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Wanderers Share A Playlist Jam-Packed With Tracks That Inspired Their Latest EP

In honour of their new self-titled EP, Australian band Wanderers have put together a playlist showcasing the music that inspired them.

With over 12,000 monthly streams, the South Australia outfit have been creating much-loved guitar-driven music for many years, now adding this bright and soulful collection of tracks to the mix. Drawing from a rich palette of soul, rock and pop, their music exudes a similar vibe to that of Timberwolf, Lime Cordiale and The VANNS.

Put together by an incredible team of local talent, the EP was recorded at Wundenbergs Recording Studio in Thebarton, SA, mixed by Keith Jeffery (Atlas Genius) and Jackson Barclay (Birds of Tokyo, Last Dinosaurs), and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Fleet Foxes, IDLES). The release of this EP marks the start of an exciting few months, with the band soon heading to The U.S. for SXSW festival, and then returning home for their Australian EP tour, kicking off in April.

You can find the new EP and lead single ‘Molly’ out everywhere now and check out their inspirations playlist down below- happy listening!


A full playlist of songs that we enjoy listening to, that have deep groove and cool melodies. Some of the highlights are: 

The Sweetest Meditation by Lord Echo

This track shows how a good groove going around and around is sometimes all you need. It just simmers away and feels good the whole way through. Extra points for the use of vibraphone! This song pairs well with a whisky sour.

Shibuya by Free Nationals

Opening with a superb lofi drum groove, this track soon falls into Syd’s signature mellow and super back on the beat melody choices. Always so simple yet so unique.

The guitar takes it to Bill Withers territory and soft horns add something very 70s to the feel of the chorus, with a perfect counter-melody that we never in a million years would have thought to put there.

Blast Off by Silk Sonic

We loved hearing Anderson .Paak evolve as an artist on this record, particularly vocally. He sings the shit out of this track. This song is credited as theirs but we’re pretty sure Elton John, Bowie and the Isley Brothers had a sick jam and this was the result.

Kids by Young Gun Silver Fox

A gift from Spotify. Popped up in our algorithm and blew us away. Unashamedly a stunning throwback to the West Coast 70s sound, this track could’ve sat very comfortably on ‘Rumours.’ The vocal layering and mixing on their stuff is always unreal, but this one in particular is 10/10. Can’t not feel good when this track comes on.

Some faves from the Cool Uncle record by Bobby Caldwell

It’s rare for someone of Bobby’s age to come out swinging with something so fresh and downright awesome and in collaboration with someone so masterful as Jack Splash (known for Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys… too many to mention). We don’t know how this relationship came to exist, but damn we’re glad it did.

‘Game Over’ is one of the heaviest tracks we’ve ever heard. The Pocket is deep. The production is scarily good. Bobby’s voice is unreal. And they threw Mayer Hawthorne in the mix for good measure.

Whilst we won’t recommend the whole album, we will recommend playing the first 4 tracks on repeat for the next few years. Some juicy juicy jams.

Footsteps in the Dark by Isley Brothers

We already loved ‘Them Changes’ by Thundercat, so when the drum intro came on one day and turned into a completely different song, we were shocked to realise that this was it, the real deal… the track that Thundercat sampled. We might be the last people on earth to realise this, but it seemed like Christmas at the time. This track is silky smooth and completely badass in all regards. Full of little surprises.

Neighbourhood by Declan Kelly

This song is great to pull out in a jam. People may not know it, but if the drummer can lock into a groove like this one, you can hit this chorus and by the second round everyone in the room will be in on it. A criminally underrated singer/songwriter/drummer from Sydney, this gem is a groovy rare little treat. Get your ears around it!

Written by Alice Powell