Hurts - Wonderful Life

Oli Shilling 05/02/2010

Rating: 4/5

Hurts have been causing quite a stir at the beginning of this new decade, listed in the BBC Sound of 2010 alongside the likes of Delphic, Everything Everything and Two Door Cinema Club. Their new single is their track 'Wonderful Life' remixed by Arthur Baker. Baker is known for his work with New Order, who like Hurts, come from Manchester. The original track is a dark and moody synth-pop blinder with an infectious chorus and enigmatic lyrics, and this remix beefs it up to floor-filler standards.

Hurts duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson travelled to Italy together before forming, and developed a slow disco sound and European aesthetic both inspired by their trip. The lyrics inhabit the moody and cinematic approach their music takes, capturing the story of a girl who saves a man from suicide with that emphatic line “Don't let go, never give up it's such a wonderful life”. If this single is anything to go by, Hurts are going to get a lot of attention this year, and I for one look forward to hearing their debut album.