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).
A SoundCloud playlist of the tracks featured can be found at the end of the article.
Seemingly taking a cue from the likes of Lemaitre, young producer Blair (3,288) recently released his latest indie-electronic crossover single, “Planetary.” Catchy vocals and synth lines caress the ear on top of crisp percussion and a healthy dose of bass in the chorus, making for an all-around spectacular listen.
California-based duo Syence (1,551) have their sound down to a science, and have had prime opportunities to show their skills to the world. Following up their highly successful remix of Steve James’ track “In My Head,” the duo recently went a slightly darker route with their official remix of “Painting Greys” by vocalist/producer Emmit Fenn. Syence enact their cosmic strain of future bass is in true form in this remix, including one of the more unique snares out there – which, in the world of future bass, says something of the duo’s scientific prowess.
With his new remix of Kyle Watson’s “Weaker,” Hood Rich (2,129) turns an experimental bass house tune into a classic tech house-styled track. A plethora of bass and synth patches work together with ethereal vocals from Dena Amy for a track that evokes the sensations of an extraterrestrial communication with a contagious groove.
Opvs (2,428) have created quite a repertoire over the last year with a string of quality collaborations, but “Run” represents their first singular endeavor. Layered ambient textures provide the backdrop for the airy, heavily modulated vocal samples used throughout the track, underpinned by a steady sub and groovy rhythm in the drop.
Rome in Silver (2,668) is developing a very intriguing sound, made more so by the stylistic choices made in his latest single, “Yoko.” Futuristic elements blend with a house beat and spacious keyboard chords that provide jazz-influenced ambience. This young California-based producer takes a stance with each track and follows through amazingly well with his themes, from the chord progressions to the sound design.