on the compilation. Nitro Fun kicked the high-energy electro house track up a notch by sampling some awesome video game sounds.
My favorite track on the compilation is "Reach" by Grant Bowtie. The future bass tune is the opening track on the album, and it immediately made me drop everything and give Ascension my undivided attention. The track is so stunning that I had to Google "Grant Bowtie" as soon as I finshed listening to the album. I was shocked to find out he's a San Diego native, as I live in San Diego as well. I haven't heard anything about him in the San Diego music scene, but after hearing "Reach," I'm definitely going to start asking around about Grant Bowtie. As always, Monstercat has provided unknown producers with a platform to reach music lovers around the world. However, in my case, they've alerted me to a talented producer who lives in the same exact city as me.
Overall, Ascension features 30 impressive songs from start to finish. Additionally, there are two hour-long mixes at the end of the album. Normally, compilations include a few songs that you skip—that's not the case with Ascension. The only thing that may throw people off is the wide range of genres on the compilation. This type of variety is something Monstercat fans have come to expect, but it may confuse listeners who are unfamiliar with the label.
If you're willing to spend money on music, I highly recommend buying this album. Ascension is being sold for $9.99 on iTunes, $8.99 on Amazon, $9.49 on Google Play, and $10 on BandCamp. It is mind boggling to receive 30 quality songs for that amount of money. Monstercat is crushing it, and they certainly deserve all the support they can get.