Monstercat Artist Playlist – Stephen Walking

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In an age of free downloads, file sharing, and podcasts, it’s not easy to shift a million records anymore. However, Canadian-based electronic label Monstercat has done just that, which is no small feat for an independent label to have achieved in less than three years. It’s no coincidence that the label has played host to a variety of hot dance acts throughout its life, as Monstercat released Krewella’s debut single “Killin It,” Vicetone’s first two releases, and the first five original tracks from Project 46.

To celebrate this milestone, three artists from Monstercat’s current roster have selected their favorite releases from the label. The first playlist comes from Toronto, Ontario-based musician Stephen Walking, who shared his picks and reasons below.

Noisestorm – “Backlash” (2012)
It’s been over two and a half years and 14 albums since this song was released, and I still keep coming back to it. It embodies everything that I feel was the start of “Monstercat sound” and set the bar high for future releases.

Atmozfears – “State of Mind” (2013)
To me, this song is a hero’s theme like the “Fire Emblem Theme” from Super Smash Bros. Melee or ‘Hyrule Field’ from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The melody, the atmosphere, the story. It reminds me of all the video games and movies I grew up with without remotely referencing any of them. This song is a reminder of why I started listening to electronic music.

Grant Bowtie – “Reach” (2014)
“Reach” is an electronic feel-good track that somehow comes off as an organic-sounding, high-energy head banger. You can’t really put it into one category or compare to anything else; everything about this song is fresh.