2018 Spotify Wrapped

2018 Spotify Wrapped

Another year in Spotify time has come to an end, and with it came the much anticipated Wrapped.

I feel like while last year it was a bit of novelty, some people got on board, others were just interested to see how their year panned out, this year, it was huge. Artists were posting their stats, listeners were sharing their minutes of listening and Top Five artists on their Instagram story, and everyone was making a lot more use out of the marketing capabilities that the 2018 Spotify Wrapped provided.

I have to say, my Spotify Wrapped was of very little surprise to me. I did expect to have more listening time considering it feels like I’m constantly listening to music, but in terms of the artists who featured on my wrap up, I was not in the least bit surprised.

There was a slight change up in the presentation of our personal Spotify Wrapped, which I really enjoyed looking through. There were some new statistics that popped up, horoscope of artists you listened to the most(???), as well as the playlists I had been waiting for, the songs I listened to the most throughout the year, and songs that were recommended for me to listen to, based on my year’s listening habits.

Rather than go into a long explanation, I thought I’d share some screenshots from my Spotify Wrapped for 2018!

1

Not surprised. Ain’t Nobody, by Chaka Khan, is to date, one of my all time favourite songs, and I have incredible memories with my extended family to this song, and this release by Rufus has been on nearly all my playlists in my Spotify library, with no regrets.

2

3

Is anyone else surprised? Because God knows I’m not.

4

5

6

7

8

Not surprised at all. Considering my top artists feature in at least one post a month here on You Should Hear, I can’t say I didn’t expect them. Again this year, I probably underestimated how much I actually listen to Chris Brown and Bruno Mars, while I am well aware I listen to a lot of Jon Bellion, Amine and Kendrick.

The Heart Is A Muscle has no doubt been one of my most played songs, so again, not surprised, and same with the Finesse Remix, since it was released three days into the year. I mean I definitely dedicated an entire post to Bene, the singer of Tough Guy, and Pills and Automobiles and Nexus are two of my favourite power songs.

How did you Spotify Wrapped 2018 show up?

x

Priya

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis

Advertisements

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.

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-08 at 2.17.48 pm
//source//

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.

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-08 at 2.23.32 pm
//source//

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!!

x

Priya

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis

Live Files – A Moodboard

Live Files – A Moodboard

Here are a couple of my favourite moments, from my favourite concerts and gigs, seeing some of my favourite people live, in a mood board. Majority of these also have links to posts dedicated to each artist and concert I went to.

ED SHEERAN // March, 2015

ed march 2015

ELLIE GOULDING // October, 2016

ellie oct 2016

ADELE // March, 2017

adele march 2017

GRETTA RAY // April, 2017

gretta april 2017

DEAN LEWIS // August, 2017

dean august 2017

KEHLANI // August, 2017

kehlani august 2017

THE KOOKS // January, 2018

kooks jan 2018

RUDIMENTAL ft JAKUBI // January, 2018

rudimental:jakubi jan 2018

LET GO FEST // February, 2018

let go feb 2018

BILLIE EILISH // February, 2018

billie feb 2018

BRUNO MARS // March, 2018

bruno march 2018

ED SHEERAN // March, 2018

ed march 2018

BLUESFEST // March/April, 2018

blues fest march:april 2018

HARRY STYLES // April 2018

harry april 2018

NIALL HORAN // June, 2018

niall june 2018

I’ve been vicariously living through mood boards, either on Pinterest, Instagram or on paper, and so I thought I’d make some for some of my favourite moments ever, concerts and live gigs.

More to come …

x

Priya

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis

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.

Screen Shot 2018-09-30 at 11.48.25 am
//source//

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.

Screen Shot 2018-09-30 at 11.52.54 am.png
//source//

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…

x

Priya

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis

ONEPOINTFIVE

ONEPOINTFIVE

Hello, hello, hello.

So on the 15th of August, Amine followed up his incredibly well received album, Good For You, with a second, ONEPOINTFIVE.

Screen Shot 2018-08-24 at 3.11.34 pm

//source//

If you’ve been here long enough, you’ll know that I’m a fan. A huge Amine fan. As in, his face is the cover of my 365//2018 playlist on Spotify (check it out check it out), so I basically look at it everyday. Which made the surprise drop all the more great. I can’t remember where I was, but as soon as I saw the album was out, shared on Adam’s Instagram himself, I had to check it out. Considering I was freaking out over this album the day it was dropped along with the rest of his fans, this blog post is coming super duper late.

I love it.

Where I was loving songs like Heebiejeebies, Money, Spice Girl and Beach Boy from Good For You, ONEPOINTFIVE is delivering a whole new selection of favourites to groove to, that come along with the melodic samples and beats that I’ve come to expect from Amine.

DR. WHOEVER, the opening song of the album is probably one of my favourites. I love Amine more-so for the creative music videos, the skits and the intro’s he has on some of his songs, and this one is no different because it was an entire mood for me, that I nearly cried with laughter the first time I heard it.

//source//

REEL IT IN is another great song from this album. The beats on this album are so good, for example, REEL IT IN has this acoustic guitar that serves as the basis for the song, paired with this really deep kick drum and what genuinely sounds like a primary school recorder that pops up from time to time. It’s currently the song being championed to try and get to No. 1 and I’m all for it.

WHY? is one of my favourites. It’s not overly melodic, but the singing Amine does on his album is fantastically paired with his rapping and the overall style of the rest of the album. I’ve found myself singing the hook plenty of times around the house and in my head on the train.

SHINE is probably my favourite. It’s so easy and light, the perfect love dedication and apology in one. I love the amount of guitar used in this album, whether it’s a raw guitar or a sample of one, it all comes together beautifully, creating this sick contrast with how hard Amine goes in lyrically.

 

Screen Shot 2018-08-24 at 3.17.08 pm

//source//

 

SUGARPARENTS and RATCHET SATURN GIRL are the tunes you turn to when you want to pipe it up a bit with the pals before you head out, or you’re feeling particularly rowdy while you’ve got the day off from university and you’ve got the house to yourself…

Amine’s lyrics are some of my favourite to come from any rapper, and it’s what makes him one of my absolute favourite musicians ever. I love the pairing of how light and airy his music is sonically, and how heavy some of his lyrics are, with the sprinkling of comedy and life anecdotes. Things like mentioning how he’d react if his sister modelled Fashion Nova (same), how his dad’s upset he left home because now he has to mow the front lawn, really blunt statements like needing love, while being depressed, while being a fool, and being a mess.

Reality check type lyrics.

Let me know if Amine is down your alley, and if so, have you heard the album? If you have, I’d love to know which songs you loved in particular!

x

Priya

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis

Byron Files // Molly Millington

Byron Files // Molly Millington

Hello everyone! Today is the first of a few posts I’m super duper keen to share with you all, my Byron Files. There aren’t many of these posts, but the ones I do have are incredible, and I can’t wait to tell you about some of the amazing artists I discovered at Byron Bay BluesFest this year.

Starting with, Molly Millington.

Molly Millington was the first act I saw on Day 2 of the festival, and it’s fair to say that she was a great start to what would be a long day.

We walked past her tent as we wondered around the grounds, and the sound of her incredible voice instantly dragged us in.

Her voice was so refreshing to listen to, and her guitar playing style as she sat on her chair was incredibly nonchalant and easy-going it was hard to dislike her. The only type I felt even slightly annoyed was when she announced she was 17, and I had a flashback to seeing Billie Eilish and feeling absolutely astounded at how young, but insanely talented they both are. Both Kate, my best friend who was at the festival with us, and I couldn’t believe this girl was younger than us, but still looked so confident and care-free up on stage, not to mention how talented she was.

Screen Shot 2018-04-14 at 6.45.32 pm.png

/source//source/

We missed the start of her set, but still managed to catch some of her songs, including Lonely Together, Ain’t A Love Song, Cool Like You, Rude Boy and her final song from her recent EP, Daddy’s Got A Gun.

(All of those songs are linked to Spotify, because trust me, you’ll want to give them all a listen.)

She switched skilfully between two mic’s, infusing a ton of reverb and echo on some parts of song, which added this ambient atmosphere that absolutely filled up the tent, and her guitar was backed up by a steady bass at her feet. Not only was it an absolutely incredible set to listen to, but it was so interesting to watch Molly hold herself and all that she was in control of on stage.

My favourites were definitely Lonely Together, Rude Boy (“this is a song about rude boys, hopefully you don’t meet any”) and Daddy’s Got A Gun which features on my yearly 365 playlist for 2018.

Screen Shot 2018-04-14 at 6.45.05 pm

/source/

She has a definite country twang to her music, but even if that’s not your thing, which we know it always isn’t mine, you can’t help but like her music, or at least that’s me personally. I’ve found myself literally screaming the chorus of Rude Boy a couple of times since returning from Byron Bay much to my family’s dismay and Daddy’s Got A Gun is such a powerhouse of a song.

A lot of it definitely comes down to how fantastic Molly is as a songwriter. While I love her voice heaps, her lyrics are incredible; straight to the point, yet in the most poetic way possible. She doesn’t mince her words but it’s like she’s reading straight from a storybook at the same time. Her storytelling quality is out of this word, and I found myself hanging onto every single word she said and sang, much like everyone else in the tent with me. Literally any young teenage girl, at any stage of their youth, can find a song of Molly’s that just…gets you. Like I have claim of Rude Boy.

Screen Shot 2018-04-14 at 6.45.16 pm

/source/

Definitely check out Molly’s website. Her EP, Daddy’s Got A Gun, was released last month in March, and you can find a couple more songs on her website, and her Spotify, aside from the one’s a mentioned in this post.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I definitely enjoyed sharing a bit about Molly, and how much I was obsessed with her set!

 

x

Priya

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis