Friends. June is done. It’s over.
It’s slightly crazy for me to wrap my head around (someone please tell me they’re just as confused as I am) that half the year is done, and we’re moving through 2018 like a bloody freight train. The only good thing to come out of the end of each month, is one of my favourite posts, my monthly tunes.
Apologies for the slight delay on this post – I don’t have an excuse, I’ve just been slacking.
Here’s what I was listening to in June.
February 3rd – Jorja Smith: Honestly, if you haven’t given Jorja Smith a go by now, I can’t try and convince you much more. Jorja’s been featuring on this blog since it’s conception, and thanks to her recently released album, have fun looking forward to a few more songs from Jorja being shoved down your throats. You’re welcome.
Rich – Maren Morris: This was a song I heard for the first time at Niall Horan’s concert, when Maren opened for him at Margaret Court Arena, and it’s was one of my absolute favourites. So much so that when I came home, it was the song I turned on straight away and added to my playlist. It’s my favourite type of country song, think Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood, 10/10 would recommend for a road trip with the gals.
The Tide – Niall Horan: Obviously I had to include a song from Niall considering I finally got to see him live. Like I mentioned in my post about the concert, this is one of my favourite Niall Horan songs, and he did it absolute justice.
Wouldn’t Leave – Kanye West: So Kanye also released, a lot of music, and to be quite honest with you, I haven’t dedicated enough time to listen to it all, however I’ve been keeping this on repeat since I first heard it. The vocals in it are so beautiful, as are the lyrics of the rapping, and I generally have it stuck it in my head for hours after listening to it.
His Eye On The Sparrow – Tanya Blount, Lauryn Hill: I can’t think, for the life of me, why this song suddenly popped back up on my radar, but I caught myself really going for it whenever it came up on shuffle, going so hard that I ended up adding it to my regular playlist. It’s such a classic hymn, and you know I get around anything that Lauryn Hill touches.
Alone – Halsey, Big Sean, Stefflon Don: Since she released her first album, I haven’t given Halsey the time of day, except for her song with G Eazy but holy moly this song. Watch the music video, then just listen to the song over and over again like I have since it’s been released and try and tell me you don’t get Great Gatsby vibes. It’s such an ethereal song, but like, you gotta be in some type of mood for this song. Big Sean also goes hard in this one, which I always appreciate.
Boys Will Be Boys – Stella Donelly: Blog post pending on this one, but in the meantime, give it a listen and cry/riot/sob/shake your fists with me.
Give Yourself A Try – The 1975: Big cheers for The 1975 releasing new music. I can’t wait for the album, as I mentioned on my Instagram, (linked at the bottom of my posts), and I’ve been really, really vibing with this one. First two lines really hit you in the face, and capture the entire essence of the song. This is one of those songs that I listened to fully because of the music, but really became obsessed with because of the lyrics. Have a read of the lyrics, they’re phenomenal.
Hey Ya – Sweater Beats, KAMAU: This. Song. This cover. Is amongst the greats. It’s everything that you ever wanted, but nothing you could ever expect, especially from such a well-known, popular song. It hits you right in the gut, but in the best possible way. It never fails to hype me the heck up.
Acid Rain – Thomston: Thomston’s been played quite a bit on Triple J, so I credit this song to another moment where I heard it playing on the radio at work and nearly tripped over a large pile of music stands to shazaam it. It takes it’s time building up, but once it does, it’s magic and his voice is so smooth. I love everything about this song. Especially the final chorus when he kinda takes it to church.
Dope On A Rope – The Growlers: Honestly, this song has been on high rotation at our house, either from myself, or my little sister. She featured The Growlers in her Courtesy Of, and I’m glad that she’s jumped on the train, because I can’t think of a single song from them that I don’t love, however this is 100%, without a doubt, my favourite.
The Night We Met – Lord Huron: Oh the magic. The ethereal, atmospheric magic. For the full effect and analysis of why I love this song so much, check out the entire Lord Huron album review I did.
Boo’d Up – Ella Mai: Miss Ella Mai is finally kicking off into popular rotation, and I’m loving life. This song is a bop and a half, and I’ve been loving hearing it more and more. It’s so reminiscent of an old school, late 90’s, early 2000’s RnB song, which is why I probably like it so much. That and how fun the chorus is to sing. Have a crack.
1950 – King Princess: I’ve been hearing this song all over the place, but I never tried to find it or figure out what the name of it was, until I watched a Genius video on YouTube featuring King Princess and this song, which in turn made me search it out and become obsessed all over again.
Come Over – The Internet: I stumbled across this music video on YouTube early in the month, and the combination of funky bass, colourful video scheme and Steve Lacy guitar solo had me jamming to this song for the rest of the month.
I Do – Cardi B, SZA: Cardi continues to come through with so many good tunes from Invasion Of Privacy, and this is my new pick from the album. While I’ll always be devoted to Ring, featuring Kehlani, this is a nice side piece. Both ladies kill it in this. This is also a very effective song to put on any gym playlists friends.
Something About You – AYDAN: The past few months we’ve had The Voice Australia on our TV screens, and it only wrapped up last month, but an acquaintance of mine was on it this season. Aydan managed to come fourth, which was phenomenal for him, and he’s already kicking off, releasing this artist single, and heading off on a tour around the country soon. I’d love to hear what you think of this song, because I love it so much, as biased as I am. Also definitely check out some of his performances, he honestly killed it every week.
Magnolia – Gang of Youths: It seems that every month I find another Gang Of Youths song to pull to the top of my playlists, and this month it’s Magnolia. I have this saying, ‘The saddest songs are the raddest songs’ and this song encompasses this saying entirely. It’s a story of a night when David, the lead singer, nearly ended his life, and at the end of it all, found himself sitting under a magnolia tree while his manager, who had saved him, spoke to police officers. It’s a hugely powerful song, and I can’t wait to really feel the atmosphere when I see them live.
Better Now – Post Malone: Honestly, aside from the few that I really, really love, I don’t listen to a lot of Post Malone in my spare time, however I’ve found myself continually turning this song to hype me. What for? We don’t know. Hype me up for the day ahead, while I’m making breakfast seems to be the go-to in the last couple of weeks, and I’m not mad about it.
Ginger – Riton, Kah-Lo: Holy moly. If you like bangers, give this one a listen. This one goes hard. I can’t remember, once again, how I found it, but I’ve been loving it. Don’t listen to it while driving. You’ll edge over the speed limit without noticing. But all other contexts and settings are fair game.
Bed – Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj: The dynamic duo returned, and while it’s definitely no Side To Side 2.0, I’m loving it. I only listened to this for the first time a few days ago, but if the rest of Ariana’s album sounds like this song, I will have zero problems with it, and you can count me as a fan of it.
So those were the tunes for last month, definitely can’t wait to see what funky music July brings!