Dancing Astronaut’s 5 Under 15k: Vol. 32
5 Under 15k is a feature on Dancing Astronaut dedicated to spotlighting talented up-and-coming and largely undiscovered artists who we believe deserve more exposure. Each edition highlights five artists from a wide variety of genres with under 15,000 followers on SoundCloud or Spotify (at the time of writing).
NIK P’s sound has the potential to push the current trends of bass music as he carefully blends hip-hop with neuro into halftime, drum & bass, and beyond, all while staying true to his hip-hop roots. The VALE-signed, Dallas-based producer and AUXSPOT member has already garnered the coveted support of G Jones, Eprom, 1788-L, WHIPPED CREAM, and Zeds Dead, among others. He’s also delivered an exclusive guest mix for #BANGUERS with Benzi on Sirius XM Radio. For fans of experimental underground bass and the likes of G Jones and Eprom, NIK P is one to watch for the remainder of 2020.
Voltra burst onto the bass music scene a little over a year ago with the release of their debut track, “Pulse Fire.” The innovative producers’ sound quickly gained the enthusiasm and support of color bass tastemaker Chime on social media. Their sound brings something fresh to bass music that is certain to see them continue their upward momentum, especially following the surprise release of a full-length EP distributed via Disciple Records. A testament to their quick rise in popularity, Voltra recently signed with Cardinal Artist Management, the team behind QUIX, Luca Lush, and more. Fans of heavier bass music will want to keep their eye on Voltra.
Producing some of the hottest bass music in China, WARZ is criminally underrated elsewhere. The trap god has an arsenal of unique tunes under his belt, including a collaboration with Stooki Sound that served as their last release before disbanding, an official remix for Bbno$ & y2k‘s chart-topping hit “Lalala,” a remix of ATLiens‘ “Fuck That” from their Ghost Planet EP, and a song featuring vocals from the Higher Brothers on his own GO HARD EP. WARZ has been dominating the festival circuit in China, with official performances at EDC Guangdong in both 2018 and 2019. It’s only a matter of time before his sound sees him expanding further internationally. For fans of dirty trap music a la Herobust and ATLiens, look no further than WARZ.
Dubstep producer Ace Aura has spearheaded his way into the industry with his instantly-recognizable “melodic riddim” sound. Heavily inspired by bright, colorful synths and the marimba, Ace Aura’s music has found a way to simultaneously combine the most enchanting sounds with the heaviest of drops. After getting his start with support from Chime and Rushdown Records, the innovative producer has gone on to release collaborations with Chime himself on Disciple Records, Oolacile, and Trinergy.
Ace Aura recently made his Circus Records debut with his Comatose EP, named after his viral melodic riddim track, “Coma.” Shortly thereafter, Aura followed this project with a Disciple Round Table EP titled Reset_Environment. Ace Aura’s momentum moving forward into the rest of the year is at an all-time high, with the coveted support of high-tier bass acts such as Subtronics, Tokyo Machine, Xilent, and more. For those who say dubstep has lost its sense of melody, Dancing Astronaut urges you to dive into Ace Aura’s discography.
If you’re a fan of house music but the BPM just isn’t quite fast enough for you, meet Ricky West: one of the leading forces in an increasingly popular “speedhouse” movement. Hailing from the Netherlands, West’s infectious bass-house-on-steroids sound is sure to get any crowd moving. The producer has had a massive 2020 thus far, releasing music with Moksi‘s Barong Family imprint and an EP through JAUZ‘s Bite This! label. With support from major industry players like Dog Blood, DJ Snake, Zomboy, and many, many, more, chances are you’ve already heard a Ricky West tune without knowing it. If you’re intrigued by the speedhouse movement and are looking for a good entry point, the one and only EDM antihero Ricky West is the artist for you.