After a 14-year hiatus, Hardkandy are back with the first single to be taken from their forthcoming fourth studio album, 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?


The lead single, Stronger Stuff, features the distinctive vocals of Andy Platts (Mamas Gun, Young Gun Silver Fox) who as usual delivers a heart wrenching vocal performance with a classic soul feel. It’s a life affirming love song about the security and stability that can be gained from having a strong romantic bond with someone. Refreshingly optimistic subject matter for a ballad!

With influences ranging from the classic sounds of Marvin Gaye to the down-tempo carboot soul of Nightmares on Wax, 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

Radio play from Bandcamp Weekly, FIP National Radio (France), Mark GV Taylor (Totally Wired Radio), Plum FM (France), Tiago Santos (Radio Oxigenio, Portugal), Mucho Soul (Totally Wired Radio), DJ Bunel (Yle Radio 1 / Yle Radio Vega, Finland), Lux Onions (1BTN), Sean Innit (Music Box Radio), Jazzcat (Ness Radio, Italy)

“Great release.” Juergen Jazzanova (Sonar Kollektiv, Germany)

“Gorgeous!” Colleen Cosmo Murphy (Worldwide FM)

“This is lush.” Deb Grant (BBC6 Music / Jazz FM)

“So good.” Toshio Matsuura (Worldwide FM / Inter FM / Ex-UFO, Japan)

“Beautiful soul electronica. Love it.” DJ Lubi (Wardrobe / Hifi Club, Leeds)

“Stunning! So pleased to have HK back!” Ben Mynott (Fluid Nation, 1BTN)

“What a track to return on” Simon Harrison (Basic Soul, UK)

“Fantastic track – Soul at it’s best. I’ll play it regularly on openbroadcast radio. Looking forward to the album. We like Hardkandy – we still play some old tracks.” Rolf Aeschimann (Open Broadcast Radio, Zurich, Switzerland)

“Fascinating song!” Cesare Cera (Radio Uno, Bologna, Italy)

“BEAUTIFUL soul! Classic modern soul.” Tiago Santos (Radio Oxigenio, Portugal)

“Timeless killer.” Måns Strömberg (Radio Helsinki, Finland)

“Intriguing collab. Amazing stuff!” Quinton Scott (Strut Records, UK)

“Oh wow. This one just smashed it out of the ball park 6/5” Russ Jones (Hackney GT / SOAS Radio)

“Lovely, what a vocal and those strings. Superb.” Bob Hill (Totally Wired Radio, UK)

“This brings a sense of tranquility to proceedings with gentle vocals and instrumentation.” Steve Johns (Solar Radio, London)

“Lovely stuff.” Tamar Osborn (Collocutor / Soho Radio)

“Shut my eyes and its Curtis. Sublime stuff.” Steve KIW (1BTN, Brighton)

“So cool and lovely!” Clément (Plum FM, France)

“I love it!” Martijn Barkhuis (Jazzrdeville, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

“Monumentally good!” Ross Wakefield (Frankson / PTH)

“Stunningly beautiful” Mr Lob (Australia)

“SMOOOOOOVE groove…” Michael Stukes (WHCR 90.3FM, USA)

“Nice orchestral touch to this one” Alex Ruder (KEXP 90.3FM, USA)

“Splendid. Love Andy’s voice.” Chris Greenwood (Louie Louie, Mi-Soul, SOAS Radio)

“What a sweet track! Lovely production!” Chris Ex (Black Radio Berlin, Germany)

“High class.” DJ Lorenzo (Jockey Club, Ibiza)

“Great new single!” Enrique Domenech (Freeforms Radio, Ibiza)

“Great bluesy track.” Robert Lochmann (Radio X, Germany)

“Soothing soulful music. Delightful” DJ Osric (Australia)

“Beautiful track.” Dan Deep Tenor City (Soho Radio, UK)

“Hey, this is new Hardkandy, sounds like new Hardkandy, sounds like the old Hardkandy, where’s the old Hardkandy? It’s in the new Hardkandy – more please. Fantastic performance from Andy Platts.” Gerry Hectic (60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth, UK)

“Dreamy stuff.” Dan Weskor (Detektor FM, UK)

Magic!!!” Ross Wakefield (Frankson, UK)

“Beautiful release. As you say heartwrenching vocals. Killer cut” DJ Expression (What’s Hot Radio, UK)

“Quality downtempo mood enhancing soul” DJ Abbo (Stomp Radio, UK)

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

“Beautiful ethereal vibes, reminiscent of the great Marvin Gaye.” The Crate Invader (Point Blank Radio, UK)

“Moody Sunday soul.” Nick The Greek (Totally Wired Radio, UK)

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

“Strong!” David Bassin (KUSF San Francisco, USA)

“Really good soul song; thanks!” Velanche Stewart (Urban Landscapes, USA)

“Amazing.” Rado Tomek (NuSpirit Club, Bratislava)

“Great stuff.” DJ Lamp (Coalition, Brighton, UK)

“Sublime. Really strong soulful and deep” DJ Expression (Whats Hot Radio, USA)

“Those strings!” Jon Freer (Freer Sounds, UK)

“Music for a better now.” Rene Josquin (Format Analog, Berlin, Germany)

“High level!!!” Marcio Martinez (BBE, Brazil)


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