Bridget Hustwaite

Sounds Of: September

Bridget Hustwaite
Sounds Of: September

Stepping into Spring with a whole lotta treats! Here's my fave picks from the month...


So this young lad outta the UK is reeeeeeally worth keeping an eye on.  He blew my mind a couple of months back with debut offering “King Charles”, an angsty pop-rock banger with commanding Sheffield style vocals and his second single is straight fire. Based on “a corrupt modern-day love story”, ILYWYMM is a total genre bender full of crunchy guitar hooks and melodic flair. This would totally rip live, fingers crossed Dominic hits our shores soon.


I ammmmmm obsessed with Wafia. Everything this Brisbane artist punches out is full of heart and her latest release is no exception. Penned on the very same day her Syria-based family had their refugee visas rejected by the Australian government,“Bodies” explores themes of necessity and transparency in an extremely accessible manner. This song is a straight up banger, it will make people dance but just like an onion, ya peel the layers and there is so much more than meets the eye. What Wafia is creating here is the true definition of purposeful pop. I can’t wait to see what else she is working on.


After successful appearances at Splendour In The Grass and Glastonbury in the UK, local dance-pop outfit Confidence Man continue their rise with third single “Better Sit Down Boy”. An infectious rave of filthy bass and groovy percussion, this new tune was conceived on a recent writing trip to the rural outback of Australia (in a jacuzzi with a fresh margarita, specifically). It definitely has an LCD Soundsystem feel to it and despite what the title suggests, yo ass better be up and dancing along to this tune and a half. Would bop v hard to this.


So my love and respect for HTML kinda blossomed at the end of last year when my partner and I saw LOSSLESS (his project w/ Oscar Key Sung) at Paradise Music Festival. HTML was totally cooked, he was sooooo drunk which of course made for some quality as hell banter but more impressive was the fact that he SMASHED every song. Just launching into these verses like a total mother flipper, we were blown away and thought well shit, if he’s this good drunk then how ace is he going to be sober?! This month HTML has amazed me once more, going from the absolute fierceness of “Full Raichu” to the sheer vulnerability that is displayed in his latest solo offering and title track of his upcoming album, “Chrome Halo”. An honest reference to his struggles with Cystic Fibrosis, HTML brings Banoffee on board and doesn’t hold back in detailing his hardships. Superbly produced and communicated with such honesty, HTML is serving as an incredibly important voice for those who have been failed by the health care systems both here and abroad. 


You’ll recognise this lady from her feature on Flume’s “Say It” but the Swedish singer is brewing her own bops and “Disco Tits” is one that will really turn heads. Raunchy in its lyrical content and sexy in its delivery, “Disco Tits” is an evocative disco-pop number taken off Tove Lo’s upcoming LP Blue Lips [Lady Wood Phase II]. 


September saw the highly anticipated release of Cub Sport’s second LP Bats and this is my favourite cut from it. It’s a very chill electro-pop number that has a bit of a Frank Ocean feel to it, even Lorde as well with that snappy synth beat that Tim’s dreamy vocals glide over. Mellow and mesmerising <3.


Exciting month for these Brissy boys with the release of debut record Science Fiction and it’s guns blazinnnnn’ with opening track “Sorry To Say”. An expansive psych jam that encapsulates the same frantic energy that you can expect from the band live (like they just fucking GO FOR IT), it’s the perfect introduction for anyone checking these guys out for the first time or even if you’re just a returning listener, you won’t be disappointed. 


I’ll be honest, I’ve never been massive on BANKS. I mean, I like her music but I’ve never gone out of my way to listen to it, until now. “Underdog” is a bit of a surprise release given her latest album has only just reached its first birthday but I am totally down with the sharp, snarly nature of this electro-pop number. It’s probably her most upbeat work to date, almost bubbly if you will but whatever you wanna call it, there’s no denying that this is a certified jam. 


Detroit rapper Dej Loaf is getting shit done on new single “Changes”, a triumphant banger full of horns and defiant verses. I’m not too familiar with her previous material but apparently this is a real change of pace and I’m 200% here for it. Her debut record Liberated is expected to drop soon and I would assume this cracker will feature on it. Keep an eye out. Huge stuff.


Firstly, George Maple is a GODDESS and secondly, her new single “Hero” is hands down my favourite from her so far. Exploring the strength of vulnerability, “Hero” is an 80’s tinged anthem that reveals a more fragile side to the singer who penned and produced this entire track herself. With nostalgic synths and a bassline courtesy of Touch Sensitive, the track also features an interpolation ofthe main vocal in Mylo’s ‘In My Arms’ (which itself is a sample of Boy Meets Girl’s Waiting for a Star to Fall’). Euphoric and hugely addictive, this one has been on repeat all month.


Alright, I think thisssss is my fave song of September. I’ve listened to it every day. There’s a real simple, organic feel about how these percussive and electronic layers come together with that bleeding baseline and Chela’s gentle vocals. There’s handclaps, there’s vibrant bursts of pop but also little moments of punk. It’s hard to articulate what exactly is going on but it all seems so direct and I think that’s why I love it so much. I can’t wait to hear more. 


Electro-pop angels Vallis Alps surprised many this month with "Oceans", the first single since their March EP Fable. Upbeat in it's soundscape and sweet in its vocal delivery, "Oceans" showcases a very meaningful narrative, exploring the sacrifice women make in the daily fight for equality and thriving in spite of that struggle. It's a beautiful, uplifting blend of electro-pop that we have come to know and love from David and Parissa, who may I add have just SMASHED it at Listen Out this month. Hoping to catch them live again soon <3.