My Favourite Instrumentals

My Favourite Instrumentals

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is one that I’ve had sitting on my page for a little while, waiting to be written, and I’m finally getting down to it.

For the longest time I could only listen to so much music that didn’t have any words, but now, with the influx of amazing lo-fi hip hop, the concoction of jazz-hop (jazz and hip hop, it’s amazing 10/10 would recommend), I’ve found myself drawn towards instrumentals and amazing music that don’t have any lyrics.

I have two playlists on Spotify that have some of this music, my books playlist, which I generally use while studying, taking notes or writing up blog posts, and my toasty playlist, which is all things lo-fi hip hop and jazz, songs that sound toasty and warm.

So below, I’ve got a list of some of my favourite instrumental songs to exist at the moment. If you’re keen for more, I’ve linked both my books and my toasty playlists in this post, and you can find heaps more to have a listen to and enjoy!

unknown – fLOwTEC
by my side – Flavors, Two Sleep
Again – Wun Two
Mia & Sebastian’s Theme – Justin Hurwitz
tequila – mt. fujitive
Sahasrara – BluntOne
Albatross – Fleetwood Mac
Air – Blvk
Palms – wush
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Bethel Music
So Far To Go – J Dilla 
Flowers – The Deli
Alchemy – Willaris. K
Perfection – Floreyyyy
4Corners – DJ Grumble
When Sunny Gets Blue – McCoy Tyner
Far Away – Tomppabeats
Rain Man – Rex Orange County
5:32pm – The Deli

If you don’t listen to any of those, make sure you check out J Dilla at least, he’s one of my favourite producers, he’s made amazing beats, and his sound is iconic. That’s definitely not all of them, but if you enjoyed of those songs make sure you check out my Spotify for the rest of the playlist!

 

x

Priya

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Justice Der

Justice Der

Okay my friends. Grab something to snack on because it’s an expectation that you literally watch what’s coming up.

Time and time again I find myself struggling to truly capture the essence of the specific guitar sound that has me frothing. It pulls at my hearts strings. Gives me shivers. It does something to me, and it bothers me to no end, that I can’t eloquently sum up how this guitar sounds, without using the incredibly over used go to phrase, “as heck“.

However.

That was before my discovery early last month, of the actual Guitar Hero, that is Justice Der. Justice is a jazz musician/student(???) from Canada, and started uploading guitar covers up on YouTube about six months ago. I stumbled upon him while listening to acoustic covers of Blessed by Daniel Caesar and noticed his jazz guitar cover on the sidebar, so my inquisitor self clicked on the video and was instantly blown away.

My dudes.

This is the guitar sound that I cannot do justice.

Oh my goodness and Justice plays it, puns.

 

 

Like are you hearing it? The sound and the tone of the guitar gives me shivers every single time I hear it. If someone told me this song was played at my funeral at the gates of Heaven I would not be mad at all. The lick at 3:21 blows my mind continuously, no matter how many times I listen, which so far is a lot, and I refuse to get over how effortlessly he plays. The sound and jazz style of his playing, is the sound I’ve tried and failed to convey to you all, for the past seven or so months, and it’s so satisfying to be able to show you exactly what I mean, and so consistently. Let’s watch some more.

 

 

And then, last month when I was listening to Best Part to practice for my gig, I glance to the side, and what do I see?

 

 

But guys. It get’s better. After a couple of weeks and months of people (ya girl included) begging Justice to do Get You by Daniel Caesar, he smashes it out of the park, yet again.

 

 

It’s so simple, but his style and the tone of the guitar just put you in this beautiful bubble of bliss, life hack. CRANK the volume up, put on a good pair of headphones (hey, maybe check out my post all about the best headphones out there???) and lose yourself in the sound.

As well as his clearly gifted playing talents, what is slightly more commendable, is the dudes work ethic. This year alone, he’s uploaded some 21 videos, some of them back to back and mere days apart. He choses the best songs, fixes the smoothest loops and creates guitar magic, it’s hard not be impressed over and over again.

It’s now become a part of my daily routine after I get home from wherever I am, whether it’s at university, or out with friends, or just bringing my day to a close. I most definitely have a playlist on YouTube just of Justice Der’s covers, which I throw on shuffle and blast for a solid twenty minutes or so as I chill out. Major key. Would definitely suggest. 10/10.

 

Hopefully you guys gave Justice a listen! If you want to hear more, you can find his:
Youtube channel, Instagram and Soundcloud
all linked above.

I cannot get enough, hopefully you all enjoy it just as much as I do, if not…more for me.

 

x

Priya

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