December Tunes

December Tunes

Yeah. I know I’m late. But. Um holy moly. December Tunes means this is the last of my monthly wrap up’s for 2018, meaning at the end of this month I’ll be providing you with my first monthly music wrap up for 2019.

Last year literally sped past, I have huge issues with accepting the year is already over, but here we are, and here’s what I was listening to in December.

Disclaimer
I apologise HUGELY to anyone expecting Christmas music. I’m sorry. I’m not entirely sure what happened, I don’t know if it was the lack of Michael Buble Christmas special on TV or what, but Christmas music just didn’t really happen for me this year. If you’re in desperate need of some Christmas tunes though, make sure you read the post I made all about my favourite Christmas songs, from last year.

Just Friends – Hayden James: This song has been on repeat for me. I don’t know what it is about the song, but it’s been on my playlist for ages, and I’m only now becoming obsessed with it. I listened to it way too much in December, and it’s yet to get old.

Let Me Down Slowly – Alec Benjamin: This song made waves this month. I saw it everywhere, and so many people got to listen to it. I’ve listened to Alec Benjamin a bit before, some of the songs he wrote when he was much younger have been on my phone from high school, but I only just got reconnected to him through these new songs from his album, Narrated For You, which I highly recommend you have a listen to if you haven’t already.

Carried Away – H.E.R: I first saw this song when H.E.R did a video of it for the COLORS YouTube channel, which you know I’m a fan of, so instead of me talking about it, have a listen yourself.

Fairplay – Kiana Lede: Kiana Lede has been sharing her cover videos on YouTube for years, and every now and then I’d watch a few of them when they popped up on my page, though I’ve taken a huge interest in her own original songs that she’s been releasing. This one is definitely my favourite at the moment.

Couples Retreat – Jon Bellion: Of course there was gonna be a song from Jon’s album that he released last month, and at the moment this one is one of my favourites. It’s just so upbeat and has this great bounce to it. It’s been blasted quite a bit in the car.

Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus: I’m sure everyone saw or heard this song somewhere. It seems like such a perfect pairing that took way too long to happen, but I’m glad it did. Mark’s production and song writing style suit Miley’s singing so well and I’ve been loving the product.

Positivo – J Balvin, Michael Brun: Another older song that’s been in many of playlists of mine for a little while, but I was particularly loving it this month. It’s such a hard hitting song, and since I’m finally starting to get over songs like Mi Gente and Swalla, only a bit, I’ve been in need to find a new song to replace them.

Sincerity Is Scary – The 1975: December was definitely a month filled with The 1975 for me, and this song has by far been my favourite ever since I watched the music video for it.

Killer Queen – Queen:  Another post-Bohemian Rhapsody song that I listened to a whole lot more than watching the movie. I also am quite the fan of 5 Seconds of Summer’s cover version of it, though the original will always be iconic.

Invincible – Amine: It wouldn’t be a monthly wrap up without some Amine, and this month’s feature comes in the form of a song from the recent Spiderman animated film. I’ve yet to see the film myself, but the soundtrack is definitely one worth listening to, if not for Post Malone and Swae Lee’s song Sunflower, then for Amine.

Leftovers – Denis Lloyd: This song was another one I stumbled across because of a COLORS video on YouTube. Which you can also enjoy below.

There’s No Way – Lauv, Julia Michaels: This was a song I found myself listening to or humming or singing a ton in December. There’s something about the chorus, Julia’s voice, the lyrics that keep this song stuck in my head. I even had a moment when I thought I’d written a really good chorus, only to realise I’d just re-written the chorus from this song but with different lyrics, that’s how much this song was stuck in my head this month.

Let It Happen – Tame Impala, Soulwax Remix: I listened to this song a lot before going away for Falls Festival in Lorne, which is a whole other post coming soon hopefully. Not because Tame Impala were playing or anything, but more so because I feel like it’s a huge festival vibe, it captures the essence of a festival so perfectly.

Breakaway – Lennon Stella: Lennon Stella’s album is incredible. If you haven’t listened to it, I highly recommend you do, however if you only have time for one song, make sure it’s this one. I had this song on repeat. Like physically pressed the ‘repeat’ button on Spotify for close to an entire day because of how much I love it. It’s so unexpected and different from what I feel people are used to hearing from the Stella sisters as a duo, and I love it so much.

Rhymes Like Dimes – MF DOOM, DJ Cucumber Slice: This is a huge classic for me. MF DOOM is a hero, and this song never fails to pipe me up and put me in a good mood.

Bad Feeling – Joy Crookes: If you didn’t read my post all about Joy Crookes, now is the perfect time to check it out. This song is one of my favourites.

So that’s what I was listening to in December. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and a great New Year’s. Here’s to more tunes in 2019.

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 7

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 7

Hello, hello! Hope you are all doing well, hope you’re all in the mood for some new music, some new tunes, some songs you never knew you needed in your life until now!

I have to say, this collection of songs that I grabbed from my Spotify is one of my favourites. As I’ve mentioned before on these posts, I take all these songs from my personal Spotify, which I always link below because I’m a narcissistic Leo, from my songs you should probably hear playlist.There are close to 500 songs on that playlist as well, so you know this list is barely scratching the surface of all the good songs you should be getting around.

Junk Food Forever – The Amazons
Hotline Bling – SRNO
Bloodstain – Wrabel
Don’t – Zoe Kravitz
One Wish – Tion Phipps
Mona Lisa – Monte Booker
Ride – Shoffy
Smoke – Luke Levenson
You & Me – Marc E. Bassy
About You (Fortunes Remix) – Penthouse Penthouse
Switch Sider – Ella Mai
Gum, Toe and Sole – Gus Dapperton
Sorceress – Jordan Rakei
A Higher Place – Adam Levine
4EVER – Clairo
Rooftops – Dex
Perfect World – Allen Stone
School – Calvin Harris
Say So – Terror Jr
Like A Fool – Keira Knightley
Fools And Their Gold – PLGRMS
It Ain’t Love – Carneyval

Love so many of these songs, and wasted a great chunk of time jamming out to them instead of writing them down for you all, but I’m not sorry about it. Hopefully you found some good new songs from that list! If you’re up for some more new tunes to discover, make sure you head to my Spotify, where I’ve curated a ton more playlists, pretty covers and all. Let me know if you found any new favourites!!

x

Priya

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October Tunes

October Tunes

It’s becoming alarming how quickly the year is coming to an end, but the silver lining at the end of every month, is that I get another opportunity to share some of my favourite music with you all!

Regardless of the fact that October ending means there’s only two months left in the year, it means I get to share what music I was loving this month, and this month I was really loving music. University coming to an end meant that I was listening to tunes on end while procrastinating doing my assignments and homework, listening to my study playlist when I eventually go around to doing some work and then having the time to blast music 24/7 after finishing up for the year. PLUS, October was a great month for new releases and new discoveries, so there’s always that to look forward to.

Hopefully you find something you enjoy on this playlist, let me know what you were listening to during October!

CONVERSATIONS WITH MY WIFE – JON BELLION: JON’S RELEASING AN ALBUM NEXT MONTH. I don’t know if you’ve caught it, but I have a huge adoration/admiration/obsession for Jon Bellion, and I nearly screamed when he posted that this song was up on his Spotify. It’s everything I expected from Jon, but heaps more and I love it. The production is amazing, out of this world, but the lyrics don’t suffer, they’re intense and catchy and everything just works together perfectly. Listen to this song. It’s kinda like going to a digital church.

Stay – Mac Ayres: I can’t take any credit for this. My friend/coworker/guitarist showed me this artist one day at work, and I was instantly obsessed. I believe the term is ‘milky’ but ‘smooth’, ‘warm’ and ‘toasty’ also suffice enough to even try describing this guy’s voice. It’s insane. That too, majority of his songs feature that really sweet, vintage guitar tone that you all know I love talking on and on about. It’s a ‘Daniel Caesar-type’ mood, so if you’re a fan of Daniel Caesar, Sabrina Claudio, Omar Apollo or boy pablo, definitely check Mac Ayres out.

Water on the Bridge – Chelsea Cutler: I discovered this artist through another artist I’ve been loving for a while, Christian French. You can read the post I did about Christian HERE. Christian is currently on tour, and he’s supporting Chelsea Cutler, so while I was writing up his post, I decided to have a listen to some of her music, and while I had heard a one of her songs before, I’d never really listened to anything else or done any further investigating. Boy do I regret that. Chelsea has some incredible songs, but this song is by far my favourite. It’s so ethereal and the lyrics are so sad and angry at the same time and I love it. Have a listen.

Girls Need Love – Summer Walker: I was introduced to this artist by a friend from uni who, get this, ‘heard it and thought I’d really like it’. That’s one of my favourite things in the world, when people hear a song and think you’d appreciate it and go out of their way to let you know you should listen to it. Love that. Anyway. Summer Walker. Wait for that post to come, because trust me, it’s coming. This song is a bop. A smooth, RnB bop. SZA, Kehlani, H.E.R type bop. Get around it.

If Tomorrow Never Comes – Swiss, Etana: Okay. If Tomorrow Never Comes by Ronan Keating is one of my favourite songs. It’s a family favourite. On the other hand, reggae is one of my favourite genres. Island music? All over it, as is my family. A reggae, island cover of If Tomorrow Never Comes? I’m done. This song made my jaw drop, and it’s nothing spectacular in terms of how they switch it up or anything, because you know what song it is immediately, the singers are all just gorgeous and inject that island quality singing into the song, and this song just makes me feel all warm and toasty inside.

Where Did I Go? – Jorja Smith: Jorja Smith needs no introduction here on the blog so I’m not gonna give it. All I’ve going to say, is her album is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s like each song is tailored to be a single all on it’s own, released at just the right moment, when in reality, every single song is just a hit. Where Did I Go is my latest obsession from the Lost & Found album.

MICHUUL. – Duckwrth: I overheard this song while I was at the gym. The somewhat dancehall, beat, layered vocals and simple synths somehow reached me over my own music, so much so that I pulled out my headphones and shazaam’d the song. It’s such a ridiculously good, groovy tribute to Michael Jackson, without going out of it’s way to be over sentimental. As a huge Michael Jackson fan, I love this song.

THUG LIFE – BROCKHAMPTON: It took me a while to get through the recent BROCKHAMPTON album, but when I did I was easily able to pick THUG LIFE as my favourite song from it. I just really love the vocals on it and the production on a whole.

Hocus Pocus – Clark Beckham: I discovered Clark through my favourite musician on the planet, Jon Bellion. If you missed my post all about Clark Beckham, had a read of that, it’s all you need to understand how much I love this artist. This song in particular, is my absolute favourite and I get shivers every time I hear it.

For How Long – RINI: DUDES. I’ve shared some of RINI’s music on here before, but next month, I’m going to his EP Launch concert!! I didn’t really know anyone else who listened to his music, and so told one of my friends at work, the same friend who plays guitar for me, and mentioned that he was on a list of musicians and songs I had given my friend to listen to, and he recognised the name, mentioned that he actually loved him, and we basically bought out tickets at my desk at work, so now I’m super, duper keen.

I Don’t Lack Imagination – E^ST: This song was a Triple J discovery for me personally. I’m starting to think I need to seriously look into E^ST and the rest of her songs, because so far of the two that have made their way onto the radio and become somewhat popular, she’s been two for two and they’ve both been amazing. This one especially.

Wonderful – Mullaly: This is one of my favourite pre pre-game songs. Pre pre-game, as in, getting ready for the pre-game. Like doing your makeup with your friends or by yourself. I have an entire playlist dedicated to that specific mood, check it out on my Spotify. It’s a really up-beat, percussive song, and I love how bouncy it is, that said, it’s incredibly easy to sing along to. It’s a very happy song.

Tadow – Masego, FKJ: cannot wait to see Masego at Laneway Festival in February next year (with Mia???). Tadow was one of the first songs I ever heard from Masego, and it’s one of my favourites. I heard it playing at a bar I was doing a gig at before we got on stage and made a mental note to add it to some of my playlists, and ever since then I’ve been loving it even more.

Beautiful – Bazzi: This particular song makes the cut because of my little sister. Somehow she managed to get the lyrics oh so incredibly wrong, yet sing them with all the confidence she had, so because of how many times I spent correcting her, I ended up listening to the song over and over again and adding it to playlists, then listening to it in the car, on the way to work and university, and that’s how it’s on this list.

Dangerous – Kaien Cruz: I have not a single clue how I came across this song, but I have, and no one I’ve asked knows it. If you do know this song, please leave me a comment because I need someone to obsess over it with. This song is incredible. It’s an injustice that more people haven’t heard it.

Social Jungle – Herizen: After recently following Herizen on Instagram after my The Get Down binge, I’ve been keeping tabs on her music career. This song, is amazing. This song has such an slinky, underground vibe, and Herizen’s voice fits the style perfectly. She has another song, Come Over To My House, that’s equally as fitting, I recommend you have a listen to both of the songs!

Bad – Lennon Stella: Lennon Stella. 1/2 of the duo, Lennon and Maisy, who I’ve been in love with for quite a few years now. I’ve always loved both their voices, but it seems Lennon, the eldest, is making her moves musically right now, and I’m loving it. She recently featured on a song with Liam Payne and Jonas Blue, but I don’t love it half as much as I love this song. This song is beautiful. It’s so sweet sonically, but the lyrics are a really strong contrast to the music, and I’m all about it.

when the party’s over – billie eilish: I feel like this song kind of shut down the world. For the first couple of days after it was released, I couldn’t look through my Instagram stories without seeing someone sharing it. The first time I heard it gave me major nostalgia. Billie actually sang this song back in April at her concert, and she sang it so beautifully, and as soon as I heard it I messaged my friends who I went with to see if they realised it was the same song we heard all those months ago. This is one of my favourite Billie Eilish songs to date.

So that’s what I was listening to in October! If you loved any of these songs, let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear what you were listening to this month!

x

Priya

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September Tunes

September Tunes

Hello everyone, and welcome to the end of another month. Today’s post is a monthly feature here on You Should Hear, and that’s my Monthly Tunes, where I share the songs I was listening to for the past month. I hope you find some new songs to listen to, here’s what I was loving in September.

My Hands – Running Touch: I couldn’t tell you what it is about this song, but it’s addictive. I don’t know if it’s the piano in the back that seems so simple but carries the entire song, the moody vocals or the mystery that surrounds Running Touch and who he is as an artist in general. This song’s currently at the top of my Visualify for this month.

Blinded By Your Grace Pt. 1 – Stormzy: This song gives me chills every time I hear it. I’m a sucker for some clean Rhodes piano, a smooth harmonies and vocals and this song has all of that and more.

First Week – Vera Blue: Announcement. As much as I love listening to a few of Vera Blue’s music, I wasn’t aware of this song, until one of my best friends from university uploaded a cover of it on SoundCloud, which you can find HERE. I can guarantee that close to 50 of those plays are me and me alone, I’ve bee obsessed with the song ever since.

Meditate – Vanessa: If you missed my post about this song, check it out. Mia recommended me the song, and I’ve been loving it since I gave it a listen. It’s such a hard hitting song, and as harsh as it sounds, I rarely expect anything as good as Meditate from YouTubers.

WHY? – Amine: ONEPOINTFIVE dropped last month, but I’m still loving it. Heaps. The album is filled to the brim with catchy hooks and riffs, and this song is no different.

Ghost – Tentendo, Blasko: If I could talk about this song more, I would. Tentendo is quickly becoming one of my all time favourite producers, purely because of this song. I’ve already introduced his music to the rest of my friends and while I’m slightly aggressive in my approach, I’m super passionate about this song. I love it so much, especially this month.

TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME – The 1975: Mixed reviews about this one. My friend/drummer hates it, because ‘The 1975 don’t do dance-hall‘ but I for one love it. It may just be that I love a good dance-hall beat regardless of who does it, but I genuinely also enjoy this song, as well as the music video. I think it’s a really good tune, and I don’t really have too much of an issue with The 1975 branching out as far as they are with their new music.

Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers: This. song. makes. me. weep. This song, has me either curled up in a ball, crying on the floor, screaming the lyrics at the top of my lungs while home alone or wishing I was travelling for months on end. Why? Because Indy Blue set out to ruin my life with her travel video, which had this song in the background. The first time I heard this I was violently thrown back to June last year when my family and I were on a tour through the mid-west of the USA on a bus, finding ourselves in the middle of giant national parks, travelling in a bus for seven or eight hours a day. I loved it.

 

Warning – Cookin’ On 3 Burners, Kaiit: One of my friends introduced me to this song when we were trying to find inspo for songs to perform and write ourselves. This is a vibe. Kaiit, is a vibe. Cookin’ On 3 Burners, are a vibe. Listen to Warning.

Just A Stranger – Kali Uchis, Steve Lacy: I’ve continued to really, really like this song. Steve Lacy adds a little extra touch to the song, and makes it that much better for me. It’s a groover.

Blue Lights (RISE Recording) – Jorja Smith:  We all know how much I love Jorja. Your grandmother knows how much I love Jorja. (Mia and I are seeing this gal live next year in February, together. Mia and I. Together. Mia, my friends and I. At a festival together. With Jorja.) I kinda like the RISE Recording a lil bit more than the original, and I’m not sure why. There are a couple more elements to this version of the song that I think just add a bit more. We know I love a funky drum kit, and they’ve added that to this song, which I think really makes it a lot stronger, and I can’t imagine how this would sound live.

Pine & Ginger – AMindi K. Fro$t, Tessellated, Valleyz: What a cool song. Kinda makes me want to go to Hawaii or some tropical island, just so I could bring my GoPro and make a video for it, and throw this song in the background.

Yellow – Amine, Nelly: This song is from Good For You, so relatively an old song on the scale of Amine’s releases, but I’ve rediscovered it and am loving it.

1999 WILDFIRE – BROCKHAMPTON: As much as I like the new album, while I wait till I have a minute to listen to the entire thing in one sitting, I’m thoroughly enjoying their other music, specifically this song. It kinda reminds me of some RnB music from the early 2000’s, like Outkast type stuff.

Alignments – Paige: If you haven’t checked out Paige yet, you’ve clearly ignored my past couple of times mentioning her and her music, so hopefully third times lucky and you give her a listen. This song is a mood. It’s catchy too so it’s been stuck in my head for a while. I was also able to send Paige some interview questions so you can bet I was listening to this song on repeat while writing that post up…

Soaked – Bene: BENE. Holy moly. This song. I have no words for this song. Actually, that’s a lie, I have an entire post, read that instead.

Worry Bout A Thing – Jakubi: It’s been a hot minute, but Jakubi finally released some new music, and I have to say, they did not disappoint. I’ve been waiting for new music from them and this song is incredible. It’s so groovy, and it was only released on the 21st of the month I believe, so only just made the cut for this playlist.

So that’s what I’ve been listening to this month. Let me know if you gave any of these songs a listen, and I’d love to know what you were listening to in September!

x

Priya

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August Tunes

August Tunes

Wow wow wow, August has come to an end, and I for one, am not mad.

While it was a fun month in regards to gigs (peep the post) and my birthday, it was a hectic month, I may have caught myself up on some Mercury retrograde as a way to explain some of the crap that was happening, and I got bowled over by university assignments I didn’t even know existed, but hey, it was a fun month.

As much as I hate the ridiculous speed with which we are hurtling towards the end of the year, the best thing about the month coming to an end, is that I get to share my favourite music with you all again. As I mentioned in my last monthly tunes, July was a good month for music, and August was pretty decent too. Here’s what I was listening to this month.

Don’t Matter To Me – Drake, Michael Jackson: I initially only listened to this song because I was keen to hear what was done to Michael’s voice. You may or may not know that I’m a huge Michael Jackson fan, as has been passed down to me from my dad, and I was incredibly interested to hear how his vocals may have been manipulated, which they definitely have been. I knew straight away it was his voice, but Drake and his producers and engineers have definitely mixed and mastered his voice to make it fit the song a bit better. That said, I love the song. I love it heaps. I find myself listening to it all the time, I don’t have it in myself to skip it and I always sing MJ’s part around the house.

Younger – Ruel: Ruel is killing it. If not for the Instagram pictures with Shawn Mendes and Billie Eilish proving just how big he’s moving up, then the release of his song Younger is definitely a sign. It’s such a good song, and from someone so young, it’s a beautiful story about friendship, that I definitely recommend you give a listen. Ruel is one of Australia’s greatest exports at the moment in my humble opinion.

One More Time – Jon Bellion: If you missed my post all about Jon Bellion, what are you doing? I’ve been in love with Jon Bellion for a couple of years now, but I’ve found that over time I start finding different songs to obsess over, and this month One More Time was one of them. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been alone at home, screaming the lyrics “Screw your pops let’s get some iHop” all on my own. Also my Jon Bellion hoodie came, and despite the fact that it’s literally huge and comes down to my thighs, I love it.

Come When I Call – John Mayer: I’ve always been a fan of John Mayer. It’s been a long running relationship but I can’t say he’s one of the musicians I jump to play when I’m in charge of the AUX chord. That said, my two friends who play guitar and drums for me are huge fans, and whenever we’re driving anywhere in one of their cars, the boys can’t resist playing some of his music. Considering I was travelling with them for a gig and rehearsals and food quite a bit this month I got a good dose of John Mayer complete with the two of them screeching the guitar solos and reciting his mid song monologues word for word, and this song has wriggled it’s way onto some of my personal playlists.

All Time Low (Acoustic) – Jon Bellion: BOY. This acoustic version, may just be my favourite. At one point I thought the Run Wild acoustic was my favourite, but then I found myself really really feeling this one, especially at the end when Clarke goes off on that high harmony. Give yourself a treat, it’ll be so good for your soul, trust me.

WHY? – Amine: If you missed my Amine post, a quick review of his album ONEPOINTFIVE, maybe check it out. I nearly lost all of my shit when he dropped this with little to no warning, and I’m still obsessing over it.

SHINE – Amine: See prior song.

REEL IT IN – Amine: See last two previous songs.

Losing Your Mind – Raury, Jaden Smith: Another song that has another post you can check out. This song is from The Get Down soundtrack, and if you missed my post about the TV show, just know that it’s life changing, life altering, mind blowing stuff. Such good music, such a beautiful story, amazing cast, it’s got everything for me, and I love it so much.

Once – Maren Morris:  Honestly, since seeing Maren live when I went for Niall Horan’s concert, I’ve become a bit of fan. For such a small gal she’s a bloody powerhouse, and this song is probably one of her best in my opinion. Between this song and Rich I have all the Maren Morris songs I need to get me going through any mood that I’m in.

Leave A Light On – Tom Walker: This was a very new one for me. It came on the radio a couple days ago and at the same time both my mum and I asked the other what it was. It’s really powerful and Tom’s voice is so beautiful, which you get to hear to it’s full effect in the chorus. It’s a really hard hitting song, but gets you so emotional if you let it. Best believe I shazaam’d this song real fast.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears: A classic. An icon. An anthem for the ages. I don’t know why, but this song suddenly popped into my head at the start of the month and it has not left. It’s still there. Right now. There’s definitely a One Direction song heavily inspired by this song as well that I can’t quite figure out, so it’s a mix of nostalgia and teenage adrenaline that rushes through my blood every time I hear it.

Set Me Free – Herizen Guardiola: Another one from The Get Down, but this one is probably my favourite. Of all time. It’s a huge turning point for Herizen’s character and she genuinely flourishes and has a mini glow up over the span of this song and I felt proud as heck watching it. It’s such a funky song considering it’s meant to be a traditional gospel song, but I love it. Love it, love it, love it.

I’ll Keep My Light In My Window – Mylene Cruz & The Soul Madonnas: This song is from Season 2 of The Get Down, another by Herizen’s character, Mylene and it’s a beautiful ballad that transforms into a bop of a disco beat. If you’re down with some amazing harmonies, a church organ that gives you shivers, and a funky disco tune that makes you happy regardless of how crappy your day has been, check out this song.

Freaks and Geeks – Childish Gambino: This was a great day. This song was taken off Spotify for a little while, or at least the version I had in all my playlists, and whenever i searched for it, it never came up, and I was crushed. It’s definitely not a PG13 song, but nonetheless I have this song memorised back to front, so when I was scrolling through Donald’s Spotify page and came across this song sitting there, I nearly screamed and added it to nearly every single one of my playlists.

Jim Morrison – Jon Bellion: Another song by my man Jon. This song is the self proclaimed ‘flex’ song and I can’t find anything wrong with that description. It’s another one of my favourites, not only this month but for quite a while. You have to give this one a listen, it’s fantastic, a power song, you can’t help but feel like a legend when you listen to this song. If this song comes on while I’m walking around the city, the chances of me refusing to move out of someone’s way and interrupting my steady march increases by 200%.

sweetener – Ariana Grande: Ariana Grande, did that. This song is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard, and that’s considering I’ve listened to the rest of the album too. Okay, Pete Davidson is probably the cutest song on the album, but the entire album is a bop. She goes so hard on this album, in the sweetest way, and all the songs are such beats that literally flash in neon signs “ARIANA GRANDE IS IN LOVE”. She definitely touches on a couple of more serious topics throughout the album, but the overwhelming feeling of ‘I’m in love, here’s more than ten songs to prove it to you all’ is so there.

Because Of You – Ne-Yo: I was looking for songs to sample at the start of the month, and somehow I landed on this song. My man Ne-Yo shaped my childhood, and this song was one of them to be quite honest with you. You’d be hard to find me not singing along to this with all the passion I can muster whenever it comes on.

What Kind Of Man – Florence And The Machine: This song is the perfect definition of tension and building and the climax you spend the first entire minute of the song waiting for. It’s so good. I’m always partial to a bit of Florence And The Machine, so I was not disappointed when Triple J had this song included in their Saturday roster, because it made my 9-5 day a bit better.

Who’s Loving You – Jackson 5: I heard this song so much purely because it was on the setlist for my gig. I heard the original version, but I definitely heard The Sapphires version way more, considering it’s another song that my guitarist is obsessed with. If you haven’t watched The Sapphires, firstly, what are you doing? Secondly, I’m sorry. Such a great Australian movie, the best music, definitely check it out, 100% 10/10 would recommend.

Cool Girl – Tove Lo: Definitely not a new release or anything, but I was feeling this song this month. It’s such a no nonsense song, you gotta feel kinda powerful while listening to this song. Again, another song that makes me somewhat of a moving hazard if I’m listening to it while walking through the city.

That was it for August! Definitely listened to heaps of music this month, especially considering I decided to do a huge clean-out of my Spotify playlists during August. It was fun and I rediscovered a bunch of tunes that I love. Let me know what you were listening to in August, I’d love to know! 

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Priya

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July Tunes

July Tunes

Um. So the month is over.

I couldn’t tell you where it went or what it did but August is here.

The only good thing about how quickly this year seems to be steam rolling ahead, is that I get to share some of my favourite songs of the month with you all! I won’t babble, let’s jump into it!

Cry Me A River – Davina Michelle: I definitely heard this cover in the background of a YouTube video, but clearly I wasn’t focusing on the video hard enough because I can’t remember for the life of me what it was. This cover though. Her voice, the guitar, how moody and intense it is. I love it. Anyone who covers Justin Timberlake this well deserves the love.

Mud – RAT!hammock: If you caught my post all about my volunteering experience at the CHANGES Music Summit earlier this month, you’d be a little bit familiar with this band. This song was by far my favourite of the set they performed, just because of how mellow the first verse and chorus is, until the bass kicks in and you’re forced to bob your head. It’s a cracker of a tune.

Time – Gretta Ray: Gretta is a family favourite here, and so of course I had to get around her recent single. It’s everything I love about her, amazing arrangement, swelling bass drums, with beautiful lyrics and vocal performance. Her vocals are so full in this song as well if that makes sense, it gives the entire song this amazing warmth.

All Mine – Kanye West: Didn’t think I’d be listening to this song as much as I have when I first listened to it. It’s the chorus I tell you. You can bop your head to it, you can tap your foot, you can have a boogie. The contrast of the how deep that bass is, and how high he’s singing make for the perfect middle ground.

Hard Times – Paramore: A good one. A really, really good one. I don’t know if this song can ever get old for me. It’s pretty recent on the spectrum of Paramore releases, but I love the style, the drums, how singable the chorus is, it makes for a perfect car song.

Sunflower – Rex Orange County: If someone could take stock of how many times I’ve typed the word ‘rex’ ‘orange’ and ‘county’ on this blog and come back with the results, I would be very keen to know.

So Far – Paige: Um. Check out my blog post. All on Paige. All about this song.

The Weekend (Funk Wav Remix) – SZA, Calvin Harris: Okay, it’s not to say I didn’t like the original, it’s just that anything Calvin Harris touches turns to magic beneath his fingers. I revisited this song when trying to figure out what covers I wanted to put in my setlist for my performance (possible blog post coming there) and I fell in love with the bass line and SZA’s voice in this particular song all over again.

Brand New – Craig David: Now was I really born on the cusp of the 90’s, if I didn’t enjoy myself some Craig David? Old Craig David, new Craig David, I’m about all of it. I heard this song in one of my favourite clothing shops, and recognised the voice but not the song, so best believe I tried on a shirt just so I could get right underneath the speaker and Shazaam the heck out of it.

Summer Games – Drake: There are only a few songs off Scorpion that I bothered to listen to. This being one of them. I have an assignment coming up where I need to cover a song and make it my own, and this is at the top of my list. The lyrics are really nice, the flow and the rhythm of it is great and I love the melody.

Summertime Magic – Childish Gambino: Donald came through yet again, not long since releasing This Is America, with two amazing new tracks, ‘Summertime Magic’ and ‘Feels Like Summer’. As is evident with this list, the former is my favourite of the two, not only because of how beautiful his voice is, but because of how good the groove and the bounce gets you when it kicks in.

God Is A Woman – Ariana Grande: I’m sure everyone’s aware of this song, but after watching the music video, I’ve become obsessed with it. I’ve already recorded a really mellow cover of it and I’ve been listening to it on the way to university, on the train, at home, at work. I love it. I’m here for the new Ariana stuff.

Kung Pao – Ceraadi: I’ve been watching these sisters on YouTube for a bit more than a year, and have always loved their music playlists and collections. Of all the songs they’ve released, this is maybe one of my favourites. The music video is hype as heck, and the beat is so catchy.

Emotions – Drake: If it wasn’t the beat that got me with this song, it was the sample of Mariah Carey absolutely killing her song ‘Emotions’ at the begin of the song, coupled with the amazing choir in the background. Amazing work Drake. You did good on this one.

Superlove – Whethan ft Oh Wonder: I was introduced to this song by a friend who told me she could imagine me singing it, which of course turned my heart into a giant ball of mush. She’s also one of my only friends who obsesses over Jake Kodish and the rest of the Millennium Dance Complex group with me, so she found it on one of his dance videos. It’s a bop.

you should see me in a crown – Billie Eilish: Oh goodness she snapped on this one. It’s so moody and intense and the chorus goes so hard. My jaw dropped when I heard it for the first time, and I nearly screamed. It’s one of my favourites my Billie as of this moment.

Sour Diesel – ZAYN: So different. To anything he’s released before. Slightly more rock than we’re used to from Zayn, but it’s still a pretty good song all the same. My cousin and I definitely got a few stares bopping along to it on the train on the way to the football.

Sky Walker – Miguel: Don’t know why I didn’t venture further than Pineapple Skies with that album, but I definitely took my time getting to this song. I watched the making of this song on YouTube, and let me tell you, I could listen to that man talk, let alone sing, all day.

Jim Morrison – Jon Bellion: Um. Self explanatory, especially if you’ve been keeping up with my latest posts. Trust me when I say there’s more to come.

Hand of God – Outro – Jon Bellion: Okay, so like more to come in regards to posts, but also more to come in regards to this list as well. This song is one of my favourites, I’m pretty sure I also saw an interview where Jon said it was his favourite on the album too, and I can see why. It encapsulates the entire album perfectly, PLUS he got the choir who sang on Human Nature with Michael Jackson on the end of it, and it absolutely flies. It’s such a beautiful song, the words, the chorus, the ending, the beat, everything about this song gives me shivers, regardless of how many times I listen to it (which is a lot, possibly too much).

The Way I Am – Charlie Puth: Again, if you’ve been keeping up, you’d understand a lot of these favourites. I listened to a lot of Charlie Puth in June and July, not as much as Jon Bellion, but a lot, because in terms of production this guy is incredible. Not to mention his voice is beautiful and his vision is incredible. Majority of his songs have a great hook or groove to them, and you know that’s what I’m all about.

New York Soul – Pt. ii – Jon Bellion: So remember how I said Hand Of God was one of my favourites? I like this one just as much, if not more. His voice is showcased, his production is showcased, his arrangement and groove is hella showcased, and his rapping takes centre stage and I love every single part of it. I was in my friends car recently and while I took a minute to sob to myself when he told me how much money he’s spent on the car’s sound system, the first thing I did was put on this song. The only way to listen to this song, is loud.

Ex-Factor – Lauryn Hill: Miss Lauryn Hill. Since Nice For What by Drake came out, I’ve been listening to this song on repeat, because as much as I love having a dance and listening to the incredible sample of this song in Nice For What, I definitely prefer the original much better.

Bubblin – Anderson .Paak: I found this song once again through YouTube, when I watched his Genius video explaining the lyrics. I love his song Come Down, though this is a close second. I love his personality and his energy, and it definitely shows through, whether he’s performing the song or even just talking about it.

Fall In Love – Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato: Okay, so I definitely was aware that this song was released, and as much as my 15-year old self loved both those women, I never really went out of my way to listen to it too deeply, only when it happened to be on. So why does it appear on this post? Because, I’ve been listening to it quite a bit this month. Why? Because Jon Bellion is one of the writers and provides backing vocals, that’s why.

So that’s it friends. That’s what I was listening to in July. Let me know if you listened to any of those, if you’ve already heard of those or if you have any recommendations for me. I’m all ears!

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Priya

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June Tunes

June Tunes

Friends. June is done. It’s over.

It’s slightly crazy for me to wrap my head around (someone please tell me they’re just as confused as I am) that half the year is done, and we’re moving through 2018 like a bloody freight train. The only good thing to come out of the end of each month, is one of my favourite posts, my monthly tunes.

Apologies for the slight delay on this post – I don’t have an excuse, I’ve just been slacking.

Here’s what I was listening to in June.

February 3rd – Jorja Smith: Honestly, if you haven’t given Jorja Smith a go by now, I can’t try and convince you much more. Jorja’s been featuring on this blog since it’s conception, and thanks to her recently released album, have fun looking forward to a few more songs from Jorja being shoved down your throats. You’re welcome.

Rich – Maren Morris: This was a song I heard for the first time at Niall Horan’s concert, when Maren opened for him at Margaret Court Arena, and it’s was one of my absolute favourites. So much so that when I came home, it was the song I turned on straight away and added to my playlist. It’s my favourite type of country song, think Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood, 10/10 would recommend for a road trip with the gals.

The Tide – Niall Horan: Obviously I had to include a song from Niall considering I finally got to see him live. Like I mentioned in my post about the concert, this is one of my favourite Niall Horan songs, and he did it absolute justice.

Wouldn’t Leave – Kanye West: So Kanye also released, a lot of music, and to be quite honest with you, I haven’t dedicated enough time to listen to it all, however I’ve been keeping this on repeat since I first heard it. The vocals in it are so beautiful, as are the lyrics of the rapping, and I generally have it stuck it in my head for hours after listening to it.

His Eye On The Sparrow – Tanya Blount, Lauryn Hill: I can’t think, for the life of me, why this song suddenly popped back up on my radar, but I caught myself really going for it whenever it came up on shuffle, going so hard that I ended up adding it to my regular playlist. It’s such a classic hymn, and you know I get around anything that Lauryn Hill touches.

Alone – Halsey, Big Sean, Stefflon Don: Since she released her first album, I haven’t given Halsey the time of day, except for her song with G Eazy but holy moly this song. Watch the music video, then just listen to the song over and over again like I have since it’s been released and try and tell me you don’t get Great Gatsby vibes. It’s such an ethereal song, but like, you gotta be in some type of mood for this song. Big Sean also goes hard in this one, which I always appreciate.

Boys Will Be Boys – Stella Donelly: Blog post pending on this one, but in the meantime, give it a listen and cry/riot/sob/shake your fists with me.

Give Yourself A Try – The 1975: Big cheers for The 1975 releasing new music. I can’t wait for the album, as I mentioned on my Instagram, (linked at the bottom of my posts), and I’ve been really, really vibing with this one. First two lines really hit you in the face, and capture the entire essence of the song. This is one of those songs that I listened to fully because of the music, but really became obsessed with because of the lyrics. Have a read of the lyrics, they’re phenomenal.

Hey Ya – Sweater Beats, KAMAU: This. Song. This cover. Is amongst the greats. It’s everything that you ever wanted, but nothing you could ever expect, especially from such a well-known, popular song. It hits you right in the gut, but in the best possible way. It never fails to hype me the heck up.

Acid Rain – Thomston: Thomston’s been played quite a bit on Triple J, so I credit this song to another moment where I heard it playing on the radio at work and nearly tripped over a large pile of music stands to shazaam it. It takes it’s time building up, but once it does, it’s magic and his voice is so smooth. I love everything about this song. Especially the final chorus when he kinda takes it to church.

Dope On A Rope – The Growlers: Honestly, this song has been on high rotation at our house, either from myself, or my little sister. She featured The Growlers in her Courtesy Of, and I’m glad that she’s jumped on the train, because I can’t think of a single song from them that I don’t love, however this is 100%, without a doubt, my favourite.

The Night We Met – Lord Huron: Oh the magic. The ethereal, atmospheric magic. For the full effect and analysis of why I love this song so much, check out the entire Lord Huron album review I did.

Boo’d Up – Ella Mai: Miss Ella Mai is finally kicking off into popular rotation, and I’m loving life. This song is a bop and a half, and I’ve been loving hearing it more and more. It’s so reminiscent of an old school, late 90’s, early 2000’s RnB song, which is why I probably like it so much. That and how fun the chorus is to sing. Have a crack.

1950 – King Princess: I’ve been hearing this song all over the place, but I never tried to find it or figure out what the name of it was, until I watched a Genius video on YouTube featuring King Princess and this song, which in turn made me search it out and become obsessed all over again.

Come Over – The Internet: I stumbled across this music video on YouTube early in the month, and the combination of funky bass, colourful video scheme and Steve Lacy guitar solo had me jamming to this song for the rest of the month.

I Do – Cardi B, SZA: Cardi continues to come through with so many good tunes from Invasion Of Privacy, and this is my new pick from the album. While I’ll always be devoted to Ring, featuring Kehlani, this is a nice side piece. Both ladies kill it in this. This is also a very effective song to put on any gym playlists friends.

Something About You – AYDAN: The past few months we’ve had The Voice Australia on our TV screens, and it only wrapped up last month, but an acquaintance of mine was on it this season. Aydan managed to come fourth, which was phenomenal for him, and he’s already kicking off, releasing this artist single, and heading off on a tour around the country soon. I’d love to hear what you think of this song, because I love it so much, as biased as I am. Also definitely check out some of his performances, he honestly killed it every week.

Magnolia – Gang of Youths: It seems that every month I find another Gang Of Youths song to pull to the top of my playlists, and this month it’s Magnolia. I have this saying, ‘The saddest songs are the raddest songs’ and this song encompasses this saying entirely. It’s a story of a night when David, the lead singer, nearly ended his life, and at the end of it all, found himself sitting under a magnolia tree while his manager, who had saved him, spoke to police officers. It’s a hugely powerful song, and I can’t wait to really feel the atmosphere when I see them live.

Better Now – Post Malone: Honestly, aside from the few that I really, really love, I don’t listen to a lot of Post Malone in my spare time, however I’ve found myself continually turning this song to hype me. What for? We don’t know. Hype me up for the day ahead, while I’m making breakfast seems to be the go-to in the last couple of weeks, and I’m not mad about it.

Ginger – Riton, Kah-Lo: Holy moly. If you like bangers, give this one a listen. This one goes hard. I can’t remember, once again, how I found it, but I’ve been loving it. Don’t listen to it while driving. You’ll edge over the speed limit without noticing. But all other contexts and settings are fair game.

Bed – Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj: The dynamic duo returned, and while it’s definitely no Side To Side 2.0, I’m loving it. I only listened to this for the first time a few days ago, but if the rest of Ariana’s album sounds like this song, I will have zero problems with it, and you can count me as a fan of it.

So those were the tunes for last month, definitely can’t wait to see what funky music July brings!

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Priya

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