Herizen // Come Over To My House EP

Herizen // Come Over To My House EP

You’re in for a treat.

We’re fans of the Netflix series, The Get Down around here. If you’re not, you’re about to learn.

I’ve been a huge fan of the series since it’s release, but more so, since the end of the show, I’ve been following the rise of Herizen Guardiola, the Cuban/Jamaican singer/songwriter from Miami who played Mylene Cruz on the Netflix show.

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Not only did her songs and performances on The Get Down have me hooked, as in I have them on majority of my playlists and listen to them weeklybut now so does her EP, Come Over To My House, which was released in October. The EP has plenty of variety, with slower tunes that really get you in your feelings, like Fragile Mind and Do What You Want To and then some harder hitting songs like RugGet High and my personal favourite, the title track, Come Over To My House. 

The EP is the sonic representation of running through the jungle, as Herizen has mentioned in a few interviews. Considering she escaped to Oregon, away from the city and the bustle, to record the EP, it makes heaps of sense. That kinda hits the nail on the head.

I mean, it kinda summarises the music video for the second single.

 

 

Like I mentioned, Come Over To My House is hands-down my favourite track on the EP. It’s so rustic and tribal, in the sense that all the sounds are so raw and unlike anything I’ve heard before. The production on the song is insane, and the tiny nuances and unexpected pockets really bring the entire song together.

And then there’s that drop about a minute into the song, where the chorus just hits you in the gut and you’re grooving without realising it.

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 I physically smiled listening to Paradise, the second song on the EP. Lyrically, it flows like a river so well, it’s almost silly. All the songs on the EP have insane break-downs or bass lines that make the entire record one cohesive piece. The drops in each song are unique enough to differentiate and form specific opinions about, but each individual song sounds like it’s part of a much large sonic story.

Another favourite is the first single from the EP, Social Jungle, which is basically a huge call out to the toxic environment in places like Los Angeles and New York, where young people can be taken advantage of. It doesn’t take a lot, just keeping an ear out for the lyrics, and you really find the core of the song. Herizen captures a picture of the ‘social jungle’ that I’m sure many people are more than very familiar with.

That said, feel free to have a boogie, I know I did.

x

Priya

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Joy Crookes

Joy Crookes

Let’s talk about Joy Crookes.

I discovered the South London singer earlier this year on YouTube, while watching videos shared on the popular music channel, COLORS.

Have a watch for yourself.

 

 

 

Surely I don’t need to say this, but any fan of Amy Winehouse will find themselves a fan of Joy Crookes, because I sure as heck did. Not only is she stunning, I mean, how slick can one gal look, but her voice is ridiculous. It’s like the audible sound of honey. And remember that guitar sound I’m ever so fond of? Catch my dude in the back delivering the goods.

As is the ever-obvious next move, I headed over to Joy’s Spotify. Good move. Joy released an EP in July this year, Influence, and it’s another package of tunes. As well as a studio version of the song in the video above, Mother May I Sleep With Danger?, finessed with a really nice jazz kit, the EP has four other songs, all of which are equally as tasty.

Mother May I Sleep With Danger? is a great song, it’s definitely up there, but we all know I’m partial to a good groove, and that comes in the form of the second track on the record, Bad Feeling. The groove in that song is so deep, and the lyrical flow is so catchy to listen to because she takes it to places you don’t expect straight away.

 

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New Manhattan is a really haunting ballad, major Lana Del Ray vibes, so I know a few of you are Lana fans, meaning you’d definitely enjoy this song. The lyrics are very realistic and critical, but incredibly beautiful. Joy’s able to paint a really poignant picture with New Manhattan, and while it doesn’t have the same type of uplifting, upbeat groove of Bad Feeling, it makes you feeling something else it a different way.

Influence is definitely an EP you need to listen to a couple of times to truly appreciate it. Through the process of writing up this blog post, editing it, proofreading, quickly making that header and taking a break to have lunch in between it all, I listened to the EP completely through, two and a half times. And it was only during the second listening that I started really listening to it, paying attention to the smart lyrics, the groove behind every single line, how good the percussion pockets are and how seamlessly Joy’s combined that old-time classic ballad feel with a very current sound.

 

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Make sure you check out Joy Crookes. Since really have a listen to some of her music, I’ve added most of the songs on the Influence EP to my personal playlists, and shared some of the songs with my friends. Another power woman making big moves. Can’t wait for more from Joy Crookes. Let me know if you listened to any of her songs in the comments below, I’d love to know what you think!!

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Priya

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Have You Heard Of Clark Beckham??

Have You Heard Of Clark Beckham??

Okay. Clark Beckham. Get around it.

I first heard Clark Beckham sing, through all things good, through Jon Bellion. If you haven’t read my post about Jon and my slight obsession with his music and his style, I suggest you do so.

One of my favourite performances by Jon is his acoustic version of his song, All Time Low. Not only do I just love the song in general, it’s probably one of his most famous songs considering it managed to get onto the radio here in Australia, but when he performs it live, it’s magnetic.

The acoustic version is a lot more stripped back, and it’s here that we see Clark Beckham enter.

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Those of you readers from the USA, might recognise his name. He finishes as the runner up on season fourteen of American Idol, where he smashed it, however after the show he went on to sign to Quincy Jones’ label in 2016, which is kind of huge.

He ended up joining Jon on tour in 2017, and I found him through the All Time Low (Acoustic) video on YouTube.

Bare with me, watch the entire thing, you can thank me when you get to the end. Just keep an eye on lil ol’ Clark in the purple. (If you’re an impatient type of person, skip to 2:33, but know that I’m judging you if you do so).

Yeah. So that run at 3:30 had me shooketh and I had to do some digging in the comments to figure out who he was, and finally finding his name, Google’d the heck out of him, eventually finding his own music on Spotify.

My dudes.

Clark Beckham’s vocals are some of the smoothest vocals I’ve heard in a while, and I have major regrets that I stopped watching American Idol in the late 2000’s and missed this absolute gem.

His song Hocus Pocus from his album Year One hands down gave me shivers when I first heard it. It has such a groovy breakdown halfway through, it’s been a go-to for me since hearing it and I’ve been trying to share it with everyone. He features on quite a few of my Spotify playlists especially  my driving playlist.

I feel like there’s a couple different moods to driving playlists, and Clark Beckham fits perfectly into the ‘by yourself, feeling the tunes’ category.

 

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His first song under the Quincy Jones Management, I Need, is equally as smooth. Like the first line hits you in the gut so intensely, you already know the rest of the song is gonna be just as impressive. Which it is.

Sleep is another favourite from his album. He kinda takes it where you don’t expect it to go. His voice is so gentle, but he comes out every now and then with this huge amount of power that all his songs are incredible dynamic and genuinely interesting to listen to. And then the chorus comes in and it’s the one of the most sweetest melodies I’ve ever heard and he sings it perfectly.

His songs are the perfect balance of groove and funk, but also powerful ballad style vocals and technique. You know that’s the stuff I like.

If I haven’t given you enough reason to go check out Clark Beckham, maybe scroll back up and watch the video again then ask yourself ‘why??’. He’s such an insanely talented singer, I can never get enough of his voice. Let me know if you listen to any of the songs I mentioned, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Priya

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Ocean Alley

Ocean Alley

If you’re looking for the epitome of Northern Sydney, beach-based, ‘blue waves and too much sun’ type of music, you’re looking for Ocean Alley.

I personally discovered Ocean Alley as I discover many new tunes, sitting behind my desk at work with Triple J on the radio, shazaam-ing the shit out of every fourth song that comes across the airwaves. It was in this fashion that I heard one of their particularly popular songs, Confidence, a single from their album Chiaroscurowhich was released earlier this year.

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Coming off the success the album achieved, securing spots on the Triple J Hottest 100, ARIA Album Chart and ARIA Australian Artist Albums Chart, the boys headlined in the USA and America.

I couldn’t manage to make it to the Melbourne show of their Australian tour, but the overload of Snapchats and Snapchat Story’s I saw of the night were enough to make me insanely envious that I wasn’t seeing these boys live. To add some more salt to the wound, they performed a set at Splendour In The Grass, to rave reviews, another set I did not get to see.

If we really want to have a whinge, they’re also playing at Falls Festival, which I am attending. However, due to only managing to get a three day ticket, I’m gonna miss their set which falls on the first day of the festival.

We win some, we lose some.

They’re currently touring around the UK and Europe, and I’m pretty sure they’re set to support Tash Sultana on her North America tour in a couple months, which is insane.

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Their song Knees is picking up steam on the Triple J rotation, which is the reason I’m hearing it more and more and loving it a lil bit more every time I do. Not only do they have the cruise-y, slinky type of guitar sounds that are so central to the genre of music, but they have beautiful harmonies too. The entire production and arrangement of that particular song is the reason it’s probably one of my favourites from Ocean Alley overall.

The breakdown in the bridge is the perfect amount of energy and tension to get straight back into a chorus that requires you to sing along with it, whether you in the mosh pit at one of their shows or playing the song over a speaker at home or driving with some friends and listening to it in the car. It’s an easy sound to listen to.

If you’re into some Jimi Hendrix or Dire Straits, definitely give Ocean Alley a listen. I still love thinking back to my experience at BluesFest earlier this year in April, and I feel like they would be the perfect act to round up a lineup over there. Byron Bay, BluesFest, Ocean Alley, it seems like it fits perfectly.

Who knows. There’s always time to add some more acts to next year’s lineup…

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Priya

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Like A Version – The Best Of

Like A Version – The Best Of

Hello friends!

Today’s post, is yet another post that consists of ya girl basically plugging all my favourite live covers and musicians.

If you’ve been here for a little while or read some of my recent posts, you’d have picked up that the hit radio station Triple J, is one of my favourite radio stations, and go-to’s for good music and live acts. A ton of the artists I recommend come up through the Triple J through rotation on the station or through winning one of their many competitions and playing some of the Triple J run festivals.

One of the much loved aspects of the Triple J universe, is the popular Like A Version sessions, where they bring incredible artists into the studio, and they put their own unique spin on some well known songs that they perform live as covers, some of which are then released on Spotify and YouTube.

There have been quite a few of these covers that end up circulating all over YouTube and Facebook and I do have a list of some of my favourites. There’s a lot of them.

So.

Here they are.


 


 

 

Like I said, there are a few, and this is after I cut the original list down, twice. Hopefully you found some time to get through some if not all of the videos above, I’d love to hear which ones you enjoyed! Let me know in the comments!

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Priya

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Paige’s Space // An Interview

Paige’s Space // An Interview

Hello hello.

This is a very exciting post for me, considering I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this artist for the most part of 2018.

Before you continue reading this post, make sure you’re all caught up, so if you haven’t already, stop what you’re doing and make sure you check out the first post I did about Paige, which you can find HERE.

Paige just recently released a new song, Alignmentsand while it still hasn’t beaten her song So Far for me, it’s still an absolutely beautiful song, and I’ve had it on replay since it was put out.

If you’re up for some incredibly warm acoustic guitar, the chill-inducing harmonies that I’ve come to expect from Paige and lyrics that make you wow-out-loud, then listen to Alignments. You will not be disappointed.

Anyhow.

On top of being a beautiful musician and singer, Paige is also a gem of a human being, and generously agreed to answer some questions for you all! So if we could all send some universal ‘thank-you’s’ Paige’s way, that would be sweet.

Enjoy.


How early on in your life did you decide that music was going to be the avenue you wanted to pursue as a full time career and were there any other options you had in terms of interests that could have possibly lead you down a different route?

Very early on [to be honest]. When I was 5 I first performed in front of my school and that’s when I knew I loved it and didn’t have to think twice. Although I also was hugely fascinated in space and astrophysics which is something I’d love to do but sadly I suck at maths loooolll.

Were there any artists who influenced you in a major way as a young child?

My first influences were always Disney Channel stars. Miley Cyrus was a huge one for me because Hannah Montana inspired me a lot to become a musician. The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato e.t.c. Lady Gaga has always been a huge inspiration for me throughout my life and how she is so bold and fearless as an artist.

What’s the idea behind your Instagram name, @paigesspace?

I guess I kind of just wanted to have something that associated with space because I love space so much haha.

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What was you initial reaction when you saw Billie Eilish sharing your Instagram page and fan-girling over your voice and your covers, as well as your original songs?

Hahaha it was definitely overwhelming. I was in a state of shock for a good week. Just really hard to believe.

What has that type of support meant not only for you as an artist, but as someone who has a huge musical presence on your social media?

It’s meant the entire world. I will never fully be able to express my gratitude for all of it.

You’re a huge believer in manifestation, you’ve credited a lot of your success to the fact that you’ve put your dreams out into the universe for them to manifest, what are your personal beliefs around manifestation and the powers of the universe, and how does that impact the music you create?

Wow what a good question! I genuinely believe that you attract the things that come into your life…. It’s not just a matter of sitting in your room and just asking the universe for your dreams to come true and getting them, but with hard work and manifestation I do believe that’s how your dreams come to life. My beliefs inspire me to write songs such as “Alignments” which is based off of the idea of not blaming the universe for ALL the things that go wrong.

Billie has shown her continual support, singing your recent single ‘Alignments’ as her favourite song at the moment. Do you feel a certain pressure when someone like Billie is promoting your music, to live up to the hype she’s built for you?

I think it’d only be natural to feel pressure but I feel more so driven to work harder to be a better artist for all the people watching me. It’s definitely a nerve wracking feeling but it’s only going to help me grow as an artist

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What advice would you give to young musicians, singers and songwriters, in regards to sharing your music online, specifically posting covers and original music on Instagram like you do?

Just to sing what you love, post consistently, post up some songs people are also familiar with, but also remember to do it because you love it and it makes you happy.. That way you won’t be as scared.

How do you generally begin constructing a song, and what are some of the topics you particularly find yourself writing about?

I find chords and then sing melodies to them, then begin singing about how I feel. Usually I find myself singing about a girl or love because love is what drives me the most.

Who would be five artists that you’d love to collaborate with in the future?

Sooooo many. If I had to only pick five I’d pick Alessia Cara, Billie Eilish [of course], Rex Orange County, Ruel and last but certainly not least Kehlani.

You’re located in New Zealand. Do you see yourself staying in NZ and basing your musical career from there or can you see yourself moving away to pursue it elsewhere, such as Los Angeles?

I definitely 100% don’t see myself staying here. I want to branch out somewhere bigger with more inspiration although I LOVE my country I’d love to go some place new. LA would be amazing.

Of the songs you’ve recorded, which is a favourite or a standout, released or unreleased?

Probably a song I wrote called “Waves” which I’ve spent almost a year on producing with a producer called Noema Te Hau III. Probably because it’s been the hardest I’ve ever worked on a song. Hopefully it will be out soon enough!

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Do you have any plans to release a full album, is that something you’re working on?

I’m just in the middle of recording an EP which includes 5 songs. Very excited to let it out!

What inspires you?

Experiences, Pain, People, Nature and Love.

If you could pick any decade of music to listen to on repeat, which decade would it be and why?

EARLY 2000’s!!!! It’s what I listen to the most because it reminds me of when I was younger and what I was listening to while I was experiencing things for the first time. I also love the artists from early 2000’s.

You Should Hear is all about sharing incredible music recommendations and artists, what one song, and what one artist would you recommend everyone listen to at the moment?

Definitely listen to ‘Better’by Tommie. She’s soooooOOooOOoooOoo good!!

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And that’s it for the questions! Anyone who read my first post about Paige, would understand how much I’m all about Paige and her music, and in turn, how exciting it is to be able to share this with you all! So a massive thank you to Paige for being so kind and answering these for me and for you all!!

Also, currently listening to Better by Tommie, and Paige is.not.wrong.

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Priya

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Tentendo Is THE Mood

Tentendo Is THE Mood

Hello friends, and welcome back to another slightly aggressive music recommendation from me to you.

Today’s post is all about a Melbourne musician who I really only discovered earlier this year through the rabbit hole that is Melbourne-based musicians and the ever growing beautiful collaborations that continue to come out of some of my favourites. The music scene here in Melbourne is one of my favourites, and I don’t think any city can beat it.

That said, Tentendo may be one of my favourites to come out of it.

Originally a bass and guitar player, he moved to production after an injury that put his playing on pause and that’s where the magic happened, although he still continues to play bass with Billy Davis but that man and his music is a whole other story.

I listened to his song Dance With Me a song which features an incredible Melbourne rapper, Jordan Dennis, after hearing about it through Jordan’s Instagram and I featured it on my post all about Australian artists.

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The song has everything I want in a song, a fat bass line, a really funky drum kit that requires you to groove to it and a catchy as hell hook. The production of the song and Jordan’s energy on the vocals made it one of my favourite songs of the year so far.

My favourite song from Tentendo’s collection is Ghost, featuring Melbourne RnB singer, Blasko. If there is anything you do with the information within this post, make sure it’s listening to Ghost. I listened to this song and promptly had to pick my jaw up from the floor.

I don’t know if it was how unexpected that build up to the hook is and how subtle the ‘drop’ is, but whatever it was, Tentendo spun some magic to make it happen that smoothly. It’s a sound you simultaneously want hug and get down to.

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His first official feature on his Spotify page, One Stop Shop, gives me mad late 90’s RnB vibes, and I’m 100% here for it, as I usually am. It’s sung by another Australian singer, JANEVA, who gives me chills.

His most recent track, Waves, is noticeably a bit more chilled out. It’s very ethereal and features Blasko, Jordan Dennis and Rahel.  Each vocalist contributes something beautiful to each verse they take and it combines to make a really pretty track with heaps of lovely layers that just compliment each other and the funky kit that’s still present.

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To be quite frank, for me personally, Tentendo is four for four with all the tracks on his Spotify. While Ghost and Dance With Me are clear favourites, One Stop Shop and Waves are just as catchy and tasty to listen to, so I recommend you give his Spotify a good run through.

Melbourne is so bloody rich in musicians and Tentendo, in all his production magic and perfectly executed collaborations, embodies that perfectly. Make sure you check out his Spotify, his Instagram and his SoundCloud, and keep an eye out for Tentendo. I know I will.

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Priya

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