Dancing Astronaut Presents 5 Under 5k: Vol. 2
5 Under 5k is a feature on Dancing Astronaut dedicated to spotlighting talented upcoming and undiscovered artists who we believe deserve more exposure. Each edition of 5 Under 5k will highlight five artists from a wide variety of genres with under 5,000 followers on SoundCloud (at the time of writing).
Anomalie is one of the new signees to Gramatik‘s label Lowtemp, and with the release of his debut single, “Odyssée,” the young Canadian proves that he is exactly as his name says. Taking advantage of his background as a classically trained keyboardist, he melds classical and jazz styles into a fun-yet-epic electronic sound that fits the Lowtemp imprint perfectly.
Believe it or not, he can play many of the parts in “Odyssée” live, which he does seemingly without effort in the live performance video. Further proving his knowledge of music theory and skill with the keys, he has numerous other remixes and live jams covering everything from the classical Tchaikovsky to Herbie Hancock.
Goldwash has dubbed his phenomenally unique sound “existential funk,” which is an apt description for the supremely enjoyable tracks he’s put out thus far. “Need to Hear” is not his latest release, but it does a great job showcasing the wide variety of musical influences he manages to put in a song while still having it flow from section to section flawlessly.
The producer behind Goldwash, Gabe Acheson, deftly combines chord progressions on retro synths and well-produced, creative percussive rhythms with emotional, yet not overly serious falsetto vocals, which are sung by Acheson himself. Acheson does all of the studio production and some instrumentation solo, though in a live setting it would be hard to do these tracks justice without a full band, which he brings out whenever he plays a show.
Tim Penner constructs atmospheric spaces in his tracks that exude a sophisticated trance sound. Inside of these parameters, he fits the mature rhythm of techno and the sound design and constant evolution of progressive house. In his weekly radio show, “Slideways Sessions,” Penner provides a full hour of sound that perfectly represents the cultured combination of styles his toolbox has accumulated.
Today marks the first anniversary of “Slideways Sessions,” which he celebrates with a spiritual, ethereal journey through deep atmospheric sound design that, he says, “Comes from a deep place in my heart.” He shares from such a place with hopes that he can “give you courage; give you hope; shed some light in an often dark and painful world.”
Notaker recently made his debut on Monstercat, and it’s not hard to see why he was picked up by the popular independent label. His single, “Infinite,” is a massive midtempo adventure ranging from light and melodic to dark and dirty. Although not upbeat, “Infinite” captures the continuously evolving energy of progressive house and deftly drops it into heavy, technical rhythms chock-full of chest-rattling sound design.
Spencer Brown recently released the track featured below, “Wannamaker,” on Above & Beyond‘s imprint, Anjunabeats. The single was included in the compilation Anjunabeats Vol. 12 and showcases the “trouse” style he has developed, which is somewhat reminiscent of how Arty and Mat Zo sounded a few years back when they were on Anjunabeats together. His most recent single, “Taking My Time,” was release on April 29 via the Swedish label PRMD‘s sub-label ICONS, while he also took to the decks for the 55th episode of Dancing Astronaut’s “The Radar” mix series.