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This week’s #Wonderlist sees the return of a noughties fave and 2015’s most surprising pop juggernaut, Nick Jonas, release yet another excellent single. Also new ones from Deaths, Jolympix, and Janelle Monáe.

Nick Jonas – Levels

Nick Jonas continues his astoundingly good run of singles with ‘Levels’.  Clocking in at just 2m47, the perfect length for a pop single, ‘Levels’ is more of the top quality pop-funk we’ve come to expect from Nick Jonas. Great track but another Tinashe remix wouldn’t go amiss.

Deaths – Voices

Deaths, a part of the creative collective Love By Mistake, make electronica and RnB which is as beautiful as it is melancholic. ‘Voices’, which is heartachingly good, is their latest track. Their EP is set drop in the Autumn.

Jojo – Save My Soul

History unfairly labeled JoJo a one-hit-wonder. She in fact had two hits. Two hits of such monumental quality, ‘Leave (Get Out)’ and ‘Too Little Too Late’, that she had no need to make another song. Yet JoJo is not one to rest on her laurels and has just released three singles at once (an inferior artist would call that an EP).  The strongest of the trinity is ‘Save My Soul’, an electro-ballad. Give it a listen and remember why we all got so excited about JoJo in the first place.

Cazzette – Together feat. Newtimers

‘Together’ is the lead single from Swedish electro duo Cazzette’s new EP Desserts which gets its release this week (Friday 28 August). The EP boasts a stellar line-up of guest artists with Newtimers, LP and Sterling Fox all contributing vocals. Deserts sounds like a band with their sights set firmly on pop superstardom.  You can expect huge things from this duo.

Janelle Monáe and Wondaland Records – Hell You Talmbout

Janelle Monáe and Wondaland have spent the past few weeks performing at Black Lives Matter rallies across the United States. These performances have culminated in a performance of ‘Hell You Talmbout’. Unlike much of Monáe’s work, which is steeped in futurism and psychedelia, ‘Hell You Talmbout’ is raw. Over a simple snare beat Monáe and the Wondaland collective chant the names of black Americans that have been killed by the police. A vital piece of protest music.

Jolympix – Let It Go

‘Let It Go’ is the debut single from Jolympix. This Gothenburg based group make stunning minimalist electro and plan on releasing their self-titled debut EP towards the end of 2015, just in time for Christmas. The perfect gift for people who like their beats a bit moody.

Alessia Cara – Hotline Bling (Drake Cover)

Alessia Cara paid a visit to Sydney TV station Chanel V and performed an acoustic cover of ‘Hotline Bling’, originally performed by fellow Torontian Drake. This is a perfect showcase of her vocals and should whet your appetite for her debut EP Four Pink Walls which is released on 28 August via Def Jam. Lead single ‘Here’ was released back in May and is well worth revisiting. It’s one of the finest pop songs about being a rubbish guest at parties.

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Dan Austin
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