Territory Sounds Countdown 2022 crowned by Darwin music Danger Den

Darwin musos Danger Den only have one line in their official biography: “Darwin’s next favorite pop-punk band :)”

They have already surpassed that.

The four-piece punk pop act has taken first and second place in the ABC Radio Darwin and Music NT Territory Sounds Countdown with their fast tracks Sugar Rush and Too Much To Ask.

They are the first artists to deprive Arnhem Land of the Territory Day Countdown honor.

Lead guitarist and vocalist Jeremy Uyloan told ABC Radio Darwin’s Mikaela Simpson he wasn’t sure if the band would make it to the countdown.

“Too Much To Ask is one of my oldest songs, I wrote it when I was 17.”


Balancing his creative output with dentistry, Uyloan says his songs often come to him while he is working on someone’s teeth.

“I repeat it in my head as many times and then write it down on a note in my pocket as I can.

“Can’t wait to tell one of my patients tomorrow.”

Seeds sown long ago

Catherine Satour’s legacy is the Desert Divas that brings together indigenous female musicians.ABC: Carmel Rooney

Former Alice Springs Councilor Catherine Satour took third in the countdown with Radical Seed.

Satour is part of the Central Australian music royalty – father Bunna Lawrie founded Colored Stone in the 1970s and has been playing since she was a child.


Anthem for Social Justice Radical Seed Touches Advance Australia Fair, Poverty, Captain Cook, Wellbeing, the 1967 Referendum, Vincent Lingiari, the Freedom Ride and Mabo.

Wouldn’t be the same without him

Baker Boy at NIMAS
Prince of Arnhem Land Baker Boy only released his first album Gela in October.Delivered: National Indigenous Music Awards

Fourth place is the 2021 winner and the most consistent presence of the countdown, Baker Boy, with Butterflies.


Butterflies ticks all the Baker Boy boxes: bilingual, fast lyrics, club sound and lots of love.

Something new

A young woman in a pink dress sits in a room with purple and gold lighting.
Phoebe Olivia earned her stripes as a triple j Unearthed feature artist.Delivered: Settle Down Records

Electro pop artist Phoebe Olivia fifth with Waiting For You

She was named three times in last week’s NT Music Awards nominations for this song and for Crazy.


“Waiting For You was the first single I ever released.

“It was great to see The Territory backing my first EP, especially as a young artist.”

Olivia is the only countdown muso to play this year’s flagship Territory, Mindil Beach’s Bassinthegrass, alongside Jessica Mauboy, Xavier Rudd, Boy & Bear, and Hilltop Hoods.

Hard act

Monochrome of a four piece rock band playing at full throttle on a stage.
Temperamental’s Fox And The Hound was also nominated in the NT Music Awards.Delivered: Submithub.com

The Territory has always been a welcome home to heavy music.

Hard acts Draftday, The Poor and Emerald Sun have been popular entries in recent years, and the heaviest sound in 2022 will go to the foursome Temperamental with Fox And The Hound in sixth place.


Foldback Media says the song is dealing with permission issues.

“The venerable dog will keep the vulnerable fox unscathed from the inveterate abuser,” the review says.

deep meaning

A press photo of King Stingray from 2022
Yolŋu rocks King Stingray.Delivered: Luke Henery

King Stingray’s single Milkumana takes seventh place this year to critical acclaim from triple j.


The comedy action video is a Pulp Fiction-style journey that follows frontman Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu around their home in Arnhem Land, following a suitcase of magical folding sticks handed over by elder Mangatjay Yunupingu.

But passing on the music knowledge is the meaning of the song itself.

great day out

A young woman with glasses wearing a baseball cap.
G-Flip is a regular part of the triple j Hottest 100.Delivered

Baker Boy’s second track in the countdown is My Mind, a collaboration with award-winning Melbourne muso G-Flip.


The video for the couple’s love song for a day out is worth watching, if only to see Baker’s outrageous suit.

Tenderness and mess

Alice Cotton
Darwin music Alice Cotton.Delivered: Rachel Younger

The Auslan video for ninth-placed Sleeping Dogs is typically inclusive of classically trained Darwin music therapist Alice Cotton, who got a little help from some big Australian names to create the song.


“It’s about ending my first queer relationship, the tenderness and mess that comes with it,” she said.

Fire in his belly

Muso looks happy playing guitar next to a hedge smiling at the camera.
Katanga Junior was discovered during a local weeknight jam session.Delivered: Sean Paris

The top 10 ends in Tanzanian born and bred Katanga Junior from Mparntwe (Alice Springs) with Mapenzi Business.

He says his musical creativity has “flowed like a river” since moving downtown.


Mapenzi Business, from its first release Moto – which means ‘fire’ in Swahili – transcends the boundaries of reggae and hip-hop.

“I called it Moto because there’s fire and fire in the lyrics. Fire is definitely the vibe,” he said.

“Mapenzi Business is love affairs back home in Tanzania where you pay for marriage [a dowry] and I decided it wasn’t right.

“Love is about connection, not transaction.”

Colorful stats and charts of the winning songs and artists.
The facts and figures show the diverse music of the Territory.Included: Music NT

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