Still Lovin’ Mahalia

Hello friends and family, hope you’re all well.

Today’s post is going to be another artist spotlight. I haven’t done one in a hot minute, most of them have been interviews from up and coming artists, so it’s been a while since I just shared an artist I’ve been genuinely enjoying.

That said, here we are with precisely that, and if the title didn’t allude to it enough, I’m gonna be rambling about Mahalia.

As of recently, she’s announced that she’ll be releasing her debut album, LOVE AND COMPROMISE in September, so now we truly have something to look forward to.

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I first discovered Mahalia when she released Sober in 2017. It’s the slanky type of RnB that I just love, throws you right back to the 90s, and I instantly fell in love with her voice. The acoustic version came shortly after that, as well as the Jarreau Vandal remix, and I was obsessed.

The next song to really have me hooked was I Wish I Missed My Ex which she put out in 2018. The music video to date, is still one of the coolest ones I’ve seen.

 

It took me a little while to jump onto the Mahalia train straight away, and unfortunately, it was in this time that I attended Falls Festival, where Mahalia had a set. And I missed it. I can’t even remember what I saw instead of going to her set, but in short, I didn’t see her when I had the chance. Lesson learnt.

Since then, I’ve become obsessed with several of Mahalia’s songs. That’s OKSimmer which she released super recently, Do Not Disturb and one of my absolute favourites, Honeymoon. 

There’s something about Mahalia that violently throws me back to being a little kid and listening to artists like Ne-Yo, Brandy, Destiny’s Child, Usher, Alicia Keys and so many other incredible RnB artists from the 90s and early 2000s. However, she does so without compromising what makes her unique and so current today. All of her songs have ridiculously catchy hooks and melodies and the musicality in her records is always impressive, regardless of how subtle it may be.

Her EP, Seasons, which she released last year is a collection of five songs which I reckon were a great way to really introduce Mahalia to a brand new audience who were only just discovering her. The five songs are all so cohesive with each other, but have their own little things to celebrate, whether it’s the incredible chorus in Honeymoon, the simplistic structure yet impressive lyrical rhythm in That’s OK or the smooth jam that is Good Reason.

Most recently, her single Simmer, which features Burna Boy has been really stuck in my head, and it’s made for a great warm, summery tune to keep me going through the winter that’s been keeping us all hostage here in Melbourne. If you haven’t had a listen to it already, I can’t recommend it enough. Get around it.

I think everyone, especially fans of soul music and RnB like myself, should take the time to listen to the EP and definitely the album when it comes out, all the way through, back to back. I’m genuinely so excited for what Mahalia’s going to be sharing with this upcoming record, what she’s delivered so far has really hit it’s mark.

She’s a front-runner for 2019.

x

Priya

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Very Specific Pt. 17

Very Specific Pt. 17

Hello friends! Hope we are all well.

Today’s post is one we are all familiar with my now. It’s a very specific playlist. Today’s very specific playlist is dedicated to those particular moments when you feel like running without stopping.

I don’t know if this is just me, but there are just some times when you feel like running. It could be cos you’re stressed out, angry, upset, need to stretch your legs or feel particularly enthused by a song that’s come on shuffle. Whatever the reason, I’m almost certain you’ll be able to envision that moment with one of these, in not all, of these songs in your ears.

If you take a quick glance before listening, it’s obvious they’re all super different from each other, which is why this was a really fun playlist for me to make, because it crosses a bunch of genres and styles, yet each one fits perfectly in my opinion.

Let me know what you think!

Home - Dotan Dirty Paws - Of Monsters and Men Holding On For Life - Ellie Goulding Stuck - The Aces Candles - Daughter i - Kendrick Lamar Do You Remember - Jarryd James Venus Fly - Grimes, Janelle Monae Resolution -

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Priya

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Best Of // Spilt Milk Lineup 2019

Best Of // Spilt Milk Lineup 2019

Hello friends! Hope we are all well and good.

Today’s post is a first for me, but I’m pretty keen for it. Spilt Milk is a music festival here in Australia that usually only runs in Canberra, the capital, however, for the first time, it’s coming to Victoria. Obviously with a new festival popping up a few hours away from me, I had my eye out for the line-up and boy. We were not disappointed.

For today’s post, I’m gonna be sharing my favourite song from each artist featured on the lineup for 2019. See for yourself, it’s gonna be wicked – please cross all fingers for me that the gals and I snag some tickets.

These songs are all my personal favourites from each artist, make sure to check out their music, cos they’re fantastic! You will notice several You Should Hear favourites like Bene, G Flip, Ocean Alley and Running Touch.

Arno Faraji – Bless (What’s It Like)
Bene – Soaked
CHVRCHES – Never Say Die
Dom Dolla – You
Godlands – 2 Clips
Running Touch – My Hands
Allday – You Always Know The DJ
Tones and I – Johnny Run Away
Golden Features – Falling Out
Illy – Swear Jar
Khalid – My Bad
Groove City – Love Is Love 
Ocean Alley – Yellow Mellow
Middle Kids – Mistake
Hayden James – Just Friends
Kota Banks – Zoom
Confidence Man – Boyfriend
Juice WRLD – Hear Me Calling
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Keen For Kick Ons?
RAT!hammock – Mud
Lastlings – Deja Vu
Dune Rats – 6 Pack
G Flip – Drink Too Much
Lime Cordial – Waking Up Is Easy
Mansionair – Speak Easy
Winston Surfshirt – On A Lock

So yes! That’s my playlist and lil collection of my favourite songs from this year’s Spilt Milk lineup!! Once again – pretty please cross your fingers and send your great energies over so the girls and I can get some tickets to see these amazing artists. Tickets means festival review … and that’s always been a heap of fun! (On that note, I’d like to apologise again for how late my BluesFest post is, I’m finally done with university for the semester, literally just submitted my last essay before writing this post up, so hopefully I can get it up soon!)

Let me know if you had a listen and enjoyed any of these songs!!

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 14

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 14

Hi friends!! Clearly I’m low on inspiration and time at the moment, so unlike last time where I just disappeared for a good three weeks, I’m pulling together the bear minimum to at least introduce you to some new music!

Today’s post is arguably one of my favourites, just because for such little effort, the payoff is generally quite good – you guys seem to like these posts, and it gives me an opportunity to be a complete potato and sit on the couch, listening to one of my favourite playlists, songs you should probably hear, which you can listen to HERE.

Without anymore rambling, here’s Round 14, of songs you probably don’t know, but definitely should.

Bloodstain – Wrabel
Chasing Parties – Sasha Sloan
System – JD. Reid, Sinead Harnett
Avalene – James Clayton
Goodnightmare – Fake Fake
Simple Pleasures – AUGUST 08
Into Me. – chromonicci
No Longer Lovers – Billy Davis
Missing The Mark – Paris Youth Foundation
I’m In Love Without You – FINNEAS
Sunday – Easy Life
Never Knock – Kevin Garrett
Erase – Omar Apollo
The First Time – Elliott Trent
Hands – Brandt Orange
Rich Girl Mood – Dounia, Kehlani
IDWK – DVBBS, blackbear
Shadows – Slip-On Stereo, TRQS

Let me know if you enjoyed any of these songs or find a new favourite tune!! Also, make sure to follow my Spotify for more juicy content :))

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Priya

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Matt Corby // Live

Matt Corby // Live

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.

Hello friends. Boy do I have a blog post for you. Albeit, incredibly, incredibly overdue, but exciting nonetheless.

On the 12th of April, I finally got to see Matt Corby live. If you’ve been here for a little while, you know that I could go on, and on and on about Matt Corby and the insane amount of talent in that one person.

Due to the absolute shambles that was Melbourne public transport during the weeks before and around the day of the concert, my friend James and I met on the train, which took us a few stations forward, before boarding a replacement bus for about 40 minutes into the city.

Once we were there, we scouted a place for dinner, settling on The Duke, a popular restaurant, rooftop wine bar and pub opposite Federation Square, and spent the forty-five minutes before the concert talking and preparing for the man himself.

Following dinner, we made our way to Margaret Court Arena, only a fifteen minute walk from The Duke, and with a quick pit stop at the arena bar, were down in the mosh pit a few minutes later.

Matt’s set was electrifying, though at the same time it was one of the most serene performances I’ve ever seen. Whether that’s down to the nature of his songs and how authentically raw they all come across, or the overall presence he has while on stage, I don’t know, all I do know is that I spent majority of the concert just standing there staring at him in total awe, with James periodically checking in with my to see if I was okay.

I wasn’t.

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He played some of the fan favourites quite early, like one of his recent releases No Ordinary Life, All Fired Up, Sooth Lady Wine and Brother, and I was pleasantly shocked and surprised when he played Monday one of my absolute favourite songs from Corby.

One thing that struck was, despite how packed the mosh pit was, it wasn’t a rough, pushy crowd of people. Everyone was content with listening to his voice, the amazing band and backing vocals he had behind him, and catching a glimpse of him every now and then when you opened your eyes.

He moved around the stage pretty unassumingly. He was the epitome of humility, and I think that only really served to draw us all in even more.

Empires Attraction, Resolution and Souls A’Fire were the perfect songs to ‘wrap up’ the show, and it really kept the energy levels on a steady incline throughout the entire set.

The final encore song was a tune everyone had been holding out for, one of his most popular songs from his latest album, Miracle Love.

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The song was so atmospheric and Matt controlled the audience like a conductor in an orchestra pit. There was a moment where he instructed all of us on what to sing, a percussive yet hauntingly beautiful line, ‘bring back that miracle love‘ and he ad-libbed over us.

There’s something incredibly guttural yet at the same time gentle and hypnotic about his voice. He has this great ability to switch between being really tender and soft but then completely ramp up to sing with all his power behind it. It’s one of my favourite things about Matt, and the songs he writes partner with his voice perfectly.

It was a really great concert. I have to be unbiased and admit that Matt isn’t entirely in my top five artists, or maybe even my top ten, but I knew passing up the opportunity to see him live was probably one I’d grow to regret, and I’m so glad I go to see him.

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If you ever get the chance to see him live, I highly recommend you do so. It’s an amazing mixture of complete humility partnered with an insane amount of talent that makes it a show worth watching.

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 13

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 13

Hello friends!

Today’s post is a favourite here on the blog. I’ve got a fresh new round of songs that I aggressively believe you all need to listen to.

There are heaps of songs that I’ve been listening to lately on this playlist, so I’d love to know if you love them as much as I do! Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

Leave Me Cold – Freddie Future
Pure – Audrey MiKa
Sculpted – Tobiahs
Busy Earnin’ – Jungle
Either Way. – Phony Ppl
Mornin Dew – Sunni Colon
Be Like You – Whethan, Broods
Stay Tru – Mereba
Since I Left You – Joy Crookes
Like A Heartbeat – Blush’ko
Lah Di Dah – Vibbar
Pink Sand – Cailin Russo
Reckless – Healy
Ball And Chain – Billy Davis
Ornament – Kiah Victoria

 

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Priya

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Hey Billie Eilish … Calm Down Please x

Hey Billie Eilish … Calm Down Please x

So we’ve had some time to marinate in the absolute sauce that is WHEN WE ALL FOR ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? and I feel like I can confidently say we’re all just basking in how amazing it is?

Like Billie said she’d deliver, and she came through. Sorry, Billie and Finneas came through and delivered one of the most streamed albums of the year so far. Literally, nearly every single song on that album was charting the week it was released.

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The fact that !!!!!!! (boy you do not know how hard it was counting those exclamation points) is only 13 seconds long? Love that. Love it. It confused me at first, but now I can basically quote the 13 second Invisalign monologue by heart. And I love how it just jumps straight into bad guy, which is one of my favourite songs off the entire album.

This song had me hooked from the second it started. It had my jaw on the floor and my head bopping up and down the entire time. It’s such a bop but it’s an intricate bop. There’s so many layers to this song, especially vocally, and all of it combines to create this really unique sound that I haven’t really heard before, which is what I think contributes to how much this album exploded.

xanny is another one of my favourites. I kinda overlooked it at first, but one of my friends mentioned that it was her favourite of the album, so I returned to it and now I’m loving it so much. Every time I listen to it I pick up on something new in the lyrics to be amazed at. I can imagine this absolutely blowing the lid of a stadium when she takes this on tour. She better.

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you should see me in a crown doesn’t even need a bit. A banger. A bop. A hard, hitting, slap.

all the good girls go to hell is another song I kinda shamefully overlooked, cos I felt like I’d heard it before. The piano really threw me off for some stupid reason, but it literally only took one more listen for me to restore my senses. Her vocals in this song are so clean and crisp.

wish you were gay is a great song. Not my favourite, but it’s definitely not a bad song by any means. I love the backing vocals in this song and the nursery rhyme kinda of vibe they have, especially during the verses. The chorus is also one I can imagine going off during an arena tour.

when the party’s over makes me emo. I don’t know what it is about this album, but again, I didn’t really grasp the emotion or the intent behind the song until a second listen. I think it was because I was so caught up in listening to her vocal performance and the production when I first listened to it, that I never really took in the lyrics, which for me are the best part of the entire song. They’re so beautiful and vulnerable and I love how open it is.

 

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I really like 8. It’s so simple and sweet but it’s such a sad song. The vocal mixing and the production is so perfect and it works really well with the lyrics.

my strange addiction made me scream, purely hearing The Office being sampled throughout it. It’s got a really groovy synth bass line that’s super bouncy and I can definitely get around it. The melody in the chorus is also insanely catchy, and this song was stuck in my head hours after listening to the album.

Obviously you then have bury friend which kinda kicked the whole aesthetic of the album into second gear. I think the more and more I listen to the album, the more I’ll be able to bring some of the other songs up to this level. At the moment this song and bad guy are so far up on my favourites list, it’s not even funny, it’s kinda disrespectful.

ilomilo is an interesting one. Probably my least favourite song out of the album. Again, not a bad song at all, it just doesn’t stick in my mind as distinctly as the other songs do.

listen before i go nearly made me cry when I first heard it. The first line is so ridiculously sad, and it’s hard to fathom that someone so young could pen these type of lyrics. I desperately want to do a cover of this song.

 

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Another tear-jerker. i love you is another beautiful song, but one of my favourite parts is undeniably how distinct Finneas’ voice is in it. Their voices gel and blend so well together and this song is a great example of it.

goodbye gave me shivers the first time I heard the vocal harmonies. Such a fitting song for the last track of the album. I love how she managed to weave the rest of the songs from the album into the final song, I got major Jon Bellion, Hand Of God – Outro vibes from it because he does it in that song as well. It’s something I’ve always admired and I love when artists mesh their songs into one another. She’s done it before when she references Ocean Eyes, one of her first songs, in you should see me in a crown so goodbye just seems like the perfect way to wrap up the album.


 

So that’s WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO.

But I’m not done. I think one of the most crucial parts, one of the biggest assets to the entire album, one of the reasons the album is as good as it is, is Finneas. If you aren’t aware of Finneas, Billie’s older brother, he’s the other half of the team that’s really built this artist and all these songs from the ground up. I probably can’t really do Finneas justice or explain his process or his thoughts, so I highly recommend watching the video below. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the album. Let me know in the comments below!

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Priya

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