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.

x

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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February Tunes

February Tunes

Hello friends! I always seem to forget that February just decides to finish prematurely and I sit around thinking it’s the 29th before realising we’re now in March, so of course, with the end of the month, comes my monthly tunes! Here’s what I was listening to in February, and despite how short the month was, I had plenty of tunes to keep me going.

To Zion – Lauryn Hill: This song has to feature because I’m back on my Lauryn Hill grind after her concert this month. I nearly died and went to heaven when she sang this song. I waited so long to hear it live again, what a killer. It was such an emotional experience for me honestly, Lauryn Hill has my heart.

bury a friend – Billie EilishThis song came out this month, the world lost it’s sanity and I heard it for the first time on the radio at work. Such. A. Bop. Holy moly. I watched the music video at work as well and Jesus Christ, I can’t even imagine coming up with that type of concept and content when I was 17 years old. The music is so good and regardless of how creeped out I am about it, I can’t stop listening to this song.

Hey Bulldog – The Beatles: Bit of a random one considering the rest of the songs but I was at a friends house working on some of my own music and he threw this vinyl on his record player when we were done and it was such a great song to listen to on vinyl! Honestly Paul McCartney’s voice is so good and in this one he just sends it.

Claudio – FINNEAS: Holy moly. So towards the end of the month, Billie’s brother Finnease, who you know I’m also a huge fan of, released this song, titled after his girlfriend, Claudia. Dude’s. I was so skeptical, because I’m always skeptical of songs dedicated to partners, it’s just the pessimist in me, but this song. I’ll say it again. Holy moly. Listen to this song.

Please Me – Cardi B, Bruno Mars: I think this duo is just forever dynamic and unstoppable. This song is so good. A great jam. Would may BIG money to see it live to be honest.

SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK – Joji: Ever since featuring this song on Fiona’s Courtesy Of post, I’ve been listening to it nonstop, and it’s been added to my 356//2019 playlist as well. The first few times I listened to it I just wanted him to open his mouth a bit while singing but I’ve gotten used to it and now it only adds to the song for me.

Mine – The 1975: Oh my word this song. I feel like I’m walking through New York, all on my own, not sad but like, kinda sad, and it’s cold and I don’t know man, this song is so special. “Write rhymes I hide behind” ??? Sure thing Matty. Then there’s this saxophone that comes in, and the sax has to hands down be one of my favourite instruments to exist, and paired with the really gentle brushed snare and strings, it’s all so perfect and picturesque. Imagine writing a song that’s all about being happy with what you have? Being completely content with where you are, not needing to prove to anyone else, because you’re so sure in it. Love that. Big fan.

Faking It – Calvin Harris, Kehlani, Lil Yachty: I got fro-yo with one of my friends who plays the drums for me and we were talking about songs in the collaborative playlist we have for our sort-of-band, and he brought up this song which I added, saying it suited my voice perfectly and sounded like me which had me floored, cos Kehlani?? Biggest compliment, nearly died behind the wheel, so obviously had to play it the entire drive, and nearly every day since. 

Soaked – Bene: Had to add this one in considering I got to see Bene live this month. If you didn’t catch that blog post, you can read about it HERE.

break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored – Ariana GrandeEasily my favourite song from the entire album which she dropped today or yesterday. It’s so badass and the music video equally so. She’s killing it. Not even fair. Hopefully you’ve read my song-by-song rundown of the album, if not check it out HERE.

Heavy, California – Jungle: Jungle, Jungle, Jungle. This band is ruining my life, and I am more than happy to let them continue doing so. It’s everything about them, the vibe, the lyrics, all the intricacies in each instrument, the music videos, the mystique, it’s all there in this perfectly packaged gift to the world. Please listen to Jungle and their music.

needy – Ariana Grande: Again, she’s killing this album. So many good songs. I didn’t really vibe with this song straight away but after a few listens it’s getting up there with my favourites on the record. So cute. Such a vibe. Needy is synonymous with ‘Priya’ as well, so love that. Like I mentioned earlier, if you haven’t read my blog post all about the album, read it HERE.

Butterfly – KehlaniMother released some music finally, and I for one am loving this song. It’s super interesting, the rhythm of it and all the intricate layers that build up the song are really different. I’ve really enjoyed listening to this song while on long drives alone, and I can’t wait for her album to be released. 

Ups & Downs – Shavaun MarieI always love when people recommend me songs, and it’s become a bit of a trend between one of my close friends and I, so I was pleased as always to receive this song from her one morning, which I listened to at work. I love it. The guitar, her voice, the vibe of it. It’s a good song, a really good song, right up my alley.

When I’m Around You – Running Touch: So Running Touch released a new song this month, and I was all over it. It’s such a good one. The perfect amount of energy, a bit more of his vocals being heard which we love, and the perfect blend of Running Touch magic with a little bit of a commercial sound making it ideal for the masses, who 100% deserve to hear his music. I’ve actually booked tickets to see him with Jess in June, so stay tuned for that blog post!

I’ll Still Have Me – CynWhat a sad bloody song. I saw the music video on YouTube and it was equally as sad, which I think is why I saved it, because it was such an emotional point of the day, and watching the video made me really calm and content. Cyn’s voice is beautiful.

Into You – Julia MichaelsI was aware that Julia Michaels was releasing an album or an EP of sorts, and I saw when it came out, but I never listened to it, though Kate recommended I do so a few days ago. Finally got to sit down and have a listen, and I’ve been loving this song in particular. The songs she has with Selena Gomez and Niall Horan are both really good too.

Everybody – TashEver since my friend Laura introduced me to Tash, her song Softly has been one of my most listened to songs and she released a new one, and this one easily takes the cake. It’s so groovy, everything I’d want some of my music to be, the lyrics are great and it’s stuck in my head all the time.

Pray – Jungle: More Jungle. I’m surprised if you haven’t come to expect this recently. I can’t keep track of the amount of people I’ve ambushed with this band. I’ve made people watch all their music videos and everything. I was having lunch with my two cousins when my ears seemed to physically perk up at the song that was coming over the speakers, and I said out loud, ‘I reckon this is Jungle’, two seconds later I had Shazaam’d the song and sure enough it was them. Such a mood. I love it.

What did you listen to in February? Let me know in the comments!

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Priya

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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.

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Priya

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