Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 9

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 9

Hello every and welcome to Part 9 of possibly one of my favourite blog posts. I didn’t anticipate keeping these going for so long, but I love them because I get to listen to my own playlist a bit more carefully while I pick which songs to include, and a lot of you leave me comments about new songs you’ve discovered through my list! Let me know if you find any songs you enjoy from today’s post!

Switch Sider – Ella Mai
Social Jungle – Herizen
Bad – Lennon Stella
Yours – Aidan Alexander
Dangerous – Kaien Cruz
I Need – Clark Beckham
Ride – Shoffy
Wait – crwn, Jess Connelly
Fantasy – Alina Baraz, Galimatias
Let Me In – Skinny Living
Knock – ALMA
take care – EDEN
Hold You In My Arms – Ray LaMontagne
Don’t – Zoe Kravitz
Aunty Tracey’s Cookies – Joyride
I Need – Maverick Sabre
Wait. – David Pfeffer
I’m In Love Without You – FINNEAS
Paper Love – Allie X
Lighter – Turquoise Prince
Dirty Harry – Grace

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2018 Spotify Wrapped

2018 Spotify Wrapped

Another year in Spotify time has come to an end, and with it came the much anticipated Wrapped.

I feel like while last year it was a bit of novelty, some people got on board, others were just interested to see how their year panned out, this year, it was huge. Artists were posting their stats, listeners were sharing their minutes of listening and Top Five artists on their Instagram story, and everyone was making a lot more use out of the marketing capabilities that the 2018 Spotify Wrapped provided.

I have to say, my Spotify Wrapped was of very little surprise to me. I did expect to have more listening time considering it feels like I’m constantly listening to music, but in terms of the artists who featured on my wrap up, I was not in the least bit surprised.

There was a slight change up in the presentation of our personal Spotify Wrapped, which I really enjoyed looking through. There were some new statistics that popped up, horoscope of artists you listened to the most(???), as well as the playlists I had been waiting for, the songs I listened to the most throughout the year, and songs that were recommended for me to listen to, based on my year’s listening habits.

Rather than go into a long explanation, I thought I’d share some screenshots from my Spotify Wrapped for 2018!

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Not surprised. Ain’t Nobody, by Chaka Khan, is to date, one of my all time favourite songs, and I have incredible memories with my extended family to this song, and this release by Rufus has been on nearly all my playlists in my Spotify library, with no regrets.

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Is anyone else surprised? Because God knows I’m not.

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Not surprised at all. Considering my top artists feature in at least one post a month here on You Should Hear, I can’t say I didn’t expect them. Again this year, I probably underestimated how much I actually listen to Chris Brown and Bruno Mars, while I am well aware I listen to a lot of Jon Bellion, Amine and Kendrick.

The Heart Is A Muscle has no doubt been one of my most played songs, so again, not surprised, and same with the Finesse Remix, since it was released three days into the year. I mean I definitely dedicated an entire post to Bene, the singer of Tough Guy, and Pills and Automobiles and Nexus are two of my favourite power songs.

How did you Spotify Wrapped 2018 show up?

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Priya

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Courtesy Of: Chloe Luna

Courtesy Of: Chloe Luna

Hello friends! Today’s post is another Courtesy Of. I’ve been really trying to get as many people as I can included in these posts, because as much as I love rambling about my own musical tastes and interests of the month/week/day/minute, it’s always good to get a fresh perspective, and discover some new music myself.

So today’s Courtesy Of, is brought to you, courtesy of, Chloe Luna. Chloe is one of my most favourite people here on WordPress, and if you have yet to check out her blog, you’re missing out on some of the most beautiful, heartfelt, honest writing I’ve read in a long time. Definitely have a read.

get well soon – Ariana Grande: I have to admit. I didn’t listen to this song the most from the album, it was one of the songs I kinda skimmed over. But Goddamn do I regret that. I can’t believe I neglected this beautiful song. It’s such a cute song, and I am ever so grateful towards Chloe for including it on her list and putting me in check.

Fools – Madison Beer: I love me some Madison Beer. Love it. We’re huge Madison fans around here, and we can have a chat if you’d like to say anything negative towards her or her music. I’m always down. This song though. This song is one of her best in my opinion. In my opinion, the entire As She Pleases record is some of Madison’s best work.

134340 – BTS: Okay. This is where we divide slightly. I’ve never found myself on the K-Pop train. It’s difficult for me. But that said, I can totally understand why Chloe included this on her list. It’s a straight bop. Like everything I kinda look for in a song. Definitely check this song out.

Butterflies – Kacey Musgraves: Again, I feel like I should have listened to at least one Kasey Musgraves song, but alas, I’ve not, until I had a listen to this song. I totally understand the vibe though. I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to her music, but I can’t deny it’s good. Female Hunter Hayes in my mind.

Same Ol’ Mistakes – Rihanna: Rihanna does no wrong for me, and this song is no different. This song is so fluorescent, I love the entire vibe of this song, and while it’s not my favourite from the album, it’s definitely up there.

My Love Is Like A Star – Demi Lovato: No-one, on this earth, can say that Demi Lovato can’t sing. Because the girl can sing. Chloe and I have somewhat bonded over our love and adoration for Demi, especially when we were younger in high school. This song is so emotional, and her voice shines it this one.

Strings – Shawn Mendes: Ah we love some Handwritten Shawn Mendes. I remember listening to this song on repeat when this album came out. I’d love to see current Shawn sing this song again, I reckon he’d do it so well now. Super grateful, huge thanks to Chloe for including this song because I’ve re-added it to so many playlists.

The Palisades – Childish Gambino (& Christian Rich): Another artist Chloe and I have loved together, bonded over, spoken at lengths about, is Childish Gambino, so I can’t say I didn’t expect this artist on her list. She definitely chose a good song too.

MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) – BTS: Okay, holy shit this remix. Always a huge fan of Steve Aoki. Like I mentioned before, never listen to BTS, but I can totally see why this song is an absolute tune.

Monster Among Men – 5SOS: Okay, so the only songs from this album I’ve heard have been the ones I’ve heard from my sisters room, and I have slight regrets now. This song is good. Not my favourite 5SOS song, that’s reserved for 2014 5SOS, but I can get around this.

Clearly – Grace VanderWaal: Okay. So I only listened to this after seeing it on one of Chloe’s monthly roundups of music, and ever since, I have been obsessed. I obviously knew who Grace was before hearing the song, I mean it was hard to escape her for a little while last year, even here in Australia, but I haven’t exactly kept tabs on her music since then. So I was super interested to here her cover of this song and I was incredibly surprised and impressed. The song is beautiful. Grace’s voice is amazing and it’s the perfect song to lift your spirits and empower you, all the while feeling like this really magical, ethereal piece of music that Grace fronts perfectly. Definitely give this one a listen, it’s one of my favourites on this list.

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 8

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 8

Hello everybody, and welcome to another attempt at me just really smashing through my bulk writing day, and producing what will be the third of these specific posts in the last two hours!!!

In all honesty though, I love these posts, as I’ve mentioned before. I love listening to songs that I don’t listen to regularly, and a few of you always leave lovely comments about a new song you’ve found on this list that you enjoy, so it’s a win/win for us all. For round eight of my songs you don’t know but should series, I’ve got some good ones.

Death To The Lads – The Smith Street Band
Boy – Gymnastics In The Seventies
Television Romance – Pale Waves
XXX – The Bohicas
Selfish – Jordan Rakei
Missing The Mark – Paris Youth Foundation
Sweet Jane – Garrett Kato
You’re The One That I Want – Lo-Fang
The Kids Are Alright – Chloe x Halle
Warcry – Ava Love
Losing Your Mind – Raury
Sunshine – Tom Misch
love – DEAN
New Rules (Initial Talk Remix) – Dua Lipa
How Can I Compete – The Magic Gang
Wait – crwn
Fifty One Cards – Soar
Eva – Punctual
Overdose – The Good Fortune
You Can Count On Me – Ansel Elgort
Misty Frequencies – Che-Fu
Love Me – Stooshe, Travie McCoy  

I have a feeling there may be some of you who are familiar with some of these songs, as a couple of them aren’t that undiscovered, so let me know! The genres and vibes of all of these songs vary drastically, as my playlists tend to do, so hopefully you gave some of these a listen and found something new!

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RINI – After The Sun EP Launch

RINI – After The Sun EP Launch

Hello friends and welcome to another post!!

Today’s post is one of my favourite types of posts to do, ever, and it’s a concert wrap-up/review/reminisce.

If you caught my October Tunes a few weeks back, you may remember one of the artists who featured on there, RINI. He’s also featured on my Australian Music from Australian Artists post, my Songs You Don’t Know But Should post and one of my Quick Shares.

Meaning, I think it’s somewhat fair to say that this gig was a long time coming.

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I first saw RINI, in person, before I ever listened to his music anywhere else, and it was at the start of last year, in 2017, while walking to a university lecture. I ended up going late to the lecture because I stumbled upon RINI busking, singing a set on one of the busiest street side walks in Melbourne, Swanston Street. I forced my friend to stand back with me, and we watched and listened to the entire set.

Since then, I’ve been following RINI on Instagram and YouTube, and keeping up with the songs he releases on Spotify.

An EP release was long overdue.

RINI released his album After The Sun at the end of October, and my god did it blow all my expectations out of the water. The album pulls some of the best sounds and songwriting that makes up RINI as an artist and packages them up into a roughly twenty minute, five track taste of what has definitely been on of my favourite artists of this year.

 

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I bought my $14.20 ticket on a Saturday morning at work when one of my close friends/musician buddy/colleague and I realised we both listened to RINI’s music, and the countdown began.

The 20th of November eventually rolled around and we drove into Fitzroy, playing the entire EP through almost twice, as well as a bunch of singles too. It was a great way to hype ourselves up before the show. Once we got to The Workers Club, we got our wrists stamped, and made our way into the intimate, cozy, slightly too hot, space and prepared for the second of three opening acts that we made it for, TRQS.

TRQS had an insane voice. I’ve seen her around on Instagram and YouTube, and listening to her live was just as good. Everyone in the audience was the perfect level of hyped and respectful, which made it easy to see perfectly but still have a boogie. After her set was Olivia Escuyos, another artist who I included on my Australian Music from Australian Artists and oh my goodness, that girls voice. Definitely check out Olivia, she did an incredible cover of Rocket by Beyonce that had literally every single person in the audience cheering and losing their minds.

Since it was ridiculously hot that night, we took the opportunity to make use of the open top beer garden just outside the bandroom to get some air and cool down in between each set. There were quite a few people doing the same thing, but we decided after a little while to head back in, keen not to miss the beginning of RINI’s set.

Well.

As we were walking out of the beer garden, I looked up through the glass door, and RINI was just chilling in front of the band room entrance, talking to a bunch of people, so you can bet we hung around for a little bit, eventually getting to have a very decent chat with him and wishing him lucky before the set, before promptly freaking out as soon as he left.

Soon, the gig started.

It was a great vibe in the band room. Very much a family feeling throughout the room, especially on stage. The musicians were made up of friends of RINI’s and people who have helped him along the way, putting together the EP with him. The love on stage was palpable.

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Before performing the EP, RINI warmed us up with some fan favourites, like CampedFor The Last Time, Emerald and For How Long. Those songs definitely got everyone bopping and singing along, and it was great seeing the awe on RINI’s face when everyone sang each of those songs word for word right back at him. For How Long was one of the standouts for me, considering I’ve been obsessed not only with the song but the video clip too, since it was released. I have to say, I love the switch up with the live performance compared to the studio version, it was a lot more fun to dance to and sing along with, and it was a perfect song to get the crowd involved with, which you can watch below.

Then he moved onto the songs from the EP. Since it’s been released, I’ve been struggling to pick a favourite song, but after the EP launch, I can at least say that it’s a strong competition between Good IntentionsMeet Me In Amsterdam, or Aphrodite, which has been one of my most listened to songs over the last month.

What really struck me throughout the entire performance was how overwhelmingly grateful RINI was. Not only to everyone in the audience for coming to watch and support him, but his family members in the audience, his friends, the band, the photographers on stage, he made sure to thank them all. Every time he brought his hand to his chest and vocalized his thanks, the audience, including us, cheered more and more.

The band was ridiculously good. Everyone played their part, doing the most, but not too much that it took away from the show. It was like every fill the drummer played, all the licks and solos the guitarist and bass played had and the incredible talent of the keys player, were all done with purpose and intent, which makes for a great show to watch not only as an audience member, but as a musician as well. The backing singers were consistent and sounded like angels behind him, blending seamlessly.

Overall, for such a small, intimate show, the room was filled with ridiculous amounts of talent, and the audience was one of my favourites that I’ve ever been a part of. Everyone knew the words to every song, no-one was afraid to have a boogie, and holy moly, some of the people singing in the crowd were nearly on par with the musicians on stage, it was a mosh pit of angels.

It was an amazing gig and EP launch to attend, and I had heaps of fun. It was great to speak to RINI before the show started and thank him for an amazing performance and wish him luck before we left at the end. The entire space felt so welcoming and warm, and not just because it was sweltering and humid inside and out, and it was a super nice atmosphere throughout the entire night. I cannot recommend you list to RINI enough. I have a really huge gut feeling that he’s going to get frikin huge, like Daniel Caesar level shit, and I cannot wait for it.

For such a humble, talented, hard-working person, he deserves it all.

Make sure you check out his EP After The Sun on Spotify and let me know what you think!

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Priya

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November Tunes

November Tunes

Hello hello!

Once again, we’ve reached that time of the month where I freak out about how little time is left within the year and how fast 2018 has gone by. It’s also the time when I get to waste some time listening to even more music that I’ve already been obsessing over this month and share what I was particularly enjoying in November.

Here’s the songs that were on repeat this month.

THE ENTIRE ‘GLORY SOUND PREP’ ALBUM – Jon Bellion: Kids. Boys and girls. Gather around. I feel like I was more annoying than usual this month, purely because Jon Bellion released his album, Glory Sound Prep, on the 9th. The entire album is magical. I’ve heard some mixed reviews from people who are dedicated to the last few albums, but I love it. I woke up and listened to the entire album the morning it was released in my living room and was a crying mess by the end of it. The entire album is such a plethora of emotions and topics and nuances, it’s taken me several listens still, to try and wrap my head around it.

Crush Culture – Conan Gray: If ever there was a song to accurately describe my state of mind at any given time, it would be this song. I’ve spoken about Conan Gray before, he was one of the first artists I featured here on You Should Hear, so I’ve been keeping a steady eye on the pulse when it comes to Conan and his music. Crush Culture may be my favourite song from him yet. It’s such an anthem, and the music  video is ridiculously funny and beautifully shot at the same time. Conan’s entire aesthetic is so warm and soft and I reckon everyone should listen to this song.

Suncity – Khalid, Empress Of: This song from Khalid’s recent album in particular, caught my ear. You may or may not recall seeing Empress Of’s name on my blog a few times in the past, because I’m in love with her song Water Water. This song is also the exact vibe I was really loving this month, and I love this song. It’s great to listen to in the car, definitely recommend.

For How Long – RINI: Since seeing RINI live, I’ve only listened to his EP and his music even more. This song was one of my favourites after the EP launch, purely because of how involved he managed to get the audience, and it’s one of my favourite memories from the gig.

I Wish I Missed My Ex – Mahalia: I’ll admit, as much as I like Mahalia, I don’t generally go out of my way to listen to her music everyday as I do with some other artists, however, this song has been on repeat for me this month. It’s just the overall joyous nature of the song, the anthem-ic kind of refrain and chorus section.

Tints – Anderson. Paak, Kendrick Lamar: I can’t do this song justice without telling you to go watch the music video. So. Many. Layers. It’s like an onion. There’s so much more to this song that just listening to it, and .Paak’s done an incredible job unraveling it all, pairing the music video with the song and the lyrics, allowing you to really unpack this song visually. That too, the song is so funky.

thank u, next – Ariana Grande: Talk about a bounce back.

Somebody To Love – Queen: I saw Bohemian Rhapsody with my family at the start of the month, and while I’ve always loved this song, it’s never been at the top of my list of Queen songs, until now. For some reason, much like the pre and post-concert favourites, this song has been stuck in my head, played around the house and practically obsessed over, for the entire month. My family are starting to get sick of it while I can’t get enough. I question you as a person if you can stop yourself from singing along to this song.

Aphrodite – RINI: Another song I’ve been loving, but this has been one of my favourites since the EP was released late last month. The chorus just gets me in this one.

Another One Bites The Dust – Queen: Another favourite from the movie. It was one of the songs to fit into the film, obviously after the Live Aid performance. Rami Malek is next level in this film and this song really showcases it for me. It’s also a generally good song to sing/scream along to.

Caramelo Duro – Miguel, Kali Uchis: I definitely feel like I was a bit slow with the Miguel take-off, but every now and then I listen to one of his songs and find myself becoming obsessed with it. For a while it was Pineapple Skies, then it was Banana Clip, now it’s Caramelo Duro. Plus Kali Uchis features on it, and her voice is like velvet on this track, meaning she manages to keep up with Miguel perfectly.

Fake It – JOY. : Check out JOY. She’s insane. She’s got such a unique voice, and all her songs are this great balance of delicate and powerful all in one.

Navajo – Masego: I think I came across this song as I began my preparations for seeing Masego live in February. This song is ridiculously catchy. I love Masego’s production and use of samples, it always adds this extra texture to all of his songs, plus is voice is insanely smooth.

Bad Feeling – Joy Crookes : If you didn’t catch my post all about Joy Crookes, read up HERE, to find out how much I love this song and this singer.

Let It Happen – Tame Impala, Soulwax Remix: I think I found this remix after watching a Strawberry Fields after-movie from last year somewhere on YouTube. Since then it’s been a go to. I play it in the car. I used it to test out my new studio monitors. I play it at work. It’s a good one. Check it out, even the original is worth your time.

What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out – Gang Of Youths: God damn, this band. This band put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever been to, again, check out my post all about the concert for the full rundown.

Good Intentions – RINI: Just another RINI song. No big deal. By now, surely you’ve listened to some of his music? It’s honestly the best decision you’ll make. This song is fighting for it’s way to the top of my list of favourite RINI songs, might just get there.

Anywhere – Anderson. Paak, Snoop Dogg, The Last Artful, Dodgr: I had to Shazaam this song when it came on at work, because while I knew the artists straight away, I was so lost on the name of it. Probably not professional if a customer caught me dashing across the print music department with my phone outstretched towards the ancient radio to catch the song before it ended, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

That’s what I was loving this month! Let me know what you listened to in November, I’d love to know!

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Priya

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Gang Of Youths And The Spiritual Awakening

Gang Of Youths And The Spiritual Awakening

 

On the 13th of November, two of my best friends and I got to go full circle, and get in the mosh pit for Gang of Youths, a band we saw for the first time live back in February at Let Go Fest.

If you’re unfamiliar with Gang of Youths, they’re an indie-rock group from Sydney, Australia, and our concert was the last of a stretch of 8 shows they did in Melbourne. Considering they initially had two shows scheduled and set for tickets to be sold, the increase in shows during the couple of hours tickets were on sale is a clear indication of this bands reach.

It was an incredible show. The night started off very well, we managed to find a pub a block down from the Forum Theatre where the concert was being held, and grabbed some hot chips and a few drinks, before joining the crowds of people making their way inside the theatre.

It was packed inside, and crowds continued building by the minute, but by 9:50, we were all ready to kick off.

As soon as the band (David, Max, Jung, Joji and Donnie) walked out, it was like everyone was jolted with this huge electrical energy. One thing I noticed was, besides from having a girl break her beer cup and having the back of my feet and ankles splashed with beer, it was a really respectful, chilled out crowd. There was no-one shoving or pushing their way through, there wasn’t anyone screaming or talking loudly when it wasn’t necessary, everyone was just there to have a good time.

We didn’t even catch the two supporting acts, and we were still able to make our way quite easily to the front right of the stage, about six metres from the front.

The beginning of the concert was electrifying. I’ve always said this whenever describing their music, but for me, listening to Gang of Youths is like going to church and being baptised. Or what I think that feels like. You feel so refreshed and spiritually awake, it’s an incredible experience, and seeing them live only amplified that feeling.

 

 

 

Their entire set was incredible. It was just song after song of chest-pounding anthem-ic songs that hit you right in the gut in the best possible way.

For a large majority of the show I was completely spaced out, just watching them on stage. It was hypnotising to watch David move up and down the length of the stage, with or without his guitar and Donnie, the drummer, was a huge stand-out for me. By the end of the show his button up shirt had completely come undone and he was a huge mass of energy and limbs up on his throne at the back of the stage. Time and time again I just felt my eyes being drawn to him and how much passion he put into each song.

But like I mentioned before, David was absolutely hypnotising to watch. The way he danced and moved wasn’t like anything I have ever seen before, and there were plenty of songs where I didn’t move or sing a word because I spent the entirety of them just staring at the band on the stage. They entire band, especially David, had total control of the audience.

 

 

 

 

At one point David even got down into the crowd, as he had done at Let Go Fest, and ya girl just happened to have her camera ready when he did.

 

 

 

When they started performing Let Me Down Easy, the volume in the theatre just increased tenfold. I nearly lost my voice, considering I was already sick, but everyone’s energies just combined beautifully and it was genuinely like an out of body experience. On the train ride back, all of us mentioned that the entire concert was like one big dream, and listening to Let Me Down Easy live was a huge highlight for me.

Another song I really loved was one of their most popular tunes, The Heart Is A Muscle, another song that made the crowd go crazy. It was when they performed this song at Let Go Fest that Kate, Jess and I all realised we all loved the band and the others just didn’t know. It was a great experience realising we were all singing along and yelling the lyrics, equally as passionately.

It made for an even better show that the guys in front of us were just as enthusiastic about all the songs as we were, if not more.

The Heart Is A Muscle basically ensured I lost my voice completely, but I’m not complaining.

 

 

One of my favourite songs from Gang of Youths is Magnolia. I honestly think it highlights how eclectic and unique their instrumentation and song-writing is. There’s so many layers to the song, and the story behind it is so incredibly sad, yet the song is this huge anthem that the crowd just went wild too.

 

 

 

 

A huge problem I’ve come across, especially in the last two years, is that every concert I go to, ends up being so spectacular that I think it belongs in my top five concerts ever, when the fact is they’re all so different, you can’t possibly compare them. It was something that was brought up at the end of the concert as we joined the hordes of people leaving the Forum. The Gang Of Youths concert was incomparable, as are many concerts. It was honest to god like baptism through fire in the best way. If you ever get to see Gang of Youths live, ever, be prepared for the spiritual awakening.

 

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Priya

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