Needle In The Hay Spotlight: Angus1

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Photo: Seiya Taguchi

Meet Angus1, a Sydney producer who’s already caught the eye of Future Classic, Kitsuné Musique, and tastemakers all over the world.

With our Needle In The Hay vinyl competition open once more, we’re back to enjoying an esteemed selection of tunes submitted by Australian and New Zealand artists. For our latest entry spotlight, we’re looking at Angus1.

Based in Sydney, Angus1 makes eclectic, vocal-led electronic music which places a devastatingly clear mirror upon himself. His single I Can Tell Your Laugh Is Fake is a brutally honest account of rejection, and Champagne – the song he entered into Needle In The Hay – is about drinking himself “into oblivion as a young man to avoid all kinds of insecurities”.

One thing’s for certain; if you’re listening to Angus1, you’re getting the truth.

Releasing his debut track Linda via esteemed French label Kitsuné Musique (Parcels, Phoenix) and recent track You’re An Enabler through Future Classic (Flume, G Flip) by way of their Shelter In Place compilation, it’s clear Angus1 already has ears pricking up in all the right places.

And it’s not hard to see why. By way of his lyrics alone it’d be fair to say this artist is a little different from the rest, but the production underscoring it all is of an equal caliber. Intricate, and never lacking an emotional punch, it’s a little Four Tet, a little Jai Paul, each new track is as unexpectedly wonderful as the last.

If you like what’s cooking in the Angus1 kitchen, check him out on Instagram, Spotify, and Soundcloud.



Needle In The Hay is a competition run by Happy Mag, giving one artist the chance to win 250 copies of their single on 7-inch vinyl. To enter or find out more, click here.

All Needle In The Hay entrants will receive a voucher to upload their first single for free for the first year to all major music platforms via Spinnup. Find out more here