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Monstercat: Uncaged is one of the two imprints of Canadian music label Monstercat. Contrasting with Monstercat: Instinct and considered by the label as the continuation of its community-driven electronic music "movement", Uncaged focuses on "energetic", "explosive", and "hard-hitting" music. The label publishes two new tracks a week under this imprint on Mondays and Thursdays.

HistoryEdit

Monstercat Uncaged Vol. 1

Artwork for Monstercat Uncaged Vol. 1, one of three compilation albums in the Uncaged collection released before the Uncaged imprint was founded.

The "Uncaged" name was originally used by Monstercat as part of a rebranding campaign in May 2017, after the release of Monstercat 030 - Finale. The campaign encompassed a redesign of the artwork for the album's compilations and official live shows, with albums and concerts being branded "Monstercat Uncaged".[1] The first compilation album released after the rebranding, Monstercat Uncaged Vol. 1, replaced the story-driven artworks by Petirep with stylistic and realist depictions of the Monstercat mascot.[2] The format of the compilation albums were not changed though, with Vol. 2 and Vol. 3, in addition to Vol. 1, collecting music submitted by artists and published by the label in the months prior regardless of genre or musical style.[3][4][5]

Grant RIOT Notaker Tokyo Machine Botnek

Lineup of the Monstercat Uncaged live event in Toronto on August 19, 2017. From left to right: Grant, Daniel of RIOT, Notaker, Tokyo Machine, and Gordon of Botnek.

In January 2018, it was announced by Monstercat that the label would start publishing new music on two imprints, with the imprint dedicated to the label's more upbeat and harder musical styles and genres adopting the "Monstercat: Uncaged" name.[6][7][8] An imprint for the label's more melodic and experimental music adopted a brand new "Monstercat: Instinct" name.[9] Uncaged was officially founded on January 1, 2018, with Instinct following the day later. Monstercat's YouTube channel was repurposed into being the new YouTube channel for the imprint, and the release schedule was revamped from a three-day, Monday-Wednesday-Friday weekly release schedule to a four-day schedule with Monday and Thursdays dedicated to Uncaged tracks.[10] The Call of the Wild podcast was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday as part of the changes as well.[10] The very first track published on Monstercat: Uncaged was "Sky is Falling" by Darren Styles and Stonebank, featuring EMEL, which was released on January 8, 2018.

BrandingEdit

Monstercat Uncaged branding

Iconography used in the branding for Monstercat: Uncaged.

Monstercat: Uncaged has been defined by Monstercat as an imprint for "energetic", "explosive", and "hard-hitting" music published by the label.[11] Uncaged is considered by the label as the continuation of the community-driven electronic music "movement" that had defined Monstercat's mission statement since its inception. Graphics that define the Uncaged imprint are often dark, with chalkboard-like textures. Iconography represents a large part of the Uncaged image, with imagery, such as a bone and fish skeleton arrangement and brass knuckles with the Monstercat mascot's teeth visible in the spaces, decorating the animations for the Uncaged series of compilation albums. CEO of Monstercat Mike Darlington stated in a January 2018 press release,[8][11]

Monstercat: Uncaged is the continued evolution of the music that defined our early years. The combination of live events, bass music, and gaming laid the groundwork for our deep love of electronic music. Uncaged allows us to heighten the focus on these core elements to create a compelling experience for our community.


ReleasesEdit

See also: Monstercat Discography
Catalog No. Name Artist(s) Date Released
MCS631 Sky Is Falling (feat. EMEL) Darren Styles & Stonebank January 8, 2018
MCS633 Champion Sound Gent & Jawns January 11, 2018
MCS635 Supersonic (feat. Chimeric) Pegboard Nerds January 15, 2018
MCS637 Shut It Down Matroda January 18, 2018
MCS638 Disarray Bad Computer January 22, 2018
MCS640 Beast Reach & Jupe January 25, 2018
MCS642 Smog Droptek X Vorso January 29, 2018
MCS644 Push It Apriskah February 1, 2018
MCS646 Bring Me Joy Pegboard Nerds & Lug00ber February 5, 2018
MCS648 Omen KUURO February 8, 2018
MCS650 I Need You Delta Heavy February 12, 2018
MCS653 We Would Never Do (feat. Nevve) Taska Black February 15, 2018
MCS655 Going Nowhere Dion Timmer x Modestep February 19, 2018
MCS657 Promise Me Slippy February 22, 2018
MCS660 Boom Bap Matroda March 5, 2018
MCS662 Racks Dirty Audio March 8, 2018
MCS664 Black Mask SOULJI March 12, 2018
MCS666 COOKIES Tokyo Machine March 15, 2018
MCRL002-1 My Love KOVEN March 19, 2018
MCRL002-2 What Are You Waiting For Stonebank March 22, 2018
MCRL002-3 New Horizons Protostar March 26, 2018
MCRL002-4 INTERCOM Truth And Malice March 29, 2018
MCRL002-5 Pegboard Nerds Party Freaks (feat. Anna Yvette) April 2, 2018
MCRL002-6 Slippy Flow April 5, 2018
MCEP130 New Age (feat. Celldweller) Muzzy April 9, 2018
MCEP131 Damn Floor Matroda April 12, 2018
MCS675 Work Bossfight April 16, 2018
MCEP130 Elevate (feat. Miss Trouble) Muzzy & Flite April 18, 2018
MCS677 This Feeling (feat. Kalibwoy) Rickyxsan April 19, 2018
MCS679 Feel It Coming Dyro April 23, 2018
MCEP130 Shut It Down (feat. MC Mota) Muzzy & Teddy Killerz April 23, 2018
MCS681 What's Going Down Stonebank April 26, 2018
MCS683 Bring It Back Tisoki April 30, 2018
MCEP133 Murder SOULJI May 3, 2018
MCEP130 Cascade Muzzy x A.M.C & Turno May 3, 2018
MCS686 Summer Modestep May 7, 2018
MCS687 Monster (feat. Panther) Slippy x Goja May 10, 2018
MCEP130 In The Night (feat. Sullivan King) Muzzy May 14, 2018
MCS688 Knockin' KUURO May 17, 2018
MCS689 Falling Trivecta & Wooli May 21, 2018
MCS690 Time Goes By Nitro Fun May 24, 2018
MCS691 Wicked (feat. Sullivan King) Bear Grillz May 28, 2018
MCS693 Board Game KOVEN May 31, 2018
MCS695 The Mob RIOT June 4, 2018
MCS697 She's A Killer Justin OH June 7, 2018
MCS699 Prometheus Rameses B June 11, 2018
MCS700 Forever Reach June 14, 2018
MCS701 Rituals Bishu June 18, 2018
MCS703 Take Me Down (feat. Bianca) KUURO June 21, 2018
MCS705 Sovereign Bossfight June 25, 2018
MCS707 Dracarys Deorro & Dirty Audio June 28, 2018
MCS709 Paradigm (feat. Karra) Bad Computer July 2, 2018
MCS711 Numb (feat. Che'Nelle) FWLR July 5, 2018
MCS713 Aiwa RIOT July 9, 2018
MCS715 Exodus Delta Heavy July 12, 2018
MCS717 Fault (feat. McCall) MYRNE & Grant July 16, 2018
MCS719 Comeback Falcon Funk & Bossfight July 19, 2018
MCS Knife Party & Pegboard Nerds July 2018

Ten most-viewed YouTube uploads (pre-2018)Edit

  1. Marshmello - Alone
    • 151,000,000 views
  2. Tristam & Braken - Flight
    • 57,000,000 views
  3. Aero Chord - Surface
    • 50,000,000 views
  4. Tristam & Braken - Frame of Mind
    • 38,000,000 views
  5. Pegboard Nerds - Disconnected
    • 34,000,000 views
  6. Pegboard Nerds & Tristam - Razor Sharp
    • 25,000,000 views
  7. Tristam - Till It's Over
    • 21,000,000 views
  8. Pegboard Nerds - Hero (feat. Elizaveta)
    • 20,000,000 views
  9. Feint - Snake Eyes (feat. CoMa)
    • 18,000,000 views
  10. Feint - We Won't Be Alone (feat. Laura Brehm)
    • 17,000,000 views

Ten most-viewed YouTube uploads (post-2018)Edit

  1. Bad Computer - Disarray
    • 1,270,000 views
  2. Stonebank - What Are You Waiting For
    • 1,250,000 views
  3. Muzzy - New Age (feat. Celldweller)
    • 1,000,000 views
  4. KOVEN - My Love
    • 980,000 views
  5. Darren Styles & Stonebank - Sky Is Falling (feat. EMEL)
    • 940,000 views
  6. Delta Heavy - I Need You
    • 870,000 views
  7. Pegboard Nerds - Party Freaks (feat. Anna Yvette)
    • 766,000 views
  8. Tokyo Machine - COOKIES
    • 762,000 views
  9. INTERCOM - Truth And Malice
    • 720,000 views
  10. Slippy - Flow
    • 700,000 views

Ten most-played SoundCloud tracks (official Uncaged playlist)Edit

  1. Delta Heavy - I Need You
    • 537,000 plays
  2. Matroda - Shut It Down
    • 421,000 plays
  3. RIOT - The Mob
    • 324,000 plays
  4. Modestep & Dion Timmer - Going Nowhere
    • 310,000 plays
  5. KOVEN - My Love
    • 276,000 plays
  6. Darren Styles & Stonebank - Sky Is Falling (feat. EMEL)
    • 269,000 plays
  7. Pegboard Nerds - Supersonic (feat. Chimeric)
    • 269,000 plays
  8. Bad Computer - Disarray
    • 252,000 plays
  9. Protostar - New Horizons
    • 235,000 plays
  10. Trivecta & Wooli - Falling
    • 220,000 plays

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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