It’ll be an interesting “extra” long weekend as majority of us are staying home because of the social distancing measures we have to follow due to the global pandemic that is COVID-19. However, it’s a great excuse to be able to organise a virtual party with your mates via Zoom and have access to the hottest tracks right now.
So, it’s with great pleasure we bring to you the first edition of Wholesome Mixtape – a weekly column released every Friday, packed with new music to help you kick off the weekend on a good note.
Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”
Twenty One Pilots has had people buzzing all day with their new track, “Level of Concern” and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The music video for the fresh tune is currently trending #2 on YouTube and it’s clear that the duo have crafted a comforting song that brings hope during this world crisis. “Level of Concern” is about Tyler Joseph’s thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic and the repercussions it has on society and the music industry.
According to Genius, Tyler was inspired to a write a song to help support the workers that are in the live music industry. A portion of the song’s proceeds have been donated to Crew Nation, which is an organisation that has supported individuals working in the live music industry who had been laid off due to COVID-19.
The music video captures Tyler and Josh being quarantined in their homes and the only way for them to collaborate and create music is through the exchange of a USB stick. “Level of Concern” is simple yet powerful in its message.
Charli XCX – “forever”
Pop Queen Charli XCX has released a new track titled, “forever” and we can’t help but appreciate the dreamy production used in this. It’s bold, catchy and has complex elements that work. From the use of autotune to the electro-pop vibes blended in, it’s not foreign territory for Charli to drop a track this cool.
Your experience becomes elevated once you listen to this using your headphones. Charli XCX’s “forever” is taken from her forthcoming album, how i’m feeling now, which is expected to be released on May 15. She is currently making this album as she self-isolates during the COVID-19 world pandemic.
Phoebe Bridgers – “Kyoto”
“Kyoto” is the second single released by indie rock artist Phoebe Bridgers and is taken from her upcoming sophomore record, Punisher, which is set to be released on June 19.
The song is soothing and uses elements of indie and rock in perfect harmony. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bridgers explains that “Kyoto” is about her experience playing in Japan for the first time and feeling the effects of imposter syndrome as a musician.
Milan Ring – “Are Your Friends Alright?”
Sydney’s RnB/soul artist Milan Ring has dropped her newest jam, “Are Your Friends Alright?” and it’s kept us hooked. She’s also been receiving a lot of love lately on triple j unearthed. It’s a tune that puts you in the “good vibes only” zone and the Pop/RnB instrumentation work well with Ring’s incredible vocals.
On her YouTube channel, she says that this number was created to let her friends know that she’s got their backs. She adds, “Surround yourself with good people and deflect the rest.” Milan definitely knows what’s up during this period of quarantine.
Buddy, Kent Jamz – “She Think”
American rapper Buddy has teamed up with hip-hop artist Kent Jamz, releasing their first single “She Think”, taken from their upcoming collaborative release Janktape, which comes out next Friday April 17. This song is absolute fire and has great rhythm – the type which you can’t shake off and has you dancing away and bopping your head forever.