Emotional dance music pioneers Huntly meld UK garage, breakbeat, electronic-pop and alternative R&B in their high-tempo new single‘Undertage‘. It arrives alongside news of their signing to Dot Dash / Remote Control Records.
In Huntly’s signature polished and meticulous production style, the Melbourne-based duo fuse driving DnB breaks with silky R&B vocals and vulnerable lyricism on this track. On the subject matter, ‘Undertage’ is a unique insight into moments of pure happiness that come with newfound crushes and friendships. It also demonstrates Huntly’s exploration of intimacy in all forms; platonic is as important as romantic, and a love for your friends is equally as crucial as those feelings of deep love we can feel for romantic partners. Vocalist Elspeth Scrine expands saying “I wrote Undertage when I was overseas before the pandemic hit, in a steamy Berlin club that the track is named after. It has samples I recorded on my phone, outside the club and from hazy uber pool rides (remember those?). ‘Undertage’ is about that energy you get from a crush when you meet someone and wonder if you might end up together… when it’s all open and full of possibilities.”
They continue with how the visualiser came about, saying “It only made sense to us to make a visualiser for this song that compiled together video footage from our favourite club spaces here in our own community. It is a clip filled with the late night/early morning dancefloors that have held us, and the people who have healed us.”
Between Elspeth Scrine and Andrew Huhtanen McEwan there exists a strong creative partnership, one that has been built upon from years of friendship. This friendship has bred an intuitive and unique artistry; perfectly exemplified on the band’s acclaimed 2019 debut album, Low Grade Buzz. Its arrival in 2019 was a touchstone moment for Huntly; the album bringing domestic and global recognition for the act, and landing with impact. Low Grade Buzz, bold and striking in its tone and execution, positioned Huntly as a dynamic new force in the Australian music community. As the album cycle continued, the industry responded: Huntly earned nominations for the esteemed Australian Music Prize (2019), and at the AIR Awards (2020) for Best Independent Dance Album alongside industry figures such as Flume.
Acclaim came from radio and press tastemakers alike; Low Grade Buzz was named 3RRR’s Album of the Week whilesinglesenjoyed premiere opportunities via triple j, as well as rotation adds across Australian channels including FBi Radio, MTV, SYN and Rage. Internationally Huntly’s music drew praise from outlets like Stereogum, Noisey and as part of Anthony Fantano’s weekly‘Best Tracks’round up on The Needle Drop. The release also saw Huntly featured as a Rising Artist by Vinyl Me Please, a placement marked by an exclusive vinyl release of Low Grade Buzz throughout North America. With singles featuring across countless Spotify editorial playlists, and a feature as Apple Music’s ‘Best New Artist Of The Week’, Low Grade Buzz swiftly garnered over one million streams and amassed widespread praise from industry and the loyal music community alike.
On the live front, Huntly have supported the likes of pop heavyweights such as G-Flip and experimental luminaries like Laurel Halo.Their dynamic live presence has graced the stages of queer clubs, to Melbourne Fashion Festival, from Mardi Gras, Midsumma, and Grampians Music Festival, all the way to YPSIGROCK Festival (Sicily).
Join Huntly as they cry on the many dance floors with ‘Undertage’.