Timeless soul in Wonder 45’s debut full-length ‘Wonderland’

Jun 3rd, 2024

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Timeless soul in Wonder 45’s debut full-length ‘Wonderland’

Big AC Records are proud to present Wonderland, the astonishing debut LP from London-based soul ensemble, Wonder 45. The band have released a steady stream of singles over the last few months, receiving international airplay and strong support across the UK Radio network. Their second single “Cry” was playlisted on BBC Radio 2 for three weeks in early 2024 and was also heavily rotated on BBC 6 Music and KEXP in Seattle. The follow-up “Make It Happen” was premiered on BBC 6 Music by Craig Charles, who touted Wonder 45 as “One To Watch” in 2024.

Continuing in the best traditions of contemporary soul performance from Sharon Jones, Black Pumas, Alabama Shakes, as well as Al Green, Aretha Franklin and in the case of the title track, “like a 21st century Joe Cocker” (Blues & Soul Magazine), the nine tracks of Wonderland are sincere affairs of the heart, crafted with tremendous loving care and the utmost attention to detail. The band’s rich, analogue production combined with powerful, soulful performances and heartfelt songwriting, make you feel as though you’re the only one in the room.

Wonderland straddles the line between traditional and contemporary soul with ease, but wherever it sits in your playlist it’s an album packed full of feeling. From the blown out and tear-stained vocals in “Cry” to the gentle reassurance of “Nothing Gonna Change”, the vocals soar on this record, flying on the wings of smooth horns, organ and beautiful bass.

The title track “Wonderland” has a real fairground feel, taking you on a spin through what feels like the world’s most intense one night stand. But there’s plenty of pace here too – “Superman” storms through the skies leaving you feeling superfly with some gritty drums and tight AF guitar, while “Walk Into The Fire” inducts you into the cult of Wonder 45 with some heavy beats made for dancing, but leave you on an emotional high. And if you need something to bring you up Make It Happen” will inspire you with huge horns and vocals.

Expect heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears to run through the playground of funk and soul sounds that is Wonderland. Need to know how authentic funk and soul goes down? Wonder no more.

‘Wonderland’ out on LP / CD / Digital on May 31st 2024 via Big AC Records