5 UNDER 500: April Electronic Edition
Get to know five bustling electronic musicians before they go big.
A lot of acts that you read about on music websites - the hot/upcoming/buzz-worthy articles - come from a press release, with the authors sent a lot of awesome new music and having to sift through for the good stuff. With that in mind, we thought we'd go on a little treasure hunt through the online realm (i.e. trawl through Soundcloud, YouTube, HypeMachine, triple j Unearthed and so much more) to try and find a few acts that haven't broken over the 500-like mark on Facebook (because like it or not, the number of Facebook likes you've accrued can play a role in the amount of online love you'll receive). So we hope this electronic edition of 5 UNDER 500 will bring to your attention a few emerging electronic acts, who are under 500 likes on Facebook, and whose sounds we are very much digging.
Sundial (pictured above) - Your Scarf
Based in the US, Sundial are an extremely exciting production duo starting to make waves with their new single Your Scarf. An exciting blend of bubbling synth melodies, light percussion claps and intricate sampling, the production on Your Scarf is impressive by itself, but when joined with by lush vocals, Your Scarf really opens up and becomes something incredible. It's chilled out and carefree, indulgent and intoxicating, and will wisk you away from your current stress-filled environment and transport you to a whole new, care-free world. Listen to Your Scarf below, and like Sundial on Facebook HERE.
Lumariia & Mapps - Swimming Pools (feat. Len Stone)
Delving into the world of light electronica, Lumariia is an extremely promising 16-year-old producer who is doing all the right things right now. Teaming up with US producer Mapps and vocalist Len Stone, Swimming Pools is a captivating four minutes of smoothness. Fragile vocals soar over bass stabs and airy synth, which is then joined by a light guitar melody after the first breakdown. Around the 2:20 mark, the song flips up into more of a future-bass-styled tune, with a sharp synth melody coming in over the already-established layers throughout the song. Like Lumariia on Facebook HERE.
Kendrick Lamar - These Walls (Moss Kena Rework)
Taking on one of Kendrick Lamar's best songs is very ambitious, but Moss Kena does it well with her rework of the single, which is also their her song released. Moss Kena's re-do of the single adds a spectacular, jazzy vibe onto Kendrick's lyrics, which have been re-recorded to inject even more soul into the single. The production side of it is soft, yet stylish, with muffled piano chords building up to a triumphant breakdown, where the chords are blended with powerful brass hits and guitar. Her These Walls remix packs a punch, but does it in a sophisticated way, letting vocals lead the way. Hopefully it's just the start to a massive year ahead by Moss Kena - keep up to date with new work over on her Facebook HERE.
Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Octbr Flip)
Anyone acquainted with the world of future-bass would've heard Octbr's flip of Sleepyhead by now (it was for sure one of the best remixes of last year) but with the remixer himself finally making a Facebook page the other day, this was simply too good to leave out. The original's vocals are muffled; making way for a bass-heavy drop, joined by a twinkling synth who's visual form can only be described as a thousand stars glistening on a dark night. It's powerful and passionate, but somehow manages to convey a really blissful vibe throughout the song. In addition to this, he's more recently followed it up with an original called Nighttime Stroll, which packs as much of a punch as his flips. Like his Facebook page HERE.
James Lake - Quack
Finishing on a much harder note, Quack is a ripper of a trap tune released through Sidechains' recent compilation (check out the full release HERE), but with it being James Lake's first solo original, it's too good to not talk about it again. Quack is Australia's answer to Mr Carmack, with a heavy-as-hell, bass-soaked drop dotted with liquid-y samples and a distorted synth melody all combining on the beast of a track. Have a listen below, and like him on Facebook HERE.