Underground Playlists: New Music From Emerging Talent Sputnik Sweetheart, POOKIE & More

30 May 2023 | 2:09 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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Sputnik Sweetheart (NSW)

Something More

Known for their electrifying blend of visceral post-punk and irresistible indie rock, Sputnik Sweetheart have turned down a road of 90s-inspired hits that suits them so well, especially in new track Something More. The 90s indie-rock sound is being run into the ground at the moment, but Sputnik Sweetheart are one of the only bands doing it right. Something More ticks all the boxes with soft, sweet and powerful vocals, crunchy guitars, and enough dynamics to keep the song super interesting. Channelling an anti-people pleaser energy on this song, lead vocalist Nette softly screams about needing something more; who hasn't been there? Recently shredding on the Groovin’ The Moo stage, Sputnik Sweetheart are dropping their eagerly-awaited EP on July 14, so keep your eyes peeled! 



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Boorloo/Perth-based producer, songwriter, composer, DJ, and MC POOKIE is back with a sexy, slinky hip-hop soul number in the form of FEEL IT IN THE BLACK. Recruiting friend and colleague Kuzich, the two masterminds, have come out with a track that gets you feeling some type of way. Lyrically, FEEL IT IN THE BLACK, shines, twisting and turning down dark corners, suggesting without every telling, and really creating a vibe without ever being obvious about it. It’s a fantastic track that only highlights how much of a bright star POOKIE truly is.

Eimhin (QLD)

The Lough

Eimhin has again blessed our ears with new track, The Lough, which walks beautifully between a folk jaunt and an emotive ballad.  With a diverse repertoire informed by his Irish heritage, Eimhin spent his teenage years exploring musical theatre before ultimately playing in original bands and answering the call of punk rock, hardcore, glam and emo. More recently, Eimhin’s songwriting has matured to embrace a deep sense of emotional honesty and fearlessness - from ethereal folk to shout-it-at-the-top-of-your-lungs indie anthems. The Lough definitely proves the switch shining a light on his stunning vocals and songwriting talent. 

Nat Vazer (VIC)

Strange Adrenaline

It’s no secret that Nat Vazer is one of the best songwriters of our generation, but her newest track Strange Adrenaline blows that statement out of the water. Anthemic, confessional and filled with wistful emotion, Strange Adreninal shoots Vazer into a new era that she’s only touched on briefly before. Vazer has managed to embody the exact feeling of being on the precipice of something huge and taking the leap into a new adventure. Strange Adrenaline is the title track from her upcoming album, out Oct 6, and if the rest of the album is anything like this massive track, we’ve got a new star on our hands. 

Ash Lune (QLD)


Rising pop icon Ash Lune has dropped the super impressive track, Pepsi, a provocative dive into the dumpster fire that is dating in the 21st century. Melancholy guitar and blue vocals move into a pulsating heavy-pop synth that changes the song and pushes it further into the alt-pop space. Super contemporary, Pepsi follows the lead of the major pop artists of today, giving us our own Aussie Billie Eilish. 

You can listen to all of our Underground Playlists here.