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PLAYLIST: CHELA’S GEMS FROM DOWN UNDER

Pop Princess Chela shares her favourite tracks from the sunny shores of Australia with Wonderland.

Chela

Melbourne girl Chelsea May Wheatley has emerged this year as Chela, releasing the electro-pop single ‘Handful of Gold’ on IHC 1NFINITY, a reincarnation of LA-based label IHEARTCOMIX. The song was released on the 11th November and is a deliciously bright and sharp tune full of synths that reminds us of super-cool noughties singer Ladyhawke.

An Aussie in America, Chela shares her top tracks from home with us in an exclusive playlist. “Living in the States, it’s not often I get to appreciate the nostalgia of some of my favourite Australian tunes with friends. Just recently on tour with The Presets I got to do just that. For those of you international babes, here are some beauties from Oz that you ought to know!”

John Farnham – Pressure Down

“My family have some sweet footage from the 80s of my big sister Nicole as a toddler, jumping up and down on an indoor trampoline to this song.”

Little Red – Rock It

“This is a more recent release, however bound to become a classic. If you enjoy this you should check out Dom’s (the singer/songwriter) current band New Gods.”

The Go-Betweens – Streets of Your Town

“I’ll never forget being backstage with The Go-Betweens at The Big Day Out in Sydney after DJing with my besties in an ice cream truck at The Lilypad many years ago. I was fanning out big time.”

Yothu Yindi – Treaty

“This song is very important in Australian history as it helped to bring a healthy recognition of indigenous musicians in Australia.”

Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls – Dumb Things

“Paul Kelly co-wrote Treaty which was the previous track. This song is my favourite of his. It’s one of my go-to party jams.”

Divinyls – I Touch Myself

“Chrissy Amphlett (RIP) was a goddess, I always loved that interesting and alluring mouth like no others. She used it to sing like a rockstar and speak like a warrior. What a woman.”

The Easybeats – Sorry

“Harry Vanda and George Young (from The Easybeats) are the songwriting duo who are responsible for a lot of great Australian hits including ‘Love Is In The Air’ by John Paul Young. Vanda once produced a song for my old band when I was a teen, but alas ’twas never released. Harry, how wrong you were when you said we were going to be big in Europe! (LOL)”

The Saints – I’m Stranded

“My first long-term love showed me this song and it reminds me of our days as rock-dogs. We were both in rock bands, and we met backstage at a festival that we played together when I was 18.”

Men at Work – Down Under

“I’m sure a lot of you international beings know this song the most out of this list, but I thought it necessary to include.”

Cut Copy – Take Me Over

“This is the modern day version of ‘Down Under’. I have enjoyed a few warm drives with the windows down and arms out to this jam.”

 

‘Handful of Gold’ is out now.

PLAYLIST: CHELA’S GEMS FROM DOWN UNDER

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