Dancing Astronaut presents 5 Under 5k: Vol. 1
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).
Indiginis first jumped onto the map with their official remix of Norwegian duo Lemaitre’s popular track “Closer,” off their latest EP, 1749. It’s difficult to find ways to change a song as great as this, yet Indiginis threw the track onto the frying pan with an extra serving or two of funk, which went along flawlessly with the epic big band feel of the original, and created a uniquely flavorful dish of retro-future funk.
Rachel K Collier was featured on one of the standout tracks, “Only For You,” from Mat Zo’s debut album Damage Control. Considering how much talent she has and with the exposure from that feature, it is a little surprising she still has under 5,000 followers. She has a number of outstanding originals, such as “Moth” (also check out this remix) and “Squares Into Circles,” both from her last EP, Words You Never Heard. Plus she’s been releasing quality covers every few months, such as the track below, which is her take on the Donell Jones track, “Boy You Know What’s Up.”
Nine Lives have nothing older than four months on their SoundCloud, but have already developed a smooth liquid trap sound that’s been garnering them some massive play counts. No originals from Nine Lives have been released, but they have been on a great remix bender, including this incredibly smooth, yet tastefully heavy remix using Opia’s catchy vocals from their debut track, “Falling.”
Kryptogram is one of the pioneers of a new sub-genre, neo house, which has a somewhat refined, mature feeling in the style of lounge music, albeit with a bit more energy. His latest original, Scarlett, is a stellar example of this, with a laid-back yet consistent groove and simple, sophisticated samples and synths.
Onda only have two remixes out so far, but they have already solidified their style of melodic midtempo that’s a bit reminiscent of some of Major Lazer’s recent tunes like “Lean On.” As can be heard in the Snakehips remix below, they masterfully use their scales, synths, rhythms and samples to create a vibe that combines the best aspects of tropical and moombahton — all with an exotic twist.