Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 9

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 9

Hello every and welcome to Part 9 of possibly one of my favourite blog posts. I didn’t anticipate keeping these going for so long, but I love them because I get to listen to my own playlist a bit more carefully while I pick which songs to include, and a lot of you leave me comments about new songs you’ve discovered through my list! Let me know if you find any songs you enjoy from today’s post!

Switch Sider – Ella Mai
Social Jungle – Herizen
Bad – Lennon Stella
Yours – Aidan Alexander
Dangerous – Kaien Cruz
I Need – Clark Beckham
Ride – Shoffy
Wait – crwn, Jess Connelly
Fantasy – Alina Baraz, Galimatias
Let Me In – Skinny Living
Knock – ALMA
take care – EDEN
Hold You In My Arms – Ray LaMontagne
Don’t – Zoe Kravitz
Aunty Tracey’s Cookies – Joyride
I Need – Maverick Sabre
Wait. – David Pfeffer
I’m In Love Without You – FINNEAS
Paper Love – Allie X
Lighter – Turquoise Prince
Dirty Harry – Grace

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 5

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 5

Hello hello and welcome to another post where I assume your day is about to be made for the incredible music I’m sharing below. If you aren’t from around these parts, if you’ve only recently joined us, then you may not be familiar with these posts.

I promise.

I don’t have a superiority complex (we think), I just love sharing music that doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. I love music so much so to the point that I’ve passed the stage of feeling protective over my secret discoveries, and am at the phase where I’m aggressively passionate about shoving all my music discoveries and finds down your throat, but you shall come to accept that in time.

For now, here’s more music that I believe you should really hear.

Wait – NoMBe
I’ll Find You – Lacrae
Baby Blue – King Krule
Anything For You – Chelsea Cutler
Senorita – Eden Prince
If Only – TEEKS
Intro (Santa Barbara) – Box Dreams
Typhoon – Mr Jukes
Black Man In A White World – Michael Kiwanuka
Tin Pan Boy – YUNGBLUD
Locket – Kilo Kish
take care – EDEN
Same Script – Ziggy Ramo
Addicted – The Night Cafe
Telepathy – Christina Aguilera
Solid Gold – Elk Road
Loved By You – Kirby
Father, Father – Jay Prince
Shelter – SACHI
Like Home – JOY.
Human Touch – Betty Who
Afterglow – Wilkinson

Let me know if you gave any of these a listen. I know that’s actually asking quite a bit, but it genuinely makes my day when one of you comments to tell me that you enjoyed a particular song or added some of my suggestions to your own playlist!

x

Priya

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Can YouTuber’s Become Musicians? I Mean, Yeah…

Can YouTuber’s Become Musicians? I Mean, Yeah…

Hello friends.

This post is proudly brought to you by a comment left by the lovely Mia (high-key make sure you check out my girls blog, she’s all I inspire to when I grow up despite the fact that I’m older), who made me aware of a song released by the YouTube, SimplyNessa15.

My friends. It’s a whole, entire bop.

I was super duper skeptical when Mia suggested the song to me. I wasn’t sure, because for as long as I can remember, there hasn’t been a song released by a YouTuber that I genuinely liked. They’ve all been really overdone, overly mixed and auto-tuned and most of the time, it’s easy to figure out that they’ve only really released a song in the first place, because they have the following to ensure it’s somewhat successful with their fan base.

That said, I don’t watch Vanessa’s YouTube videos. Sure, I know who she is, and sometimes her video pops up on my ‘recommended’ bar, but I don’t think I’ve ever watched a video of hers in my life.

Meditate, is a great song. What I would commonly describe as an absolute tune.

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If you’re into RnB and hip hop, and honestly, incredibly smooth female vocals, check out this song. Since listening to it after Mia’s recommendation, I’ve added it to at least three of my playlists, and showed quite a few friends.

Oh, and the break down 2 minutes in?? Insanity.

It’s become a bit of a favourite effect of mine, layering pitch shifted vocals to create a really deep, heavy second lead beneath the original, I’ve tried it a couple of times and it always adds the extra ‘oomf’ to a song, regardless of whether it’s just one line or the whole song.

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Vanessa pulls it off perfectly, and hearing that break down towards the end of the song made my jaw drop and ensued the obsession with the song.

That too, the music doesn’t suffer in order to make her sound good. In my experience with YouTuber’s releasing their own music regardless of the fact that they aren’t singers in the slightest, it always comes off a tiny bit cheesy, because the music has to be sacrificed a bit in order for the vocals to sound good. It’s so harsh, and I feel a tiny (tiny) bit mean saying it, but it’s what I’ve come to expect.

The era of Troye Sivan releasing bomb as hell music while simultaneously keeping his YouTube channel alive has obviously come to a steady downhill close, but I am all for Vanessa to take that spot as of now.

Definitely give Meditate a listen. I’m so glad I did.

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 2

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 2

Hello friends!

Today’s post is not a new one. I have made a post like this before, and quite a few of you enjoyed it, so in the tradition of sharing new music, old music, popular music and secret music that I think you should be hearing, here’s a second instalment.

All Over – Tiwa Savage
2000 n Something – Kaiit
I’m In Love Without You – FINNEAS
Wait (Chromeo Remix) – Maroon 5
High & Dry – Roman GianArthur
#wholelottagangshit – Mix’d Millenial
Dirty Harry – Grace
FFYL – Quinn XCII
Apple Juice – Jessie Reyez
Holding Out – Atticus Street
ESP – N.E.R.D
Aunty Tracey’s Cookies – Joyride
Honor – DJ Cassidy 
I Need – Clark Beckham
NBK – Niykee Heaton
S.O.B – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Follow Me – SYDE
1999 Wildfire – BROCKHAMPTON
Haircut – Ryan Beatty
Thunder – Roy Blair
Not Sorry – Paige
Never Be The Same – KLP
Walking – Dom McMallister
Marceline – Willow
We Are The Young – Andy Kong
Haven’t Found A Lady – Kooyeh
Still In Love – Thirdstory

There you go! Hopefully you find a new song or two to enjoy!! Like I said in my last post, these songs are all pulled from a giant Spotify playlist, songs you should probably heara playlist that was honestly the inspiration for the premise of this entire blog, so you’re sure to find some hidden gems on there. Genres, definitely do vary as well, so you don’t know what you’re going to get once you press shuffle!

x

Priya

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Jon Bellion And The Obsession

Jon Bellion And The Obsession

Hello friends.

This is me, back from the dead, after dying. Losing my life. I swear to God.

Why?

I went to update one of my recent posts, my Week In My Life, and for some reason, the entire post was a bit slow to load, while I reposted the blog post again – major key, cheers Mia – and when I updated the time that I posted it, I realised that the entire post was just gone. Checked my phone, gone. Closed and refreshed the page, gone.

Thank God, for the little ‘History’ button up the top, or else I’d have lost a week long writing and editing endeavour that does not deserve that type of treatment.

But on to today’s post.

 


 

I apologise if you’re bored of reading this man’s name, but here I am again, with a blog post about me just plugging my love/adoration/awe/respect/undying love for Long Island singer/songwriter/producer/rapper Jon Bellion. This will in fact be the second post about Jon.

Strap yourselves in.

 

Surely that video is introduction enough.
And yes. I did watch this video on YouTube when I was getting the link for it and then again before I continued writing.


 

I first heard a Jon Bellion song when I was 15 years old. In the last post I did on Jon, I mentioned that Guillotine was the first song I ever heard by him, but that was a lie. Apologies.

The first song I ever heard was Ooh, featuring Christianne Jensen (his sister!!!), from his 2014 album, The Definition. And in all honestly, I wasn’t hooked straight off the first bar.

But.

One of my favourite things about Jon’s music is the ever-changing and growing nature of it. It feels like it’s this constant rollercoaster and unless you’re already well accustomed to his style or his catalogue, you can’t predict where he’s going to take you. Halfway through the song, you can be assured that he’s probably going to take to somewhere completely unexpected.

That was what made me stick around for the rest of the song, his switch ups were so unpredictable.

That and the insane drum pockets he manages to find in all his songs, whether he’s beat boxing them into the microphone himself or loading samples into a drum machine so he play out the rhythm and the groove just the way he wants them.

 

 

Like Jon, I’m obsessed with finding intricate grooves and pockets for drum rhythms within songs. While I’m still trying to work on it in regards to my own music, watching Jon physically play all the beats on his drum machine, or record his vocals, whether he’s yelling, beat boxing or moving around the room to really create a huge sonic space, then turning them into bite sized samples that he pieces together to form the framework for the rest of the song to flow through, is mind boggling.

His entire production style and way of thinking is just so inspiring and innovative. Things like trumpet lines that he chooses to play through an AKAI for Luxury, or using his voice and editing it as a substitution for a lead guitar in Superman, The Gift and The Curse.

Guillotine was the next song I listened to, and it’s the one that made me cry, and scream and literally jump and want to rip my hair out and I know. It sounds like I’m exaggerating, but it 100% is no exaggeration.

 

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The other day, my dad and I ended up having to go into the city around the same time, so we caught the train in together, he to work and I to university. He’s become accustomed to hearing me sing Jon’s songs around the house often, and that morning’s car drive to the station had been me explaining my absolute love the man and his music, and how if I ever somehow got to meet him, my body would quite possible shut down. Which then went on to him kinda, but not completely, getting a grasp of how influential this man and his music was on my life, and then me pulling up ‘The Making of Guillotine’ on YouTube as we stood on the train, and forcing him to watch it.

 

 

We only got halfway through, but that same day when my dad came home from work in the evening, he came and sat down next to me on the couch, and asked to finish the rest of it. Which turned into me showing him nearly every single ‘The Making Of’ video, as well as live performances and interviews and acoustic versions. Long story short, I’m pretty sure if Jon Bellion comes to Australia, my dad’s coming with me to the concert.

 

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The thing that I love the most about Jon, is that his music stands the test of time. One of the biggest lessons I’ve ever, ever learnt, is to try not to make ‘time sensitive’ or ‘time relevant’ music, because eventually, it becomes irrelevant, and people aren’t likely to listen to it. It drastically decreases the shelf life of a song, if you base the entirety of it’s production or lyrical content around a current trend that’s more than likely to die off in a year or two. It’s better to make a song you’re proud of that’s just genuinely a good tune than to try and make a song based and defined by current trends.

You could hear the same song of his two or three years apart and still feel it in you blood as it gives you goosebumps.

One of the biggest factors that allows me to solidify Jon Bellion as one of my idols, is the fact that when I first discovered him, I was only 15 and he blew my mind. Then I discovered his ‘The Making Of’ videos on YouTube when I was 17, and he blew my mind. I fully understood the depth of his genius, ingenuity, talent and passion at 19, soon to be 20, and he still blew my mind. I genuinely find myself with his songs running through my head all through the day, from morning until the night and even then, I have them in my head while I’m in bed and I’m positive I probably sing them in my sleep too.

The fact that the same songs, regardless of how many more amazing new songs he puts out, still manage to drop my jaw to the floor and have me shooketh, is a testament to how they’re purely incredible songs, and they stand alone in how great they are, regardless of the trending genre or popular production styles at the current moment.

 

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Of the many things I’ve already listed that have added to this obsession, another is his lyrics. If not the beats, then the lyrics definitely make my jaw drop at least once in each song. There are so many clever double-meanings, insinuations, rhymes that shouldn’t rhyme, things that he says that you would just never expect to hear in a song for some reason, and he makes it all sound so incredible.

He somehow manages to reference Jim Morrison and The Doors, Abbey Road, Blueprint, Michael Jordan, Kanye, The Notorious B.I.G (Christopher Wallace), Bob Marley, Chris Zarou and Will Smith in his song Jim Morrison, a song that has become a staple during car drives with my dad.

Honestly just think about the chorus in The Monster by Eminem featuring Rihanna and hear the gears turn in your head when you realise that holy shit, Jon Bellion wrote that too. Along with a whole tirade of songs that he produced and wrote for other artists.

His voice is so versatile and strong, going from singing like an angel in Human to rapping like a god in New York Soul – Pt. ii, and then doing both in Halloween. He is insane.

 

 

He’s a huge inspiration for me. I could only think of a few other artists who I see at the same level as Jon Bellion, personally. The way he writes, the way he produces, the words he chooses to share and the stories he tells either have me laughing, smiling, screaming along or crying. Without failure. He doesn’t lie in his music, and he isn’t afraid of calling himself out, or speaking about things that others may not try and touch, lyrically.

To make it even better, last year, on my birthday, the song Obsession  with Vice and Kyle, and it was like…Jon. @ me next time please. Happy Birthday to me.

I rarely make artist specific playlists. The only two I have, are my lads playlist which is definitely on private, and definitely dedicated to One Direction for moments when I need a fix, and my jon bellion playlist. Make sure you check it out. I say that a lot, but I mean it a lot more this time.

Below, is a list of some of my favourite Jon Bellion songs. We all know the love I have for Guillotine,  but there are heaps of songs that hit me in the soul the way that one does too, and his previous three albums are a treasure trove of incredible, blood pumping music.

(note how I’ve linked every single song because of how serious I am about this music)
(also appreciate the immense effort it’s taken not to keep coming back to this post and adding more songs to this list every other hour)

 

Guillotine – Jon Bellion
He Is The Same – Jon Bellion
Dead Man Walking – Jon Bellion
New York Soul – Part. ii – Jon Bellion
Luxury – Jon Bellion
Human – Jon Bellion
Woke The F*ck Uo – Jon Bellion
Superman, The Gift And The Curse – Jon Bellion
Morning In America – Jon Bellion
Hand Of God – Outro – Jon Bellion
Halloween – Jon Bellion
Jim Morrison – Jon Bellion
For The Dreamers – Jon Bellion
Woodstock (Psychedelic Fiction) – Jon Bellion

 

Omg EDIT; you definitely need to hear some of his acoustic versions. Linked for your convenience and to ensure you don’t have an excuse not to hear this magic.

Run. Wild. Acoustic. Version.

Magic to your ears, bless your souls, feed your children, feed your children’s children, all you need.

Run Wild (Acoustic)
Woke The F*ck Up (Acoustic)
Human (Acoustic)
All Time Low (Acoustic)

 

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Articulating my thoughts, about artists as inspiring and as talented as Jon can be challenging for me to do so without sounding like I’m babbling, but hopefully the message got across! I know it’s a but of an overkill linking you guys five videos and hoping you watch them all, but honestly, Jon Bellion can’t be summed up into words. We’re four weeks into the university semester and I’ve definitely already managed to somehow work him into my latest assignment.

As of this moment, I’ve scheduled this post, and then come back to add more and more to it a minimum of six times.

Oh well, off to wait patiently for my Jon Bellion merch to arrive :)) My birthday’s today and I was hoping it’d be here by now, but we can wait…

 

EDIT: I have quite possibly started a cult. Story time. I was at another rehearsal, and my drummer suddenly piped up going, “Hey have you guys heard this song, Guillotine?” Yes my dude. So then my guitarist goes, “Where did you hear it?” and we learn that my guitarist’s girlfriend, and my friend, showed it to my drummer. So then my guitarist goes, “Hey, she heard it from me!” which obviously causes me to grin at him, and go “And where did you hear it from?” knowing full well I showed him at work, so now the Jon love is spreading and it’s only a matter of time before I form a club. Message me for membership info.

x

Priya

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A-Z of Tunes

Hello friends!

Deepest apologies, I have been slightly ridden with guilt for the past few days thinking about my slight abandonment, having not had the chance at all to actually sit at my laptop for more than an hour or so to get some blogging done! I know, I know. There have been some posts go up recently, and I’ve never been more grateful for my 1:30AM, coffee induced spurs of energy in which I tend to write and schedule up to three posts at once.

My family and I have spent the last week moving houses, and trying to sort through close to fourteen years of our lives has proved the most difficult part, especially as we’re moved in a week ago, and only today got the final boxes and loose items out of the house, three hours before the cleaners came in. But our old house is completely empty, finally, and our new house is still packed to the brim with things, but we’re up and running at last, which means I have a moment to spare.

So naturally, I turned to my list of blog ideas for a quick post for you all, because trust me, I need the break as well. Let’s get into it.

It’s pretty self-explanatory. Right? Below I challenged myself to think of the first song I could, for each letter of the alphabet and share them with you.

A: All To You – Sabrina Claudio

B: Breaking Free – High School Musical

C: Collide – Odette

D: Don’t Walk Away – Jade

E: English Rose – Ed Sheeran

F: Fireflies – Owl City

G: Grows Old – Thirdstory

H: Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman – Bryan Adams

I: If I Could Fly – One Direction

J: Juke Jam – Chance The Rapper

K: King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar

L: Lemon – N.E.R.D, Rihanna

M: Monday – Matt Corby

N: Ni**as In Paris – Jay Z, Kanye West

O: Over Again – One Direction

P: Purple Rain – Prince

Q: Questions – Christ Brown

R: Rolling In The Deep – Adele

S: Superstition – Stevie Wonder

T: Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus

U: Ultralight Beam – Kanye West

V: Versace On The Floor – Bruno Mars

W: Watch Me – Jaden Smith

X: XO TOUR Llif3 – Lil Uzi Vert

Y: Yellow – Coldplay

Z: Zombie – The Cranberries

Okay. I expected a lot better of myself, but holy crap I spent literally a whole minute on some of these because nothing was coming to my head. The pressure got to me my dudes, so apologies if this list let more to be desired. Hopefully you still managed to find a tune in there that peeked your interest, regardless of my poor attempt. Let me know if you did!

x

Priya

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Above The Clouds With SŸDE

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Honestly, they do no wrong. Will and Mitch have released an amazing new single, Above The Clouds, with Olivia Reid commandeering the vocals like a killer. Have to say, I love this one so much, it’s my new favourite. Sorry Orbit.

Since my last post about SŸDE three months ago, the guys have gained even more monthly listeners on Spotify, bringing them up to over 420,000 individual listeners which is insane for a couple of boys who are just finishing up with high school exams this month.

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The latest single was played for the first time on the Triple J program Home and Hosed, eagerly awaited. Above The Clouds is a step up to the next level and the boys have completely outdone themselves since the release of Orbit last year. (Though have to admit, the Hazey Eyes remix is still a staple in all my playlists).

It’s also the first single the boys have released after being signed to Dew Process/UMA, which is an incredible achievement for Will and Mitch.

Olivia’s vocals are so pretty and light, and the music matches her voice perfectly. Considering they found Reid on YouTube, they’ve done well in their choice of singer, because her unique voice and style works so well with the song. . The island vibes still run strong with this one, and it honestly went on to at least three of my playlists (linked) as soon as I heard the tune. You can definitely groove to this one, it’s a perfect song for a festival. I’d even throw it in the back of a GoPro holiday video, and I’m certain I probably will eventually. It’s such a summer song, check out my post about summer tunes for even more, you can definitely find it up on my playlist (linked) for the warmer days.

The song has had it’s fair run on Triple J since it’s release and I’ve been hearing about all the people texting through their love for the tune. The boys have also been super appreciative to everyone sharing their song and helping it climb the charts which is super lovely to see. The song’s popularity on iTunes and Spotify is also climbing everyday, and I’m so keen to begin hearing it more often, because I’m sure I will.

You can listen to Above The Clouds here, and in the meantime I’m gonna be keeping my eyes and ears open for anything else from these guys. I cannot wait for more.

x

p.f

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