Dancing Astronaut’s 5 Under 15K: Vol. 25

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5 Under 15k is a feature on Dancing Astronaut dedicated to spotlighting talented up-and-coming and largely undiscovered artists who we believe deserve more exposure. Each edition of 5 Under 15k highlights five artists from a wide variety of genres with under 15,000 followers on SoundCloud or Spotify (at the time of writing).

DEATHPACT

The REZZ collaborator and production enigma continues to lurk in the underground, materializing in the live mise en scène for the first time at this year’s Shambhala, with the artist gaining support on the released mix from deadmau5‘s mau5trap. The masked mid-tempo figure donned an LED shroud over the face, resembling the ever-changing ellipsoid used in all the project’s cover art. 

This year, Deathpact was also featured on REZZ’s Beyond The Senses EP for their “Kiss of Death” collaboration, in addition a two-track Departure EP through mau5trap. Deathpact has also collaborated with the 2018 standout 1788-L, as both came to prominence last year from their bass driven sounds with glitched-out spins. Whoever is behind the Deathpact veil certainly has more in store for their expectedly fruitful future.

VAMPA

Supported by the likes of Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats, Black Tiger Sex Machine‘s KANNIBALEN RECORDS, Boogie T‘s Drama Club Recordings, and Big Beat Records, this vampiric bass bat has made her name in low-end places that matter. Gearing up to play Lost Lands this weekend, the bass purveyor is also looking forward to supporting Riot Ten on tour and slaying a set at Lights All Night, where she’ll share the stage with Skrillex, Bassnectar, Virtual Self and many more heavy hitters in the bass space.

After opening for a grip of talent such as Mija, Boogie T, Trampa, Dubloadz, EPROM, Whipped Cream, Nitti Gritti, Blunts and Blondes, Jphelpz, Xaebor, Yheti, and many more, VAMPA is slowly emerging from her cave with original releases, most recently her Haunting EP released through Deadbeats.

Shadient

The Essex UK bass producer, Shadient, is a staple at NGHTMRE and Slander‘s Gud Vibrations imprint. The eccentric bass arranger recently teamed up with WAVEDASH for a new heavily thrashing single, “Get Wicked.”

With Boys Noize, Gesaffelstein, and Aphex Twin standing as the the talented producer’s multifarious major influences, one can hear the sound residuals that have guided Shadient towards low-end focus with unique percussion arrangements. Earlier this year, he dropped a four-track EP Divide with Gud Vibrations, and produced some immaculate short play that propped-up his uniquely shadowy sound design bolstered by fierce drum patterns.

Looking forward to performances at this year’s Lost Lands and Freaky Deaky, Shadient recently some audacious exposure opening for REZZ at REZZ ROCKS this year along with an auspicious stop at Electric Zoo.

DYNOHUNTER

DYNOHUNTER is a three-piece live tech-house ensemble from Boulder, Colorado whose cutting-edge performance has earned them slots at Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Joshua Tree, Sonic Bloom, Arise and more. Standing as one of the few live tech-house crossover acts out there, their unique set of sound skills has caught the eyes and ears from some of their biggest like-minded counterparts, and in livetronica at large. They’ve opened for Papadosio, Eoto, Opiuo, Sunsquabi, Ott, and The New Deal as well as supporting world renowned DJ’s Shpongle, Bonobo, Infected Mushroom, Klingande, and The M Machine.

With the organic energy of live instrumentation, their music has also translated well in the studio, blending their electronic influences with live saxophone, bass, and drums. Their most recent EP is an upbeat Latin-inspired two-tracker, Ricardo’s Return. It’s an excellent play for outdoor terrace parties with a deeper and darker tribal atmosphere with fine-tuned percussion, growling synths, and a hypnotic groove.

The three-piece band will be touring this October, hitting the road from Vermont back to their home state of Colorado with a total of 13 live sets: a Dancing Astronaut must-see.

Essonite

Do you miss Pretty Lights? So do we. Essonite is a live electronic group that’s the product of forgotten vinyl, organic analog design, modular synthesis, and live instrumentation. Their sound is a soundscape of funk filled with samples that range in dynamics, harmony, and melody but keep within that groovy electronic feel. Their most recent sonic product, “Sweet Melody,” is a an exemplar reference of their sound, while their 2019 album Falling Into Place, demonstrates the groups long-form prowess in the electronic funk style.

While Essonite is still very deeply seated in the underground, the trio is headlining a sundry of shows after taking years to develop their sound. A deep cut with a sound that’s exudes undeniable nuance earnestly aims to occupy a current gaping void in the electronic space.

Shambhala 2019, a Reunion

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For 9 years out of the past decade the pilgrimage to a Farm on the outskirts of Canada’s British Columbia has been an an arduous journey that myself and many like minded individuals find worth the effort. Every year roughly ten thousand ticket holders, event staff, and volunteers make their way to the annual Shambhala

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Deathpact debuts first live appearance at Shambhala [Stream]

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Since its inception, the Deathpact project has been shrouded in mystery, though there still hasn’t been any real indication as to the enigmatic sound designer’s identity. It’s been made clear that the masked mystery is a known, established producer in the industry, invoking a Bane-esque “no one cared who I was until I put on the mask” brand of anonymity. All this secrecy drew a large crowd at the artist’s debut live appearance at this year’s Shambhala, where the possible human donned an LED covering over the face, resembling the ever-changing ellipsoid used in all the project’s cover art. 

So fans around the world could enjoy the project’s live debut, Deathpact released the recorded set on Soundcloud for continued listening pleasure. The hour-long performance jostles the senses with a type of synth play previously unheard of. It’s a must-listen for anyone who finds themselves leaning bass house. 

Deathpact has collaborated with REZZ and 1788-L, guiding their sounds towards bass house with a heavy, glitched-out spin. Whoever is behind the Deathpact curtain, their identity is still unknown.

Stream REZZ’s full ‘Beyond the Senses’ EP

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REZZ is finally here with her highly anticipated EP, Beyond the Senses. The Canadian DJ and producer has released the compilation following the world premiere, which took place yesterday in Virtual Reality thanks the her partnership with WaveXR. Listeners tuned in to Twitch, Facebook and YouTube, where they were fully immersed in the world of Beyond the Senses.

Now, the six track EP is out in full, and REZZ enlists an eclectic cast of collaborators to give the EP versatile appeal. Collaborators include Deathpact, Underoath, and EDDIE among others, and each song is part of the EP’s larger sonic story. Included also are the much talked-about singles leading up to the project, “Falling” and “Kiss Of Death.”

REZZ will be embarking upon a Beyond the Senses tour where fans can see her perform the EP live. To see if she is coming to a city near you, fans can look here at her tour dates.

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NMF Roundup: REZZ and Deathpact link up, Wave Racer unveils new single + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

REZZ and Deathpact take no prisoners in their new collaboration, “Kiss of Death,” and Wave Racer follows up recent single, “Auto,” with the soothing “Summer Rain.” Skrillex makes an appearance on Ed Sheeran’s latest, “Way To Break My Heart,” and Tycho reveals his full Weather LP on Mom+Pop/Ninja Tune. Ekali and Reo Cragun bring “Runaway” to Big Beat, and Madeon continues his tour de force with “Dream Dream Dream.” Keys N Krates have released a brand new “beat tape,” featuring tunes like “Sad Piano,” and TroyBoi returns to OWSLA for “PAPI CHULO.” Camelphat throw it way back with a remix of Dirty Vegas’ iconic 2002 release, “Days Go By,” and KSHMR taps Mike Waters for “My Best Life.” Moon Boots and Steven Klavier are all “Tied Up,” and David Guetta and Martin Solveig deliver a club mix of “Thing For You.” Tiësto crafts a big room remix of Illenium and Jon Bellion’s “Good Things Fall Apart,” and Armin van Buuren, Avian Grays, and Jordan Shaw team up for “Something Real.” Sofi Tukker get groovy on “Swing,” and Valentino Khan and Diplo collaborate on a hefty house heater, “JustYourSoul.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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REZZ inches closer to EP release with ‘Kiss Of Death,’ featuring Deathpact

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As REZZ‘s Beyond The Senses release date draws dangerously near, the Canadian mid-tempo conjurer has released another preternatural fragment from the soon-expected EP.

The third single from the impending project, “Kiss Of Death,” arrives at the ears like an infernal peck from a hellion razor blade. Electronic music’s femme fatale packs the offering with dastardly kicks and deep, grumbling synths, as flippant smooch samples add an oddly endearing animation to the fervent foray.

The Deathpact-assisted collaboration follows the producers’ 2018 effort, “Life & Death,” which appeared on REZZ’s Certain Kind Of Magic LP. The release follows Beyond The Senses singles “Dark Age” and “Falling,” the latter of which features crossover assistance from Underoath. The EP is expected to arrive in full July 24, accompanied by a subsequent world tour.

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1788-L releases contender for hardest hitting music project of the year, ‘S Y N T H E T I K’

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1788-L has released his second extended play, S Y N T H E T I K. Released via Deadbeats, S Y N T H E T I K is comprised of four collaboration sessions of synthesized orchestra, with an emphasis on sub-frequencies. After bursting onto the scene last year with his precise remix work, including an official Illenium rework, and a collaboration with REZZ to boot, the computerized persona is taking form in 2019 with a number of festival appearances, and inclusion in Zeds Dead‘s tour, where 1788-L is providing support. 1788-L jump-started 2019 with particular strength via the Ekali tag team effort, “R U I N.”

The longform project starts with the title track, “S Y N T H E T I K,” which features Slooze. And what a brick to your face this opening track is–it’s a fist-full of bass with dancing glitches. The second of the EP’s four total tracks, “M A L F U N K T” bears the musical markings of the enigmatic co-producer, Deathpact, who works alongside 1788-L’s thunder static on this take. The penultimate cut, “O R G A N I K” with totto is raw, while S Y N T H E T I K’s final song, “W I C K E D,” cuts like a knife. “W I C K E D” features producer, josh pan.

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Lunar Lunes: Ekali and Yookie reveal ‘Jundo,’ A-Trak continues his bootleg series with ‘Trizzy Says’ + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

After teasing a set of IDs, Big Beat Records has unveiled a brand new compilation, topped off by a major collaboration between Ekali and YOOKiE called “Jundo.” To celebrate last night’s Game of Thrones kickoff, Party Ghost has delivered a powerful edit of the show’s theme song, and A-Trak continues his bootleg series with “Trizzy Says.” NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg roll out the red carpet for their “REDLIGHT” VIP edit, and Crankdat unleashes a new single, “Do You Mind.” LSDREAM and Varien team up on an epic new track, “Phoenix,” and Duumu returns to Monstercat with Pauline Herr for “You Say.” PhaseOne and Modestep deliver “Mayday” on Disciple, and Enamour brings “Run Away” to Lane 8‘s This Never Happened. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Bassjackers team up for “You’re Next.” Slow Magic brings his magic touch to PLS&TY‘s “Motives.” Figure and Dakota bring the drum ‘n’ bass to “Cosmic Ray Drum,” and GANZ taps Jantine for “Carry Me.” ZAXX creates an anthemic new single with “Stay Here,” and Low Steppa brings blissful house vibes to “Lift Me Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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NMF Roundup: Medasin and Felly team up, 1788-L and Deathpact deliver ‘M A L F U N K T’ + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

A-Trak kicks off this week’s new music offerings with a groovy remix of Showtek‘s “Listen To Your Momma.” Medasin delivers his second release of the year, “At Fault,” with Felly, and 1788-L and Deathpact make a powerful team on “M A L F U N K T.” Claude VonStroke summons warm weather with “Getting Hot,” and Calvin Harris releases a 2019 edit of “I’m Not Alone.” Shadient‘s Divide EP makes its debut on Gud Vibrations with tracks like “Cyclone,” and Goldroom follows “Cocaine Girl” with “Yellow Flowers.” Cheat Codes and Kaskade craft a bouncing new single, “Be The One,” and Jai Wolf‘s The Cure to Loneliness LP has finally arrived with tracks like “Drowning” with Robokid. GRiZ‘s album has also arrived, delivering a barrage of good vibes with tracks like “Cruise Control,” and Alison Wonderland drops off her latest single, “Peace.” Destructo and Gerry Gonza keep the dance floor moving with “Rubber Band,” and Bassnectar unveils his latest compilation, complete with tracks like “Irresistible Force.” Varien melds genres with his latest, “Born of Blood, Risen From Ash,” and Conro dances into the weekend with “Remember You” on Monstercat.

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

First Listen: Salvatore Ganacci offers up high-octane serving of ‘Cake’ alongside Big Beat compilation announcement

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For those who have witnessed one of Bosnian-born/Swedish Salvatore Ganacci‘s off-the-wall live sets, it turns out the DJ-producer brings the same energy to the studio as he does booty poppin’ behind the decks.

His latest single, the ferociously tempo-ed “Cake,” with Anjunadeep veteran, Megatone, arrives on the back of a larger animal and source of fervent anticipation: the mysterious compilation Big Beat uploaded to its SoundCloud page earlier this week. The song’s thunderous beat, squelching bass, and pitched-up vocal cuts are redolent of the omnipresent excitement sweeping across the electronic scene for Miami Music Week.

Now, to coincide with “Cake”‘s arrival, Big Beat is unraveling the track list behind the formerly anonymous compilation, surfacing some of the most sought-after names in the game from Ekali to Valentino Khan, Dillon Nathaniel to Deathpact. The compilation as a whole succeeds in mirroring the new single’s energy and pummeling electro fervor. Fans can find Ganacci ringing in the release on Ultra’s main stage this Saturday, March 30.

Big Beat Ignition is available for presale here, and for full download April 12.

Big Beat Ignition: Los Angeles track list: 

Deathpact – Koolaid
Fabian Mazur – Ready For The Show
Ekali & YOOKiE – Jundo
Gentlemens Club – Let U Go
Bro Safari & Tank Parade – Blitz
Salvatore Ganacci & Megatone – Cake
Snavs – Ghetto
GTA & Valentino Khan – Break Your Neck (Pt. 2 VIP)
Kontra – Guilt Trip
Nonsens – Come On
BLVK JVCK – Show ID
WATEVA – Haters
Dillon Nathaniel – Consciousness
Vampa – The Cave
Frost & ill-Esha – What I Feel