We can always count on beabadoobee to create some kind of ethereal indie magic, no matter the weather. The track is their first since last year’s brash and enchanting offering “Fake Flowers”, continuing the group’s streak of all-killer, no-filler releases. To be honest, this song makes us want to be skipping in a sunny meadow somewhere like in Midsommar – just without all the cliff jumping.
Though this week’s Wonderlist might belong to Lil Nas X, there are still tons of great hits from the likes of beabadoobee and easy life.
beabadoobee – “Last Day On Earth”
Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
I suppose it goes without saying that Lil Nas X has released one of the best tracks (and videos) ever to grace our ears in this week’s Wonderlist. Like, if you’re not regularly dry-humping the devil and concocting an elaborately rendered visual world that explains you coming to terms with your sexuality whilst dressed in Hardeman patchwork denim AND SOMEHOW including a pole – why are you releasing music? We’re kidding really, well, only a bit…
easy life – “a message to myself”
Leicester-based indie-poppers easy life are totally coming into their own, and they want you to know all about it. The BBC Sound of 2020 nominees have been hard at work over the past 3 lockdowns and have proudly announced their forthcoming debut album – life’s a beach. “a message to myself” kicks off all the festivities in harmonious fashion, accompanied by a double b-side of dreamy tracks titled “daydream” and “nightmare”. Fans and foes alike best be sinking their teeth into this release now, because you’ll definitely want to know all the words before they hit the road in November…
The Wandering Hearts – “Gold”
Fancy a cheeky blend of UK folk and Americana this gloomy Friday? The Wandering Hearts’ “Gold” is just what the doctor ordered, painting a dreamy picture of their time in the Catskills recording for their new album. When talk turned to kintsugi, the Japanese art form where broken ceramics are fused back together with golden lacquer, the song seemed to write itself. They want us to know there’s beauty in all of life’s scars, especially if they’re glittery and metallic.
Aimeé Steven – “Don’t Forget It”
Now here’s a vocalist who packs a punch. Aimeé Steven’s voice is second to none, powerful but not overbearing. It’s mysterious and comforting all at the same time, with all the empowerment and fury of any 2000s pop classic. On “Don’t Forget It”, Steven takes these qualities and fuses them a little bit Avril and a little bit Rósíin, sprinkling a dash of Sophie Ellis-Bextor added for good measure as she fuses punky guitars with soft-sang choruses that live and breathe romantic euphoria. Long live the Scouse guitar Queen, may her rule be full of plenty more hits like this…
Chiiild – “Sleepwalking”
Chiiild’s woozy new track “Sleepwalking” takes us on a kaleidoscopic walk into the weekend. The synthetic soul star wants us to reclaim our identity and go against the grain of all things ‘normal’, believing our fantasies can come true if we try hard enough. Of course, in the dream state of sleep walking, that’s exactly what happens, your mind is in a world not so distant from reality, where the rules and landscape are what you make it. Our world would definitely involve a revival of Big Brother and a defiant rejection of modern technology by returning to flip-phones, but anyway…
Afgan – “M.I.A (feat. Jackson Wang)”
Before you ask, no, this tune is not about legendary “Paper Planes” auteur Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam MBE. Instead, the song refers to the acronyms original meaning – Missing In Action, assuring us he won’t leave us high and dry when things get sexy. Afgan is on top form as usual with his signature slow-burning R&B production, giving us Y2K boyband vibes through the tracks immersive video. He’s even invited Chinese rapper, Jackson Wang, along for the ride, getting us hot under the collar with a rather steamy verse indeed.
mehro – “not alone”
A bunch of decapitated barbie heads littering someone’s bedroom floor is usually a red flag, but allow us to assure you mehro is nothing like Sid the psychopath from Toy Story – for starters, he has WAY more hair. The singer has just dropped his highly-anticipated debut mixtape, Sky Is On Fire, and to celebrate he’s blessed us with a video release for “not alone” – a track for all the corrupted dreamers. Here he finds himself trapped within a twisted dollhouse, surrounded by devilish dolls that drink, snort and fight their sanity away. Only his voice will save him from such chaos, reminding his fans that no matter how bad things may seem, you’re never truly alone in your grief. We’re not judging the dolls too harshly though, we’d love to visit their crazy gaff…
Burna Boy – “23”
Burna Boy ends this week’s electrifying list of new musical gems with his piano-laced afrobeats number “23”. The track is certainly more solemn than previous efforts, one of those hits that plucks your heartstrings as hard as they can. Lending it’s name from Michael Jordan’s basketball jersey, Burna’s message is about achieving greatness despite the difficult circumstances and obstacles that get in your way. We can do anything we set our minds – and hearts – to, just not Yoga with Adriene.