Exclusive Mixtape: Lupa J

Lupa J burst onto the Australian music scene at age 15, immediately garnering praise from international music blogs such as DIY Magazine and receiving a Triple J Unearthed High nomination for an unprecedented two years running. After a few years spent solidifying their sound on tour with the likes of Sarah Blasko, Grimes, Tegan & Sara and Alice Glass, they released their bold, self-produced debut LP ‘Swallow Me Whole’ in 2019, Nominated for FBi Radio’s SMAC Awards for ‘Album of the Year’. Follow-up mini-album ‘To Breathe Underwater’ sealed off a successful 2020 with their first spins on BBC Radio 1.


The music I like to DJ is a far cry from the emotional pop that makes up the majority of my new album. I have a love for experimental dance music, but I love hooky, lyric focused pop just as much – so while trying to nail pop in my recent album, I’ve been able to satisfy my craving for music that’s weird, unpredictable and unsettling through my DJ sets. This mix is no different – it travels through an eclectic range of genres, from leftfield 128bpm techno to 170bpm drum and bass, scattered with experimental takes on dancehall, hip hop, jungle & gabber – all united by forward thinking approaches to rhythm and sound design, and often an unnerving yet invigorating atmosphere of darkness.

Since relocating to Melbourne in 2021, Lupa J has been consistently drip-feeding singles and immersive self-directed visuals from their upcoming album. Recent 2022 singles ‘Always Wanting’ and ‘Young Drug’ has attracted a huge amount of buzz to their upcoming record, with BBC spins and nationally renowned tastemakers such as Tommy Faith from Triple J calling Always Wanting a ‘near perfect pop song’, and Declan Byrne calling Young Drug ‘ahead of the curve’. They recently performed at Dark Mofo, and just released their new record A New Kind of Magic. 

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