5 UNDER 500: June Electronic Edition
Get to know five bustling electronic musicians we're digging 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.
Kanye West - Fade (Sequel Remix)
Hailing from the Central Coast, Sequel is an emerging producer who we think is primed to do big things. Today sees the 19-year-old deliver a three-track package of remixes, with the producer adding his future-trap tinge onto tracks by Kanye, Drake and Big L. His remix of Kanye’s Fade is my personal highlight of the package, with the producer transforming the track into a mammoth, piano-laden banger swarming with horns and vocal samples. His remix of Tyler Touché’s Forever is one hell of a banger too. Stream the whole remix package below, and make sure you grab the free download HERE because knowing Kanye, it won’t be long before the old Soundcloud copyright hammer comes down.
Like Sequel on Facebook HERE.
Oriental Cravings - Python
With releases under The South East Grind already under their belt, the future for Perth-based duo Oriental Cravings looks promising. Python is their newest original and boy, is it a banger. Combining a swirling, distorted synth line with light oriental melodies and vocal sampling, Python is about as big as it gets - packing a serious punch before the track’s three-and-a-half-minute time-frame is up. The track is up for a free download too, just to make it that little bit better than it already is.
Follow Oriental Cravings on Facebook HERE.
Taska Black - Leave Me
Sticking with this high-energy, future-bass-infused sound, Taska Black’s Leave Me is the newest offering to come out of San Holo’s esteemed BitBird label and the second single from the label’s forthcoming Gouldian Finch compilation. Leave Me sports a pitched, whiny vocal melody, which soars above a dark, bassy synth line. Leave Me is anthemic and uplifting, particularly in that last drop when everything seems to come together and fit into place perfectly.
Like Taska Black on Facebook HERE.
@hikeii - Beautiful Now
Veering away from future into the world of club music, @hikeii’s flip of Zedd’s Beautiful Now is quick-firing and uplifting, yet at the same time oddly beautiful. His flip of Beautiful Now bases itself off original’s vocals, with the chorus being chopped and screwed to showcase some incredible sampling work, reminiscent of the vocal sampling on Motez’s Down Like This, where the house producer twists Tkay Maidza’s vocals to form the melody played above the drop. Beautiful Now aside, @hikeii’s Soundcloud is littered with high-energy club originals and remixes, something that I hope means that he’s here to stay.
Follow @hikeii on Facebook HERE.
Exyle - Us
Boasting fans in Mura Masa and KRNE, Exyle is an emerging producer who’s Soulection-esque beats are seriously impressing. His newest release Us combines simplicity with technicality, with a groovy, percussion-laden breakdown that sits between vocal-sampling, atmosphere setters. That breakdown that sits in the middle is something else though. It’s light and bubbly yet dark and heavy, with melodies twisting and turning at every bar.
Follow Exyle on Facebook HERE.
Ninajirachi - Pots n Pans
In anticipation of writing this article, I jot down names in a Word document of acts that I’ve come across that have under 500 likes on Facebook at the time. Sometimes however, things don’t always come to plan and people release something unexpectedly awesome that picks up traction and gets them over the line. Usually I would leave them out, however I really want to talk about Pots N Pans, an incredible release from another Central Coast young-gun. Despite being only 16, Ninajirachi’s productions have an effortless feel of maturity, with the producer knowing exactly when to keep things nice and simple whilst also knowing when to switch things up and get complicated. Pots N Pans showcases this perfectly. It’s opening breakdown is restrained and simplistic, but the bass-driven melody and plucked percussion combine perfectly where as on the contrary, the final breakdown sounds like something out of an Eprom production, with a hauntingly dark bass melody that dominates over crisp percussion claps and whistling harmonies. There’s a reason why Nina Las Vegas named her as one of her favourites.
Follow Ninajirachi on Facebook HERE.