To quote Skrillex on his most recent OWSLA signing Monsta’s vocalist: “His vocals are so raw and so pristine he can just walk up to any mic…. he just sounds like f*cking angels are singing.” This immediately piqued my interest, as it is high time that bass music had some real vocalists show up and tear the house down like in R&B days of yore. Well, Monsta tore the house down, rebuilt it, then destroyed it again just for fun.
Monsta is going to have no problem distinguishing themselves from the rest of the saturated bass music scene with their newest EP, and you’ll immediately see why when you start listening. Vocalists like the androgynous Skaar are few and far between in the realm of electronic music, and his triumphant entrance indicates how much the general public has been starving for sounds like this. Holdin’ On, Messiah, and Where Did I Go all sound like bass music church, with triumphant strings and synths, vocals and lyrics that make you want to shout “hallelujah” at every turn, all over a steady wobble underbelly.
The EP also comes complete with three stellar remixes from some OWSLA all-stars that are a little more of your standard bass fare (but in the best way possible). There’s a Skrillex & Nero take on Holdin’ On, a disco-influenced remix of Messiah by the ever-evolving Alvin Risk, and a moombahton version of Where Did I Go by Dillon Francis and Kill Paris. Pick up the EP on Beatport here.