Bridget Hustwaite

Sounds Of: July

Bridget Hustwaite
Sounds Of: July

Another ripper month of new music, particularly local releases! Here's a coupla of my faves...


100%  S Q U E A L E D when I saw The Harpoons were dropping a new song. Their 2014 debut LP is a total favourite amongst my record collection and “Do You Want My Love” is the glorious first taste of album number two. Deemed by vocalist Bec Rigby as “a homage to assertive females who own the night and the swinging basslines that sound track those nights”, the song is rich in vintage house beats and also backing Bec’s soaring vocals is a killer choir comprised of Laura Christoforidis, Rischenda Greaves, Mohini Hillyer + Maia (Habits), Kristina Miltiadou, Rachel May Raggatt and Phoebe Stretton-Smith. A commanding return for this Melbourne outfit and definitely one of their strongest releases to date.


So this is a duo outta London who are brand new to us, but apparently James and Mabel have been making music together for a while now. “Night Walk” is their first offering and it’s bursting with funk and sass - think grooving synth work, slinky bass lines and soulful vocals. They’re super lowkey on the socials (I can only find an Instagram handle) but I think you’ll dig it if you like JUNGLE, or any retro disco-funk stuff. Really keen to hear more.


Never underestimate the power of collaboration, kids. ESPECIALLY when it’s two fierce females teaming up for an electrifying banger like this. Featuring fellow Melbournian Rromarin, King IV is comin’ in hot on her third release, an electro-pop number that has a cool European, industrial feel to it. With snappy beats, trappy bass and hypnotic vocals, “We Can Get It” is a bold cut destined for the d-floor.


Their previous release “PTY LTD” copped an impressive 5 stars from me back in February and Brisbane duo OKBADLANDS have returned with another gorgeously textured piece, “Mineral”. Infused with jazz-like melodies and STUNNING harmonies, “Mineral” is layered with delicate beats and luscious grooves – a sound that is very realized for Kate and Sally, who theme most of their music around friendship. I just love what these girls are doing, I think its super authentic and just SO gorgeous to listen to. A must see at BIGSOUND this September.


German producer Mazde has made an impactful debut on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label with dreamy new single “Fading Out”. A warm slice of future-pop, this one features Rromarin from Kult Kyss, who yes indeedy, you did read about earlier with King IV! The girl is KILLING it on her vocal features. I’m obsessed with her. Anyhoo, what I love about “Fading Out” is that it doesn’t require any big drop or heavy sample to make its mark. All it takes is Rromarin’s evocative vocals gliding over this chill-wave electro soundscape. Smooth, summery and just a straight up beauty!


There’s a new disco queen on the scene and Florian is here to surpass any tragedy in debut offering “Star Crossed Lover”. Romantic in its lyrics and nostalgic in its use of 70’s bass and 80’s synth, Florian will have you hooked from the get go.  Definitely for fans of GL, Donna Summer, Client Liasion, even Elizabeth Rose..Any good poppy boppies rlly! 


So in case you missed the memo, Yeo is punching out a new record next month and he's been dropping a fresh tune from it every fortnight. The most recent offering is another collaborative effort, this time with Fractures and the result is flippin' smooooooth. Contemplative in its lyrics but effortlessly cool in its luscious blend of synth and percussion, "Chasing Shadows" is a reflective piece of electro-pop, or as Yeo prefers, "Emo Disco". I'll take either, tbh. Desire Path is out August 18.




This new one from Melbourne duo Kllo is so good I literally nearly peed my pants. Really though, Zan Rowe was playing it as I pulled over at the servo but I could not leave my car until “Virtue” had finished. I was hooked. It’s the first taste of their album Breakwater which we can expect in October and it’s personally my favourite tune so far from the duo. 


Dubbed as “a reflection on the illusion of control on any aspect of your life and how it stifles the possibility of what could be”, “Sunshine Type” is the second single from Turnover’s third album (Good Nature, due next month). It’s super chill, with Austin’s airy vocals drifting over those whimsical guitar riffs to create a warm blend of confessional punk, pop, and dream rock. I fucking love these guys.


He’s an artist I listed as one to watch in 2017 and ya boy Biggsy has not disappointed with new single “Figure It Out”, an indie folk-pop song stemming from a place of understanding that everything will pass, negative things will come and go, and you’ll ‘figure it out’. It's certainly more uplifting than his previous two offerings, which is a great display of versatility from the singer-songwriter and I'm really looking forward to hearing what else is on his upcoming debut EP, Still You Sharpen Your Teeth (15/9). Onya Biggsy.

You can thank Ash Koek for this lovely photo of Alexander Biggs. Check out his work here.