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Song You Need to Know: Hotel, ‘Sando’

With summer growing closer in Australia, Hotel has you covered with the ideal song to get you feeling warm

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With summer growing closer in Australia, Hotel has you covered with the ideal song to get you feeling warm – if you can handle the sultriness of it all.

“Sando” doesn’t take itself seriously and nor should it – no self-respecting summer anthem should sound serious. Like GIMMY’s recent song “SWEAT (An Australian Summer)”, Hotel dials up the sun, sweat, and fun to the maximum on his new single.

“Sando” isn’t a song about sandwiches but an ode to the beach, one of the few remaining serene places on earth. Hotel – the artistic project of Sydney’s Andrew Tudehope – designed the song to capture the carefree atmosphere of a day at the beach, when all of life’s problems melt away under the baking sun.

“By the sea, we are all equal as we sit on our beach towels. All are just there to bask in the sun and swim. At the beach, like ice cream, our troubles melt away,” the musician eloquently explains.

Relentlessly groovy, merging indietronica with italo disco, “Sando” is a tropical sonic haven. It’s a highly left field ¬†comparison, but “Sando” bears similarity to British house duo X-Press 2’s David Byrne-featuring 2002 anthem “Lazy”, if the sunny euphoria of that song was tempered ever so slightly.

Hotel’s song is resolutely playful. “Everyone looks sexy when they’re having a good time,” he simply asserts through whispered vocals. Later, he’ll let out a series of teasing “ooh, aah” notes, evidently enjoying himself immensely.

“Sando” is Hotel’s second single of the year, following the electronic-heavy “Call of the Void”. His 2022 collaboration with Prince Matton, “Ren√© Laloux” (named after the renowned French animator and director of Fantastic Planet), also made it into the season two soundtrack for And Just Like That… this year, playing in the background as the Sex and the City girls hit up a bar.

Hotel’s “Sando” is out now.