Some Film & Some Tunes

Some Film & Some Tunes

Hello friends 🙂

I hope you’re all well! Today’s post is one that I hope you don’t mind me sharing. We’re branching out a little bit here, sharing something a bit different.

I touched on this a little in my blog post about my trip to Sri Lanka which you can read HERE, but I’ve been taking film photos for quite a few months now, and while I share some of them over on my Instagram … which you can follow if you want … I’m gonna start a little series where I share some photos from my film dumps each time I get a few rolls developed, as well as some songs in a little playlist!

This roll is a bit harder for me to find enough to share just because I took heaps of photos of my friends and family over the two rolls I last got developed, and while I love all the photos I got, I don’t necessarily want to share all of those photos on here, however you can check them out on my Instagram like I mentioned above! That said, I still have quite a few that I really loved that I think you guys might enjoy as well! Plus, of course, a couple of tunes sprinkled throughout as well.

Hope you enjoy!

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Back Pocket – Vulfpeck
Autumn’s Song – Stephen Day
Have Mercy – Eryn Allen Kane
Don’t Let Me Down – Joy Crookes
Loved By You – KIRBY
Lost Love – Yuto.

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The Key – Madison Ryann Ward
Where Do You Go – Yebba
Evergreen – Yebba
Morning Dew – Matt Quentin
Add The Bassline – Jordan Rakei
In My Room – Jacob Collier

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Down Time – Aaradhna
love – DEAN, Syd
Don’t Forget Your Roots – Six60
Maybe – Mae Muller
Satellite – STRFKR
Doing Me – RAY BLK

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Light and Shade – Guy Sebastian, Sage The Gemini
Dirty Harry – SAYGRACE
Missing The Mark – Paris Youth Foundation
Hear This – Jarami
So Good – Omar Apollo
Simple Pleasures – AUGUST 08

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Love No More – ASTN
The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home – Declan McKenna
Let It Pass – Jakob Ogawa
Is That Enough – Sons of Zion, Aaradhna
Eye for an Eye – SiDizen King, The Strike
Shadows – Slip-On Stereo, TRQS

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I Don’t Wanna Be Okay Without You – Charlie Burg
My Favourite Clothes – RINI
Never Knock – Kevin Garrett
I’ll Find You – Lecrae, Tori Kelly
Attention – Olivia Escuyos
Bad 4 U – Imad Royal

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Hush – Morgan Bain
Red Rental Car – Jack Gray
All The Snow Is Gone – Sniffle Party
Invincible – Amine
Ornament – Kiah Victoria
Simplify – SIROJ, Jalise Romy

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x

Priya

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Laneway Festival // 2020

Laneway Festival // 2020

How satisfying is ‘2020’ to read and write?? That alone could honestly get me through the year.

Anyway. Not the reason we’re here today is it?? We’re gonna talk about Laneway Festival 2020!! I first went to Laneway Festival last year, which you can read about HERE, and to date, regardless of some hiccups concerning how the event was planned and organised, it’s one of my favourite day festivals that I’ve ever been to. Which is why when the lineup came out sometime last year, featuring some of my all time favourite artists ever who you’ll hear about soon, I told my friends that I was going regardless.

Now I’m not trying to throw shade at any of my friends whom I love dearly, but Laneway was my first festival of 2020, and it was the first chance I had to entirely body this Tweet that I sent out into the world at the beginning of the year.

When I say the lineup for Laneway Festival 2020 was incredible, it was incredible. If you don’t recognise at least some of the names on this lineup from somewhere on my blog in the last three years, I’ll be severely disappointed.

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I mean, how good? Just as good, was the absolute squad we had going into the festival. You guys know my best friend Kate, and you may also know Tessa, if you’re up on my social media. Joining the three of us, we had Kate’s younger brother and his group of friends, my two cousin’s, one of my cousin’s boyfriend, and the other cousin’s group of friends as well. Because Laneway is a 16+ event now, the rule that has been implemented since last year is that anyone with a 16+ ticket, has to enter the festival with a guardian who has an GA 18+ ticket, with each guardian allowed to bring in five minors. So because of this, Kate, my cousin Alishia and I all had five 17 year old’s registered to us as our children, to bring into the festival, which is a lot more fun than it sounds.

Cue a little fence hopping to get into the line and being partially split up for a few minutes, and getting into the festival this year literally took twenty minutes, opposed to the two hours we waited last year, but we won’t talk about that.

Getting in so early, meant we literally had the whole day to see every artist we set out to see, and I’m so glad I got to catch everyone I had on my list. It was such a successful day. Here’s some of my favourites.

AGUNG MANGO
Agung Mango was added to lineup for Laneway as the Melbourne winner of the Triple J Unearthed competition which was super exciting for me, as he was an artist who’d been on my radar, but I’d never gotten to see live or really listen to properly. Luckily, we managed to catch majority of his set as soon as we got in, and it was such a great start to the day. His high energy performance consisted of several songs spent moshing in the pit with everyone, bringing guys on stage to rap and mosh with him, hyping and directing the crowd, and genuinely giving his all to the set. It was enough to make a fan out of my cousin Alishia and I straight away. I definitely recommend giving him a listen if rap, hip-hop, RnB is your type of stuff!

OMAR APOLLO
No surprises here, but Omar Apollo was one of the main artists I wanted to see live. After listening to his music and being thoroughly obsessed for close to three years, I made sure that I was ready, drinks in hand, in the mosh for his set to begin. And begin it did with Omar making his entrance in a silver, shiny button up, strutting across the stage knowing he owned it. It was such a good set, with amazing solos from not only him but his band as well. He started with Ashamed possibly one of the best opening songs I’ve seen in a set ever, and played all my favourites like Kickback, Ugotme, Headlights, and Hit Me Up. Thoroughly energised for that entire set, and the high just continued for the rest of the day.

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KAIIT
If you think the name Kaiit might seem familiar, you may have caught my live review of her concert earlier last year when I saw her at Max Watt’s with some of my friends. If you happened to miss that post, you can read it HERE. She also features heavily in a plethora of my personal playlists. Over the years Kaiit has become one of my all time favourite musicians, and she was a big part of the reason I decided to bite the bullet and buy tickets to Laneway for the second year in a row. Her set was magical. The energy she brought to the stage, and the love she was able to share with everyone in the audience and on stage with her was contagious, and made for one of the most wholesome mosh pits I’ve ever been a part of. I made friends with complete strangers while singing along to her songs, and it was incredible to see how the crowd grew and grew as her set went on.

OCEAN ALLEY
I mean, would it even be a You Should Hear festival post without mentioning Ocean Alley?? Probably not. They had such a breezy set. The more festivals I’ve gone for, the more I’ve been happier to hang at the back of the mosh pit and actually get to see and hear the act on stage a bit more clearly. This was definitely the case for Ocean Alley who had a huge crowd for their set. They played so many of their fan favourites, it was such a wholesome set. I don’t know, there’s something about them that just makes me feel so content the few times I’ve got to see them live. Their set was a great mix of chill-er, laid back songs, mixed in with some of their heavier stuff that allowed you move around and bang your head, perfect for the readily waiting Laneway crowd.

MAHALIA

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Arguably, my favourite set from the day. I had such a fun time in this mosh-pit. We managed to get there about ten minutes before she was scheduled to go on, and get quite close to the stage. The crowd literally tripled in size over the course of her set, and it felt like the entire festival was behind us, but I’ve never had so much fun. I was with my cousins, my cousins friends and Tess and Kate, and it was such a wholesome forty minutes of just dancing and screaming along to her songs. The video below probably sums up the vibe a lot better than I can describe it to be honest, so I’ll leave you with that.

THE 1975
The finale. I’m gonna be honest, I had no intentions of trying to fight my way through to get anywhere near the front, or even the middle of the mosh for The 1975. I like them. Am I in love with them? No. Am I in love with a very limited selection of their songs? Yes. So I was quite content hanging out closer to the back of the mosh for their set, and considering majority of festival goers were there for the final act of the day, it was pretty far back. That had no real impact on how much I enjoyed it though. I’ve always wanted to see The 1975 live, purely for how atmospheric and ambient their music is. You just get hit in the face with a wave of nostalgia anytime you listen to their music. Getting to hang at the back with my arms around my cousins, absolutely screaming the lyrics to Somebody Else and Love It If We Made It really just topped off my entire day to be honest.

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To be real with you, I’ll probably be at Laneway Festival again next year (here’s hoping I don’t jinx it). It’s kind of become a little family affair over the last two years, so I’m keen to see how 2021 Laneway Festival pans out.

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Priya

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February Tunes

February Tunes

Hello friends. I hope you’re all well! Once again I’m left apologising for the lack of posts that I produced this month – however, as per usual, I’m attempting to pull through and make up for it with a deluge of music that I was loving.

Somehow, despite being the shortest month of the year, February decided to pull up with some amazing music. Some of the songs on this list are new releases, others are old favourites, and some are songs that I was just a lil late to jump onto, but now that I’ve got them all here, you can save yourself from making the same mistake!

Here’s what I was loving in February.

Ready Or Not – Church & AP: For real, February has been my month for absolutely plugging Church & AP. I’m currently working on a blog post about these guys but it’s been a while since I was so passionate about an act as much as I am about these two. This song is the song that’s probably the source of the vast majority of their success, it was the No.1 Shazaam’d song in New Zealand a little while back, and for good reason. Obsessed.

Drive – Dugong Jr, Jordan Dennis: I always love when I get to plug local artists, so this is a favourite on this list for me. Dugong is a Melbourne producer, and he’s teamed up with another Melbourne artist, an old favourite around here, Jordan Dennis, to release this track, which came out late last month. I love the production on the track, plus Dennis’ does a superb job as usual taking the track to the next level. I love all the little nuances in the track and I’ve added it to several of my personal playlists. You can listen to Drive on Spotify HERE.

Fire Sale – Dera Meelan, deadforest, Church & AP: I wasn’t joking when I said February was my month for Church & AP. As is the case when you start vibing with a new artist, you get to trolling through their Spotify pages and finding all the songs they’ve released in the past, the songs they’ve featured on, the remixes etc. and this is one of the best examples of an artist absolutely coming through. Dera Meelan is one of Church & AP’s long-time producers as far as I’m aware, and he’s made a fan out of me with this track. Perfect for playing too loudly while in the car or before heading out for the night.

Phone Numbers – Dominic Fike, Kenny Beats: Dominic Fike is continuing to release a steady stream of tunes into 2020, this being one of them. Kenny Beats is also an insanely talented beat maker, one I’m learning to keep an eye out for, and this song has been stuck in my head all month. The chorus is stupidly catchy, I dare you to not sing along.

Aston Martin – Church & AP: I mean, I said what I said. I shared this song on my Instagram story, and I got a ton of people messaging me about how much they liked it which obviously boosted the ego a bit. I was even more shocked when Church & AP reposted it as well as replying to the story. Mama I made it. This is one of their most recent releases, and it’s getting up their with my favourite song of theirs, Roulette, which I featured on my January Tunes. I love how smart these guys are with their lyrics, and usually I can’t really get around Australian rap, but for some reason New Zealand is slowly stealing my heart.

Join The Club – Hockey Dad: I literally ditched all of my friends and family to run to the stage to see this live at Laneway Festival (blog post coming soon I promise). This song went absolutely nuts, and while I wasn’t in the thick of it in the middle of the mosh, I had the best time giving myself whiplash with the rest of the crowd when Hockey Dad played this tune.

Fade Away – Che Fu: A tune. Such a groover. One of the funkiest on the list this month. We all know I love a bit of reggae and island soul, and Che Fu always delivers when I need him the most. This song suddenly popped up on TikTok, reminding me of it’s existence and I have a lot of love for it being brought back into my life. Such good quality.

Love Me – Fia: This song. This is honestly one of the most beautiful songs ever. I’ve showed everyone this song. Not everyone gets around it as aggressively as I do, but I appreciate those who do. It’s everything I love about reggae and insane vocals. It features on so many of my personal playlists, which you can find HERE, and I can easily see it being one of my most played songs this year.

He’s Mine – Mahalia: Another absolute tune I got to see live at Laneway Festival. This was arguably one of my favourite sets of the entire day because I got to have a boogie with my cousins, my friends and my cousin’s friends, just the entire squad of us who went to the festival together. One of my cousin’s in particular loves Mahalia just as much as I do, and neither of us expected her to play this song, so when she did, we both lost it. It’s such an anthem, and listening to Mahalia talk about the story behind it was the cherry on top.

Thanksgiving – YBN Cordae: I’m only just starting to get into YBN Cordae to be quite honest with you. This is definitely one of my favourites. It doesn’t go as hard as some of the other tracks from ‘The Lost Boy’, but I love it all the same. The storytelling and the lyrics in this one just hit me in the heart, I tell you. I just get super sentimental whenever rapper’s write songs about their family’s and matters of the heart, don’t come at me for it.

Blinding Lights – The Weeknd: This song has been everywhere. My good friend Tessa and I went out for lunch and a bit of thrifting, and hand on my chest, this song came on at every single place we stopped. Not that I’m complaining. I’m just proving the point. I love it. The disco-pop/80s sound that’s slowly making a return is getting me so excited for all the new music about to come in 2020. First Dua Lipa and now The Weeknd – all we need is Calvin Harris or Mark Ronson to drop some collaborations and I’ll be happy.

Golden Wings – Gabriel Garzon-Montano: I discovered Gabriel Garzon-Montano through his COLORS performance, which may have been one of the most iconic performances I’ve watched on COLORS ever. The man literally transforms in front of your eyes, and the way he effortlessly slipped between the three songs that made up his medley got me so intrigued that I headed over to his Spotify and discovered this gem. All the little sounds, the harmonies and melody, all of it comes together to create this song that just flows like honey but also somehow manages to hit you in the gut?? I don’t know man.

Universal Love – Sons of Zion: An old favourite. Sons of Zion can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes. They just know how to pull on every single heart string. I go absolutely nuts for beautiful vocals and they always deliver just that, mixed in with lyrics that make you feel all the feelings. This one’s just a classic. I highly recommend having a listening to this on a lazy Sunday morning or on the evening drive back from work. Hits different.

The Maze – Manchester Orchestra: Another song that makes me cry. Every time. I got back onto this song after rewatching The Society on Netflix and you can check out the blog post I did about that whole situation HERE. I genuinely spent the entire season waiting for this song to come on, and I got into way more detail in the blog post.

Sauce – Ella Mai: You gotta give it to Ella Mai. The girl’s nailed old school RnB. She just knows how to capture the vibe, the attitude and all the things that make me love the genre in her sound. This song being no different. I never locked in on this particular song before, but for some reason it really just did the trick this last month. Singing it in the car, while I was making breakfast, at work, getting ready with my friends, it was really one of the tunes for the month.

Trust – Brent Faiyaz: Brent, Brent, Brent. 2020 is his year. I mean, TikTok’s already got a hold of him, so it’s practically guaranteed. It’s so well deserved, and this song is a very good example of why. It’s not a long song at all, but it captures so much of what makes Brent Faiyaz one of the best RnB artists of the decade in my opinion. Lyrics, vocal performance, production, he encapsulates it all. I can’t wait for him to blow up.

Supalonely – BENEE, Gus Dapperton: As we all know, I love BENEE. Ever since I got to see her at The Worker’s Club early last year it’s been so satisfying watch her get bigger and bigger. She was at Laneway Festival as well, and her set was probably one of the most crowded sets for the day. Her energy and vibe are so contagious, and while this song is kinda…sad(?), it captures her essence so perfectly. Plus, who doesn’t love a verse from Gus Dapperton. Match made in heaven.

That’s it folks! Those were all the songs I was loving in February, I told you it delivered. Genuinely can’t get over how much good music there was last month, and how much music I listened to! What were you loving in February? Let me know in the comments below!

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Priya

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Spotify Made A Playlist For Your Pet And That’s Why They Reign Supreme

Spotify Made A Playlist For Your Pet And That’s Why They Reign Supreme

Hi everyone. I hope you’re all well!

Here’s the thing. Spotify doesn’t have to go as hard as it chooses to do. But it does. Stats at the end of the year. In depth statistics. Recommendations based on your unique listening patterns. The ability to discover new artists that you’ve never heard of before, simply by locking in on the intricacies of the music and artists you already listen to. Playlist-ing capabilities that wreck all others. For the music listener and lover, Spotify reigns supreme.

And now. A playlist curated for you and your pet. Apple Music could never.

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I mean, who at Spotify, came to the board meeting, ready to present their pitch for ‘Pet Playlists – Why This Is Something The People Need’, because whoever it is, thank-you. I never knew I needed this until it was presented to me, and now I don’t know what to do with myself.

If you aren’t convinced yet, this blog post is simply just going to be a quick shake down of the absolute minimal effort you have to go through, to get your very own pet-curated playlist.

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I have a dog so I picked a dog.

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That’s literally it. That’s all. And you get a gem like this:

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Plus, a link to an entire playlist, made up of songs you already know and are sure to love, as well as a bunch of brand new songs you’ve never heard before. Revolutionary. Life-changing. Never seen before. This is the reason, Spotify reigns supreme.

That’s it. That’s the blog post.

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Priya

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Gift Guide for The Music Lover

Gift Guide for The Music Lover

Hello hello friends!

I know what you’re thinking. “Priya. Why are we talking about gifts? Christmas is over.” I know, Christmas is done, but just because the ‘season of giving’ has passed by, doesn’t mean the opportunity to give has as well. I don’t know about you but I either tend to be super, duper prepared, or not prepared in the slightest. I either have presents sorted weeks in advance or I’m struggling the night before I need it to sort something out. I know this would probably have been some help around Christmas time, but I didn’t think of it back then, so we’re doing it now, because birthdays exist too.

That said, one of the hardest things when it comes to buying gifts, aside from making the time to get them, is the struggle of what to get. So much to consider, and while the deluge of Christmas gift guides has well and truly passed, I thought I’d drop one more on your feed. Bookmark it for the entire year if you must!!

Here’s a lil guide on potential gifts that any music lover is sure to appreciate!

A record player: So I’m talking from experience, but when I got my record player from a group of my friends for my 21st birthday, I cried. It was so unexpected but it was something I’d always wanted, just never pulled the trigger and bought myself. This is always a popular one, and there are heaps of options out there to pick from.

Vinyls: Already have a record player? Well let’s be practical and get them some more records!! Nothing beats getting a fresh sleeve with a brand new album pressed onto vinyl and listening to it for the first time. It’s also super satisfying to add it to a physical collection. Most artists are now releasing vinyl pressings of their music so it won’t be hard to find something that you music lover will like!

Merch: This is a pretty cute one in my opinion. I think merch is severely underrated as a gift, but it genuinely means a lot for someone to consider an artist or band you love, and support them through a gift to you. At least, that’s how I choose to see it! A hoodie, a beanie, a t-shirt, (vinyls count as merch too), a poster, anything from an artist or band they love, will mean a lot – bonus points if you get matching merch!

Concert tickets: This is such a lovely gift! Especially if you know the person you’re buying for is sure to love the artist! That’s one thing to consider – I’d be 100% positive that they genuinely really loved the artist and it isn’t just a general appreciation. If that makes sense? Take them for someone or a band they love rather than someone they may just sing along to when their song plays on the radio. I’ve had concert tickets gifted to me and I’ve gifted concert tickets myself, and it’s always a hit!

Ukulele: Hear me out. If the person you’re buying for loves music, loves singing or playing the guitar or the piano or anything similar, a ukulele is such a good gift. Honestly, whether you’re shopping for a little kid or an adult, a beginner or a professional, there is honestly an option for all quality and budget levels. It’s one of the most popular instruments our music shop sells, and that’s just throughout the year. Around Christmas it goes crazy! There are plenty of brands to choose from too, so it’s definitely worthy of featuring on this guide.

Headphones: I feel like it’s hard to go wrong with these. Once you’ve figured out the type of headphone they’re most likely to want and use the most, you have so many options out there, I mean you can even read my Headphone Guide if you want an extra hand cos why not? They’re such a practical gift, especially if you’re gift-ee is someone you know is listening to music all the time! I know personally, I have a different set for the gym, a set for recording, a set for using with my laptop and a pair that I keep in my bag for on the train and general use. They cover Plantronics, Beats by Dre, Apple and Audio Technica, so already you have four brands to choose from. I know in 2019 Air Pods were a hugely popular gift, so you’re definitely spoiled for choice!

Sheet Music: Here’s the thing. I feel like no-one really considers this, but I’ve come to realise it after working in a music shop for over 4 years. Sheet music is bloody expensive. I don’t know how, but classical musicians, and anyone who chooses to buy their music in paper form, fork out so much money to have physical copies of music, which is why I guess so many people have gone digital. However, if your music nerd does in fact read music and play from sheet music, this is always something that makes a great gift. It’s super easy to find out whether their favourite musicians latest or most popular album has been transcribed into a collection, and most of the time it’s super easy to track down and order online. Does your musician have a favourite classical composer? Maybe suss out their collection and see what’s missing, there are some insanely beautiful editions of classical music that make incredible gifts.

Music Store Voucher: Okay, so this may seem boring, but I feel like it’s the obvious resolution to a lot of issues that arise, when buying for musicians in particular. I think I’ve stated this before, but musicians are some of the pickiest people on the planet, especially when it comes to their gear and their instruments and accessories. And fair enough. Music gear is super expensive, so most musicians really want to test out things for themselves, do their research and be 100% sure about what they’re investing in. Sometimes, the easiest thing to do is suss out their favourite local music shop, put some money on a voucher, and give them a gift they can essentially choose themselves.

Portable speaker: Another underrated gift. I remember a little while back UE Booms were the best thing ever, and in my opinion, they still are. Whether it’s a UE Boom, or any other reputable brand of speaker, you never know that you actually need a portable blue tooth speaker in your life, until you finally have one. Going to the beach with friends? Portable speaker. BBQ in the backyard on a public holiday? Portable speaker. Getting ready for a night out all by yourself and want to pump some tunes? Portable speaker. Speakers in your car blown out? Portable speaker. Honestly, so many instances where a portable speaker would come in handy start arising as soon as you have one, I couldn’t imagine my house without the four we already have!

There you go! Hopefully this list helped you out a bit or at least gave you some ideas to work from!

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 18

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 18

Hello hello!!

Here I am with some more songs I’m obnoxiously assuming you may never have heard, obnoxiously declaring that you should have heard them. I hope you like them and can excuse me being obnoxious.

Locked In – Elujay
Worth – Kwaku Asante
Royal Blood – Louis Futon, Keiynan Lonsdale
I’ll Find You – Lecrae, Tori Kelly
Gasoline – Alpine
Boy – Gymnastics in the Seventies
ComeMyWay – JSPH
Good Love – 11:11
Fools And Their Gold – PLGRMS
All The Snow Is Gone – Sniffle Party
Dirty Harry – SAYGRACE
Stay Tru – Mereba
Mona Lisa – Monte Booker, Naji
Wander – Tim Atlas
Chasing Parties – Sasha Sloan
Shadows – Slip-On Stereo, TRQS
Hands – Brandt Orange 
Sorrows – BLESSED 
Ohio – Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, Gary Clarke Jr.
Sweet Jane – Garrett Kato
There’s A Honey – Pale Waves

There you go! Hopefully you were able to find something you liked and add it to your playlists! Let me know if you did in the comments below! 

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Priya

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January Tunes

January Tunes

Look, I’m asking the same thing – how the heck did we arrive at our January Tunes so fast? I genuinely feel like I’m still in October, but at the same time I’m hoping to 2020 is going to be a great year!

January has already been a busy month for me personally. Work is slowly but steadily picking up, I’m thankfully back at the gym after renewing my membership, I’ve booked my first holiday for the year, and I’ve got so many plans starting to line up. And it’s only January. How’s your January been?

So to kick it off, let’s begin with the songs I was listening to nonstop this month. As is to be expected, there were some great releases, and I also enjoyed quite a bunch of old favourites, as you’ll see.

Heat – Chris Brown, Gunna: Here’s one partially brought to you by TikTok. 2019 may be over, but the hours I spend pouring over TikTok’s, sending them to my sister and the various group chats we’re in with our cousins, trying and failing to learn the dances and imitating all the memes, has only kept increasing. That said, TikTok comes through when it comes to music, and obviously I had to include this one in the first monthly roundup for the new year.

By Fire – Hiatus Kaiyote: I got recommended this song by my friend who plays the bass guitar in our band, and I’ve been going mad over it ever since. The vocals in this, the syncopation, everything about this song is insane. It’s a music theory nerd’s dream, and while that may not be me, I can still appreciate it to the best of my ability. Plus, Nai Palm’s vocals always hit you in the gut, regardless of whether it’s in her solo stuff or with the band.

10/10 – Rex Orange County: This song sounds like the anthem to growing up, and though he released it a while ago, it came back onto my radar when I heard it on the radio while I was in the car. The chorus is always getting stuck in my head, especially this month.

Need Somebody To Love – Ady Suleiman: Ady has such a beautifully simple voice. It’s so nice and relaxing to listen to. He can hit all the notes, low and high, and this song is such a vibe. It also has that classical guitar in there, which I think only matches the mellow energy of the song, and it’s been such a chiller to just throw on in the morning when I wake up. Plus, you all know how much I love a horn section, and it’s so seamlessly worked into this song.

I Can Love You – Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim: Okay. So this one stemmed from TikTok too, but only because I heard a remix and had to listen to the original right away. This original will always get me. Always. There’s no point during the day or the week or the month, where listening to this song just isn’t a vibe. It’s that old school RnB I tell you.

Jam – Starboy, WizKid, Chronixx: My love for this song definitely grew and grew this month. I’ve been listening to it non-stop. The mix of sweet saxophone with a slight dance-hall infusion just makes it the perfect track for me, and I can’t help but have a boogie each time it’s on. I’ve even got my sister onto it considering it just always happens to come on shuffle on our way to the gym. It’s the saxophone I tell you.

Braid My Hair – Mario: My good friend Daniel showed me this song, and I added it straight away. Again, old school RnB. It just knows how to do it for me. If you ever want to make me happy and completely content, just throw on the first old school RnB playlist you can find. That said, Mario has a special place in my heart. Man’s smooth.

Partner In Crime – Ocean Alley: I don’t know if it’s just because it’s getting warmer and warmer here in Australia, but I’m bringing Ocean Alley right into 2020 with me. They just match my vibe, all the time. At any given moment, there’s an Ocean Alley song that can perfectly match my mood or the way I’m feeling, and they encapsulate the mix of surf rock/reggae/pop that I love. I’m also just in love with all of them too.

Grave – Summer Walker: Another song I’ve been obsessed with this month. I feel like such a fraud saying this, but I got over the little Summer Walker obsession really quickly. I’m the first to say she has an incredible voice and beautiful songs, but I stopped listening to her as much as I used to, that is, until I heard this song. Holy. Moly. This is the perfect mix of her smooth, smooth vocals and another master-class in musicality on the drums. And don’t get me started on the switch-up at the end of the song.

Drive and Disconnect – Nao: Severely underrated in all senses of the word. Nao deserves so much more, and this song is one of the perfect examples of why. The voice, the lyricism, the beat, it’s all there.

Kickback – Omar Apollo: I get to see Omar Apollo after listening to him for close to three years at the start of February and I’m so excited. I love this song as I tend to love most of Apollo’s music. He comes through with a reliably groovy bass-line, something I’ve come to expect from him, and I cannot wait to see this performed live.

Piece Of Your Heart – MEDUZA, Goodboys: Alas, another tune proudly brought to you by TikTok. That’s all I have to say.

Juice – Lizzo: I don’t know why I always feel hesitant to tell people that I really don’t listen to Lizzo a lot? It’s not something that happened on purpose because she genuinely has some bops, it’s just something I never got around to. However, I was at a house party towards the end of the month and this song came one, and everyone lost their minds. It was so infectious and just raised energy levels straight away. Plus, there’s also Harry Styles’ cover of it that’s been everywhere and for good reason.

Talkin Bad Blues – Lindsey Lomis: Lindsey featured on the December Tunes, and she’s starting off with a feature on the January Tunes as well. I can’t get over how talented this girl is, and she’s nearly six years younger than me. Just another talented teen making me feel completely inadequate.

Come Thru – Summer Walker, Usher: Another Summer Walker song. This song came on in a TikTok, so again, have to give credit to the highly addictive app. I genuinely spend hours on TikTok and it’s becoming an issue, but I don’t see myself changing. I mean, when it consistently delivers amazing music, such as this incredible RnB slow jam, how can I really complain.

Roulette – Church & AP: Okay. Yo. Listen up. Please, give these guys a listen. I discovered them on Instagram, uncharacteristically, and I’m obsessed. They’re a duo from New Zealand, and I’ve spent several days on end bumping their music and nothing else. They remind me of a harder version of BROCKHAMPTON, mixed with a bit of grime type of music. They combine the parts of Skepta’s music that I vibe with, with really groovy drum and bass pockets, and catchy choruses and I honestly hope I get the opportunity to see these guys live.

Drink From The Water – Mako Road: My love for this New Zealand band only continues to grow in 2020, beginning with this song. These guys pull off a change of pace mid song like no other, and I cannot wait for them to blow up. I’m calling it now, but they’ll reach Ocean Alley status eventually. It’ll take some time, but calling it now.

There you have it! These are just some of my favourite songs that I was listening to in January to kick off 2020. What were some of your new finds for the start of the year? Let me know in the comments! Hopefully you gave some of these a listen and maybe found a new tune to add to your playlists!

x

Priya

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