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).
2019 sees disco and funk making a huge comeback, and one of the artists leading this charge is French artist Valentin Lalonde, better known by his Kramder moniker. Lalonde draws inspiration from artists like Daft Punk and Justice, and it shows in his groovy originals and remixes. He can be found releasing on Tchami’s CONFESSION label, New York-based Uprise Music, and France’s noir sur blanc—among others. His most-streamed SoundCloud tune is “Groove Sauce,” which came out on CONFESSION as part of his Funktastic EP in May 2018. It’s effortlessly funky and well-designed, which made it an instant hit. More recently, Lalonde revealed a disco-infused edit of ABBA’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” which was met with wild praise from his fans.
Texas-based Justin Hellier has been producing music as Flite since 2011 and has steadily garnered a loyal following in the United States and beyond for his immersive brand of drum ‘n’ bass. He’s had releases on Monstercat, Liquicity, and Hospital Records, and he’s crafted everything from a remix of Habstrakt and Skrillex’s “Chicken Soup” to a bootleg of MC Panjabi’s “Mundian To Bach Ke.” Time and time again, he’s demonstrated his ability to whip anything into a drum ‘n’ bass lover’s dream—the latest of which is an attention-grabbing rendition of RL Grime’s legendary “Core.” When he’s not crafting creative takes on other artist’s songs, Flite is building his own dreamy soundscapes, like the otherworldly Calm Before the Storm EP that ...
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