Dancing Astronaut Presents 5 Under 5k: Vol. 9
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).
LVTHER is a relatively new alias created by Lewis Dansfield, who is also known as TwoThirds. Dansfield debuted his new project about a year ago with the spectacular track, “One Look,” which was released via Monstercat and included on the compilation 020 – Altitude.
Released a few months after his debut offering, LVTHER’s second official track, “Dots,” continued to build on the already distinct funky style of indie dance that Dansfield put forth with the new alias. Featuring Australian indie band Jenny Broke the Window, the vocals and simple, crisp high-end create a strong euphoric feeling, underpinned by a bassline that brings it all together with a healthy dose of funk.
Moving into techno territory, newcomer RYME will no doubt soon be on the radar of underground enthusiasts. Their latest original track, “Deliverance,” is a minimal track that packs a real punch. Released on Australian imprint Sweat It Out, “Deliverance,” features a punchy, meaty kick surrounded by 808 tom-style synths and simple percussion interspersed with old TV samples, audio artifacts and a laugh track.
Snareskin stands out from the masses of future bass producers in a saturated market through the creative and intentional structure to his tracks and overall sound. Every sound, whether it’s synthetic or sample-based, sounds purposeful — something much easier said than done. Snareskin’s latest release is a remix of Luke Cusato’s ballad “Breathe” balances enough interest and groove throughout to maintain a certain danceability.
Another standout in the crowded future bass market is 15-year-old Bay Area native YeahRight!, who uses aspects of future bass in concert with a whole quiver of other genres and styles in the vein of artists like Haywyre or Virtual Riot.
There are a relatively small number of up and comers who manage to blend future bass with a jazzy sound and pull it off without sounding cheesy. YeahRight!’s remix of “Careless Whisper” is the epitome of this combination. The young producer employs the smoothness of George Michael to his advantage, using the entire middle minute for a futuristic jam section that pulls the entire piece together.
Lastly, Slow Meadow finishes off this edition with subtlety, class, and more than just a dash of poignancy. On “A Magnificent Gray,” mellow, melancholic cello mingles amongst piano, conjuring soft images of hills of grass bowing to the wind. The song starts out in complete ambience, but slowly builds and becomes the perfect soundtrack for nostalgic reflection.