October Tunes

October Tunes

Hello hello! I hope you’re all well and enjoying the last few months of the year. Before I jump into the stuff I was loving during October I wanted to apologise for the severe lack of posts this month. October was the month. I finished up completely with university, which meant spending all my free time on assignments, and any free time I had outside of university, sport and work, I split pretty evenly between music and rehearsals, and binge watching Avatar: The Last Airbender.

I definitely slipped off in regards to churning out posts, but fingers crossed I can get my act together! I have quite a few fun ones planned and ready to be written in my Drafts, so once those get underway, expect to see some more fun posts!

With that said, here’s the music I was loving during October.

Due West (Skrillex Remix) – Kelsey Lu, Skrillex: I have Brooke Bush aka bushwhacked on YouTube to thank for this discovery. She included it in one of her daily vlogs during a lil dance break, and bless her soul, had each song name and artist at the bottom of the screen so I didn’t even have to Shazaam it. Sometimes I forget that Skrillex exists, or how much I used to love him when I was younger so this was a great reminder. The chorus really hits you in the gut in the best possible way. Kelsey Wu also has such a full and rich voice, makes it all the better.

U Remind Me – Usher: Don’t know what got me to go back to this song, but I’m glad it did. What a classic. A tune. a work of art.

SUGAR – BROCKHAMPTON: Not gonna lie, haven’t listened to GINGER in it’s entirety because when I listened to SUGAR I literally forgot about every other song. The intro to this song. Are you kidding me? The harmonies are so beautiful, and I can find nothing to fault with this song personally.

Wave – Meghan Trainor, Mike Sabath: I don’t know if you need me to talk about this song anymore, you can literally just read the near novel I wrote about it for my September Tunes.

Home – Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros: This song was the song for 2017 for me. It’s such a beautiful song, I genuinely get a little emotional or just a little bit emo whenever I listen to it.

Shalala – Moses Gunn Collective: Again, another song I have no clue as to how I found, but I found it and that’s all that matters. I definitely heard this song before I figured out what it was and added it to my playlist, but I’ve never known who it’s buy or the name of it. It seems pretty explanatory when you finally find out.

Nice To Meet Ya – Niall Horan: Niall came out swinging with this one. Quite different to the last stuff he put out, but in a very good way. This song is a lot more grown-up and mature, in the content, his vocals, the overall sound, and I for one love it.

Cold Blood (Tyde Remix) – Bruno Major, Tyde: I found this song on the way back from seeing Bruno Major live at the end of September. My friend and I just put his Spotify page on shuffle, and a bunch of the remixes of his songs ended up playing, with this being the first one. So good. I love the switch up in the chorus, possibly one of the only times I’ll love the remix more than the original.

Ocean Eyes – Billie Eilish: Ah Billie. Always nice to have some Billie Eilish, and this is possibly one of my favourite songs she’s ever written. It’s quite an old one, but two of my friends and I are sang it for a gig during the month, and since adding it to our setlist, it’s been in my head the entire month. Not that I’m complaining.

Lights Up – Harry Styles: I swear the world stopped spinning when this came out. He dropped it Beyonce style with no warning, no promotion or marketing at all and to be honest, with a song and music video that good, he didn’t need to at all. I don’t know why, I’ve been listening to his music heaps during his little break, but when he first started singing it was like I forgot what he sounded like and I was Shook all over again.

Ice Cream Sunday – Inhaler: Again, I have to apologise for not remembering how this song came onto my radar, but I’m in love. It’s so moody but lighthearted, but digs so deep and then hits you with an anthemic chorus and I love everything about this song. I’m definitely going to do a bit more digging into Inhaler, because judging off this one song, they’re a band I can see myself getting around.

Deep Sea Diving – aboutagirl, emir taha: When the press release for aboutagirl’s new single found it’s way to my inbox I was intrigued off the visuals alone. And then I read that Emir Taha was featuring on the song and I was on Spotify straight away. This song. This voice. The production. I love everything about it. As harsh as it sounds, and I know it sounds harsh, of all the songs that I get sent to my inbox, maybe only 15% of them make me genuinely excited, and this song had me hooked literally three seconds in, and it only got better as it went on.

Y U Gotta Be Like That – Audrey MiKa: Audrey MiKa is a gem. I’ve followed her YouTube channel since the middle of last year and she’s made great strides in that time alone. Releasing an EP, a string of singles, performing sold out shows around the Bay Area, she’s killing it. So when this song came on randomly on Spotify Radio while my friend and I were in the car, I knew who it was straight away. Such a cute little bop. Fans of Madison Beer (Chloe. I mean you.) would be into this gal, 100%.

Mother – Charlie Puth: I wait for the day people start regarding Charlie Puth as the musical mastermind he his. This song is so good. Watching his behind the scenes videos and Instagram videos gives you a sense of what a natural he is in a studio setting, and how he’s doing exactly what he was born to do. This song has been one of my favourites since it was released.

Find An Island – BENEE: I remember BENEE singing this song at  her concert earlier in the year, before it was released or even mentioned, so when it came out, I was happily surprised to already be familiar with the song. It’s such a good song, fits BENEE’s overall aesthetic perfectly, and it’s the perfect song to keep her momentum going.

Zero – Chris Brown: The funk in this song is real. Such a great bass line, and a very catchy chorus. I’ve been singing this all month.

Couldn’t Say No – Mario: Just another classic to keep the vibes going.

Wild Girl – Kito, Empress Of: This song. Arguably my favourite song on this list at the moment. It’s such a vibe. I’ve been plugging my laptop into my studio speakers for this song specifically, and it’s all the better for it. Love Empress Of, appreciate being introduced to Kito, a kick-ass female producer.

 

That’s what I was listening to this month!! It’s a lot, but I’ve been loving the music that’s being released in October. What did you listen to this month?

x

Priya

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Bruno Major // Live

Hello, hello, hello!

Hope you’re all enjoying your week – today’s post is another little concert review!!

Late in September, a good friend of mine from high school and I decided to have a cute little night out with one of our favourite singers, Bruno Major. You may recognise his name from a few of my previous posts, such as my Very Specific Pt. 15 post and a few monthly tunes collections.

When we discovered that we were the only two people we knew who listened to his music and loved him, we were the first to message each other when her released new music, tag the other in his Instagram posts and just generally love and appreciate his music.

So when it was announced that he’d be doing a tour around Australia, Amy was the first person I messaged, and I bought tickets for his second Melbourne show straight away.

As I’ve come to realise over time, as great of a venue as it is, Northcote Social Club, where the concert was taking place, is a trek and a half. To get there by public transport means I have to catch two trains, get on a tram for close to forty minutes and then walk about fifteen. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but when the public transport system is as unreliable as Melbourne’s consistently seems to be, driving is just the easiest option, so when Amy volunteered to drive us in, I was down.

We had a phenomenal meal of Mexican for dinner, before heading towards the venue.

We got there just in time to catch a good chunk of the opening act, Georgie Clifford, a New Zealand artist who I actually follow on Instagram, after discovering her through @pickupmusic. PS. any music nerds out there – throw @pickupmusic a follow, you will not be disappointed.

For those of you that don’t know about Bruno Major, in 2016 he announced that he’d be releasing a song a month for a year, and that culminated in the release of the album he is currently touring, A Song For Every Moon. However, the fourth track on that album, Easily, really kicked everything off for him, and it was that song that led me to the discovery of this magical, magical artist.

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By the time Bruno got on stage it was packed, and his first song was received so warmly. And then he said “hello” in his British accent and everyone lost it. There’s something so calming about his voice, and the refined nature with which he spoke made everyone hang to his every words.

If I had to describe the concert in one word, it would be, serene. Not all the songs were happy. While a large majority of his songs were the beautifully simple love songs that he’s used to make a name for himself, some were about heartbreak, some dedicated to the loss of family members, about the end of the world and other sentimental musings yet it was all encompassed by this over-arching atmosphere of serenity.

Some of my favourite parts of the concerts were the moments where the beautiful gentleness of the songs were pushed to the back and he literally just shred. I say ‘shred’ pretty generously, because I feel like the type of guitar playing Major showed off was so nonchalant that ‘shredding’ is too aggressive of a word to use. That type of smooth jazz/RnB style of guitar playing is honestly some of my favourite, think Nokia Theatre John Mayer style. It was so clean and finessed and understated, and he pulled it off so perfectly. I was genuinely entranced for the vast majority of the set.

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He performed so many of my favourites. Wouldn’t Mean A Thing, Second Time, Places We Won’t Walk, Old Fashioned, and his most recent single, Nothing. It was such a gentle and pure concert, and the audience was so respectful, yet still managed to sing along to every word.

 

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It took everything in me to not deviate from my budget for the month and buy one of his shirts from the merchandise stand too. That said, this concert was around $42 AUS, which for me, considering how beautiful every single moment was, whether he was on the guitar or the piano, was absolutely worth it.

x

Priya

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September Tunes

September Tunes

Holy moly, we have 4 months left in the year?? I feel like the shock should start wearing off at some point, but it never does.

That said, I think musically, 2019 has been ridiculously good. There’s just so much happening and so many new artists and songs to discover! Hence why my September Tunes are considerably hefty this month.

LOVE AGAIN – Daniel Caesar, Brandy: No-one can complain about a bit of monthly Daniel Caesar. I’ve cooled off from my phase of blasting Daniel Caesar and only D. Caesar, however that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped appreciating his music and how beautiful it is. Throw Brandy into the mix and you’ve got a happy Priya.

The Sun Comes Up – Mako Road: I can’t recall how I came across this band, but now that I’ve found them, I’m obsessed. If you’re a fan of Sticky Fingers, Ocean Alley or any other bands with a similar sound, I’d highly recommend you check out Mako Road. I’ve applied to review their show when they’re in town later this year, so fingers crossed I get to go and catch them live.

Chill Bill – Rob $tone, J. Davi$, Spooks: This is an old favourite. It’s also a random favourite of mine. I don’t listen to any of the artists on this track, yet somehow I’m slightly obsessed with this song?

I Just Need Love – Mac Ayres: Good ol’ Mac. If you haven’t already, check out my post all about Mac Ayres, you can read it HERE. He’s released some new music, and this is probably my favourite at the moment. So many good moments within this song and the instrumentation feeds my funk and groove appetite.

Glitter – Bene: I count myself lucky for getting to see Bene when I did, cos she’s suddenly blowing up around Australia and the rest of the world, and for good reason. She’s got such a unique sound, and this song really exemplifies that. It’s such a boppy song, perfect for the upcoming Spring months. I’ve been hyping Bene for a while, she was one of the first artist profiles I did on the blog, so I’m super happy she’s getting some attention.

My Love Is Gone – SAFIA: I got to see SAFIA live for a second time when I reviewed their show for Beat Magazine, which if you don’t know by now, is a Melbourne music magazine I write for, and they were just as good live at the Forum Theatre as they were when I saw them two summers ago at Let Go Fest.

Ballin Flossin – Chance The Rapper, Shawn Mendes: I have a bone to pick with the internet. For some reason, Chance’s latest album, The Big Day, copped so much flack, especially on Twitter, and the reception was overwhelmingly negative, so much so that Chance had to address how it was making him feel in a Tweet. I never listened to the album, until the start of this month, and I was so confused/shook/concerned. The album is so. good. And this song??? I couldn’t care less about Senorita at the moment, the Shawn Mendes collaboration everyone needs to be talking about, is this one.

Catching Feelings – Draxs Project, Six60: We love when two NZ favourite’s get together to create the cutest little bop to exist. This song is so sweet, all the vocals in it are sugar and I have nothing to fault with this song.

False God – Taylor Swift: Trust me, I expected to see Taylor Swift on one of my playlists, even less than you did. But that saxophone in the intro hit and I was hooked. This song is really atmospheric and ambient and I love the phrasing and the lyrics. It’s my favourite song from this album and I’ll admit that I only listened to every other song once. This however, has been on repeat.

RNP – YBN Cordae, Anderson. Paak:  I don’t listen to much YBN Cordae, but I do listen to my fair share of Ando Paak, so when my friend James told me to put this song on during a drive to a gig, I was shooketh. The beat, the rhythm, the rap, the groove. Everything about this song makes me so hyped up.

Heaven – Julia Michaels: If you didn’t catch my post about seeing Julia live, you can read that HERE. Sunshine, flowers, all things nice. The cutest, most wholesome concert I’ve ever been to, and it reminded me of this particular song, which was one of my favourites of 2018.

Murder She Wrote – Chaka Demus and Pliers: This song just reminds me of my family, and how insane we get when a bit of reggae comes on. I also recently played it for one of my friends and he didn’t get it at all, which really got me fired up. This song is such a classic, and I could be six feet under and I’d still dance to this song.

What You Did – Mahlia, Ella Mai: Look, I know I said I was keen, if you’re not sure what I’m referring to, read THIS post, but I haven’t had a moment to listen to this album in full. I have however, had some time to appreciate this beautiful collab. Two queens. Two RnB kings. I love this song. So much. I’m gonna finally get to see Mahalia in February for the Laneway festival, so considering I missed her set entirely when I went to Falls Festival at the end of last year, I’m super keen to finally see this queen live.

Gum Body – Burna Boy, Jorja Smith: Remember when I said last month that 2019 was shaping up to be the year of Burna Boy. I’d like to second my own comment. This song is so funky. Jorja Smith is absolutely beautiful as per usual, and Burna Boy is steadily make a real space for himself.

Wave – Meghan Trainor, Mike Sabath: Hear me out. We all know there have been some… hiccups with Meghan Trainor since she started making music, and as far is it goes, I don’t usually get around her music. However, someone you should all know, is Mike Sabath. This is one of the first tracks with his voice on it, and I was super excited to hear it because he’s one of my favourite producers and composers ever. He’s literally only 21 too, way to make me feel inadequate, but he’s produced, composed, written or been a part of putting together some absolute smashes. I’m talking Cuz I Love You by Lizzo, Aurora by Bea Miller, Familiar by J Balvin and Liam Payne, Happiness Begins by The Jonas Brothers and a handful more. He’s a gun. If you listen to this song for any reason, make it Mike.

Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers: Boy, I was just in a mood this month. This song made it’s way back into my daily life, and when I said daily, I mean daily. Like this song honestly changed my life. I couldn’t begin to describe how or why, but it did, as dramatic as that sounds. It’s hard for me to listen to this song without becoming emotional.

Rock Witchu – PRETTYMUCH: It’s been a hot minute since I’ve included any PRETTYMUCH on my playlists, but this song came on shuffle for the first time in ages while I was driving with my sister and we both lost it in the middle of the shopping centre carpark. I’ll admit, I never listened to it in it’s entirety because I haven’t listened to much PRETTYMUCH in a while, and I have regrets. So. Damn. Groovy.

Green Light – Milan Ring: Please, check out Milan Ring. She’s a killer singer/songwriter/producer, such a unique sound, and this song has been on repeat since I first listened to it. Such an interesting song.

Trick Of The Light – Matt Corby: You’re probably getting sick of this. This song appears again and again, and that’s because my soul can never get enough of this song.

Cautionary Tales – Jon Bellion: Refer to the description for the previous song.

Gloria – The Lumineers: If you haven’t already, you can read my post about The Lumineers’ latest album III HERE, but this song has become a staple since it’s release. Such a good song. So much energy, but such beautifully sad and emotional lyrics.

Yellow Mellow – Ocean Alley: I saw a gal singing this at a beer garden I’m usually gigging at on a Wednesday night! She and her guitarist were after us and they absolutely smashed this song, so much so that I’ve actually learnt to play it on the guitar now, and it’s one of my favourite songs to just play along to at the moment.

Nothing – Bruno Major: I actually got to see Bruno Major live at the end of the month, and it was such a beautiful concert. He’s so technically talented as well as just incredibly musically gifted, and it was one of the most serene concerts ever. My friend Amy and I were in absolute awe the entire time – stay tuned for a blog post.

Sunny Days – Allen Stone: My man Allen. I was super excited when he released this, the live video that goes along with it is like a ray of sunshine. Such a good song, and it’s been stuck in my head since it’s been out! Very happy with new music from Allen Stone and he did not disappoint.

My My My! – Troye Sivan: I also got to see Troye when he played in Melbourne for a review I had to write, and it was one of the most energetic, flamboyant, beautifully welcoming concerts I’ve ever been to. I think Troye summed it up perfectly, when he said that if he could strut around stage as confidently as Naomi Campbell, we all could have a little dance, and this song in particular absolutely popped off. It was the perfect way to end the show, and it’s been my go to Troye song since then.

Rushing Back – Flume, Vera Blue: Unpopular opinion? Maybe popular opinion? I’m not a fan of Flume’s new stuff. Just, the noise. I don’t know, man, I gave it a red hot crack, I really did, but I can’t get around it. This song however, is the exception, and as much as Flume’s music is actually so great in this song and reminds me of his older stuff a little bit, I feel like I my girl Vera is the reason I love this song so much.

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 16

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 16

Hello everyone!

Hope you’ve all been well, welcome to another post! There’s nothing I love more than sharing some new music with you all, especially music that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. This is where these posts come in. It’s slightly impossible for me to do write up’s and features on all the new songs I discover, and this series of posts is a great way for me to dump a whole lot on you guys.

Hopefully you find your new favourite song!

Rich Girl Mood – Dounia, Kehlani
Hands – Brandt Orange
Oh Devil – Electric Guest, Devin Di Dakta
The First Time – Elliott Trent
Erase – Omar Apollo
Never Knock – Kevin Garrett
Sunday – Easy Life
into Me. chromonicci
Simple Pleasures – AUGUST 08
Good Nightmare – Fake Fake
Avalene – James Clayton
Lost – Jordan Hawkins, oghosthaze
Ripple Effect – Scott Helman
Ornament – Kiah Victoria
Ball And Chain – Billy Davis
Chasing Parties – Sasha Sloan

What did you think? Did you enjoy any of these songs? Let me know in the comments! 

x

Priya

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Very Specific Pt. 18

Very Specific Pt. 18

Hello friends.

Hope you’re all well. Today’s post is another very specific playlist. A week or so ago I had a gig at a bar/beer garden in the evening that’s become a bit of a regular in my calendar. I drove myself there, but I was super early so I decided to chill in my car for a bit.

I was parked in front of a laundromat, how I ever missed that the laundromat was there, I don’t know, but it was there, and I had never actually noticed it before. It was also pretty late, and the late night, sight of the laundromat and the music that was playing in the car just led to the creation of this playlist.

It may not have been 1am when I created this playlist, but this playlist is for the middle of the night, whatever you may be doing.

Green Light - Milan Ring Donna - The Lumineers One Night Only - Sonder The Wilhelm Scream - James Blake Feeling Whitney - Post Malone Parallel - BRIDGE Boys Will Be Boys - Stella Donelly Lost & Found - Lianna La Hava

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Priya

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What My Playlists Mean

What My Playlists Mean

Hey everyone!

Today’s post is one I may have done before, but I’ve been heavily inspired by Em from PerksOfEm, who you should definitely check out, to do another one!

Here’s the thing. Some could argue, and some very well have argued, that I have too many playlists. But here’s what I argue in response.

When it’s someone’s 21st and they’ve needed music for before the party really kicks off, who do they come to? Your girl. When we’re chilling for pre’s and someone’s playing some great tunes before we head out for the night, who’s playlist are they using? Your girl’s. When the gang’s on the road and just want a playlist to confidently shuffle through for the long drive to the beach, who’s phone is plugged into the AUX? Your girl’s.

Look, I try to remain humble. Humility is a prerequisite for me. But when it comes to my Spotify account and the playlists which inhabit it, I’ll gas that stuff up.

So today’s post, I’ll be taking you on a journey through my Spotify, going through my playlists, pitching their use and cause, and crossing my fingers that it’s enough for you to head on over to my page and find yourself a new favourite song on there, chuck a playlist or two a follow and maybe stick around for more!!

365 // 2019

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// running touch //

This playlist is the most recent in a series I started in 2017, where I add a song to the playlist every day of the year. Whether it’s a song that I sang at a gig, a particular song that relates to the events of the day or a song from an artist I saw in concert, all the songs on the playlist are relevant to the year and the order in which they’re added. The next two playlists are essentially the same, so I won’t explain them.

365 // 2018

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// bene //

356 // 2017

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// billie eilish //

before the uber comes

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// childish gambino //

This is one of my favourite playlists, and a lot of my friends end up throwing this on while we’re all gathered at one of our houses before we’re heading out for the night. It’s a great mix to get pumped up for a night out with your friends, and it’s got a good variety of absolute classics, mixed in with some bangers, some radio tunes, some guilty pleasures and unknown tunes.

songs you should probably hear

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// sabrina claudio //

I hope you’re all familiar with this playlist by now. It’s the playlist I used to create my Songs You Don’t Know But Should series, so if there’s ever a song you see on that post that you find particularly intriguing, 9 times out of 10, you’ll find it on that playlist. Because quite a few of the songs I first included in the playlist have finally gained some traction and popularity, I’m aiming to start cycling through that playlist a bit more, updating it and rotating new discoveries through a bit more often.

summer to end all summers

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// gang of youths //

This is my go to playlist once the sun starts shining reliably. It’s already started getting quite warm here in Melbourne, which is unheard of at the end of August/start of September, but I guess we can blame good old global warming for that. That said, once the sun comes out, life seems to get exponentially better. I see my friends more often, I’m at the beach more, I get a bit more tanned than usual, and I’m turning to this playlist more and more.

feel something

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// PLGRMS //

This is one of the first playlists I made, when I figured out there was a gaping space on the list of songs that just really hit you. This playlist will get you feeling all the feelings.

setting spray

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// rihanna //

This may be in the top 3 playlists in terms of how often I use them. Whether I’m getting ready to go to work, preparing for a gig or getting ready for a night out, I’ve formulated the perfect playlist for having on in the background while I put on makeup, get ready and chat with my sister who 9 times out of 10 ends up wandering into my room while I’m in the process. It’s got some of my personal favourites in there, so have a suss and see if suits you!

barely there

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// tim atlas //

There’s a special place in my heart for a good old acoustic ballad. Whether it’s a gentle little tune on the guitar or a gut-wrenching solo with vocals and a lone piano, I love it all. You’ll find plenty of John Mayer on here for those of you who are fans.

beep beep

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// gretta ray //


Another playlist that gets a regular workout. This playlist is made purely for putting on in the car. I don’t think I listen to it outside of the vehicle, ever. I’ve been trying to cull this one down, since it surpasses 500 songs a little while ago, and I’m working on rotating through some songs to get some fresher tunes in there.

jon bellion

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// jon bellion //

Yeah. It exists. I definitely do have a playlist purely consisting of Jon Bellion songs and collabs, and I stand by it. What of it?

wobblers

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// calvin harris //

Look. Sometimes you need some heavy bangers. I’ve yet to really get good use out of this playlist, but one of my friends has it saved in his playlists, so I like to think that he’d be devastated if it were to suddenly disappear, so I keep it around for him. That said, there are some very good songs on this playlist, if you’re into that stuff.

girl gang

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// destiny’s child //

Sometimes you feel like all you want to listen to is a good old girl-group or gal pal type song. For those times, I present you with the girl gang playlist, filled to the brim with Destiny’s Child, Little Mix, Doja Cat, Sugababes, Salt-N-Pepa, Hannah Montana, The Veronicas, Fifth Harmony, The Cheetah Girls and plenty more.

smokey

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// kehlani //

I have a very distinct emotion or way of suddenly feeling, that can only be described by roaming the street of New York late at night during the Winter, stumbling across a little jazz bar, and venturing in to find a man playing a piano in a corner, fancy people drinking fancy drinks and smoke from cigars and cigarettes lingering around the room, yet the lack of cigarette or cigar smells. I told you. It’s distinct. This is for when I’m feeling that type of way. I’m sure you can get yourself around some of the classics in this playlist.

a mood

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// rex orange county //

Another mood I have, is when I wanna feel like a soft little bean, and just sit in my room listening to the audible sound of sunshine. Rex Orange County, Mac DeMarco – that type of stuff. This playlist is for that mood.

that vid

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// zayn //

I have quite the obsession with travel videos, anything shot on a GoPro, smooth transitions paired with incredible scenery and adventures. Because of this, every chance I get, whether it’s a weekend away with my friends or a big international trip with my family, I bring along plenty of gear to document it all and put together a little video for myself. It also means that I spend way too long sifting through music to find the perfect song for the video, which has resulted in this playlist. Here you’ll find a huge variety of songs, perfectly for all vibes of travel video and montage.

kitchen

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// zak abel //

As I’ve shared on this blog before, I love mornings where I can get up a little bit earlier, have a lazy breakfast and enjoy the house to myself. Those mornings are paired perfectly with this playlist in particular, that I generally throw on right as I start making breakfast. It’s got everything from old classics and new radio songs to Broadway tunes and dance tunes.

funky

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// michael jackson //

This playlist gets the vast majority of its workouts when I’m hanging out with my family , immediate and extended, and we require some music. It’s got some of the old classics, some reggae favourites that set my family off and the party tunes that we all love to dance to. It’s a pretty great selection and it’s one of my favourite playlists, purely because of the great memories connected to it.

inhaler

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// pretty much //

Here’s a playlist that has a blog post that goes along with it. I use this particular playlist, at the gym and only at the gym. This playlist is curated with cardio and running in mind, so all the songs have a steady pace or a good beat to really get you into the zone of running.

toasty

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// j dilla //


This playlist is dedicated to my love of artists like J Dilla, Mujo, Alfa Mist and Floreyyy, all of who excel in the lo-fi hip hop, steady beat department. All of these songs just remind me of sitting by a fire with a warm cup of coffee during the winter, regardless of the fact that I don’t have a fire and I’m trying to cut back on the coffee. They’re just such warm and cozy tunes, it’s hard to not feel toasty and relaxed while listening to them.

honey

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// six60 //

My honey playlist is curated with reggae and mellow tunes in mind specifically. Bands like NZ’s Six60 or Sydney’s Ocean Alley, all of whom have really chill reggae infused rhythms, and smooth, smooth vocals.

velvet

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// mac ayres //

This is probably one of the smoothest playlists I have on record. Every song on this playlist sounds like velvet, hence the name. I’m talking Kehlani, Miguel, Brent Faiyaz, The Internet, Ella Mai, Mac Ayres, Daniel Caesar, Summer Walker, Teyana Taylor, I reckon you get it by now. If you’re looking for something smooth and velvety, I highly recommend this playlist.

books

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// fleetwood mac //

I made this playlist during my final year of high school back in 2016, and since then it’s received a giant makeover. At one point, it was entirely classical music. I used to play classical music and only classical music while studying. However as my interest in music production started to increase, really mellow, low-fi instrumentals as well as gentle instrumentals from some of my favourite artists like Fleetwood Mac became my go to while studying in university, and that’s the type of stuff that’s currently on this playlist right now.

pump

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// j cole //

Another playlist that gets regulated to use solely within the confines of the gym. I know I had the inhaler playlist a little bit earlier, but when you’re switching from cardio to weight training and lifting, those tunes don’t cut it. This playlist has a bunch of heavier songs, an abundance of rap and hip hop, and everything with a steady drive to it to give you that extra burst of strength.

wrap

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// de la soul //

I don’t think I mentioned it on the blog before, but as of now, I’ve watched Hip Hop Evolution on Netflix a total of four times. I love it. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for old school hip hop, so it was only naturally after being inundated with a complete history of the birth and the progression of the genre, that I compiled a playlist of some of my favourites. You’ll find plenty of A Tribe Called Quest, Geto Boys, Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, KRS-One, Ice Cube and heaps more. To be fair, this playlist and the pump playlist mentioned previously are highly interchangeable.

rage

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// the fugees //

This one is for my Australian readers – the iconic music TV show rage, which plays on the ABC channel every Saturday morning inspired this playlist completely. All the songs on this playlist are songs that I remember watching the music videos to early on Saturday mornings while eating breakfast with my family.

rnb

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// kendrick lamar //

This one’s pretty self explanatory. One of the oldest playlists on my Spotify account, but one I hold close to my heart. Everything and anything RnB, you’ll find on this playlist. Whether it’s old school RnB, modern, contemporary RnB, party RnB or undiscovered gems, you’ll find it on this playlist.

There you go! Those are all my playlists. I know, it’s excessive, but I promise I love them all dearly. No-one get’s left behind. That said, make sure you check out my Spotify, it’s linked down below, and let me know what you’re listening to!

x

Priya

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III by The Lumineers

III by The Lumineers

Hello friends.

I hope you’re all well and enjoying your weeks, as far into the week as you are whenever you’re reading this post.

Today I wanted to speak about an album that I wasn’t really sure I was going to enjoy when I first realised I had to listen to it. For that to make sense, I’ll have to share a little bit about what I’m doing with my life at the moment, and that’s contributing writing to arguably Melbourne’s most loved freely distributed music magazine, Beat. Feel free to have a Google and see if you can spot any of my writing!

Anyway, amongst reviewing concerts and interviewing an artist every now and then, one of the other things I get to do is listen to new albums and review them for the fortnightly album review section of the mag. I put my hand up to have a listen to the recent Lumineers album, III, and was lucky enough to get it.

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If you’ve read a few of my other posts or checked out any of my playlists, you’d know that I enjoy a couple of songs from the band, namely Sleep On The Floor, which I’ll forever and always be in love with, but I wasn’t sure what to expect.

That said, I was beautifully surprised, shocked, and incredibly moved. I nearly got emotional several times while listening through the album.

The album follows the story of a fictional family, the Sparks, and it depicts the struggle and evolution of this family having to live with a member fighting an addiction, and how that impacts the various members of the family. It’s a harrowing story and while it’s not a topic I’m incredibly close to personally, it made me really emotional.

There’s so much that I respect The Lumineers for, sonically, especially. Wesley Shultz has one of my favourite voices ever, and his vocal performance only amplifies the emotion and empathy behind all the lyrics in each song.

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They also tread the line of allowing the album to really live and become energetic in songs like Gloria and Leader of The Landslide. I love how some of the songs sit so gently in your chest, either gently strumming a guitar or a melody on the piano, while others really hit you in the gut, songs like Life In The City and Jimmy Sparks. I also really enjoyed listening to the different parts of the story and understanding the story of how the family unfolds. The entire record really allows you to build this cinematic movie within the music and a really clear story that can only really be put together once you’ve listened to the album in it’s entirety.

highly recommend you read the album review done by Atwood Magazine on each song, their meanings and the intricacy within the album, You can read that HERE.

This was such a beautiful album to listen to, it’s already been saved and playlisted on my Spotify. An absolute gem of a release.

x

Priya

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