Dancing Astronaut Presents 5 Under 5k: Vol. 3
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).
Colour Vision has been steadily building his own delicious mixture of deep, disco, and tropical house that evokes a colorful, comfortable image of partying by a pool or on the beach. His sound is the perfect way to get into the swing of summer, and his most recent original track, a collaboration with Richard Grey called “Piña Electrique,” strikes the perfect balance of funky and carefree vibes.
Callie Reiff is only 16 years old, but has already developed a style that is beginning to get her noticed by the big-timers, like Fool’s Gold Records, who released her most recent tune, “Wobble.” Although “Wobble” is a crazy bass house rollercoaster of a track, the track featured below, “Sonic Distortion,” a couple months old now, is arguably a better representation of her uniqueness. As the title suggests, Reiff does some serious distortion of sonic waves with the wobbly, almost Jack Beats-esque type of bounce that is also present in a number of her other tracks.
It’s always a great treat when a smaller artist decides to continue with a sound similar to some of the big names before their sound shifted toward the mainstream. One such artist, Tempo Giusto, still has all of the the raw energy that was present in many of the older tracks by the trance greats such as Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, or Cosmic Gate.
When electronic dance music first started coming over to the USA, trance was definitely one of the most popular sub-genres. Though it still holds one of the top spots, it has slowly drifted away from the harder trance to more of a big room sound. With his track “Open Your Eyes,” Giusto demonstrates that he is a force to be reckoned with within the hard trance realm and shows no sign of slipping to a softer sound.
Malachi is a relatively new moniker for a DJ/producer who has had a career stretching back a decade and a half. The sound of Malachi is somewhere between deep and tech house, and on top of a couple of releases off of Armada Deep, he puts out a podcast every month that is filled with some of the best tracks from his sub-genres.
Although his edit of St. Germain’s track “Real Blues,” featured below, is not as much of a tech or deep house track as most of his others, it remains an incredibly fun, unique jam. It has some aspects of tropical house, but Malachi doesn’t go far down that road with it. Instead, he opts to head down the tech route, managing to create a tropical feeling while still keeping it in line with his sound.
Taking a step back from four-on-the-floor rhythms and maxed-out mastering, indie duo Jadu Heart create an ambient heaven in each of their tracks that is hard to match. “The Love” is the fifth song on their last EP Wanderflower, and one of their more upbeat pieces. Clean electric guitar provides much of the background melodies on which their indie-style vocals converge, all pushed along merrily by a steady off-beat snare drum rhythm.