Underground Playlists: New Music From Emerging Talent Smol Fish, Behind You & More

16 May 2023 | 2:47 pm | Emma Whines

Underground Playlists are back and better than ever, thanks to the legends at Mountain Goat Beer. In fact, we’ve decided to pick out our favourite tracks each week and share them with you, so you can get to know the best of the bunch and keep your finger on the pulse. Here are this week's top picks for our Underground Playlists...

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smol fish (WA)


Legendary WA band smol fish are back with a heartfelt track for May, prioritising a melancholy indie rock vibe over their usual joyful jaunts. Pulled from the band’s eagerly anticipated sophomore EP Crocodile Tears, Conditionally takes a nostalgic look at the inner self and how we’re all perceived as 20-somethings living in today's age. Building into a bigger and bigger song, with added guitars and heavier drums, it gives a feeling of swelling into more and more emotion. Introspective, deep and just straight-up beautiful, smol fish have knocked it out of the park with this one.

Ceeko (VIC)

Contact High

Smooth RnB king Ceeko has gifted us the soulful track Contact High which has been dubbed as an “unintentional stoner anthem”. Taken from his upcoming album The Juice, which explores smoking culture from his own perspective, Contact High is a perfect start to intro us to his new sonic journey. With funky bass lines, groove-worthy beats and Ceeko’s incredibly lush vocals, Contact High feels like a lesson in 90s/2000s RnB, with Ceeko taking on the role of professor. A highlight of the song is the refreshing nature of hearing an RnB song discuss something outside of romantic love. Ceeko’s done a fantastic job of keeping the vibe sexy while discussing a beloved pastime.

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Sean Heathcliff (VIC)

You Only Kiss Me After Sex

Victorian singer/songwriter Sean Heathcliff has delivered us a perfect slice of heaven in his new song You Only Kiss Me After Sex, which is as beautiful as it is sad. Often songs dance around the emotion that propelled its creation in the first place, but Heathcliff puts us right in the centre, giving us a front-row seat to all the moments that make up the demise of his relationship. The vulnerability in this song is palpable, and it makes you wanna sit there for hours and hours, dissecting every detail. It doesn’t hurt that the soundtrack around the lyrics is so beautiful, ironically embodying the same ethereal and limerent sound of Cigarettes After Sex’s song Heavenly.

Sidney (VIC)

Cool Girl

Indie pop genius Sidney is back with her latest track Cool Girl which oozes addictive melodies that well and truly put her on the map as an artist to watch. Lyrically, Cool Girl shows Sidney letting her guard down and reaching into that vulnerable place that shows insecurity. Filled with dynamics, it embodies something that T-Swift or Greta Ray would write, with thoughtfully curated sounds and lyrics to create the perfect mood. Honestly, after this track, we have no idea how Sidney doesn't view herself as the cool girl cause we definitely do.

Behind You (NSW)

Big Buck

Punk-Rap gods Behind You are at it again, and this time they’ve given us a high-energy banger in the form of Big Buck that gives all their previous releases a run for their money. Influenced by acts like 100 gecs and Death Grips, this trio curates all their skills into the perfect music-making machine and tracks like Big Buck just show how talented they really are. Filled with artful bars, complex production and some seriously dirty bass, Big Buck kills it on so so many levels.

You can listen to all of our Underground Playlists here.