Bridget Hustwaite

Sounds Of: June

Bridget Hustwaite
Sounds Of: June

Ok sooooooooo June, you were a bit crazy! Good crazy of course. I had a reallllllly tough time trying to narrow down my list so once again, I have penned some short words on my ten favourite tunes, and I have also provided links to 15 other songs that I want you to check out! Here we go....

UNIIQU3 X YUNGKIIDD – TRUNK

It may have been the start of winter but June came in MEGA HOT with this new one from Jersey club queen, UNIIQU3. The latest signing to NLV Records, “Trunk” sees UNIIQU3 team up with YUNGKIIDD to unleash some straight fire and sass in this hard hitting club anthem. Think sharp verses, thick bass and a whole lotta energy - “Trunk” is the fast and fierce number you need to get ya booty poppin’ through the cold months.

JULIETTA – RUNAWAY

Bigggg fan of this lady right here. Julietta is a NYC artist that I randomly found on SoundCloud a few years ago and I really dug her take on synth-pop and have been following her ever since. “Runaway” is Julietta’s latest offering and it came about at the end of a spontaneous weekend away to Florence. Like, it was literally a date with this Italian guy, and he FLEW her over from New York for a few days! Amazing right? As if the balmy production and Julietta’s dreamy vocals weren’t enough to transport you, she’s also incorporated a real iPhone recording at the outro of her boarding the plane. Such a cool, romantic and fun number, check it out below.

CUB SPORT – O LORD

Coming off a HUGE 2016, Cub Sport have returned with their first single of the year and it. Will. Leave. You. SHOOK. Opening with some stunning gospel-style harmonies, the song expands into some slow-burning pop instrumentation that everyone is comparing to Savage Garden (compliment and a half). It’s also a huge moment lyrically, with Tim Nelson penning the song in the wake of coming out last year and “the realisation that when you get everything you’ve ever wanted, you suddenly have everything to lose”. These Brissy babes have always been so emotive and genuine with their music and “O Lord” has really pushed them to the forefront of Australian pop. One of the best songs to come out this year, without a doubt.

BANOFFEE – RIPE

Helllll yeha, Banoffee is back bby! Now residing in L.A, “Ripe” marks Martha’s first single release in almost 2 years and it’s a delicious, vibrant piece of electro-pop. Built around some textured synths and manipulated vocal samples, “Ripe” really highlights this sense of freedom and exploration I feel Banoffee is currently undergoing with her music and I’m 150% here for it. Super addictive and eccentric.

GL – DESTINY

Melbourne duo GL have captured my heart once again with “Destiny”, the first cut from their brand new double-A-sided single. Opening with a bouncy 80’s style bass line, the song expands into a textured soundscape of sweet synths, energetic percussion and reverberated vocals from Ella Thompson, plus guest harmonies from friend and fellow vocalist Jace XL. A tale of “looking for the positives and finding happiness in those around us”, “Destiny” is a stylish and affirming piece of disco-pop that I’ll be spinning on repeat for a while. I LOVE YOU GL.

YUNGBLUD – KING CHARLES

Say g’day to Dominic Harrison – he’s a 19 year old guy hailing from Doncaster (UK) who has recently signed to Australian label Night High Records and this is his debut single that I can’t get enough of. Penning his frustration at the neglect of young people and their opinions, “King Charles” is a protest song of sorts but instead of matching it with your typical raging instrumentation, YUNGBLUD is offering something a bit more pop-rock. We’re talking infectious basslines, pounding backbeats and of course those Yorkshire vocals (think Jamie T meets Alex Turner imo). Punchy and passionate, “King Charles” is a hugely impressive first offering that you all need to get around. BLER.

FLIGHT FACILITIES X EMMA LOUISE – ARTY BOY

June also saw the return of Flight Facilities, greeting us with a real groovy number that features the luscious vocals of previous collaborator Emma Louise. A sophisticated slice of electronic-pop, “Arty Boy” is the duo’s first new single release since 2014 and just OOZES cool through its wobbly bass and sharp beats. Apparently the guys are sitting on like, 60 new songs so if “Arty Boy” is anything to go by, we have a lot to look forward to.

DUKE DUMONT X GORGON CITY – REAL LIFE {FT. NAATIONS}

Serious question though, has Duke Dumont ever released a shit song? Teaming up with fellow UK heavyweights Gorgon City and featuring the vocals of Aussie duo NAATIONS, “Real Life” is a huuuuge disco-house jam that will set any dance floor alight with its 90’s style keys, pounding synths and throbbing bass.  A definite anthem for the European summer and one to get us pumped for Duke’s upcoming appearance at Listen Out festival this September/October. Yewwwww.

KAIIT – NATURAL WOMAN

Born in Papua New Guinea, KAIIT now resides in Melbourne and is bringing a beautiful fusion of neo-soul, hip-hip and RnB to our scene with new single “Natural Woman”. Whilst her vocals are utterly smooth and tinged with a jazz influence, there’s also this raw and relatable aesthetic about her which is further complimented in the accompanying music video.  Shot alongside her family and friends at home, “Natural Woman” is a celebration of love, community and ultimately just appreciation of the simple things in life. I know she’s only given us one song but I already adore KAIIT’s authenticity and I’m super keen to follow her music journey <3

LAKYN – VIEW LOOKS SO GOOD

“View Looks So Good” is the highly anticipated new release from Lakyn, a guy outta Melbourne who’s had a strong online following for a number of years thanks to a previous stint on a music contestant show and also his AMAZING covers on his YouTube channel. Produced by young gun Kuren, this song is a guitar driven tale of struggle and triumph, with Lakyn’s vocals gaining interesting comparisons to Frank Ocean x Sam Margin (The Rubens). It’s an electrified and fulfilled soundscape with some sleek beats and marks a clear departure from his debut acoustic EP. Welcoming this new Lakyn with open arms.

PLS ALSO CHECK OUT...

LANKS – Comfortable

WOODES – Run For It

JEN CLOHER – Forgot Myself

ELKKLE – Diderot

YEO X KIRA PURU – Three Dots

NOIRE – Real Cool

TURNOVER – Super Natural

PEKING DUK X ALUNAGEORGE – Fake Magic

SAATSUMA – Stay

BLYOLK – Shun The Sun Because I Don’t Breathe Youth

ZIGGY RAMO – Same Script

JACK RIVER – Fools Gold

EILISH GILLIGAN – The Feeling

SEASIDE – Drifting

THE BELLIGERENTS - Flash

Diggin' this pic of UNIIQU3? It's by Andy Mac, you can suss him here.