I didn’t know much about LA based electropop group BEGINNERS before I discovered ‘Who Knows.’ It passed me by when it was first released in 2014 on the group’s self-titled debut EP, but I stumbled upon it a couple of years later. Sometimes a song finds us at exactly the right moment and this became my summer anthem in a year when my partner and I made big changes in our lives. We left London, went on an American road trip and I curated playlists filled with upbeat, electronic pop that came to define a personal era of hope, freedom and change.
That summer I put on my headphones and soundtracked our last few months in London and the travels that followed with chart-topping hits from Sia, Calvin Harris and Rihanna, Sigala, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Jonas Blue, MØ, Zara Larsson and countless others. Listening to those tunes will always immerse me in a city that still holds a piece of my heart, bringing back memories of London's East End and its buzzing markets, the quiet, residential streets of Chelsea and the energy and colour of the West End. I can feel the sun on my face and taste coffee from Square Mile cafés, chilled pints of cider from Soho pubs and crisp glasses of wine from bars tucked away in courtyards and on rooftops.