October Tunes

October Tunes

Hello hello! I hope you’re all well and enjoying the last few months of the year. Before I jump into the stuff I was loving during October I wanted to apologise for the severe lack of posts this month. October was the month. I finished up completely with university, which meant spending all my free time on assignments, and any free time I had outside of university, sport and work, I split pretty evenly between music and rehearsals, and binge watching Avatar: The Last Airbender.

I definitely slipped off in regards to churning out posts, but fingers crossed I can get my act together! I have quite a few fun ones planned and ready to be written in my Drafts, so once those get underway, expect to see some more fun posts!

With that said, here’s the music I was loving during October.

Due West (Skrillex Remix) – Kelsey Lu, Skrillex: I have Brooke Bush aka bushwhacked on YouTube to thank for this discovery. She included it in one of her daily vlogs during a lil dance break, and bless her soul, had each song name and artist at the bottom of the screen so I didn’t even have to Shazaam it. Sometimes I forget that Skrillex exists, or how much I used to love him when I was younger so this was a great reminder. The chorus really hits you in the gut in the best possible way. Kelsey Wu also has such a full and rich voice, makes it all the better.

U Remind Me – Usher: Don’t know what got me to go back to this song, but I’m glad it did. What a classic. A tune. a work of art.

SUGAR – BROCKHAMPTON: Not gonna lie, haven’t listened to GINGER in it’s entirety because when I listened to SUGAR I literally forgot about every other song. The intro to this song. Are you kidding me? The harmonies are so beautiful, and I can find nothing to fault with this song personally.

Wave – Meghan Trainor, Mike Sabath: I don’t know if you need me to talk about this song anymore, you can literally just read the near novel I wrote about it for my September Tunes.

Home – Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros: This song was the song for 2017 for me. It’s such a beautiful song, I genuinely get a little emotional or just a little bit emo whenever I listen to it.

Shalala – Moses Gunn Collective: Again, another song I have no clue as to how I found, but I found it and that’s all that matters. I definitely heard this song before I figured out what it was and added it to my playlist, but I’ve never known who it’s buy or the name of it. It seems pretty explanatory when you finally find out.

Nice To Meet Ya – Niall Horan: Niall came out swinging with this one. Quite different to the last stuff he put out, but in a very good way. This song is a lot more grown-up and mature, in the content, his vocals, the overall sound, and I for one love it.

Cold Blood (Tyde Remix) – Bruno Major, Tyde: I found this song on the way back from seeing Bruno Major live at the end of September. My friend and I just put his Spotify page on shuffle, and a bunch of the remixes of his songs ended up playing, with this being the first one. So good. I love the switch up in the chorus, possibly one of the only times I’ll love the remix more than the original.

Ocean Eyes – Billie Eilish: Ah Billie. Always nice to have some Billie Eilish, and this is possibly one of my favourite songs she’s ever written. It’s quite an old one, but two of my friends and I are sang it for a gig during the month, and since adding it to our setlist, it’s been in my head the entire month. Not that I’m complaining.

Lights Up – Harry Styles: I swear the world stopped spinning when this came out. He dropped it Beyonce style with no warning, no promotion or marketing at all and to be honest, with a song and music video that good, he didn’t need to at all. I don’t know why, I’ve been listening to his music heaps during his little break, but when he first started singing it was like I forgot what he sounded like and I was Shook all over again.

Ice Cream Sunday – Inhaler: Again, I have to apologise for not remembering how this song came onto my radar, but I’m in love. It’s so moody but lighthearted, but digs so deep and then hits you with an anthemic chorus and I love everything about this song. I’m definitely going to do a bit more digging into Inhaler, because judging off this one song, they’re a band I can see myself getting around.

Deep Sea Diving – aboutagirl, emir taha: When the press release for aboutagirl’s new single found it’s way to my inbox I was intrigued off the visuals alone. And then I read that Emir Taha was featuring on the song and I was on Spotify straight away. This song. This voice. The production. I love everything about it. As harsh as it sounds, and I know it sounds harsh, of all the songs that I get sent to my inbox, maybe only 15% of them make me genuinely excited, and this song had me hooked literally three seconds in, and it only got better as it went on.

Y U Gotta Be Like That – Audrey MiKa: Audrey MiKa is a gem. I’ve followed her YouTube channel since the middle of last year and she’s made great strides in that time alone. Releasing an EP, a string of singles, performing sold out shows around the Bay Area, she’s killing it. So when this song came on randomly on Spotify Radio while my friend and I were in the car, I knew who it was straight away. Such a cute little bop. Fans of Madison Beer (Chloe. I mean you.) would be into this gal, 100%.

Mother – Charlie Puth: I wait for the day people start regarding Charlie Puth as the musical mastermind he his. This song is so good. Watching his behind the scenes videos and Instagram videos gives you a sense of what a natural he is in a studio setting, and how he’s doing exactly what he was born to do. This song has been one of my favourites since it was released.

Find An Island – BENEE: I remember BENEE singing this song at  her concert earlier in the year, before it was released or even mentioned, so when it came out, I was happily surprised to already be familiar with the song. It’s such a good song, fits BENEE’s overall aesthetic perfectly, and it’s the perfect song to keep her momentum going.

Zero – Chris Brown: The funk in this song is real. Such a great bass line, and a very catchy chorus. I’ve been singing this all month.

Couldn’t Say No – Mario: Just another classic to keep the vibes going.

Wild Girl – Kito, Empress Of: This song. Arguably my favourite song on this list at the moment. It’s such a vibe. I’ve been plugging my laptop into my studio speakers for this song specifically, and it’s all the better for it. Love Empress Of, appreciate being introduced to Kito, a kick-ass female producer.

 

That’s what I was listening to this month!! It’s a lot, but I’ve been loving the music that’s being released in October. What did you listen to this month?

x

Priya

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August Tunes

August Tunes

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well and good.

Probably should preface this post by apologising for my severe lack of posts this month. It was a hectic one to say the least. There was a lot going on (gigs, university, my 21st, music production), and writing blog posts genuinely disappeared from my mind for a solid four weeks. That said, I hope you enjoyed my recap of the Childish Gambino concert, which you can read HERE if you missed it. 

Otherwise, let’s get into the music I was listening to during August!! It was another great month for music for me personally, I discovered a bunch of new tunes to add to my playlists, and rediscovered some old favourites. Let me know how you month turned out, I’d love to hear any recommendations!!

 

Movie – Tom Misch:  This song is hardly new, it’s been around for a little bit, but I’ve only just taken the time to genuinely listen to it and enjoy just how musically gifted Tom Misch is, not that it’s any surprise. I’ve featured his music here on the blog since the beginning of time, and he recently performed this song during his NPR Tiny Desk concert, and it was a treat. A great way to spend my Friday night. If you missed the Instagram story, check out my social media below so you can get onto it!

Crew – GoldLink, Brent Faiyaz, Shy Glizzy: This song was stumbled upon while I was on YouTube, the intro’s been used in a few people’s intro’s recently, and I’m not that mad at it. The rest of the song is definitely just as good, and it was a great asset to my latest playlist creation, velvet, which you can listen to HERE.

One Night Only – Sonder: This song is another incredibly smooth one. I feel like August was the month for really smooth, slow jams for me personally, and I’m so down for it. This song in particular was very random for me, I’ve never heard of Sonder, or this song before, and I’m slightly mad about it, especially considering Brent Faiyaz, one of my latest obsession, leads the group with his vocals. I don’t know where this song has been all my life, but I appreciate it being here now.

Indigo Night – Tamino: Tamino did an NPR Tiny Desk performance, which is how he appeared on my feed. There’s something so incredibly calming about watching him perform, as quite a few people in the comments mention, he’s got a bit of a Jeff Buckley vibe to him and I love it. I also love the little Arabic influences in his music, it makes it so different and unique. I’m only just diving into his catalogue, but this song has been included in several playlists.

Ride It – Regard: Look. I didn’t begin watching TikTok compilations for the art. It was ironic. I was trying to make fun of my sister. But here I am, a month later, stuck in an endless cycle of TikTok compilation videos on YouTube, and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. The shining like at the end of the tunnel though, is that sometimes, on some rare occasions, TikTok shares some great tunes, especially remixes, and this is definitely one of them. If you’ve been on TikTok or even meme Instagram in the last month, you’ll recognise this song.

Simmer – Mahalia, Burna Boy: Another absolute tune from Mahalia, but at this point, we aren’t really surprised. Burna Boy is a new one from me, but I’m seeing him pop up everywhere, see below for his song with angel gal Jorja Smith.

Be Honest – Jorja Smith, Burna Boy: As much as I love Jorja Smith, Simmer is definitely my favourite out of these two Burna Boy features, but that’s not to say this one isn’t fantastic too. I’m loving the groovier side to Jorja on this one, definitely a bit different compared to songs like Teenage Fantasy or Blue Lights, especially compared to Goodbyes, but I’m welcoming it with open arms, cos it suits her perfectly.

Indigo – Chris Brown: This is nothing new. It came out a little while ago, but August really gave me the time to get into it. Something about Chris Brown always gives me nostalgia for the year I turned 18, not long ago, only two years ago, and started going out with my friends. He’s still releasing really addictive tunes. Just a tune. That’s all I have to say.

Holding The Gun – Sabrina Claudio: I’m convinced the only thing flowing through Sabrina Claudio’s body is honey. She’s so bloody smooth. Her voice is genuinely like velvet, and I can’t get enough of it. This song is beautiful, and steadily becoming one of my favourite Sabrina songs.

Motivation – Normani: Yo. How did Fifth Harmony ever get by with this woman not leading the group?? I swear everyone on Twitter lost their minds when the music video dropped (it’s art), and I’ve never seen so many people online so ultimately united by one female artist. It was beautiful.

over and over – sky: I discovered this song while watching Volume 3 of ‘Dear White People’ – I have even more questions at the end of that volume than I did the first two – and I fell in love with. Again, just a slanky, smooth, old school RnB joint. It’s perfection.

Don’t Kill My Vibe – Sigrid: Not a new song by any means at all, but for some reason it popped into my head randomly, and I was stuck singing it around the house for an entire week. The chorus is just so energetic and wholesome, I really need to get around to listening to some more Sigrid.

Fool For You – Snoh Aalegra: I’ve been obsessing over this song ever since I randomly clicked it on Spotify. If you haven’t checked out my Spotify by now, a) why? and b) you should do that, check the links below, but it’s been added to a fair few of my playlists. It’s such a calming song, her voice and the guitar and how minimal it all is, and also may or may not feature in a lil cover I did of it on my Instagram…

 

 

The Wilhelm Scream – James Blake: I can’t for the life of me, remember where I heard this song, but it’s changed my life. I’m no stranger to James Blake and the genius that he is, but I’m shocked it’s taken me this long to hear this particular song. It’s so atmospheric and cinematic, I’d liken it to something like The Maze by Manchester Orchestra which featured in my July Tunes. This song is so bloody calming, despite how organic and dynamic it is, I can never listen to it just once.

Hazy – SODA, Yuto.: I’m Insta acquaintances with the brother’s who make up the Yuto. duo, and I have to say, this is my absolute favourite song that they’ve released. Easily. It’s right up my alley, and it’s made a SODA fan out of me.

Disco Yes – Tom Misch, Poppy Ajudha: Another Tom Misch song. Since watching his NPR Tiny Desk, August has indeed been the month of Misch. Clearly I don’t have an issue with it. This song is steadily becoming my favourite song he’s ever written, and I’m desperate for my band to get their hands on this. It’s such a good time, I don’t know how you couldn’t not smile listening to that bass line. Song of the month.

Movie Screen – Tommy Newport: I rediscovered this song while going through my playlist, songs you should probably hear on Spotify and I had to add it to my 365//2019 playlist. It’s so good. Tommy’s vocals, the bass line, the vibe.

Naked – Sedric Perry: Funny story with this one. I was at work, and had to venture to the other half of the store, when I overheard the first ten seconds of this song. I was disgusted in the best possible way and ran to the computer to find out what it was. Somehow, it was on a Pulp Fiction soundtrack by accident, because it was really the odd one out on the playlist, but God was looking out for me that day, because I am in love with this song. Stanky vocals and insane beats. Treat yourself.

 

 

That’s what I was listening to in August. It was a fun month of me, it usually always is – what were you listening to? Please feel free to share any discoveries or recommendations in the comments! I’d love to know what you guys were enjoying too!

x

Priya

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July Tunes

July Tunes

Hello friends. Hope you’re all well.

I’m not going to bore you with all the blab about how phenomenal the month of July was for new music discoveries, so let’s just get into what I was listening to and loving this month.

Cherry Hill – Russ: So I feel like I’ve heard this song before finding it this month, but I rediscovered it in On My Block, the Netflix series I binged. I’ve also heard of Russ before, but I never ever got around to actually listening to much of his music, however I’ve found a favourite in this song.

Just Friends (Sunny) – Musiq Soulchild: This is a song I’ve been meaning to get around to for a long long time. My friend Daniel has constantly suggested we perform a cover of it and I finally remembered to listen to it earlier this month. This song is everything good about RnB, it’s 2000s RnB in a nutshell and I’ve been bumping this song all through July.

Overdue – Ojikae: I discovered Ojikae in my email Inbox, and I instantly fell in love with this song from the Melbourne sing. He has another tune, Ex, which I’ve also been loving. Like the previous song, it’s everything I love about RnB. Also, this boys vocals? Insanity.

Would I Lie To You – Charles & Eddie: This song came on the radio while I was in the car with my Dad and I instantly recognised the chorus as a sample that’s used in one of my favourite songs for the gym, Would I Lie To You, but a remixed version by John Gibbons. If you need something to pump you up, I recommend that version, but if you’re a stickler for the originals, the Charles & Eddie version is just as good in my opinion, if not, better.

Love For Me – Empress Of: I discovered this song by an artist I already loved while watching the Netflix original, Trinkets, and it was this one. I shamzaam’d it so quick, but I wasn’t surprised in the slightest when I saw who it was by. She always delivers really subtle bangers.

D’Evils – SiR: My cousin introduced me to this song while we were driving to a concert and I immediately requested she add it to my yearly playlist, 365 /// 2019. As I’m writing this I’m realising there’s a lot of incredible RnB in this months favourite tunes, and I’m not mad in the slightest. This song definitely falls under that category.

Come Together – The Beatles: This song. This song. This song has been the bane of my existence this month. I have a upcoming gig that would have been over and done with by the time this is posted, either that or currently going on, and this song got the vote from all three other members of the band. It’s a classic, a favourite. However. The lyrics are absolute gibberish. Nonsense. I’ve had the hardest time learning these lyrics and memorising the words, but fingers crossed I’ve got there.

Mind Playing Tricks On Me – Geto Boys: Another song from another Netflix series, this time from Hip Hop Evolution. Admittedly, I did watch the series in the wrong order, hence by Texas rap came up in the first episode, but I’m glad I got to find this song. It sounds like something I would have heard when I was super young, and I’ve loved playing this song in the car all month long.

Back To Life – Fergus James: I heard this song on the odd occasion I didn’t have my Spotify connected in my car and was listening to the radio, Triple J, of course. The chorus in this song is so energetic and powerful, and I immediately had to find it. This is me foreshadowing that Fergus James ends up at some festivals within the next few years, with this song being the crowd favourite. It’s perfect moshing material. Have a listen if you don’t believe me.

Talk It Out – Matt Corby, Tash Sultana: Oh lordy. Two of Australia’s finest exports on one track? It’s such a lush tune. Both Matt and Tash have really incredible performances and musical choices on their independent records, so to have them collaborate is insane. Everyone went insane when they posted a photo together, and it was only a matter of time before we had this funky as heck tune.

OG Luv Kush pt.2 – Kaiit: I finally, finally got to see Kaiit live, with my boys Dan and James from my band. It was such a great night, and this song was the perfect way to end it. Not only did she leave this tune for the encore, but she also strode back on stage to perform it by throwing out four joints into the crowd while smoking on her own. If you haven’t read my wrap-up of the concert, you can read that HERE.

Me Myself And I – De La Soul: Another song from Hip Hop Evolution. De La Soul have been around for a long, long time, and by default, I’m not stranger to their name considering their affiliation with A Tribe Called Quest and the rest of the Native Tongues gang, however I’d never ventured into listening to their music. My mistake. I will repent. This song, this song never fails to make me smile. Have a listen.

How You Feel – Swsh: So I found this song on one of my favourite YouTube channels, COLORS. Boy. This song made my jaw drop. I watched the video another three seperate times after I first listened, and I’ve been playing this song all month since the video was released. I’ve never heard of Swsh, but now that I have, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out on them.

IV. sweatpants – Childish Gambino: I don’t think I can quantify how pumped I got when Gambino pulled this song out for his encore. Mia might be able to because she was there for me to grab onto when the intro came over the speakers at Rod Laver Arena, but she was just as amped as I was so she could be biased. This is the song that Mia and I jammed to and rapped together in the car on the way to Falls Festival last year, so we both lost our shit. Childish Gambino made all my dreams come true when he performed this.

Adore – gem: I have a special place in my heart for this beautiful song, because gem is my beautiful friend from university who I’ve shared the last three years with. Please got have a listen, she literally did everything on her own, and I’m so bloody proud.

Gonna Love Me – Teyanna Taylor: Teyanna, boy. She’s somehow another artist who I never really got around to listening to and I’m glad I finally did. I was compiling a playlist of smooth RnB, which you can listen to HERE, and this song came up as a recommendation and I’m very grateful it did.

Cocoon – Catfish and the Bottlemen: So I got to see Catfish in concert for the magazine I write for, and holy moly. These dudes put on such a show. I took one of my best friends Jess as my plus one, and it was such a throwback to Falls Festival again, and we were the last ones left from our group in the mosh for midnight on New Year’s Eve and these guys rang in 2019 for us.

Momma I Hit A Lick – 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar: I’ve been hearing this song everywhere, especially in a bunch of dance videos recently, and I made a mental note to listen to the full thing. I can’t say I’m a huge 2 Chainz fan, but I am a huge Kendrick Lamar fan, which automatically makes me a fan of this song. Such a hard-hitting song. Obviously I added it to my gym playlist. Perfection.

So that’s what I was listening to in July. I’m sure some of you made some amazing discoveries this month toolet me know in the comments!

x

Priya

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June Tunes

June Tunes

Hello friends. I hope you’ve all had a great month. I know I had a pretty decent June. I finished up uni for the semester, submitted my last assignment, wrote a bunch of new songs (released a new one too) got to hang out with my friends, PLUS, discovered a bunch of new songs obviously.

Here’s what I was listening to in June.

Never Say Die – CHVRCHES: So I’m only slightly sorry for getting in the mosh pit and passionately yelling out this band’s name, pronouncing the ‘V’ clear as day at Falls Festival at the start of the year/end of last year. Since getting to hear them at the festival I’ve been hearing them around more and more, and this song stuck out to me this month as I got to hear it heaps on the radio at work.

The Less I Know The Better – Tame Impala: I had a 21st this month, where the playlist included some of the grooviest tunes ever, including this one. I’ve always known Tame Impala, purely because Kevin is a genius, but up until now I’ve never had a favourite song. This song is forever stuck in my head since hearing it at the party. It’s such a good tune.

Sally -Thundamentals, Mataya: This is another song I heard at work, as soon as I heard it I had to find out what it was, and I was only slightly surprised that it was Thundamentals. It’s such a groovy tune, very old school, which is what hooked me in straight away.

Confidence – Ocean Alley: For the last six or seven months now, my friend Daniel and I have been performing acoustic covers as well as a couple of originals at a bar and beer garden in our area where a bunch of uni students hang out, and this was added to the list this month. It’s proved popular, for obvious reasons. It was No. 1 on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2018, so there’s that.

The Maze – Manchester Orchestra: I’d like to proclaim this song my discovery of the month. It’s been a long, long time since a song has moved me as much as this song did. Think Sleep On The Ground by The Lumineers, or I Need You by M83, but super raw and rustic in the best way possible. I’d like to thank The Society for bringing this song into my life.

Parachute – AM!R: Speaking of Netflix shows that deliver amazing music, On My Block gave me this absolute stellar. It’s definitely on the smoother, RnB side of things, but it’s perfect for the show, and it really hits you in the gut when it gets into the swing of it.

Compromise. – Phony Ppl: I found this song while watching the NPR Tiny Desk episode this band did. Such a funky band, this song has Earth, Wind & Fire potential, I’m telling you. Watch out.

Washed Out – The Grogans: I got to interview these dudes to a magazine I write for, and they were the coolest guys ever. Literally like talking to some mates from high school. Funnily enough, we discovered that I actually did a class with one of them at their school where I attended an extra class in 2014-2015. This song is keeping me going until Summer, and if you’re looking for some incredible surf-rock, infused with a decent dose of reggae and blues, check out The Grogans.

Window To The Sky – Kim Churchill: Again, I got to see Kim Churchill live to review the show for the magazine, and despite not being too familiar with him before picking up the piece, I left the show totally in love. He literally sat on stage playing the harmonica, the guitar, a kick drum and a tambourine pedal all on his own. Oh, and singing like an angel.

Hold Me Back – Hayden James, Boy Matthew: Hayden James finally dropped his album, and he did not disappoint. He’s featured Boy Matthew on heaps of his songs, and I love the guys vocals, so this one was sure to deliver, and deliver it did. Such a great tune, I’ve been blasting this while getting ready for a night out, or while cleaning my room, while making breakfast, really I’ve just been playing this song nonstop.

Want Me Back – BENEE: Another favourite here on the blog, BENEE released this in preparation for her EP which is finally, finally coming out. I’ve literally been waiting for this since she released Tough Guy last year. This song is such a step away from her bass heavy, alternative RnB/pop singles she’s released, and I’m loving it. It’s still cohesive with the rest of the songs she has out, but it’s very different and I’m obsessed.

Better – Mac Ayres: Again, the favourites really pulling through this month. Mac Ayres released Better, and I’m even more in love with his voice than I already was. That’s about it.

Rolling Into One – Jordan Rakei: Jordan Rakei. Jordan, Jordan, Jordan. Rakei also released an album, after much waiting, and he’s really pulled through. Jordan’s one of the most talented musicians I can think of, and this entire album is like all of his talent and skill and funk rolled into one. Definitely check out Jordan and his album, Origins. It’s filled with amazing songs, but Rolling into One is my personal favourite.

Baby, Baby, Baby – Aretha Franklin: A classic. An absolute gem. I rediscovered this song again, through The Society. I love this song so much. Such a smooth track, and Aretha’s voice plus the harmonies in the back can do no wrong. Continuously in awe of this woman.

ALSO

It’s not really part of the favourites cos while I’m a narcissist, I can read a situation, but I thought I’d include a special lil tune that came out this month…mine!

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My second single for the year, Same Wine, came out in June on the 21st, and I’ve been so grateful for all the friends, especially those of you gems from my blogging family, who’ve shared the song, passed on their love for it and been so supportive towards me. If you’d like to listen to Same Wine, you can stream it on Spotify, SoundCloud and literally everywhere else!!

That’s my June Tunes!! I hope you enjoyed this post – let me know if you discovered any new faves from the list!

x

Priya

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May Tunes

May Tunes

Hello friends and welcome to the end of another month! A bit jarring, considering June marks the halfway point for the year, but exciting all the same for a couple of reasons!

  1. I have decided to make some holiday plans for this time next year and I’m already excited.
  2. I may or may not have a new song coming out on streaming services this month….
  3. Also a couple months closer to my birthday and being considered an adult all over the world.

But anyway, I suppose I’ll touch on all of those topics sometime in the near future, but the reason for today’s post is of course, my monthly tunes. I really had a great month of music in May. I played a super duper fun gig with my band and had so many friends and family come along to support us. Some new music came out that had me vibing real good, and I even went to a cheeky concert or two.

Here’s what I was listening to in May, it’s a hefty list, but well worth a read!

Hard Place – H.E.R: Honestly, she can do no wrong. Every new song she releases makes more more of a fan of hers and I can’t help but be obsessed with everything she puts out. Hard Place is no different, hence why it’s at the top of my list this month.

Wallpaper – Spencer Sutherland: Another cool as heck do, I’ve also been enjoying all of Spencer’s songs. I’ve yet to find one that I don’t absolutely love yet.

I’m Like A Bird (Recorded Live at Spotify) – Alessia Cara: One of my friends Amy recommended this song to me, and I’ve had it on repeat since then. I love Alessia Cara, especially recently, she’s been sharing some cool music and  her concerts look super fun, but this cover makes me so nostalgic considering how big of a part this song played in my childhood. Such a great cover, I highly recommend you give it a listen. Shout-out to Amy for a brilliant suggestions.

3 Nights – Dominic Fike: An artist who I’ve actually heard of here and there, Dominic Fike has never been someone I’ve really gone out of my way to look into, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear this song start popping up on the radio here in Australia. It’s a really catchy song and I was super quick to Shazaam it the first time I heard it in the car.

Upside – Allen Stone: Look. I know. I’m well behind on my BluesFest post. It’s coming, I promise. However, in the meantime, get yourself acquainted with Allen Stone cos he’ll for sure be popping up in that post several times. This song is one of his funkiest in my opinion, a great time overall.

Trick Of The Light – Matt Corby: Ever since watching Matt Corby live last month, which you can read about HERE, I’ve been in love with this song. He didn’t play it, but my friend James had his fingers crossed the entire time that he would, so it was only fair that I went home after the concert to have a listen. I love it. The guitar in this song is super strong, and Matt delivers the incredible vocal performance that I’ve just come to expect from him.

Guillotine – Jon Bellion: It happened again. I don’t know what the catalyst is for this, but there’s always a time every few weeks or so where I just come back to this song and play nothing else for a few days. It popped up again in May and I had zero problems, because it reminded me that I’m actually going to see this man live in the flesh in a couple of months when he comes to Australia for his tour. Man, I could cry.

Let’s Be Honest – Billy Fox: This song was sent to my email, and I was inclined to have a listen. I was very surprised at how into it I got. When things get sent to me and I get asked to review songs, I really try to only share music that I genuinely enjoy and it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a song as much as this one. Definitely check it out.

Miss Shiney – Kaiit: Ahh Kaiit. I could fangirl over this chick for ever. She’s come through with a new song, and Miss Shiney is such a funky tune. Coincidentally, the day she released it, one of my good friends from uni and I were having lunch in Melbourne Central after class, and spotted her sitting two tables away from us, so proceeded to absolutely freak-out .

Love Me Less – MAX, Quinn XCII: A tune. A very good tune. MAX has always been a vocally very skilled singer, add in Quinn XCII, another personal favourite, and it makes for a super punchy, annoyingly catchy song. Also, the music video is genius.

Ashamed – Omar Apollo: This. Song. If you thought you knew Omar Apollo, like I stupidly thought I did, you don’t. Listening to this song for the first time had me shooketh to my absolute core. It’s so different from personal favourites like Brake Lights and Pram. It’s like his song Ignorin, grew the heck up, but like, better?

Circle – Allen Stone: This my friends, is how you sing a ballad. I don’t even know if I can do this man justice. You have to just check him out, but this is maybe in my top three songs from Allen Stone.

Let’s Begin – Jon Bellion, Roc Marciano, RZA, B.Keyz, Travis Mendes: Like I mentioned, been on a bit of a Jon Bellion binge. This song was immediately one of my favourites when I first listened to Glory Sound Prep which he released in November last year. The bass line in this song is so aggressive, which I absolutely love, and literally every single artist on this track, goes in. It’s hard not to respect a song with so much talent on it. It’s insanity.

Light It Up – Marshmello, Tyga, Chris Brown: Ahh, my very guilty pleasure. You all know I’m incredibly partial to some hip hop and RnB. I don’t know man, just been stuck in my head all the time.

Evil Spider – Bene: My gal Bene. If you didn’t catch it, check out my review of her concert HERE. She released this cute lil track, and I’m excited to see it go far. It’s super groovy, as expected from Bene by now, and her songwriting in this walks the line of being super dark but also super cute??? She makes it happen.

Blood On My Hands – AUGUST 08, Smino: I added this song to 365//2019 purely from the intro because of how atmospheric it is, intending for this to be a bit of a chiller tune. My bad, I accept full responsibility for not waiting for the chorus to hit on this one, cos when it hits, it hits. There’s some major minimalistic dancehall percussion on this track, and the vocals are undeniably smooth as butter. I love everything about this song.

Fragile – Cooper and Gatlin: I watched the music video for this song, purely because it featured two of my favourite dancers on the video icon, and I subsequently became obsessed with it. Watch for yourself.

Treasure – Bruno Mars: I fell back in love with this song after my band and I performed it at our last gig. It was a pretty last minute inclusion but it definitely paid off, it was a huge crowd favourite, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat, especially at the gym, ever since.

Life Worth Living – LAUREL: This gal. This angel, angel gal. Like I’ve spoken about before, I strongly back the pre-concert and post-concert fave. Before heading to see LAUREL earlier this month, her song Adored was basically one of the only songs from her album DOGVIOLET that I actually listened to. Come the day of the concert and I become obsessed with this song hours before the show, and lose it in the crowd when she starts singing it. This song hits you in the gut in the best way. If you want a bit of pop-rock Florence And The Machine vibes, LAUREL is your go-to gal.

Do Not Disturb – Mahalia: Y’all know I love Mahalia. I’ve been slowly making my way through her catalogue, purely because once I listen to a new song it’s the only Mahalia song I listen to for a week, minimum. I love the chorus in this song, her vocals are like genuine. It blows my mind that she’s my age.

Easier – 5 Seconds of Summer: I don’t know why I was surprise, but I was. My best friend Kate, really gets around these boys, and I can see why. Since they’ve made their little comeback, they’ve released fantastic songs, and this one is no different. I’d be really interested to see how they’d perform it live though.

Cautionary Tales – Jon Bellion: It’s like Jon knew I was on a Bellion bender throughout this month, because towards the end of May he released a documentary, behind the scenes of the making of the Glory Sound Prep album, and it’s magnificent. This was one of the first songs to show up within the documentary, and it really made me appreciate it a lot more. Honestly, this man. I cried, several times while watching it, and then I watched it a second time.

still feel – half·alive: I discovered this song while on my drive to my last day of my internship. I’d had it in my driving playlist, but at this point that’s another version of Mary Poppin’s bag, you literally don’t know what you’re gonna get because there’s a stupid amount of songs on it. However, this song came on shuffle, and I was immediately obsessed with it, and as soon as I pulled into the carpark, I searched up the song again and added it to my yearly playlist. The bass drop had my entire car shaking, which is always a good sign.

So that’s it friends. May was chock full of amazing music – the rest of the year really got to pull through to match the first half. I’m excited.

x

Priya

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April Tunes

April Tunes

Hello friends! We’re in the fifth month of the year, and albeit a scary as heck thought, it also means I get to share some tunes from April!! April was a stellar month for music for me personally and I got a taste of some incredible music this month. I’ve begun relying quite a bit on my 365//2019 playlist on Spotify to write these posts, so if you’d like a pretty accurate summary of what I’ve been listening to over the last few months, check it out and follow me on Spotify!

Here’s what I was listening to and loving in April!

Bad Guy – Billie Eilish: Surely this doesn’t need an explanation. I mean if you want one, I have a whole post dedicated to Billie’s album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO which you can read HERE, but this song is still my favourite from the record. I think a lot of people share the love as well, I’ve been hearing this song everywhere ever since it was released, and I obviously have zero problem with that.

Stay Lost (Cabu Remix) – Joe Hertz, Amber-Simone, Cabu: I can’t recall how I stumbled across this song, but I’ve been in love with it for the entire month and I don’t see myself tiring of it anytime soon. Amber-Simone has one of the smoothest voices I’ve heard and while there’s quite a fair bit of manipulation going on within the remix, Cabu hasn’t messed with her vocals too much and I’m in love. I only recently just looked into the original and it’s the grooviest thing I’ve ever heard so I’m having a hard time choosing which one I love more.

Part The Seas – Cody Simpson: I’m still on a Cody Simpson bender friends. This time, Part The Seas has been the go-to. This song really meets all my blues and guitar solo needs, and I’m always thoroughly satisfied whenever I listen to this song. His vocals are really rough and husky which suits the style of the song as well, but nothing beats the guitar in this song for me personally.

Pure Water – Mustard, Migos: Dude I don’t know, sometimes you just need a little bit of Migos to get you ready to face the day, you know? This song hits different though. I don’t know what it was, but that intro literally has me grooving in my seat every time I listen to it.

Euphemism – Tash, JON VINYL: Another great song from Tash, this time a collaboration with Canadian singer Jon Vinyl, who keeps up and compliments her smooth vocals perfectly. Their voices blend really went in this song, and while there isn’t a huge amount of production going on, this song is a favourite for this month.

xanny – Billie Eilish: Another from Billie’s album, surely we all saw this coming? It took me a little longer to get around this song, but once I did I was all in and this song has been a constant go to this month. It’s the bass, man.

Nunya – Kehlani: Ahhh, had to include a tune from the queen this month. Her mixtape is the gift that keeps on giving and this month, Nunya was the pick for me. The chorus is one of the catchiest on the record in my opinion, and it’s forever getting stuck in my head, not that I’m complaining.

Goodbye Kisses – Joe Hertz, Pip Millett: It was purely coincidence that my friend who plays bass in our band recommended I listen to this song, and halfway through the song I realised Joe Hertz was the same Joe Hertz from Stay Lost which I spoke about earlier. Coincidentally I had also just watched Pip Millet’s COLORS video on YouTube, so everything kinda weirdly aligned. This song is extra groovy, definitely recommend you give it a listen.

Monday – Matt Corby: Matt. Matt, Matt, Matt. I promise there’s a concert review coming soon, but honestly, seeing Matt Corby in the flesh, hearing his voice live, was so much better than listening to any studio recording on Spotify or watching any video on YouTube. The man was so magical and transcendent, it was a truly beautiful concert, and I was shocked to my core when he started singing this song because I didn’t expect it at all.

Therapy – I.M the artist: Well, well, well. Our very own Isabel released her first single!! I’m not lying when I say I’m so close to having the words memorised because of how often I’ve listened to this song and it was literally released a few weeks ago! It’s such a beautiful song and I love Isabel’s voice. I promise, one listen and the chorus will be stuck in your head.

Mixer – Amber Mark: I’ve really been enjoying Amber Mark, and this song is no exception. I had a listen to it at the start of the month and I’ve been in love with it since then. It’s super groovy and her voice is really strong and dynamic in this song. A great song to dance along to.

Overload – John Legend, Miguel: What do you get when you combine John Legend and Miguel? And overflowing deliverance of smooth, smooth magic. The combination of these two powerhouses, the beautiful guitar tone and switch up between the two singers creates one of the tastiest songs I’ve come across in ages. If you look up the word ‘smooth’ in the dictionary it’s just a Spotify link to this song.

I Couldn’t Be More In Love – The 1975: This is one of the most beautiful songs ever. I’m still caught up on Mine, but if I had to choose another song that has been trying not to sappy-cry, it’s this one. It reminds me of the music from an old 80’s rom-com but in the best possible way. Also, Matty’s voice in the chorus?? Insanity.

Unaware – Allen Stone: Okay. Ok.ay. Listen up. If there’s one thing you do after reading this post, make sure it’s listening to Allen Stone. I’ve been listening to him since around 2015/2016, but I finally got to see mans live at BluesFest. And when I say ‘see him live’, I mean I made a point to go to all three of his sets over the five-day festival. This song was the song that stuck with me and my sister who I dragged along with me each time, and we spent the rest of the day walking around the festival singing this tune.

Someone New – Hozier: Another absolute transcendent being who I got the privilege of seeing at BluesFest. I completely ditched my family and let myself get absorbed into the middle of the giant tent he completely filled out, and it was one of the best sets I got to see over the weekend. I’m convinced he’s not actually human, rather just a mythical creature here to bless us all.

Upside – Allen Stone: This is my sister’s favourite song from Allen, and for good reason. It’s so groovy. His stage performance was one of the best of the festivals in my personal opinion. He danced, jumped, span around, ran around the stage and genuinely gave such a wholesome performance you couldn’t help but love him.

Taste Of You – Allen Stone: By the third set of Allen’s that I watched, I had zero shame in wiggling my way to the front of the mosh pits and right into the thick of it, where all the dancing was going on. I was also lucky enough to have absolute legends around me, and it seemed that all of Allen’s mosh pits were filled with people just looking to have a good time. This song was a crowd favourite and I don’t think there were many people standing still during this tune.

 

But yes! Those are the tunes I was absolutely loving this month, fingers crossed May is just as good. Let me know if you had a listen and enjoyed any of these songs in the comments! As always, these songs are pulled from my yearly playlist, 365//2019, where I compile a song for every day of the year. You can have a listen HERE.

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Priya

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March Tunes

March Tunes

Hello hello everyone and welcome to another monthly tunes!! These are one of my favourite posts to write because I get to listen back to my 365//2019 playlist and see what additions I’ve made over the month, what songs I’ve been enjoying most and share them all with you!

I also should give you all some updates!

  • Uni has definitely kicked into gear and is lighting a bit of a fire under me, so I’m currently moving into second gear to make my third year worth it and get some things done.
  • Hoping to release some new music as well! My friend who produces my music is also at uni, so finding time between out schedules has been the biggest hurdle this semester, but we’re hoping to get some solid work done soon – if you’re not following my personal Instagram (@priya_francis) which is linked below, definitely do so you can hear when anything new comes out!
  • I’m starting my placement!! I managed to secure an internship at Beat Magazine, an amazing music magazine here in Melbourne that I’ve literally been reading for years! I actually start that tomorrow so fingers crossed it goes well!

But anyway, this post is about the tunes I was listening to during March. It was a great month for music for me personally, so there are some great songs on this list!

So let’s begin!

Sucker – Jonas Brothers: Clearly everyone and their mum heard about this. The time the world collectively lost their minds at the reunion of the Jonas Brothers. That too, a reunion marked with the release of this absolute tune of a song. It’s such a strong entry back into the charts and the music industry for the trio, they’ve definitely put the right foot forward. Partnered with the insane music video that came out with it featuring the respective wives of each brother, it was the best thing to come out of the month for me. I was instantly thrown back to going to the cinema and watching The Jonas Brothers Live tour movie in 3D as a lil gal.

Everyday – Elijah Blake: This song is something. Elijah has such a great voice, but the ambience and the tension within this song had me hooked instantly. Then the chorus kicks in and it’s so minimal but incredibly strong and I could just listen to this, everyday.

Belief (Live At Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles) – John Mayer: A new addition to the 365//2019 playlist, was definitely more John Mayer in preparation for seeing him this month! Expect the blog post to come soon, because you all know how hyped up I’ve been for this concert. I’m actually writing this post the day before I go, so I can only hope it’ll be amazing. Fingers crossed.

dear marie, i’d love to meet your mum – Cody Simpson: My friend Amy recommended me this song and I gave it a listen while we were away in Rye last month. Make sure you check out the blog post for that trip HERE. Cody Simpson has done some growing, my friends. I remember all the music he released around five or six years ago, because I used to listen to it with my friends, but it didn’t last long for me. Now he’s released this new stuff and I can confidently get around it. This song in particular was perfect for driving down the road next to the beach on the way to some rock-pools. So calming and ethereal. Some major John Mayer vibes here as well.

Confidently Lost – Sabrina Claudio: I added this song after one of my close friends told me he thought I’d enjoy it and I got super excited that someone else I knew was listening to Sabrina finally, and more than that, thought of me???? There’s nothing I love more than when people think of me while listening to music and let me know. It’s happened with Summer Walker, Bruno Major,  Kehlani, and Declan McKenna, but Sabrina Claudio has definitely been one of the best. Especially because this is one of my favourite songs by her.

MIDDLE CHILD – J. Cole: This. Song. I don’t know how anyone can have anything bad to say about Cole. He sticks to himself, absolutely kills the game, no features, he just produces and delivers time after time and this time is no different. Whoever the producers are working with him, deserve mad props. I actually looked it up, and it’s a duo of J. Cole and T-Minus on this track, T-Minus who’s worked with the likes of Drake, Kendrick, Nicki, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Big Sean and heaps more. Explains a lot.

Glory – Dermot Kennedy: Still on my Dermot grind. Such a soulful, strong, powerful voice. I can’t get over it. I’ve genuinely never heard a voice like his, it’s so distinct and his songs are all beautiful, especially this one. I saw him live at Falls Fest, which you can read about HERE, and featured one of his songs on my January Tunes, so safe to say, three months later I’m still loving the man.

Skeletons – Yeah Yeah Yeahs: I don’t know man, this song just does it for me. Ever since I heard it for the first time two years ago in the Before I Fall soundtrack, I’ve been completely and utterly obsessed with it. I mean, Yeah Yeah Yeahs release an absolute banger like Heads Will Roll, but then deliver such atmospheric beauty and transcendence with a song like this. This song genuinely leaves me feeling like I’m floating while listening to it. It’s the most calming song to listen to ever, and I’ve found myself doing so a ton this month, often while driving, or at the end of the day, just laying on my bed.

Freaking Out – Spencer Sutherland: Spencer Sutherland has been on my radar for a little while. His videos pop up on my YouTube suggestions often, and they’re all really good, the directive style is really quirky and different to anything I’ve seen. I’d definitely recommend watching the Sweater music video. Song wise, this song in particular is right up my alley and I went and added it to my Spotify playlist straight after hearing it. Spencer has an incredible voice, he’s sure to pick up some attention and gain some traction soon. Just wait.

Just Friends – Hayden James, Boy Matthews: This song has been a favourite this entire year. Can’t count the times I’m mentioned it or featured it in a playlist of some sort. It’s just a completely different type of vibe for me, Hayden James nails it with this song. The contrast between the verses and the chorus are so distinct yet it leaves you waiting to vamp and amp the song up yourself. Couldn’t recommend this song more.

BITCH (takes one to know one) – Lennon Stella: Lennon Stella is quickly becoming one of the biggest young voices in the music industry, I’m telling you now. She’s making huge moves continuously, and this is no different. The tone of this song, the punch in production value, the music video, her voice, everything about this song is so spot on. She hyped this one heaps on social media, I’m very close to buying a pair of BITCH socks my dudes.

Love Language – Kehlani: Kehlani’s While We Wait mixtape has been nothing but blessing after blessing and I’m really taking my time going through and picking it apart. At the moment this is the one I’m really loving. It’s so interesting in terms of musicality and sounds but I love it a lot, it seems perfect for where Kehlani is at this point in time, with a baby on the way, taking it a bit slow, sharing her spirituality and pregnancy journey with her fans, it all just seems to work.

Barbie Dreams – Nicki Minaj: My cousin requested this song on a drive to the beach this month and holy moly we went off. There’s something about this song that makes you feel so powerful. I think it’s in that guitar sample that just runs throughout the entire thing. Add to it that she literally comes for everyone in this song, calls out whoever she wants with no remorse or regret, it’s hard to feel weak or sensitive while listening to this song. Changed the dynamic of the car ride completely for the better.

GIRL – Maren Morris: Loved watching Maren Morris live when she opened for Niall Horan last year, and I’ve been keeping my eye on her all this time, she’s obviously killing it with the success of The Middle in the charts still and with award circuit, but I was waiting for some of her own music and she definitely delivered. This song comes from her album by the same name, and I felt like adding this song in particular to the 365 playlist specifically because it’s the title track and it definitely encompasses the entire mood of the album for me. I also really enjoy the country vibe of it that melts really well into the commercial pop sound she’s sprinkled in there. This is a great song.

Just A Girl – No Doubt: I included this song purely because of the Captain Marvel soundtrack and losing my cool in the cinema when this song came on. It was the perfect song for the movie and fit perfectly into the scene. Kate and I got super excited when it came on, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat since it came out, in the car, in my room, in the kitchen, at the gym, on the way to uni. It’s been a definite soundtrack for this month.

 

So there we have it! That’s what I was listening to in the month of March. What were you listening to? I’d love to know so let me know in the comments! Also make sure to check out my Spotify, heaps of playlists to keep you busy.

x

Priya

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