Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 14

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 14

Hi friends!! Clearly I’m low on inspiration and time at the moment, so unlike last time where I just disappeared for a good three weeks, I’m pulling together the bear minimum to at least introduce you to some new music!

Today’s post is arguably one of my favourites, just because for such little effort, the payoff is generally quite good – you guys seem to like these posts, and it gives me an opportunity to be a complete potato and sit on the couch, listening to one of my favourite playlists, songs you should probably hear, which you can listen to HERE.

Without anymore rambling, here’s Round 14, of songs you probably don’t know, but definitely should.

Bloodstain – Wrabel
Chasing Parties – Sasha Sloan
System – JD. Reid, Sinead Harnett
Avalene – James Clayton
Goodnightmare – Fake Fake
Simple Pleasures – AUGUST 08
Into Me. – chromonicci
No Longer Lovers – Billy Davis
Missing The Mark – Paris Youth Foundation
I’m In Love Without You – FINNEAS
Sunday – Easy Life
Never Knock – Kevin Garrett
Erase – Omar Apollo
The First Time – Elliott Trent
Hands – Brandt Orange
Rich Girl Mood – Dounia, Kehlani
IDWK – DVBBS, blackbear
Shadows – Slip-On Stereo, TRQS

Let me know if you enjoyed any of these songs or find a new favourite tune!! Also, make sure to follow my Spotify for more juicy content :))

x

Priya

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January Tunes

January Tunes

Hello hello.

As if. The first month of the year is done. Finished. Over. We’re a month into 2019. Again, we’ve entered the year way too fast for me to keep up, heck I’m barely managing to keep up with this blog this year, but we’re gonna try. The great thing about another fabulous month coming to an end, is the return of my monthly tunes.

If you didn’t catch my post all about Falls Festival, make sure you have a read of that to hear about all the music that started off my year, and how amazing the festival was. In the meantime, here’s what I was listening to in January.

Aubrey – Running Touch: There’s just something about this song that has me coming back to it again and again, and ever since seeing Running Touch live at Falls Fest, I’ve been pumping his music non-stop, especially AubreyMy Hands is still without a doubt my favourite Running Touch song, but this one is climbing higher and higher each time I have a listen.

Wild Horses – Bishop Briggs: Be warned. A fair amount of songs on this list are by artists I saw at Falls Festival, and Bishop is another one. This song was one I didn’t listen to a ton, until after the festival. Mia and I absolutely bumped this song on the drive back, as well as majority of Briggs’ discography, which I was not mad about at all.

Crave You – Flight Facilities: Another set that I didn’t expect to love as much as I did. Flight Facilities were an amazing set. We were close to the front, right in the mosh, surrounded by all our friends and genuinely just had an amazing time. The energy on stage was A+, the vocal performances were all spot on and it was one of my favourite acts of the festival.

i’m so tired… – Lauv, Troye Sivan: I found this song on the tail of January and had to come back to this scheduled post to add it in. By God, this song hit me at the worst time and literally had me struggling to choose between sobbing on the floor or having a dance. It’s such a good song, and I’ve grown a greater appreciation for Lauv as an artist ever since watching a few of his ‘how i made…’ videos on YouTube, and this song is becoming a big favourite. Of course anything with Troye Sivan peaks my interest too so this was a winner.

Caramelo Duro – Miguel: My Miguel phase is continuing on one upward slant and I refuse to stop it. This song is definitely my favourite and I’ve been playing it just as much in January as I did in December.

Miracle Love – Matt Corby: I’m counting down the days until I get to see this magical man in concert in April. I’m especially looking forward to seeing this song considering how much I’ve played it during January.

A Place That I Don’t Know – Odette, Gretta Ray: I have slight apprehensions toward this song because it was while listening to Odette at Falls Festival that I received the gnarliest sunburn ever, but I was still able to enjoy her set and remember this song for when I got home.

comethru – Jeremy Zucker: A song that I’m sure I’ve spoken about before. I’ve tried to introduce it to as many people as I can because it’s such a mood and I love it a lot. I watched Jeremy’s Genius Verified video for this song on YouTube and it’s one of my favourites.

Breathe (In The Air) – Pink Floyd: Forever grateful to the guys at work for playing the entire Pink Floyd anthology because there were so many songs that jogged my memory and I promptly added this to my 365//2019 playlist, where I’m adding a song for every day of the year, as I’ve done in 2017 and 2018. I’ve linked the playlist if you’ve liked to check it out and follow along this year!

Softly – Tash: This was a song one of my close friends introduced to me on a drive up to our friend’s family farm for a weekend away. The best thing about being friends with people who enjoy and respect good music as much as I do is that we’re constantly swapping songs and discovering new artists, which was the case here. I’ve never heard of Tash, and I’m mad about it but totally grateful to my girl for introducing me to this song.

WESTWORLD – EVAN GIIA: A bit of a different style compared to some of the other songs, but I love it no less. Again, like the song above, this was introduced to me by my close friend. I loved it so much I added it to my 356//2019 playlist and listened to it heaps in January.

Undecided – Chris Brown: At first? I hated this song. So. Much. Like the first time I heard it I thought the intro was ripped from a Nintendo Wii start-up tune. But, as it is with Chris Brown’s songs, it grew on me. I still can’t understand that flute for the life of me and why that sound particularly was chose, but I can work with it.

You’re On My Mind – Tom Misch: This song is beautiful. So beautiful. As is Tom Misch. So really, I should have expected it. We’re huge fans of Tom Misch here at You Should Hear, and this song isn’t a new one, but it never gets old. It’s such a good song, and the level of skill in not only the singing but guitar recorded on this song is next level.

Power Over Me – Dermot Kennedy: If you’re looking for a bold, strong song, this is it. Heck, if you’re looking for a bold, strong singer, Dermot’s your guy. He was so understated during his set at Falls Fest. He spent most of the set with his hands clasped, in front of the mic or pacing the stage, but his voice was undeniably one of the strongest voices of the entire festival. I’ve fallen in love with this song after hearing it live, and I’m just waiting for the moment someone catches me belting it from the top of my lungs in the car.

That’s OK – Mahalia: We love Mahalia. I hadn’t heard this song until this month, and I immediately kicked myself for not listening to it earlier. It’s such a good song, and a great reminder of just how good Mahalia’s vocals are. Her songwriting shines in this one as well. I watched her Genius Verified video as well, and honestly guys and gals, if you want to get to know an artist a little bit more, hope they’ve recorded a Genius video and watch it a few times.

New Light – John Mayer: Ask me how excited I am to see John Mayer live. Just ask me. You won’t get a proper response because I can’t properly vocalize it, but I’m crossing all my fingers that he plays this song. It’s so good.  I especially love Alice Kristiansen’s cover of it on YouTube, make sure you have a listen to that one.

Need You – Flight Facilities: Another Flight Facilities song because I’ve been bumping their music since the festival. I can’t honestly pick between Crave You and Need You, but they’re equally as good, so even if you have time to only listen to one, you won’t be disappointed.

La Di Da – Lennon Stella: No secret that I love Lennon, and at the moment La Di Da has been an absolute favourite of mine. It’s such a good song, and Lennon uploaded an acoustic version of it to YouTube that was so beautiful and made me love the song ever more. I’ve added it to my 365//2019 playlist as because, why not?

6 Summers – Anderson .Paak: So. This song is slowly creeping it’s way up there with my favourite Anderson .Paak songs. This song absolutely popped off at Falls Festival and made putting up with the 88 Rising set completely worth it. It was such a fun set and it was great seeing all the people who knew the word’s singing and dancing along with each other. It was definitely my favourite set to have a boogie to.

Lost – Live From Spotify London – Jordan Rakei: If you do anything. Make sure it’s listening to this cover. Holy moly. So I thought Jordan Rakei was as good as he could possibly get. But Jordan Rakei covering my favourite Frank Ocean song? Please. This was absolutely beautiful and completely unexpected. I just happened to throw on the Acoustic Soul Spotify playlist while I was at work one day and nearly tripped over several cables to run to the computer and find out what it was. Be warned.

7 rings – Ariana Grande: I can’t possibly make a January Tunes playlist, without including this song. Nay, without including this masterpiece. Have you ever seen or heard, anyone go in as hard as Ariana Grande and 7 rings? You’re lying if you say you have. If 2018 already wasn’t, 2019 is going to be a HUGE year for that lil gal. I for one, cannot wait.

x

Priya

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Courtesy Of: Another Best Friend

Courtesy Of: Another Best Friend

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Another post for you guys! I went to one of my best friends and asked her for her top ten songs. Now she listens to music as much as me, making the task incredibly different, so here’s a bit more than ten of her favourite songs ever.

 

Be With You – RUFUS: I wasn’t familiar with the song name, but once I put it on I knew the song straight away and added it to a few of my playlists. Definitely a song for a good time.

Wake Me – Bleachers: What a song. I’d heard it once or twice, not completely, so this was the first time listening to the entire song through.

Paris – Magic Man: This song is one of those songs you hear all the time but never really acknowledge as it’s own song because it’s tied to so many seperate moments and experiences you’ve had in life. No? Okay.

Ten-Twenty-Ten – Generationals: Honestly have to thank her for introducing me to such sick songs. This is a driving/running song easily. I loved it.

Thicker Than Dust – K.Flay: This is one of the songs on the playlist that I recommend you listen to the most. That’s all.

Hometown – Twenty One Pilots: TOP can really do no wrong in my eyes and this song is no different. Such a good chorus.

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No Role Modelz – J.Cole: I’d like to thank N.DS for introducing me to Cole a few years ago back when I was a youngin. What a man. This song is also highly motivational at the gym if anyone was interested.

Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe – Kendrick Lamar: We both love Kendrick, though unlike N.DS this isn’t one of my favourites of his. It is a great song though, and I was definitely expecting some Kendrick on this list.

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Charlie Brown – Coldplay: I’m pretty sure this was on her Snapchat Story when she saw these guys live. It looked incredible, and honestly anything by Coldplay, I’m a fan of.

Jona Vark – Gypse and The Cat: Another one I had yet to hear before writing this post, but since I started writing it, this song has been stuck in my head. It’s a really good, catchy, summer song.

Super Far – LANY: We had a freak out a little while ago when we realised we both listened to LANY. This is one of their best songs. Very happy to see it here.

I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen: I remember being so confused when she told me she was going for Bruce’s concert, but it looked amazing from her Snapchats. This song is very much a classic.

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Lost – Frank Ocean: What a song to end on. I never really got on the hype when Ocean released his most recent album. Because of songs like Lost, channel Orange is still my favourite Frank.

 

Hope you enjoyed my best friends’ picks! She was really excited to share her favourite music on this blog, so let me know if you’re a fan of any of these songs, OR if you found a new song you enjoy like I did!

x

p.f

Dusk Till Dawn

I haven’t written in a little while and I’ve come to the end of my scheduled posts! So I’m here with another song that I’ve been obsessed with since it’s release.

Dusk Till Dawn by Zayn Malik and Sia. A tune.

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We all know I’m a fan of Zayn, and while his album is one of my favourite albums ever released to date, this is probably one of my favourite songs from him ever. It’s a kicker.

It’s starts out sweet. Like, really sweet. And by sweet I mean that Malik has a voice like honey. He could sing me the Yellow Pages and I’d make it my ringtone. His first verse is a perfect precursor for the rest of the song to follow.

Then in the pre chorus Sia joins him, and though an unlikely pairing, their voices match each other in their sultry-ness I guess? Like they both really string their words along beautifully, it’s really powerful but sounds so gentle.

And then they sing the chorus.

It sounds like a movie soundtrack. Which makes a lot of sense when you watch the music video. It’s basically a mini-movie. Done really well. And after his short acting stint in iCarly all those years ago, which was shit, Zayn delivers his one line better than all the other extras they hired to play the cops. It’s an incredible music video.

It’s also a very fun song to sing along to. A very hard song to sing along to, but fun all the same. I plugged it into the car sound system yesterday and my dad looked mildly offended at my attempts to sing the ridiculous high notes that Zayn effortlessly pulls of. I cannot wait to see a live version of this song.

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I have to admit, my favourite part of the song is the end. I don’t mean that in the mean sense at all. It’s genuinely beautiful. In the last chorus, if you listen carefully, Zayn is doing these amazing trills underneath, that pay homage to his South Asian background. Being of South Asian (Indian) descent too, it’s so cool hearing those familiar styles of singing being blended into popular music we hear on the radio, and Zayn is a legend at pulling it off because not only does he kill the vocals on RnB, hip hop, pop songs, but he nails the traditional Indian singing that is ridiculously hard to actually do. At the end of the bridge, he sings this huge note, no surprise there, but then he moves into these ridiculous trills and runs that don’t sound even human. It’s beautiful to listen to. Got my Dad’s approval too.

But anyway, like I was saying before, the song is equally met by the music video, which Zayn promoted a ton, especially on his Instagram, and for good reason. Have a look for yourself.

 

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Let me know what you think of the song!

x

p.f

 

 

PLGRMS

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I’ve finally got around to writing this post! I count myself lucky that I walked into The Howler just as the PLGRMS were starting their set, supporting Dean Lewis. These dudes are amazing. If you’re into sick synths and drum pads, partnered with ridiculous vocals, these guys are all over it.

Jake and Jon make up the Sydney duo, and I saw them on the 5th of August when I went to see Dean Lewis with my best friend. They played an amazing set. Quite different to what Dean played for us later on, but I actually really enjoyed it. I’d definitely be down to see them at their own gig next time they’re back in Melbourne. They’ve also given the You Should Hear Instagram a few likes, so there’s that to boast about as well. How good would an interview be??? One can wish.

 

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But yeah. Their sound is really strong. It really, really hits you. They’ve released a few singles on Spotify this year, starting with Pieces. This song got our attention. I remember my best friend looking at me with the widest eyes ever when they hit the chorus and literally soared, vocals and all. However, the following release of Gemini? Ridiculous.

Jonathan, is huge on this track. The synths and instrumentals are incredible and really drive Gemini, but that’s not to say Jacob’s vocals aren’t insane. To try and completely grasp the extent of how good his singing is, listen to Fools and Their Gold. Jon is great in this track, but I have to give props to Jacob for the vocal performance he gives in this song. The chorus is insane, and watching it live was honestly incredible. Gave me goosebumps. You could see how much effort and emotion they put into the performance of this song, especially Jacob. It was when they sang this song that I made a note on my phone to go home and further look into these dudes. But while you’re here, check out Fools and Their Gold.

 

 

Dream You Up is phenomenal. Rhythmically, musically, it’s so different to anything I’m currently hearing at the moment. Definitely check out this song too. I can instantly recognise it as a PLGRMS song now, and a lot of that is down to this distinct sound these guys have created for themselves. I hear a bit of Jarryd James in it, which I obviously love, but they’re so unique and different.

One of the last songs they performed was Crawling Back, which they had only released the day before, on the 4th. I’m coming to love it just as much as Fools and Their Gold. Especially the bridge and the drop back into the chorus. You honestly have to listen to it yourself to see what I mean. (Their Spotify is a gift and their songs feature on multiple of my playlists.)

I’m a huge advocate for live performance, as you can hopefully tell, and Crawling Back was incredible to watch. I have to give props to Jon. The multi-instrumentalist was a machine on stage. I loved watching him manoeuvre around the drum pads and multiple synths he was surrounded with and as equally enchanting as Jacob was, I couldn’t take my eyes of Jon and how much of a trance he seemed to be in while pulling this song together beautifully. It was magical to watch.

 

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Honestly, the whole set they performed was like a dream. Combine unique synth layers, an electronic music fans dream, beautiful vocals and the array of blue and purple lighting before us,  and the audience were treated to an amazing set, that hyped us up for Dean spectacularly. Any audience would be lucky to be able to see these guys live. That said, their music is equally as forgiving when you just turn it all the way up, or put on a decent set of headphones and really take in all the intricate layers that make up each of their songs. It’s a treat. Here’s hoping they come back down to Melbourne soon.

If you missed out on my post from the 11th, I shared a bit of my own original music as well as some background information about myself, so if you haven’t already I’d love if you check out my post, So You Think You Know!

Let me know if you give these guys a listen, and what your favourite song is. Hope you are all well.

x

p.f

 

All About Billie

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I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned Billie before in a monthly favourites or in another playlists like that, but if you’ve somehow missed it…here’s a whole post dedicated to the girl.

I was initially introduced to her by one of my best friends, who demanded I listen to her song Bellyache. It soon became one of my favourite songs, and still is. Had I joined the masses of people who tuned in to watch 13 Reasons Why, I would have heard her song Bored featured in the TV series as well, shortly after Bellyache was released as a single. You can watch the music video for Bellyache below!

 

I reckon YouTube user ‘jimmybread 2’ sums it up pretty well: the breeziest song about committing several homicides you will ever hear. And he’s not wrong. The song is literally about murder, which you can really easily pick up on if you listen to the lyrics really closely, or even pull them up on the internet. I still stand by it though.

 

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Aside from the production value, the song is amazing. It’s incredibly dynamic from start to finish, and then there’s Billie’s voice. Its phenomenal. She’s got an amazing voice, and it translates over into her live performances as well. She was featured on one of my favourite YouTube channels, COLOURS, performing her song Watch. See for yourself, just how good this girl is, even live.

 

 

While I definitely love Bellyache, I think Watch is quickly becoming my favourite song Billie’s released. Especially after watching this video. I feel like now is a good time to tell you that this girl is 15. She’s fifteen years old. Hopefully that puts into perspective how crazy good her voice and live vocal performance is.

Another fantastic song of hers is Six Feet Under which was released as a single in 2016, and is the first song to appear on her Spotify account. It’s a pretty, haunting song and you know how excited I was to see a video of her performing it live with her brother Finneas O’Connell at Sofar Los Angeles.

 

 

Billie also released an EP this year, titled ‘dont smile at me’, which her brother Finneas co-produced and helped write. The album is killer, and has some amazing tracks on it. It’s a pretty heavy record for someone of her age, but she handles the lyrics with a lot of maturity that seems to be a staple in her songwriting and performance. The opening song, COPYCAT, is intense as heck. Pounding bass lines and a synth that nearly burst my eardrums the first time I heard it. Billie’s voice is light and feathery enough that it somehow compliments these elements, yet competes with them to really come to the front of the whole sound incredibly.  My favourite song is definitely Watch though. The chorus is beautiful, as are the lyrics.

 

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Billie is an incredibly underrated musician, and it may be down to her age, the type of music she’s releasing, or how short her music career has been so far, but I’m looking forward to hearing more from her. Watch and Bellyache are already being played a bit on the radio (nice one Triple J), and she’s doing a tour here that I’m too poor to attend, so she’s definitely taking off. You can bet I’ll be there the next time she’s around.

x

p.f

Dom’s Time

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I stumbled upon Dom McAllister while trolling through one of my favourite YouTube pages, Sofar. They put on amazing, intimate gigs, all around the world with a plethora of amazing musicians. Dom, being one of them. Listen to this voice:

 

 

I was literally captured within the first line he sang. Seeing him stand there, unassuming with his hands in his pockets made the voice that came out all the more amazing. Have to admit, 2:32, is definitely my favourite point. So. Much. Soul. How does a guy my age contain that much heart and soul when singing by himself, simply accompanied by a keyboard, played beautifully might I add. And then the cute little ‘thank you’ at the end. No, Dom. Thank you. I listen to this on YouTube all the time. Unfortunately this song, Only One, is not on Spotify, so you won’t be able to find it on any of my playlists. However, he does have two other fantastic, funky as heck songs up there, that you can definitely expect to find in a playlist or two.

His most recent one, is called Walking. It’s a song Dom explains is about being there for a friend, which you can definitely hear in the lyrics. It’s also, as the title may suggest, a brilliant walking song??? I have this song on my most listened to playlist and my mood increases tenfold while walking to a university class if this song shows up on my shuffle.

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However. Walking is not favourite song by Dom. That spot, is reserved for a song he released a little bit before he put out Walking, called In Time. Damn that song is magical. His voice is honestly like honey drizzling itself over some of the funkiest, groovy-iest bass lines and synths I’ve ever heard. The production value of this song is also incredible. I’m hoping he follows in fellow Bless Beats stars steps Jess Glynn, and start popping up in some amazing dance tracks, before releasing his much awaited EP. I’m very much biting my nails in anticipation.

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If In Time is any indication of the style Dom hopes to deliver with his EP I’d be incredibly satisfied. It’s the perfect mix of electric beats, production and tune, layered with this beautiful soulful vocal performance from McAllister. I could only hope to deliver such a track like In Time. It’s one of my favourites at the moment. I’ve definitely been listening to it all throughout August, so keep an eye out for it on my August Tunes, which you know are just around the corner! The month has flown past. But anyway, back to the matter at hand. Dom and his crazy voice. On that note, I’m going to share the best thing I found when looking at all the stuff he had out on the internet. This gem.

 

 

You all know how much I love Kehlani. Lani is one of the most beautiful artists in the world, (who I’m seeing so very, very soon) and Dom’s soulful crooning reinvents this song so beautifully. Wishing this was on Spotify.

Wishing more of Dom was on Spotify.

Very much wishing more people heard this amazing voice, hopefully you give him a listen. If you do, let me know what you think in the comments!

x

p.f