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).
Horowitz is another of the seemingly endless stream of talented artists arising from Australia. The burgeoning producer already has a well-defined, dark sound that’s earned him acknowledgment from a number of legendary producers, including Deadmau5, John Digweed, and Maceo Plex.
Horowitz’s second EP, The Drip, continues the young producer’s techno adventure with three impressive original productions and two remixes. Horowitz begins the EP on a progressive note with its titular track, before delving into “Flex,” a more classic techno track. The Drip rounds out with “Deep Pan Man,” a steadily driving piece, deftly layered with the massive textures that tend to grace this style of techno.
Machete has a percussive, industrial style that perfectly matches the name and complements the choice of originals to remix flawlessly. It can be difficult to choose a theme and consistently follow through with it, but Machete has nailed this feat already. With only three tracks in the bag thus far, there is little doubt they Machete will soon be as big as his, her, or their sound design is already.
Machete has successfully taken a stab at Pump Panel’s track “Confusion,” perhaps best known for its role in the Blade movie series by thickening the original composition and lowering it’s rhythmic pace into the mid-tempo range. Over 20 years have passed since the release of “Confusion, but Machete’s revamp feels right at home in current times.
Noé is one of the many extraordinarily talented women entering the electronic music scene, and possesses a level of talent that will likely help her ascend to the ever-growing ranks of the industry’s female influencers. Her latest track “In The Dark” is a great combination of electronic and pop, with just the right amount of edginess. In a Facebook post, Noé said that her track “In the Dark” is “most important to [her] as it represents [her] reaction and response to the mass murders that have been occurring worldwide, and most particularly, those of November 2015, in Paris.”
A slight step away from the electronic realm, Bryce Fox‘s sound is almost reminiscent of The Black Keys’ stylings, though Fox sets himself apart by inserting his own technologic inspirations into his work. Fox’s epic production and powerful, versatile voice lend a raw energy to his tracks, particularly “Voodoo” and “Horns.” The burgeoning singer/songwriter is a force to be reckoned with, and would not be a surprising addition to the undercard of an imminent Coachella installation.
The French always seem to be ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation in electronic music. Newcomer Offramp is a sound example of this notion, primarily due to his clever combination of instruments that most would never think to bring together on a single track. “Tataki,” for instance, combines Asian flutes and string plucks with Western-inspired horns in an indelible way, all tied together by his production mastery.