I know, you’re shocked it’s the end of July. You and me both. We’re at August. Eight whole months into the year. Ya girl turns 22 this month. I know, whack. I don’t know how it happened, all I know is that it did, and we’re here now, so the least I can do is share some music with you.
And boy, do I have a lot of it. I know I say this every month but be warned…July was…hefty.
Love – Keyshia Cole: Kicking off the month with some old school Keyshia Cole. Love this song so much. It’s the song I ‘ugly belt’ when I’m all alone in my car on the way to work, just to get me pumped for the day. If there’s one incredible thing to come out of Gen Z’s universal addiction to TikTok, is the resurgence of old school RnB music as something more and more people are getting into and sharing, meaning I’m finding so many of my old favourites, and so many classics from when I was younger. This, obviously, being one of them.
Player 1 – Antzz: If you missed the blog post featuring Antzzz I shared a little while back, I highly recommend you give it a read, check it out HERE. The guy shared some bangers for a Courtesy Of post, which I was super grateful for. I also shared his debut EP, of which, this single, Player 1 is my all time favourite track. As much as I love getting sent new music from up and coming artists, I really hold back on just throwing them all at you guys, unless I really, genuinely like them, which is why I was so excited when I heard Antzzz’s record and this track in particular!
12:55 – Nitecaller: Just another plug here for my insanely talented friend and producer, Jarrod aka Nitecaller, for releasing one of my favourite albums of the year so far! Space Memories is honestly played a minimum of three times a week in my house these days, and 12:55 has been my favourite track from the start! So calming and ethereal, hopefully you guys give it a listen!
Put Me On Somethin – P-Lo, E-40: It’s just something about the Bay Area guys, I feel like, from my personal experience of San Francisco and the cultures I’ve seen represented on social media, as well as the music that comes out of there, it’s just a place I’d love to go back to. P-Lo is probably one of the top tier artists out of the Bay Area for me personally, and this song never fails to get my hyped.
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross: A classic, not much else to say to be honest.
If You Had My Love (Cyber Jungle Remix) – Jennifer Lopez, Cyber Jungle: Allow me to put you on. There is something magical about this remix. It doesn’t hit you in the face like you’d expect a remix to, rather it’s super ambient and atmospheric, kinda floats around the room if that makes sense. It’s been on of my go to tracks at the moment, and I’m obsessed with everything about this remix.
60K – Church & AP: We should know by now that I’m a huge Church & AP fan. It’s verifiable at this point. If you missed my write-up about the New Zealand duo, you can read itHERE. However, their latest single just strikes the right chord for me, as soon as I heard it I was vibing. These guys are arguably some of the most melodically talented rappers I’ve ever heard.
Planes – gem: I LOVE MY FRIENDS!! Sometimes I literally queue up a whole playlist of tracks solely created by my people so I can feel all proud and happy. This gal features heavily. Gem’s my best friend from university, literally the only person who got me through three years of uni, and she recently had to cut her year long trip to the UK short because of Miss Rona. She released this song pretty soon after she arrived back, which is insane because it’s probably one of my favourite things to come out of all of this. So vibe-y, ambient and ethereal as hell, it’s everything I love about Gem and her music, wrapped into one track. Major ‘driving through a tunnel‘ energy.
Little Things – TRQS: Another Melbourne artist who kicked off July with a bang. I saw TRQS when she was one of the opening acts for RINI last year, and I was hooked by her voice. I’ve been following her since then, but this song, is undoubtedly my favourite thing she has ever released. It’s got a groovy bass-line, amazing synths and percussion pockets, but above all else, TRQS’ vocals are insane in this song. So smooth and strong at the same time. And that keys solo?? Are you kidding me?? Chef’s kiss, truly.
Be Good – Alina Baraz: I’m somewhat ashamed it took me this long to listen to an entire record from Alina Baraz and not just her singles, but thank god I finally learned what’s good and discovered this song for myself. So. Damn. Good. It’s been a while since I vibed to a song so quickly. It was a mix of the insane drum pocket, the guitar and how melodic the song is, while remaining so simple at the same.
Thoughts – Tentendo ft Vetta Borne: This song bangs. Melbourne artists just really hit it out of the park in July, and I couldn’t be prouder. Tentendo is one of my favourite producers to come out of Melbourne, and he never fails to deliver track after track. I can’t think of a single Tentendo release that I don’t love! I did a feature on him a little while back which you can read HERE, otherwise, I highly recommend you give this track a listen.
Forever – Labrinth: This song made me cry the first time I listened to it fully. No lie. I feel like this type of music, this genre, this is where Labrinth is meant to be. I won’t lie, Earthquake was a banger then and it’s a banger now. Jealous is definitely one of the most beautiful songs released over the last decade. But this?? Hits different. There’s something about the production, how he uses his voice as an extension of not only the synths but the percussion as well, and it just hits you in the gut in the best possible way. Obviously, originating from and created for the Euphoria soundtrack, it’s to be expected, but if there was ever a song to make you feel like the main character in a coming of age movie, this is it.
Jet Black Hearts – Abigail Barlow: One of TikTok’s greatest exports in my opinion, is Abigail Barlow. I was so gassed when I found her account, because she’s the epitome of everything I want to strive for. She’s a professional songwriter, producing and releasing her own songs, writing for other artists and at the same time, comes across as super approachable and down to earth. She shares her songs as she writes them, taking feedback from her followers, and actually releasing them. The fact that I watched the video she first shared when she came up with the hook, and can now listen to the released track in it’s entirety, is insane to me.
2650 – Becca Hatch: Melbourne musicians will always reign supreme in my mind, because I’m obviously biased, but Sydney really does produce the goods. Becca Hatch only recently came onto my radar with the release of this song, but I’m glad she did. Aside from the flow of her voice, the percussion in this song is phenomenal, and the beat is super deep. Thoroughly enjoyed this song throughout July.
Feel Fine – Rellek Brown, Myshaan: I discovered Myshaan through TikTok, where I generally discover all things good these days, and instantly searched out some of his music. This song was recently released, and made me a fan of Rellek Brown this time round. Such a smooth RnB track, very nostalgic of old school favourites. The Usher samples and references in this song are so heavy, but done incredibly well and intentionally, which is hard to do in my opinion. It took me until to the second chorus to realise that the reason I loosely knew the words already was because the chorus was an Usher track, and the fact that it didn’t click sooner is something I can respect. For me it means it was worked in so well, it just seemed natural.
At All – KAYTRANADA: We love KATRANADA. If you haven’t listened to anything by the producer yet, you are sincerely missing out, this just happens to be my favourite track by him. Such a fun time, great to have a boogie to.
Waves – Paige: We love seeing artists we’ve supported continue to grow and get bigger and better with every release they share with the world, and I think Paige is honestly the epitome of that. She’s one of my favourite artists out of New Zealand, and there are a few, but she just knows how to really do it well. She mentioned this song way back when I interviewed in 2018, and it’s finally out.
So Into You – Tamia: More old school RnB for you friends. Tamia just hits different, and this is my favourite song by her.
20 Something – SZA: I like SZA. I listen to her music pretty often but she’s never at the top of my list. This song however, this song had me feeling some kinda way all through July. I think it’s the overall message of the song, being in your 20s, not wanting to stuff up, feeling a bit stuck and alone, but it’s also just a genuinely beautiful song.
That’s the Shit – Sasha Keable: I’m a huge Sasha Keable fan. She manages to make her songs super funky and accessible for everyone, while still getting to show of her insane vocal chops at the same time.
Been Away – Brent Faiyaz: King of smooth and sultry, ladies and gentlemen. This song has entered my rotation this month, as some Brent Faiyaz song tends to do every month regardless of whether he’s released anything new or not, and I am not mad at all.
Don’t Call Again – Tkay Maidza: Give it up for Australian talent everyone. Aussie artists genuinely made this second lockdown, and the entire month of July just that little bit easier. So much new music came out of Australian artists, and from the looks of it, there’s so much more being cooked up this month *cough cough @realgoodcompanyofficial on Instagram cough*. Tkay is one of the leading BIPOC artists who just smashes everything she does, this track being no different. The energy? There. The vocals? There. Bars? There. A stupidly catchy hook that gets stuck in your head after one listen? There.
That New New – Maggie King: My good friend Sarah from Sydney sent me this song and said that the vibes reminded her of me which made my heart so so warm. I obviously added it to my daily playlist automatically, not only because it made me feel all nice and fuzzy, but because it’s actually a track. I’ve never heard of Maggie King before, but this song actually made me a fan. Such a good groove to it and her vocal performance is tasty. That’s it.
my tears ricochet – Taylor Swift: There’s just something about this song guys. I’m not a huge Taylor Swift fan, I have heaps of respect for her as a musician, but I never got around anything she released after bangers like Mean and Crazier. When she released Lover, I’ll admit I was very suprisingly pleased, and to date it’s one of the only Taylor Swift albums I go back to, but I think folklore is easily about to take that spot. This song in particular, gets me going. I mean, ‘if I’m dead to you, why are you at the wake?’ Come. On. The mind on this woman.
I told y’all it was gonna be a hefty Monthly Tunes post, but even I underestimated how chunky this was gonna be. Hopefully I didn’t bore you to death, hopefully you enjoyed some of the songs I shared! What were you listening to during July?