Wholesome Mixtape: April 20 Edition

Photo Credit: Jimmy Fontaine

We know it’s been a hot minute since the last time we posted a mixtape but can you blame us for experiencing a creativity rut during the Easter break? You know that meme of the koala saying, “I have to rest for 20 hours a day”? We feel that on so many levels right now but it’s better late than never!

This week’s edition of Wholesome Mixtape is jam packed full of rock tunes while others tap into the genre of folk and hip-hop. Be warned though, you may find yourself listening to these more than once.

A Day To Remember – “Mindreader”

A Day To Remember are THAT band when it comes to the rock genre and they have been mixing it up lately. From collaborating with the likes of Marshmello and steering away from their metalcore side, it’s safe to say that the five-piece from Ocala, Florida are still releasing the freshest tunes to their name. “Mindreader” is the third single taken from their upcoming eighth record, You’re Welcome, which is anticipated to be released this year through Fueled by Ramen. It was originally supposed to come out late last year in November but due to the artwork and the mixing of the album being unfinished, the band had to postpone its release.

“Mindreader” is a head-bopping tune and the storyline is about the narrator having an argument with a girl that he’s dating, explaining that he isn’t a mindreader when it comes to her problems that he wasn’t aware of. The chorus of the track is quite anthemic and the instrumentation is naturally showcasing the same electrifying grit ADTR are known for, except with less intensity. Can we also mention how sick the animation is in the song’s music clip? It seems like the said couple in the video are spell-bounded by a love that’s complicated and the plot thickens the more you dive deeper into the storyline.

Enter Shikari – “satellites* *”

British band Enter Shikari have always been ambitious and there’s no turning away from their newest material. We’re impressed by how much they have evolved over the years and listening to their music is like a virtual reality experience  – cool, fresh and enlightening. The four-piece released their sixth record “Nothing Is True & Everything is Possible” last Friday and they’ve received such positive reception from both critics and fans alike.

“satellites* *” has impressive layers of electronic and rock elements and as you delve deeper into the track, you experience euphoria and feel the magnetic approach taken towards their music. Enter Shikari sound so carefree and it’s evident that making this type of material took a lot of soul-searching and introspection.

Yours Truly – “Composure”

If you’re a fan of the earlier material Paramore were releasing back in the day – think Brand New Eyes and Riot! – then you’re going to love Sydney’s Yours Truly. The band are back with their latest single, “Composure” and the lyrics will resonate to those that have gone through a break up, ending things on bad terms. Lead singer Mikaila Delgado has the most incredible vocals and she has this insane ability to reach those high notes. The pop punk elements to this are so fresh and you can feel the chemistry in their instrumentation.

Yours Truly have had a successful stint in their career so far since their formation in 2016, with the outfit being part of the UNFD family and the positive reception they received over their second EP Afterglow, which was released last year. Let’s just say we’re eagerly anticipating their debut album because man, it’ll be their time to shine.

The Front Bottoms – “everyone blooms”

We all need some positivity right now and this new one from The Front Bottoms brings tears of joy. “everyone blooms” starts with the opening line “Everyone blooms, in their own time” and listening to those words got us right in our feels.

The track is so wholesome and has a great message behind it and you can sense the positive direction the American folk rock band are heading in their music. The instrumentation is bold and has the authenticity we all crave for in a song during a world pandemic.

Deante’ Hitchcock – “I Got Money Now (ft. JID)

If you’re looking for a collab that’s going to knock your socks off, you’re on the money with this one (pun intended). Deante’ Hitchcock is a fresh name to the hip-hop scene and you may recognise him if you’ve been a follower of his mixtapes: 19 Summers, Wishful Thinking and Good. He also received widespread recognition in 2016 for his appearance in the freestyler series, New Atlanta Tuesday’s. “I Got Money Now” is Hitchcock’s latest single, taken from his upcoming debut album Better, which is set to be released on May 13, 2020 through RCA Records.

Teaming up with JID, this number explores both rappers’ success when it comes to their fame in the hip-hop scene. They also write honest words about the financial hardship they had to go through before receiving their breakthrough in their music careers. This song is an absolute banger and it’s a tune that will have hip-hop fans frothing.

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