The third single from Brighton based Hardkandy, and one for the original Zero 7 fans!


3AM is the third single to be taken from Hardkandy’s much anticipated fourth studio album, Pure Fantasy. Crafted over two years, the album has been something of a labour of love for the man behind the project, Tim Bidwell, and comes after a fourteen year hiatus, during which time Tim became something of a prolific producer for other artists at his Clockwork Owl Studios in Brighton.

It was while working on the Limes EP for up-and-coming vocalist Sarah Goodson that Tim was struck by her incredible talent and immediately decided he needed to work with her on something of his own. 3AM was soon written, specifically with her in mind. It’s a dark and dubby piece that evokes an after hours world of hedonistic parties and comedowns with musical inspiration unashamedly taken from the late 90’s/early noughties trip hop and chill out scene.

Hardkandy’s new material takes the listener on a seductive and sonorous journey where harmonious melodies meet hypnotic rhythms. Fans will still recognise the signature cut and paste Hardkandy sound, just reimagined for 2022 with real musicians playing real instruments.

Reactions & Radio Play

Played by Jazzcat (On The Right Track, Ness Radio, Morocco)

“Big Chill flashbacks!” Chris Greenwood (Mi-Soul / SOAS Radio / Louie Louie, UK)

“Fantastic track.” Lorenzo Aldino (Jockey Cub, Ibiza)

“BEAUTY! Perfect for radio Oxigenio. Air support and special radio review on air in minutes!” Tiago Santos (Radio Oxigenio, Portugal)

“Wow, this is gorgeous. Beautiful vocal and a great melody. Love the keys on this.” Bob Hill (Totally WIred Radio, UK)

“Great tune, great voice!” Olgierd (Sofa Surfing, Poland)

“Really nice tune!” Karsten John (Vinyl Vibes, Germany)

“Nice classic trip hop vibe.” Alex Ruder (Radio KEXP 90.3FM, Seattle, USA)

“Soulful.” Jean Marc Baehler (Radio Television Suisse, Couleur3, Switzerland)

“Nicely enveloping.” Envee (Kracow, Poland)

“They keep delivering.” Mans Stromberg (Radio Helsinki, Finland)

“Nice tune! Can’t wait to hear the new album…” Sven Thomschke (Radio Z, Germany)

“Beautiful.” Rado Tomek (NuSpirit Club, Bratislava, Slovakia)

“Back in the days with this new song from Harkandy.” Amar Kabouche (Fauve Radio, Hong Kong)

“Beautiful one!!!” Markus Milz (Further In Fusion, Germany)

“This is a bold, beautiful song.” Dan Deep Tenor City (Soho Radio, UK)

“Lovely mellow song with great vocals and production, thank you.” Enrique Domenech (Freeform Radio, Spain)

“Love!” Amrisha Prashar (Radar Radio, UK)

“Sweet atmosphere and lovely voice.” Olivier Cavallier (De La Bonne Musique, France)

“Nice one.” Robert Lochmann (Radio X, Germany)

“Great single!!!” Marcio Martinez (BBE, Brazil)

“See what you mean about the Zero 7 sound. I’m a big fan of Tim Bidwell. I interviewed him years back for Stranger magazine after he produced Kate Walsh’s LP and it went crazy. Great versatile producer! I can’t wait to hear the rest of this LP.” Glyn Griffiths (Jelly Jazz, UK)

“Brighton beach end Balearics from Hardkandy with some dub out space whirls with vocalist Sarah Goodson stealing the show; good enough for an extended version lads.” Gerry Hectic (Futuristica Music, UK)



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