Very Specific Pt. 19

Very Specific Pt. 19

Hello hello and welcome back!

So today’s post is another Very Specific post!

I had a goal for 2019, which was to read 50 books. Looking back, it was pretty ambitious, and I’m nowhere near even 20. What made me think that in my third year of uni, the busiest year of life in terms of work, studies and music, I’d be able to smash out 50 books?

My to-be-read piles continue growing, and I say ‘piles’ as in plural because it’s gotten to the point where I’ve run out of surfaces to put my books and am now stacking new ones on the floor, much to my mother’s dismay.

So with that in mind, this very specific playlist, is a playlist for having in the background, while you’re reading. I’ve done one for studying before, and I will argue that they’re two very different things. The music I listen to when I study and the music I listen to when I read, do not in any way come from the same playlist.

Hopefully you find some tunes to throw on in the background when you pick your next book up – I’d also love to know what you’re reading at the moment! Let me know in the comments! 

tick tock – Nohidea
slow it down – Guru Griff
Journey – Flavors, Two Sleepy
coco – Oatmello
Hello, Is This Your House? – Explosions In The Sky, David Wingo
Flowers – The Deli
You – Petit Biscuit
Keep On – Alfa Mist
Amsterdam in the Spring – Simon Jefferis
Man Like You – Tom Misch
Affection – Jinsang
Intro (Santa Barbara) – Box Dreams
tuscano – tides.
Recovery – Jon Hopkins
Again – Wun Two
When Sunny Gets Blue – McCoy Tyner
by my side – Flavors, Two Sleepy

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 17

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 17

Hey team! Hope you’re all enjoying the first few weeks of 2020! I know I am, though we’ve mainly been working and trying to find some spare time to…chill? I haven’t done these in a while and December was a huge month of discovery for me in terms of music, so I thought it was fitting that I started the year off with some more new music for you to discover too!! Hopefully you find something you like within this list, let me know if you do! 

Subside – Eloise
Once Upon A Time – Jeff Bernat
Cigar – Tamino
Knowledge of Selfie – Jay Daniel
Bad Guy – Niykee Heaton
Good Company – KYE

Sweet Soul – alayna
Goldchains – Tyde Levi
Me & You – HONNE, Tom Misch
You Ain’t The Problem – Michael Kiwanuka
Under Your Skin – Sasha Keable
Wild Girl – Kito, Empress Of
Summa – Peach Tree Rascals
I Don’t Wanna Be Okay Without You – Charlie Burg
Add The Bassline – Jordan Rakei
Where Do You Go – Yebba
Simple Love – Lindsey Lomis
Have Mercy – Eryn Allen Kane 
Try A Little Tenderness – Pip Milett
Rocket – Elli Ingram
Livid – ELIZA 

There you go! What do you think? There are some super beautiful songs on this list, and I’ve had most of these on replay since the end of November, so hopefully you find a few to add to your playlists.

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Priya

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Artists Who Raised Me

Hello everyone! Today’s post is a lil sentimental one. I’m going to be touching on a few of the artists who helped raise me. These are artists I was exposed to as a young child, artists I listened to and learned from growing up, singers who inspired me and shaped the way I listen and interact with music today! Hopefully you enjoy it 🙂

Michael Jackson: I feel like I’ve droned on and on and on about how much of an impact Michael Jackson has had in my life. I was fed a healthy dose of MJ tunes and music videos, nearly every weekend my dad and I would watch a DVD with a collection of all his best music videos, and regardless of the fact that I’d hide behind the kitchen counter for when Thriller came on the screen, he’s been one of the most influential musicians in my life. I can pinpoint exact moments and memories for particular songs within his catalogue, songs like The Way You Make Me Feel, Bad, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, PYT and plenty, plenty more.

Alicia Keys: Alicia Keys was one of the first vocalists I turned to when I began singing. I was infamous for singing her songs and my dad only encouraged this, burning backing tracks for songs like Karma, No One and If I Ain’t Got You onto CD’s for me to sing along to. I can’t find it in my heart to skip any of this woman’s songs when they come on shuffle and her voice is still one of my favourites to listen to. I could listen to Alicia Keys all day.

Norah Jones: I think there’s only so much I can go on about Norah Jones. I think she was a pivotal person in me branching out with the music I listened to as a little kid, and my mum played a huge part in introducing me to her songs.

Stevie Wonder: Sometimes you might read my blogs and think, ‘man, Priya really over uses the words ‘funky’ and ‘groovy’ and it’s all down to this guy. Any single soulful fibre in in my body is thanks to the literal hours I’ve accumulated listening to his music.

Bob Marley: My family, both immediate and extended, have a deep rooted love for reggae, and the king of reggae, Bob Marley, is a sure fire way to get us all up and dancing or bopping. I can’t recall a single family party or event that didn’t end with all of us on the dance floor screaming/singing Buffalo Soldier or Could You Be Loved.

Ne-Yo: Ne-Yo. He’s an artist who seems like he’s been around for every year of my life in some form. Whether he was on MTV Hits, releasing RnB tunes that hit every heart string perfectly, dancing in Stomp The Yard or more recently, judging on World of Dance, he’s always been around. He’s one of the singers I regularly cover when I play gigs, purely cos we’re guaranteed to have people singing along. He’s such a loved musician and singer, and to me, Ne-Yo is absolutely timeless. Like, listen to So Sick, Miss Independent or All Because of You, and tell me they don’t hit just as hard as they did when they first came out? You can’t.

Rihanna: Take everything I said about Ne-Yo. Now apply it to this woman and multiply it infinitely. From her music, which assisted in really getting me into RnB and pop RnB, her business/es to her influence over popular culture, you have the recipe for one of the most successful women of the decade. I literally wrote one of my second year final assignments on Rihanna and her influence, and I don’t regret a single thing. Her music has developed and shifted so much over her career, she’s really done it all and she’s done it so well.

Whitney Houston: So, low-key, when I was a youngin, I was a belter. Like sang ballads, big numbers, long and high notes. And that’s partially thanks to Whitney Houston. Such a timeless, classic woman. Very little to say about this woman.

Christina Aguilera: Okay, so when I said ‘partially’, above, for Whitney, it’s because a large majority of my influence when I was a young kid was Christina Aguilera. Her singing is off the charts. To this day, she is one of the greatest singers of the last two decades and I’ll fight anyone on that. I mean, look at TikTok. We still have 15 and 16 year old’s trynna nail the crazy run in Show Me How You Burlesque, and as perfect as some of them may be pulling it off, it’s just not the same as the queen herself. I’ll throw hands for this woman. No lie.

Mariah Carey: I can’t say Mariah Carey was a big of an influence as Christina, but, she’s definitely up there. She was one of the singers I’d listen to over and over again, painstakingly going over every line she sang, in attempts to achieve those levels of greatness. Tbh, we’re still giving it a crack. It’s an everlasting challenge. Such a legend.

There you go!! Hopefully you guys found that interesting? I really pulled this out of the archives, from right at the bottom of my drafts, and I don’t know why I never finished it! I really enjoyed reflecting on each of these artists and how much they impacted me not only as a little gal wanting to be a singer, but as a general music fan as well! Obviously, my taste and what I listen to and draw inspiration from now has vastly shifted, maybe I’ll do a post on that soon, but these artists got me to where I am now.

Which artists raised you? I’d love to know, leave me a comment! 

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Priya

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Sri Lanka // Some Film and Some Music

Hello friends!

Happy New Year!! I hope you all had an amazing few last days of 2019, and are having an amazing first few days of 2020. I know I’m aiming to make 2020 a year of experiences and growth, if those can be classified as very broadly defined resolutions??

I’m huge on experiencing stuff, and one of my favourite things is experiencing new places, or just something different to the norm. I love going away whether it’s with my family or my friends, and I’m hoping to do heaps more in 2020. Fingers crossed.

In line with that, I thought I’d share some of my favourite film shots I took on my Pentax on the last holiday I went on, to Sri Lanka with my family over November and December. It was a short one for our standards, just over two weeks, but we saw and did so much in those two weeks, that Sri Lanka is easily up there with one of my favourite places in the world. It’s one of the few places I’ve traveled that I can see myself moving to or spending a couple of months living. I also thought, as this is a music blog, I’d share with you a playlist of some songs I listened during the drives around the beautiful, tiny little country.

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Subside – Eloise
Morning Dew – Matthew Quinten
Show Me How – gem
Gloria – The Lumineers
CYH – Audrey Mika
Sweet Time – Raveena

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Where Do You Go – Yebba
Easy – Mac Ayres
Let’s Fall In Love for the Night – FINNEAS
Ice Cream Sundae – Inhaler
Fool For You – Snoh Aalegra
You, Dear – Eloise

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Like Someone In Love – Bruno Major
It Runs Through Me – Tom Misch, De La Soul
How Deep Is Your Love – PJ Morton

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Have Mercy – Eryn Allen Kane
Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
Frozen – Sabrina Claudio

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Y U Gotta Be Like That – Audrey Mika
Peach Pit – Peach Pit
Castles – Freya Ridings
Solita – Kali Uchis
Vain – KIRBY

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Priya

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Happy Holidays … Here’s Some Music

Happy Holidays … Here’s Some Music

Hi friends. I hope you’re all well and thriving!

I’ve had a notable absence on here for the last couple of weeks, but I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll find a bit of time to get some of my drafts finessed and cleaned up for you soon.

I can’t believe the end of 2019 is here. Like…how? Why? Where did it go? I’m honestly so confused as to how fast and quick this entire year has gone by. I swear it was February, and I was hanging out in Rye with my friendsand at music festivals literally … last week.

However, I’m super excited for 2020. Probably more excited than I ought to be. That said, I’m trying to have a great December and make the most of what little of 2019 we have left.  My friend and I have been doing heaps of gigs so far this month, we have a few already lined up for January, and our band is moving super well. We’ve got so many new songs, I’m honestly so excited for what’s to come. On top of that, I graduated from university, so there’s that too. Just a lot going on really. I’ve been working and finishing up last minute Christmas shopping. Any spare moment I have, honest to God, is spent taking naps. I pink promise you, that’s all I’ve been doing in my spare time and I’m still exhausted.

Hopefully, a playlist of some Christmas tunes will help out!

This Christmas: Chris Brown
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
8 Days Of Christmas – Destiny’s Child
What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder
Jingle Bells – Michael Buble, The Puppini Sisters
Christmas in Hollis – Run-DMC
Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry
Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
Last Christmas – Wham!
Give Love On Christmas Day – John Legend
Shake Up Christmas – Train
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams
Rockin Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
One More Sleep – Leona Lewis
Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley, Martina McBride
Holly Jolly Christmas – Michael Buble
Winter Wonderland – Tony Bennet, Lady Gaga

Hopefully I’ve stocked you up with plenty of songs to play on Christmas eve and Christmas day. I know I’m super excited to blast them through the house. It’s always a fun juxtaposition celebrating Christmas in Australia, yet singing along and playing countless Christmas classics that talk about snow and cold weather, yet they never lose their magic or energy. It’s a Christmas thing I guess.

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays everyone!

x

Priya

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Mark x Calvin // Kings Of The Collab

Mark x Calvin // Kings Of The Collab

Hi friends!

Today’s post is a fun one. It’s another playlist, but it’s dedicated to two kings.

It’s no secret by now that I’m a huge fan of Mark Ronson and Calvin Harris, both amazing producers respectively. Not only have they released their music on their own, but they also have a knack for releasing some of the best collaborations to ever exist, and in my eyes, the roster of featuring artists shared between these two make them the absolute best at what they do.

So that’s why, for today’s post I’m going to be sharing the ultimate Mark x Calvin playlist, with some of my favourite collaborations released by each of them.

Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus
Slide – Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos
Faking It – Calvin Harris, Kehlani
Valerie – Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson
Late Night Feelings – Mark Ronson, Lykka Li
One Kiss – Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa
Blame – Calvin Harris, John Newman
Don’t Leave Me Lonely – Mark Ronson ft Yebba
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Feels – Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean
Ooh Wee – Mark Ronson, Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife and Saigon

Obviously, there’s plenty of other incredible music produced by these two guys, this playlist is purely a collection of my absolute favourites. If you have any favourites that appear on this list, let me know!! I’d love to know if any of you guys are Calvin Harris or Mark Ronson fans too, leave a comment and we can fan over their tunes together!

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Priya

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October Tunes

October Tunes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Priya

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