Vibe Or Die // The Birth Of A Playlist

Hello friends! I hope you’re all well.

Today I wanted to introduce you to a brand new playlist addition to my already over-flowing Spotify account (which you can find HERE) – my vibe or die playlist.

Now I can hear you asking, ‘what on earth could this new playlist possibly be useful for?’.

Here’s the thing; it’s one thing to have a playlist for when you’re driving in the car, a playlist for when you’re gone away with some friends during the summer, or even a playlist for when you’re up late on a Sunday morning making yourself some breakfast. (All playlists you will find on my Spotify, you’re welcome).

However, sometimes, the songs that fit into those categories don’t always match the way you’re feeling. Sometimes, instead of singing along while you’re driving or feeling like you’re in a music video, you just wanna vibe, relax, melt into the music. And sometimes, no-one wants to be blasting show-tunes or throwbacks through the AirBnB while making breakfast, everyone just wants something to wake up to gently after a long day at the beach, something to ease into the day. Sometimes when you’re up on a Sunday morning, you’re not always in a chirpy mood. Sometimes Sunday mornings aren’t always smooth. Sometimes you want to put on something ambient and atmospheric, sit with your cup of coffee and just stare into space.

All of that is so okay.

Which is why I’ve found myself constantly having to press shuffle or skip songs when I’m listening to some of my playlists. Sometimes I just want something to vibe to, but inside my head. Not necessarily sing along to, or cry to, or dance in the kitchen to. Just vibe.

Thus, the creation of this playlist, vibe or die. Here’s a selection of what you’ll find, should you choose to take a highly recommended gander.

False God - Taylor Swift Human - Jon Bellion Hawaiian Party - Cub SportI LSYB - LANY Love It If We Made It - The 1975 Ego - Beyonce Do You Remember - Jarryd James Dirty Paws - Of Monsters and Men Moon River - Frank O

Let me know what you think! Have any songs you think fit the description? Leave a comment below and I’ll add to the mix!

x

Priya

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On My Block Season 3 // A Soundtrack

Hello and welcome to another blog post! Clearly, social isolation is leading to more and more blog posts here on You Should Hear, hope you’re not mad at my uncharacteristically active presence on here. It’s either that or binging more Netflix, half-ass-ing some home workouts or attempting the 1000 piece puzzle that’s been on our dining table for a week.

If you couldn’t already tell from the title, today’s blog post is dedicated to the Netflix show, On My Block. I’ve already done one of these posts, about this specific show back when I finished watching the first few seasons last year, and you can find that blog post HERE.

Clearly, since then, a new season has come out, and I stand firm in my belief that whoever the musical director of this show is, knows exactly what they’re doing in pulling together one of my favourite soundtracks for any TV show ever. Not only is it consistently so diverse and broad, while still remaining relevant to the style and genre of the TV show, but every song seems to sit so well and fit each scene perfectly.

The last two seasons gave me some of my favourite songs for 2019, and so it’s no surprised that the third season was much of the same, including some songs I already know and love, which you might spot.

Rather than just list out every single song that makes a feature in season 2 of On My Block, I thought I’d compile a short-ish list of some of my favourites. Songs I had to search for, songs I paused the show to Shazaam while I was watching it, and songs that I’ve added to my own playlists – p.s. check out my Spotify, linked below.

With all of that said, hope you enjoy.

YOU SHOULD HEAR

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Priya

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March Tunes

March Tunes

Hello friends.

It’s been difficult times for a lot of us. The music industry has been one of the industries to take a huge hit as a lot of industries are. Concerts are off the table indefinitely, no more festivals, no live performances and social distancing means it’s harder and harder for your favourite artists to attend writing sessions and collaborate with producers, writers and singers, which is how some of your favourite music gets created.

However, the solitude and the isolation also means time to work on music and just focus on getting better, getting inspired and getting it all out. I mean, if you wanna listen to what I came up with, you can check that out HERE.

As hard as it’s been, March has been so rewarding for me musically, whether it’s old music or new releases.

Here’s what I listened to in March.

N.Y. State of Mind – Nas: I couldn’t begin to tell you why I added this to my playlist but I did and I’m not taking it back. Illmatic is arguably one of my favourite rap albums of all time, so just having this added to the playlist I listen to on a daily basis was just elite. I don’t know man, Nas does it differently.

big fat mouth – Arlie: I have my good friend Tessa to thank for this addition. Late in February, Tess and I took a road-trip to Healesville to watch a friend of mine play with his band at a small farm-side music festival, and it was definitely the highlight of the month for me. It was just a couple of hours in the car listening to Tessa talk because she is amazing at it, having a grand old chat, DnM-ing, sharing music and queuing up the best road-trip playlist ever. It was such a wholesome day, and this song is a suggestion of hers that was promptly added to my 365//2020 playlist. Just wait for some of the film photos in my next photo dump! Super cute.

Better Not – Louis The Child, Wafia: This is one of those songs that I’d heard, but didn’t know any of the details about, so when a few Instagram mutuals shared a song of theirs in the works that was inspired by this song, everything just clicked into place. Such a good pairing. Louis The Child, Wafia; what more could you want?

C’mon – Mario: Mario’s just becoming a staple every month to be honest. I can’t remember the last time I shared a playlist that didn’t feature a little Mario. My good friend Daniel showed me this song, and I was slapped in the face with a hit of nostalgia. Such a good song. It definitely features on my necessities playlist, which you should definitely check out.

Alladat – Church & AP: More Church & AP? Did you ever question that this would come up this month again? This is one of their older songs, but I love it all the same. It’s a spin on Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani, but so tastefully, just casually sprinkled in there. Other than a hint here and there, it’s just the two of them spitting for the entirety of the song. I genuinely think these guys are becoming two of my favourite lyricists at the moment. So smart and cheeky with their lyrics, it takes you a couple of listens to hear the hints and clues and little features they drop in their verses.

Bloom – Paige: Another one of New Zealand’s finest exports in my opinion. I’ve done a few features on Paige, including an interview with her, one of my favourite interviews on the blog to be honest. Again, her lyrics just do it for me, plus her voice is insane. Add in the vote of confidence from Billie Eilish and opening for Six60 (we love) and Ruel on tour, and I cannot wait for this chick to get even bigger than she already is.

Friends – Jai Waetford: If you’re not familiar with Jai, he was a lil bean who rocked up for the Australian X-Factor in 2013 and ended up coming 5th with his Bieber-style charm and looks, but genuinely outstanding vocals. I’ve been keeping tabs on him here and there, but I was shooketh to my core when Daniel played this song in the car and let me know who it was. Definitely worth a listen if you’re a Bieber or Will Singe fan, missing a bit of the old school type of stuff.

nursery – bbno$, Lentra: Ahhh, it was surely about to come up, but here we are. The first song on the list brought to you by TikTok. Not mad. Not ashamed. The absolute flavour present on TikTok is the reason I keep going back, this song being example numero uno. So good. So understated until it kicks into the next gear around 1:40. You’ll know what I mean, just give it a listen.

Dandelion – Church & AP, deadforest: This is from their album TEETH which they released in 2019, but I don’t know what else there is to say really. It’s Church & AP. I’m destined to love it by default. Hopefully you can get around it too.

Glimmer – Mako Road: More Mako Road this month. This is from their 2018 album The Green Superintendent. I’ve come to love the guitar and bass lines in MR songs, this being no different. It’s like they’ve taken my favourite parts of Ocean Alley guitar riffs and surf rock bass, just mixed it through all of their music and made it their own. They also always pull through with a cheeky lil switch up around the chorus. Again, just have a listen and you’ll see what I mean.

Blueberry Faygo – Lil Mosey: Proudly brought to you by TikTok. That’s it.

In The Air – L.A.B: One of the best deliveries I’ve ever received from TikTok has been this song. I’ve only seen one TikTok using this song, but straight away I was running to find the song and add it to my playlists. So right up my alley. So good. Just that good New Zealand slow rock, island vibe with a bit of reggae. Think Six60, with a sprinkling of Ocean Alley and some old school rock. That’s L.A.B. I’m loving most of the songs on their profile, but this one still sticks as the favourite. Definitely check them out if you’re looking for something chill for your Sunday mornings.

Jorja – Planet Vegeta: Spotify really knows what’s up. For some reason it just knows. This song was in my recommended and I could not be happier it showed up when it did. Obviously named after my gal Jorja Smith who love around here, this tune by Planet Vegeta who only recently dropped onto my radar is a whole vibe. A whole meal. Just would also like to subtly flex that the boys also shared my Instagram story on their account cos I was sharing their song to all of my followers who never asked. Subtle. But this song is it. It’s the only song PV have on Spotify at the moment, but their YouTube is a treasure trove, so be sure to hit that up.

Issues/Hold On – Teyana Taylor: Teyana Taylor, musically, is so under appreciated, especially the entire K.T.S.E album. This song is my latest obsession from it. Her vocals, the guitar, the harmonies, the chorus – it kills me, all of it kills me.

Tombstone – Ocean Alley: Another one from Ocean Alley. I never realise how much I genuinely love this band until I sit down to write a blog post and have to remind myself not to overload this blog with their music. This came out in December last year, but I somehow only listened to it recently. So good. Super psychedelic and surf-rock of them, which is obviously what I’ve come to love whenever listening to their music.

Paint Me Silver – Pond: This is Courtesy Of my good friend Tessa. If you missed the latest Courtesy Of post on the blog, you can find it HERE. If you vibe with this song, you’ll love the other songs that Tessa shared with me.

Misunderstood – Youngn Lipz: Dudes. This has been such a random add for me. Youngn Lipz is a rapper and singer from Sydney who I had genuinely never heard of before, until I randomly saw a video of him singing the start of this song acoustically on TikTok, and fell in love with his voice. He’s got such a good singing voice, but then I heard the original and his rapping is just as hard. I’ve been obsessed with this song since I first heard it.

Barking – Ramz: I feel like I should probably stop mentioning whenever I find a song on TikTok because it’s a bit of a ‘if you know, you know’ type situation and I should stop exposing myself. But, I’ll happily explain why I vibe with songs like this outside of TikTok. This is just right up my alley in terms of rhythm, vibe, perfect for putting on for a chill car ride, or having a little jam to while getting ready with friends.

Mad At Me – Kiana Lede: Ahhh, Kiana. So nice. Kiana’s come so far since she started posting her videos on YouTube and songs like these really highlight just how talented she is for me personally. I love the chorus of this song and how hard it hits. It’s hard to show off your vocals with songs that bounce as much as this one but she pulls it off so effortlessly. I could only wish.

Toxic – Kehlani: My main gal. I’ve been loving having Kehlani drop music here and there over the last few months, and this one is such a great addition. Don’t have a lot to say about this to be honest. It’s everything I love about Kehlani and more.

Triggered (freestyle) – Jhene Aiko: Holy moly. I like Jhene Aiko. Am I a mad fan? Not in the slightest. But I have so much respect for her and how effortlessly talented she is. This being a great example of that. This freestyle goes harder than some of the biggest rapper’s I’ve seen freestyle, and she does so little with it to make it complicated and over the top which I think is why it works so well.

What were you listening to in March? Let me know in the comments!

x

Priya

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You Should Hear // This Podcast

You Should Hear // This Podcast

Hello friends!

Hope you’re all well and thriving under the current conditions we’re dealing with at the moment.

Today’s post is a lil bit different, which I seem to find myself saying every second post, but this one genuinely is. I usually post music recommendations on here, but it’s called You Should Hear, and I’ve come to believe that not only are there quite a few songs you should hear, but there are also a few podcasts.

Yes, I am completely aware of how late I am to hop on the podcast train, but I’m here now so you can give me that.

In a different change of pace for me, I’ve only been dipping my toe in so far. Usually I’m all about diving in the deep end and throwing myself into my new ventures and interests, but podcasts have genuinely taken me years to get into. I tried having a listen when they first became a thing, and then every couple of months I give it another crack, but so far this has been the most successful attempt. I blame Tessa.

If you don’t know Tess, she’s one of my best friends, she’s been making a few appearances on the blog recently, and has introduced me to her little world of podcasts. Since joining her, there’s one podcast that has led to many a late night discussions and debates, and it’s this one.

BOBO AND FLEX

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I’ve always loved long conversations about topics that don’t manage to make it into every day conversations, topics that are kind of taboo, or not naturally brought up in my circle of general chatter, and it’s like there’s an episode from the Bobo And Flex series that touches on every single one of these topics and so much more.

For example, wanna talk about friendship, social media and constant need to be connected versus what you feel like you owe other people and what people expect from you? There’s a podcast for that.

Activism and in contrast toxic activism and performative activism? There’s a podcast episode for it.

There’s one about cheating, morality and secrets, there’s more about manifestation, safe spaces, hook-up culture, privilege and equality, body image, spirituality, break-up’s and platonic exes, girl code, climate change, Drake, friendship break-ups and such a plethora of other conversations between two woman who are clearly very tuned into their opinions, their inner selves and their beliefs.

@flex.mami
// @flex.mami // @bobo.marjila //

Especially for Tessa and I, this podcast alone has opened up a whole new world of conversation. Add to the mix Flex Mami’s card game Reflexa conversation starting, reflective and introspective opportunity to ask yourself and your friends questions that you don’t naturally get to ask in everyday conversation, and these girls are genuinely the gift that keeps on giving. I highly recommend you buy either or both of the Reflex packs and strap yourself in for a ride.

However. Here’s where I think the most important aspect of podcast listening comes into play, especially when listening to podcasts like this, where people are passionately sharing opinions and beliefs about subjects that matter in every day life. While I was listening, I was super ready to be very enthusiastic and encouraging of every aspect of each episode, until I got to this particular episode:

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Note how I finished the episode? That’s not to indicate that I thoroughly enjoyed it to be honest. Halfway through, I found myself getting so angry and frustrated with everything one of the gals was saying, and the way in which she was saying it.

The basic premise of the episode was on connecting to friends on social media, the need to respond to texts, what we owe others and what others owe us. One of the strongest opinions was that we owe people nothing when it comes to social media and responding to text messages or calls. I just found myself feeling uncomfortable with some of the ways one of the gals was talking, especially when it comes to her responding to her friends or her acquaintances when they reach out to her, and how aggressive she was in stating that a response wasn’t worth her time.

I’m very aware of how connected I am, and I’m a person who will respond if I can. It’s taken a while, but I don’t play the game of waiting a couple of hours before responded to come across as more aloof or cooler. If my phone is in my hand, and I’m on it, and a notification pops up, unless I have a problem with you…I’m gonna respond?

Tessa was the first person I messaged while I was listening, and it sparked a lil conversation about being an active listener vs a passive listener and why we both found ourselves disagreeing with some of the points being brought up, regardless of the fact that we both have very different styles of operating on social media. Like I said, I’m very connected, probably too connected, I’m quick on the reply and response unless I’m busy, where-as Tessa is a lot more grounded in her own moments, meaning while she’ll respond to you, it takes a little longer, out of nothing but purely having too much going on outside of her phone. Funnily enough, we both had similar opinions on this podcast episode.

 

 

Here’s the thing, that’s my opinion. If you happen to actually listen to this podcast, and get to this episode; I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. I think I’m enjoying this podcast so much purely because there are so many opportunities for me to disagree and start my own conversations out of it, which I think is my listening style when it comes to podcasts.

If I had to recommend a podcast for literally anyone, boy or girl, this would make the list straight away. While the topics they talk about in detail come from a female’s point of view, they come from very a point of view that’s diverse and developed and the topics Bobo and Flex discuss are topics I believe everyone should be open to, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

I’m getting super into podcasts, clearly, so if you have any others you reckon I’d get around, please share them with me! I’d love to know about any podcasts you listen to as well!

x

Priya

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I Wrote A Song During Isolation

I Wrote A Song During Isolation

Hello friends!

Obviously the title of this post is super self-explanatory so I’ll just jump right into it I guess?

Australia moved into Stage 2 lockdown this week, with my state, Victoria, being one of the first to implement the strict rules, and it’s highly likely we’ll be moving into Stage 3 pretty soon. Personally, the stability of my casual job has been up in the air since the situation escalated, and even now, we’re not sure how long our store will legally be allowed to stay open under these new rules.

I’ve been getting used to spending a lot more time at home, with my entire family. It’s not entirely new for me, however I usually have the house all to myself, and in a week, I probably see several of my friends more than two or three times, something I now don’t get the luxury of doing. It’s fair to say that like everyone, this lockdown has changed the daily routines of my entire family.

That said, more time at home is not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve had a lot more time to do the things I really want to do, as has been the case for a lot of people. Which for me, means more time to spend working on this blog, and writing music.

I think I’ve come up with more, musically, in the last two weeks, than I have in the last six months.

On the 23rd I came back from buying my friend a guitar so she had something to work on during this isolation period, and while mucking around on my own guitar, I came up with a short verse and pre-chorus of a song. It had super heavy ‘isolation’ connotations, and I thought it was pretty funny, so I quickly did a recording of it and threw it up on my Instagram story.

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But yeah, I just put that up on my Instagram story, didn’t really think about it, and left to get my flu shot with my mum. When I got a moment to check my phone, I had messages from a bunch of my friends and even a few people I didn’t know very well, responding to the song.

What started out as a huge joke ended up with people messaging me outside of Instagram, sending it to their friends who in turn messaged me, and essentially a lot more people than anticipated ended up seeing my story and hearing the little fun song I had put up.

It was one late night conversation that made me consider actually finishing the song, so the next day when I came back from work, I sat down and tried to finish it. Fair to say, this little ongoing joke, ended up taking a lot longer than I thought it would, but I finally finished it. So this morning when I sat down to write a post, I thought it was a good opportunity to share the song with you!!

Hope you like it, let me know what you think :)))

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 19

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 19

Hello!! Hope you’re well. Just me popping in with another dumping of songs I genuinely think you need in your life, don’t mind me.

Let me know how you find them!

Hands – Brandt Orange
Newno – Iophiile, Moss Kenna, Nick Grant
Sweet Soul – alayna
Hotline Bling – SRNO
Holding Out – Atticus Street
b.u.d.d.y – Musiq Soulchild
All Over – Tiwa Savage
Summa – Peach Tree Rascals
Sunday – Easy Life
Save You – ZIM
System – JD. Reid, Sinead Harnett
Royal Blood – Louis Futon, Keiynan Lonsdale
High & Dry – Roman GianArthur
There’s A Honey – Pale Waves
Sweetie – Kiko Bun
Water Flow – Klyne
Solid Gold – Elk Road, Julia Stone
Friend – Molly Millington

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Priya

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Courtesy Of: Local Legend Tessa

Courtesy Of: Local Legend Tessa

Hello friends! I hope you’re all well and good, looking after yourself and the few around you.

Today’s post is one that we haven’t had in a while. I love sharing the music I listen to and want more people to hear, but a lot of the time the music I share is so skewed to my listening tastes and styles that so much goes unnoticed or missed. Thus, I began this post where I ask my friends and family who’s music taste I admire or who’s music taste is different from mine, to share their top ten songs at the moment!

I’ve done my entire family, my cousins, and a few of my friends, I’ve even done a few of the blogging gals like Mia, Fiona and Chloe. I’ve shared influencer’s favourite picks like Yasmin Suteja and other musicians like Will Heard and ABOUTAGIRL. However, today’s post comes to you, courtesy of local legend and one of my best friends, Tessa.

You may remember Tess from a few of my blog posts, such as my wrap-up from Laneway, but you should also know that Tessa has hands down, impeccable taste. She’s one of the only people who I can sit with and talk for literal hours about music with, so in the middle of our podcast debriefing and existential ranting I cheekily asked her to send through her favourite songs at the moment, and gal delivered.

Hope you like it!

big fat mouth – Airlie: I was definitely expecting this one. Tessa showed me this song last month on a lil road-trip and it was like listening to a song that was the audible embodiment of the girl herself. This song is so quintessentially Tessa, and it’s one of my favourite songs at the moment.

Futile Devices – Sujan Stevens: Such a good song. Make sure you’re listening to the original. While a remix of this tune was used for the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack, I feel like this one hits the mark a little bit better for me personally. I’ve not listened to these songs before writing out their little bits, so hearing them for the first time has been a bit of a trip. If I had to pick which of my close friends this song belonged to, I’d say Tessa hands down. It’s so gentle, and you’ve really got to listen for all the little nuances and the lyrics.

Shadow – Wild Nothing: So much of the music Tessa listens to is super light and nostalgic, and whenever she talks about music to me it’s like I’m listening to the soundtrack for a super beautiful indie teen movie. This song is probably the epitome of that to be honest.

Dopamine – DIIV: Again, super light and perfect for summer. Refer to the point above, that’s all.

Hot Rod – Dayglow: This is probably one of my favourite discoveries from this list, just because of how it mixes a lot of lo-fi sounds with typical indie guitar riffs and drum pockets. Plus the lyrics are super funky and interesting when you really listen to them.

Come On – Mikhael Paskalev: I love the tone of the guitar in this song so much. Like if Daniel Caesar’s guitar tone was one end of the spectrum for guitar tones that make me cry, this would be at the opposite end, and they both hit just as hard. Plus, the harmonies in this song are so airy and perfectly fitting. I don’t know why but this song makes me wish someone put it in an episode of Black Mirror??

Rocketman – Elton John: An absolute classic. I don’t necessarily trust anyone who doesn’t like this song. Something’s wrong with you.

Stonecutters – DOPE LEMON: There’s something about the banjo in this, mixed with the super reverb-y guitar and the singing that make this song so atmospheric. I reckon it would be perfect for running to as well.

Down the Line – Beach Fossils: I remember listening to Beach Fossils when I was a bit younger, and they still hit the same all this time later. Hitting indie rock bang on the head to be honest.

Paint Me Silver – Pond: I definitely remember Tessa showing me this song as well. I actually added it as my song for the day to my 365///2020 playlist on Spotify. It’s just a super light song, but there’s this synth line that goes on throughout it, entirely hypnotic and perfect the vibe. Plus, it feels like the song just grows and grows until you’ve not really realised how big the song really is and I love it.

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Priya

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