Best of Monstercat 2015 has finally been released. After the long voting process, the best of the best have been picked and mixed. (This review will only cover the songs and not the album mix as different platforms receives different mixes. E.G: Spotify mix and Youtube mix are different)
Aero Chord – 4U (Featuring Klaypex)
This song is released as Aero Chord got 100k followers on Soundcloud. It is not the most flashiest song or complex, but it is sure a very catchy song of 2015. With Klaypex’s vocals, it is no doubt a good song to release as a celebration and to jam to.
Slips & Slurs – Divided
This is Slips & Slurs first song released on Monstercat. Rather than being very fast, it is significantly slower than most other trap songs on Monstercat. It does not have the loudest drop in the album, it is still a really good song nonetheless.
Grabbitz – Float Away
This song is quite repetitive lyrics wise, but the lyrics is rather depressing. It shows that a guy rather commit suicide than to live without his girlfriend.
Grant Bowtie – High Tide
During the Future Bass 24/7 period of Monstercat, this is the crown jewel of them. Being really calm the whole song and the usual chirp of Future Bass. Though I am not a Future Bass fan, this is good.
Varien and Mr FijiWiji – We Are The Lights (Featuring Anna Yvette)
It is a very chilled song to begin with. With very distinct sounds, it is possible to tell who made which part of the song. With Anna Yvette’s vocals as an add-on, it is a beautiful chilled song.
Pegboard Nerds – Emoji
The song Pegboard Nerds hyped for for months payed off. This song is the main song of their Pink Cloud EP. The drops have the happy and angry drops, which both are very fitting. The vocals are great. The lyrics can be dark, as the singer is singing to someone who has breast cancer (which is what the EP is funding for), allowing her to show her emotions. Still a good song though.
Hyper Potions & Subtact – Adventures
A really short song made by the two main Future Bass artists during the Future Bass 24/7 period. Though short, it is very cheerful and chirpy, makes one feel optimistic about one’s life.
Excision & Pegboard Nerds – Bring The Madness(featuring Mayor Apeshit)
The first Drumstep song of 2015, has a legendary buildup and vocals. The vocals have quite a deep meaning about the government spying on us making us barbaric due to money. The drop was really not the best the trio can do. It is really a wasted opportunity but still, the vocals and beats are really golden.
Rogue – Rattlesnake
The joke of the year is a really good trap track. With the community classifying this as ‘kitchenstep’ due to the drop, it still is quite a nice song to listen. Rather than a loud drop, this balances the synths and bass really well.
Noisestorm – Heist
This song uses double harmonic scale, which makes it have an Arabic-like sound. The drop was really catchy but it is not the best trap song in the mix.
Snavs – Time
This is Snavs’ first solo song on Monstercat. He is really smart as he made the song using slightly rarer sound design and using the tick-tock for the snare pattern. In my opinion, Snavs made this song really catchy.
San Holo – Victory
This song is pretty repetitive but ultimately very catchy. Still I’m not sure if Monstercat purposefully released this song on May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day due to the artist’s name. Anyways it sounds quite catchy and chirpy like all other Future Bass songs.
Razihel & Aero Chord – Titans
The two legends of Monstercat collaborated and made this beast. Though catchy and sounding slightly repetitive and familiar to some of the artists’ recent songs, this is still a nice song.
Razihel – Legends(featuring TeamMate)
This is one of the best songs of the year, mainly due to its synths and vocals.The lyrics are pretty inspiring with a streamlined synths to compliment it. The drop was not very crazy but it was long, very long. Anyways, it is a strong contender for being the best song of 2015.
Haywyre – Insight
This is Haywyre’s first song of 2015 where he recorded the performance live. It is his usual glitch hop sounds with some calm piano sounds. This however does not take away the beauty from the song made by Hawwyre.
Deon Custom – Roses
This is Deon Custom’s debut on Monstercat.It has the future bass chirp but rather than a uniform calmness , it fluctuates so much during the drop, it makes it sound very unique.
Draper – Pressure (Featuring Laura Brehm)
Draper and Laura made a beautiful track together. It is really calm throughout the song, even during the drop.Laura’s vocals are on spot in this piece of masterpiece, there is no doubt Draper’s vocals during the drop was makes the drop so much more memorable.
Rameses B – Mountains (Featuring Veela)
The king of Drum and Bass (DnB) has made another song that nails DnB really well.It is not your usual DnB that has a fast beat.This song like his previous song Dream Catcher, are both liquid DnB that feature a female vocalist. Veela did an outstanding work for this song.
Botnek & I See MONSTAS – Deeper Love
This is a DnB song but it is totally opposite of Mountains. It starts off with a quick beat and the catchy synth.Whoever sang in this song did a stellar job in this song. The drop was distorted probably to make it sound catchy, and it does.
Stonebank – Stronger (Featuring EMEL)
The first song of 2015 is no doubt one of the best songs in the year. It does no have so much bass to make the fans like the song as the synths basically hypnotise you mainly due to its ‘catchiness’ and how fast it is. Though the second drop was not really good, it was followed up by the last drop which was a good way to end off this song. EMEL’s vocals did really improve since her last song.
Feint – We Won’t Be Alone (Featuring Laura Brehm)
Feint has made a beautiful song with Laura Brehm. Her vocals just makes the song so much better. the song is generally calm even during the drop(though the drop is slightly intense as it is the drop). Overall, this song is mesmerising and it is my favorite song of 2015.
WRLD – Little Too Close (Featuring Veronika Redd)
WRLD made his debut on Monstercat with Future Bass, but it was a surprise that this song was an Indie Dance song. It starts off with a really catchy synth and Veronika’s vocals, though the start sounds sounds similar to Hello. Though her vocals were soft, they were good too. Overall, this song is quite like Stronger, having a good synth that it is the best part of the song.
Protostar & Draper – Chrysalis
It starts off quite similar to Pressure as it starts off calmly. It has a repetitive synth that makes this song really catchy. The drop is a Glitch Hop drop, not a Moombahcore drop. This is a really unique song of 2015.
Volant – Minty
This was the debut of Volant. This song is song unique and it got quite a lot of views quickly. It was a really catchy song during the early months of 2015.
Karma Fields – Build The Cities (Featuring Kerli)
The song Monstercat hyped for since late 2014, was released. The song was generally good but Kerli’s vocals was not really fitting. The drop and the animation was the thing that made this song good.
Stephen Walking – Dads In Space
This song has quite a catchy drop. Most of the song was great but after the drop, it was extraordinary.
Tut Tut Child – I Can’t
This song is probably a surprise as Tut Tut Child pretty much never does House, but hey this song is really catchy, especially its drop. Though both drops were repetitive, the second one sounds quite similar and catchy nonetheless.
Jauz & Pegboard Nerds – Get On Up
Jauz’s debut on Monstercat is quite golden. Whoever did the vocals did quite a good job. Though it does not sound quite like Pegboard Nerd’s style, it is still a nice song as the drop was amazing.
Nitro Fun – Final Boss
Nitro Fun totally nailed this song. The synths were really catchy with the usual Nitro Fun retro arcade sounds implemented into it. The drop is pretty much the most intense drop Nitro Fun had done which sits very well the song’s title. To be honest this song deserved its own rightful place in the Best of 2015 mix.
PIXL – This Time
PIXL released another song with his iconic kick and snare pattern. It sounds similar to other songs he released like The Escape and Buzz Kill, this is like a mixture of both. The drop was not heavy but the synths made this song really wonderful, which is kind of surprising as PIXL’s drops always make the song what it is, this time is probably an exception.
F.O.O.L – Need You
F.O.O.L’s style is hard to pin point but this is does not have much similarity with other Electro tracks he released. The only thing that I can describe about this song is that the drop sounds like it has some Chinese Drama sounds inspirations. Other than this, F.O.O.L made an okay song for 2015.
Tristam – Crave
This song’s meaning only works wells with the music video. The song has really good synths which is a trait that makes Tristam songs unique. Now, about the music video, it is very confusing if you do not get the lyrics right, so yeah. Firstly there are 5 people who are depicted in the video, a bride( that is what I assume) who had something wrong, and old man who took drugs and shot himself in the head, a ballet dancer who did not succeed in her goals ,took heroin or cocaine and silt her throat, a rugby player who killed himself due to his father being abusive to him by shooting himself and an African American who harmed someone with his hands and killed himself(this is really dark). The ‘tar’ represents the addiction and where is started shows how the person died. The bride was not depicted with the tar engulfing her but for everyone else, it did. In the end, this music video was to promote a help hotline for anti-suicidal thoughts and help. This is the only music video or song on Monstercat that has such a dark meaning behind it.
Hellberg – The Girl (Featuring Cozi Zuehlsdorff)
This song was made whilst Hellberg was recovering from an operation. Unlike all of the other songs he made this one is more of what he actually felt at the point of time. Yes the vocals were done by Cozi, yes she was featured on Disney XD and Dolphin Tale. Her vocals were beautiful and the drops were on point for being catchy. No doubt this is one of the community’s favorite song of 2015.
AU5 – Inside (Featuring Danyka Nadeau)
AU5 made a song that could be compared to Snowblind which was a near perfect song. Of course adding Danyka’s vocals will make the community go wild but AU5 used this to his advantage. The synths were incredible and so were the vocals. It is a more or less a song made out of pure gold.
Rezonate – Rebirth (Featuring Ashley Apollodor)
If you have been listening to Rezonate’s songs chronologically, you will find out that it is kind of like a story. this being after Shake It Off where someone was left to waste after cheating his wife. Hence the song name. It has a carnival-like theme and beautiful vocals from both Rezonate and Ashley. One of my personal favorites without a doubt.
LVTHER – Dots (Featuring Jenny Broke The Window)
This is a really cheerful song to begin. The vocals were auto-tuned but for this, it made it sound nicer. The lyrics to be honest are like the description of a student falling in love with someone around his or her age. Though a good song, I would suggest not playing this at events where vulgar songs are prohibited as there are mispronunciations or misheard lyrics.
Summer Was Fun – Watching (Featuring Colordrive)
DotEXE had rougher songs before he dropped his old alias for a new one. To be honest, this is one of those songs with catchy synths, lyrics and vocals. Summer Was Fun did a nice good making the song sound cheerful and Colordrive’s catchy vocals.
Laszlo – Home ( Featuring Richard Caddock)
It starts off with the familiar Laszlo chirpy synths and the vocals were quite good to start off with. The synths are the reason why this song is really loved by the community. Richard did an amazing job for this song.
Puppet & The Eden Project – The Fire
The song start off slow and soft, Puppet style. The vocals were really done, so were the synths. The song is really too long for my liking but it is really good. Just like Dots, misinterpreting this is not really good in a crowded place.
Tristam & Braken – Far Away
Of course, this mix started of with a legend, why not end it with two legends? If Tristam is in it, expect high quality synths and catchy vocals by Tristam and Braken. This no doubt one of the best songs of 2015 because of Tristam but to be honest, it is a really good way to end of the mix.
Slips & Slurs
I See MONSTAS
Tut Tut Child
Jenny Broke The Window
Summer Was Fun
The Eden Project