After a twelve year hiatus, and following on from the album’s title track featuring Andy Platts, Hardkandy are back with the second single to be taken from their forthcoming fourth studio LP, Pure Fantasy. Crafted over two years, the album has been something of a labour of love for the main writer and producer, Tim Bidwell, based on the underlying concept: what would I have done back then, if I’d known what I know now?


Don’t Worry is a very special and comforting piece of music that’s been over two years in the making. First sketched out in one afternoon with fellow writers Ben Daniel, Chris Boot and Scarlett Fae, Tim developed the song over the months that followed. Originally a vocal track, it wasn’t until Tim’s music loving wife suggested stripping back most of the vocal elements, that it really started to

become the sun soaked hypnotic tune that you can hear today. It also has something of a nostalgic feel, especially with original Hardkandy member Simon Little (Bonobo / Quantic live bands) guesting on the Moog! Don’t Worry is, as you would expect, a heartwarming and reassuring piece that evokes myriad musical influences, from classic and classy 70’s Kool And The Gang to contemporary acts like Khruangbin and Mildlife. Enjoy the trip!

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 and Radio Play

Radio play from Simon Harrison (Basic Soul Radio)

“Lovely production & journey………nice…….very nice…” Dr. Bob Jones 9Totally Wired Radio / UK soul music legend)

“Amazing stuff, perfect with this sunny weather.” Aldo Vanucci (Brooklyn Radio, Plymouth)

“Another beautiful track, sooo looking forward to the LP.” Simon Harrison (Basic Soul, UK)

“Sweet 21st century trippy soul. Love it.” DJ Lubi (Totally Wired Radio / The Wardrobe, Leeds)

“Love love love.” Ben Mynott (Fluid Nation, Chill Radio / Soho Radio / 1BTN / Totally Wired Radio)

“I’m a fan of Hardkandy since the beginning ….” Cesare Cera (Radio Bologna, Italy)

“Bad bad tune ..will be playin for sure.ethereal goodness.” Raj Selli (Solar Radio, UK)

“Beautiful vibe, air support on my radio shows for sure, while Stronger Stuff is still on powerplay list on radio Oxigenio!” Tiago Santos (Radio Oxigenio, Portugal)

“This is lovely, it just floats along and takes you with it. Like being on a lilo in an azure swimming pool under a blue sky.” Bob Hill (Totally Wired Radio, UK)

“Sugar sweet music!” Sven Thomschke (Radio Z 95.8, Germany)

“What a tune!” Rado Tomek (NuSpirit Club, Bratislava)

“Lovely.” Junior (Record Breakin’, Evesdrop Radio, USA)

“Sweet!” Olivier Cavallier (De La Bonne Musique, France)

“Back in the days with some good down tempo track.” Amar Kabouche (Fauve Radio, Hong Kong)

“Lovely, will support.” Steve KIW (1BTN, Brighton)

“Niiiiice.” Lorenzo Aldino (Jockey Club, Ibiza)

“Great to see they are back.” John Brent (Dusk Dubs, UK)

“Fairy tale.” Veronique Prebolin (Radio Krim, France)

“Nice tune!” Nicole Finnerty (Kane FM, UK)

“Beautiful!!!” Markus Milz (Radio Corax, Germany)

“Wonderful…” Dobromir Marzov (Bulgarian National Radio)

“Beauty.” Amrisha Prashar (Radar Radio, UK)

“Sweet dreamy tune.” Alex Ruder (KEXP Radio, USA)

“Nice. Looks like being a Summer Of Soul!” Drummie Dave (Radio Tropica, UK)

“Nice track thanks allot I will support it!” Timos Koklas (Reverb Nation, Greece)

“Lovely.” Jimster (1Station FM, UK)

“Can imagine this will get some sunset action over the summer. Beautiful lush and ethereal. Great cut.” DJ Expression (What’s Hot Radio, UK)

“Can not wait for album.” Olgierd (Sofa Surfing, Poland)

“Bloody gorgeous.” Lee Bright (Tangential Music, UK)

“Love it! Reminds me of Khruangabin.” DJ Tom Mannix (Canada)

“Summer feels!” Cal Gibson (UK)


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