In this age of digital music, record labels are no longer restricted by a colossal barrier to entry. Any music lover with an internet connection, a handful of dollars and a dream can successfully sign, distribute and promote tracks from hobbyist producers, especially in the ever-expanding world of EDM. Look at Beatport, it is saturated with hundreds of upstarts, including those capitalizing on the fame of producers such as Tiesto and Skrillex, but no independent label has gone from zero to hero quite like Monstercat Media.
Nearly two years after they began signing exclusive releases, Monstercat has built a massive network of artists including Project 46 (voted the #100 DJs in the world), Pegboard Nerds and Mr. FijiWiji - who have all obtained #1 singles on Beatport - and a dominate presence on every social media platform. Unlike other labels, Monstercat offers sounds from across the EDM spectrum and their final compilation of 2012, "Revolution," gives listeners a potent taste of that diversity with tracks from longtime favorites and new signees alike.
Progressive house aficionados will take notice of Vicetone's area-sized bass on “Harmony” and the vocally driven swoons of Hellberg's “Follow My Heart.” Bassheads will be bobbing their heads to the pounding kicks and finely tuned melodics of Rouge's “Dreams,” the balls-to-the wall intensity of Tut Tut Child's “Singularity,” and the smooth trap sensibility of Stephen Walking's “Walkers.” While those hungering for electro will be satiated by the carefree synths of “Dat Voices” and even funk lovers will rejoice to the irresistible groove of Televisor's “Strut.”
Listen to all 20 of the "Revolution" compilation's tracks on YouTube or Spotify. And also make sure to check out Monstercat's gift to their fans - The Monstercat Christmas Album 2012 – available for free download.