On My Block – A Playlist

On My Block – A Playlist

Yo. Another Netflix show soundtrack?? I see you rolling your eyes, but university is out for the semester, and after working from 9-5:30 (or grabbing lunch with my friends/recording new music) all day, there’s nothing I want to do more than climb onto my couch and binge something on Netflix.

Clearly, I’ve been doing just that. If you didn’t catch my last playlist based on a Netflix show soundtrack, check out my selection from The Society, a show that has me so excited and amped up for the next season, it’s becoming a joke.

However, y’all can read, and judging by the title, clearly we’re not talking about The Society today. Today’s post is dedicated to my latest Netflix conquest, On My Block. 

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If you haven’t watched On My Block, first of all; why? And second of all; you’re missing out. I’m always down for a show that deals with people of colour, teen drama and the nuances of community, which this show has in abundance. The show centres around a group of four friends going through high school, dealing with love, violence, money and family matter, in a rough neighbourhood run by gangs. There’s a lot to grasp in this show, it’s a brilliant opportunity to pull aside the privilege blindfold and really open your eyes to realities of life for some communities.

With all of that in mind, I truly believe one of the show’s strongest assets, is it’s soundtrack. It captures the essence of the show so perfectly, and I found myself pausing several times or rewinding to fully take in each scene and the way the music always worked perfectly. For this show, a standout for me was Parachute, by AM!R, which I paused the show to search for immediately. Note that I’m also partial to my fair share of hip-hop, rap and Latin music, which this show has plenty of.

So, here’s my playlist of favourite songs from On My Block.

Sorrows – BLESSED
Swang N Bang – Kirko Bangz
Eye for an Eye – SiDizen King, The Strike
One and Only – BLESSED
I’m Your Puppet – James & Bobby Purify
Bailazo – Bang Data
Electric – Alina Baraz, Khalid
Ratatá – Niña Dioz
NATURALLY – Amir Obe
BOOGIE – BROCKHAMPTON
Buscando Un Bandido – Sicko Soldado
Crumbs – Jordan Dennis
Devil’s Whisper – Raury
La Noche – Joe Arroyo, La Verdad
Cherry Hill – Russ 
Insecure – Brent Faiyaz
Sweetest Life – KWAYE

Let me know if you’ve watched the show or plan to watch it – I’d love to chat about it with some of you guys in the comments!

x

Priya

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The Society – A Playlist

The Society – A Playlist

So. The Society happened, and it took over a good two days of my life. Can’t say I regret any of it, but now I’m not sure what to do with myself until the next season comes out. If the next season comes out.

So naturally, I did what I do best, and staked out all the songs that I shazaam-ed during my binge, to curate a playlist for you all. The music in this show is incredible. I’m definitely biased because of how much I loved this show, but it takes a lot for me to stop watching, rewind and try and shazaam a song. I even googled lyrics at one point.

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Whoever chose the music for this song did an excellent job at finding the perfect songs for each moment. There are some incredible indie throwbacks, absolute soul belters that come out of nowhere, and that specific type of atmospheric song that just injects so much emotion into any scene. The Maze by the Manchester Orchestra was a huge standout for me. It’s such an uplifting moment within the show, and the music just partners with it perfectly, on God, I nearly started crying.

But anyway, here’s the playlist.

Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
The Maze – Manchester Orchestra 
bury a friend – Billie Eilish
I Know What Boys Like – The Waitresses
Byegone – Volcano Choir
Up All Night – The Boomtown Rats
Baby, Baby, Baby – Aretha Franklin
Future Club – Perturbator
Let You In – Pete Muller, Melissa Soltero
Go To Town – Doja Cat
Empire Of Our Own – RAIGN
In A Blackout – Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Melt With You – Modern English

I’d love to know if any of you guys have watched The Society. I’d really appreciate having someone else to talk to and obsess with. Let me know if you listen to any of the songs in the playlist. It could be just me who found this soundtrack incredible, but if not, let me know in the comments!

x

Priya

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The Get Down

The Get Down

Hello my friends and welcome to another post!

This blog update is kindly brought to you by possibly one of my favourite shows of all time, one of my favourite Netflix series to ever exist, The Get Down. I can’t recall if I’ve mentioned The Get Down before, but if I haven’t until now, someone call me out please.

Anyway.

I first watched The Get Down in 2016, when it first came out on Netflix, with my family. That was a mistake. There were a couple of themes and conflicts brought up in the first season of the show, that even then, were a bit uncomfortable to watch in a family setting, especially with a 12 year old sister, though we soldiered on.

However, we took a small break, and though we tried to watch a few of the last episodes of Season 1 so we could jump into Season 2, we never got back into the flow, and didn’t watch it again.

That is, until literally this week, when I decided to revisit the show, and watch it again, continuing until I was finished.

Obviously, pertaining to the niche of this blog, music definitely comes in here.

It’s the premise of the entire show, narrating a time between the overlapping of the disco genre and hip hop and rapping, more specifically, the art of DJ-ing and MC-ing. It follows the story of The Get Down Brothers, a group of young MC’s; Ezekiel ‘Books’, brothers Ra-Ra, Dizzie and Boo-Boo and their MC, Shaolin Fantastic.

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There’s a bunch of good shit that I could say about the show. For example, the way it captures the diversity of the Bronx, as well as the minorities and LGBT community within the New York undergrounds, especially when it comes to the nightclub scene. I could also comment on how great the casting is.

I mean, Jaden Smith as what’s heavily implied to be a LGBT graffiti artist who talks about universes, rebelling by tagging trains with alien’s in top hats? Yes please. Justice Smith, who plays Ezekiel Figuero, a young smart MC caught between pursuing the music and the talent he has controlling and writing for a crowd or furthering his education and chasing the ambitious road of Yale university, in the big city full of suits? Yes please. (Also, check him out in Jurassic World, because I sure as hell did.

A ninja warrior who pushes drugs in order to make money to fund his dreams of becoming the next Grandmaster Flash and ruling his on DJ kingdom with his wordsmith by his side, a young girl who’s trapped by her pastor, religious fanatic of a father father, singing in church because it’s the only way she gets to sing at all, carving out a name as the next Donna Summers and setting herself free, kick ass comic book intervals that depict the storyline in a way that keeps you hooked and entertained, I mean yes please.

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But.

It wouldn’t be me, if my favourite part of the entire series, was the music.

So of course, I’ve linked two of my absolute favourite songs from the entire series below, not just a Spotify link, but a YouTube video, because you have to see the songs as well. Of course I’ve also got a playlist of my favourite songs beneath those two, so I hope you thoroughly, enjoy yourself.

Welcome To The Get Down – Jaden Smith
Cadillac – Miguel
Losing Your Mind – Raury, Jaden Smith
You Can’t Hide/You Can’t Hide From Yourself – ZAYN, Teddy Pendergrass, Grandmaster Flash
Shaolin’s Theme – Malay 6LACK
Ball Of Confusion – Leon Bridges
Telepathy – Christina Aguilera, Nile Rodgers
Hum Along And Dance (Gotta Get Down) – Janelle Monae
Set Me Free – Herizen Guardiola
Zeke’s Poem – Justice Smith
‘Bout That Bank – The Get Down Brothers
Honor – DJ Cassidy, Grace, Lil Yachty

Honestly, all this show is missing, is a lil bit of Childish Gambino.

x

Priya

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