Vibe Or Die // The Birth Of A Playlist

Hello friends! I hope you’re all well.

Today I wanted to introduce you to a brand new playlist addition to my already over-flowing Spotify account (which you can find HERE) – my vibe or die playlist.

Now I can hear you asking, ‘what on earth could this new playlist possibly be useful for?’.

Here’s the thing; it’s one thing to have a playlist for when you’re driving in the car, a playlist for when you’re gone away with some friends during the summer, or even a playlist for when you’re up late on a Sunday morning making yourself some breakfast. (All playlists you will find on my Spotify, you’re welcome).

However, sometimes, the songs that fit into those categories don’t always match the way you’re feeling. Sometimes, instead of singing along while you’re driving or feeling like you’re in a music video, you just wanna vibe, relax, melt into the music. And sometimes, no-one wants to be blasting show-tunes or throwbacks through the AirBnB while making breakfast, everyone just wants something to wake up to gently after a long day at the beach, something to ease into the day. Sometimes when you’re up on a Sunday morning, you’re not always in a chirpy mood. Sometimes Sunday mornings aren’t always smooth. Sometimes you want to put on something ambient and atmospheric, sit with your cup of coffee and just stare into space.

All of that is so okay.

Which is why I’ve found myself constantly having to press shuffle or skip songs when I’m listening to some of my playlists. Sometimes I just want something to vibe to, but inside my head. Not necessarily sing along to, or cry to, or dance in the kitchen to. Just vibe.

Thus, the creation of this playlist, vibe or die. Here’s a selection of what you’ll find, should you choose to take a highly recommended gander.

False God - Taylor Swift Human - Jon Bellion Hawaiian Party - Cub SportI LSYB - LANY Love It If We Made It - The 1975 Ego - Beyonce Do You Remember - Jarryd James Dirty Paws - Of Monsters and Men Moon River - Frank O

Let me know what you think! Have any songs you think fit the description? Leave a comment below and I’ll add to the mix!

x

Priya

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Courtesy Of: Local Legend Tessa

Courtesy Of: Local Legend Tessa

Hello friends! I hope you’re all well and good, looking after yourself and the few around you.

Today’s post is one that we haven’t had in a while. I love sharing the music I listen to and want more people to hear, but a lot of the time the music I share is so skewed to my listening tastes and styles that so much goes unnoticed or missed. Thus, I began this post where I ask my friends and family who’s music taste I admire or who’s music taste is different from mine, to share their top ten songs at the moment!

I’ve done my entire family, my cousins, and a few of my friends, I’ve even done a few of the blogging gals like Mia, Fiona and Chloe. I’ve shared influencer’s favourite picks like Yasmin Suteja and other musicians like Will Heard and ABOUTAGIRL. However, today’s post comes to you, courtesy of local legend and one of my best friends, Tessa.

You may remember Tess from a few of my blog posts, such as my wrap-up from Laneway, but you should also know that Tessa has hands down, impeccable taste. She’s one of the only people who I can sit with and talk for literal hours about music with, so in the middle of our podcast debriefing and existential ranting I cheekily asked her to send through her favourite songs at the moment, and gal delivered.

Hope you like it!

big fat mouth – Airlie: I was definitely expecting this one. Tessa showed me this song last month on a lil road-trip and it was like listening to a song that was the audible embodiment of the girl herself. This song is so quintessentially Tessa, and it’s one of my favourite songs at the moment.

Futile Devices – Sujan Stevens: Such a good song. Make sure you’re listening to the original. While a remix of this tune was used for the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack, I feel like this one hits the mark a little bit better for me personally. I’ve not listened to these songs before writing out their little bits, so hearing them for the first time has been a bit of a trip. If I had to pick which of my close friends this song belonged to, I’d say Tessa hands down. It’s so gentle, and you’ve really got to listen for all the little nuances and the lyrics.

Shadow – Wild Nothing: So much of the music Tessa listens to is super light and nostalgic, and whenever she talks about music to me it’s like I’m listening to the soundtrack for a super beautiful indie teen movie. This song is probably the epitome of that to be honest.

Dopamine – DIIV: Again, super light and perfect for summer. Refer to the point above, that’s all.

Hot Rod – Dayglow: This is probably one of my favourite discoveries from this list, just because of how it mixes a lot of lo-fi sounds with typical indie guitar riffs and drum pockets. Plus the lyrics are super funky and interesting when you really listen to them.

Come On – Mikhael Paskalev: I love the tone of the guitar in this song so much. Like if Daniel Caesar’s guitar tone was one end of the spectrum for guitar tones that make me cry, this would be at the opposite end, and they both hit just as hard. Plus, the harmonies in this song are so airy and perfectly fitting. I don’t know why but this song makes me wish someone put it in an episode of Black Mirror??

Rocketman – Elton John: An absolute classic. I don’t necessarily trust anyone who doesn’t like this song. Something’s wrong with you.

Stonecutters – DOPE LEMON: There’s something about the banjo in this, mixed with the super reverb-y guitar and the singing that make this song so atmospheric. I reckon it would be perfect for running to as well.

Down the Line – Beach Fossils: I remember listening to Beach Fossils when I was a bit younger, and they still hit the same all this time later. Hitting indie rock bang on the head to be honest.

Paint Me Silver – Pond: I definitely remember Tessa showing me this song as well. I actually added it as my song for the day to my 365///2020 playlist on Spotify. It’s just a super light song, but there’s this synth line that goes on throughout it, entirely hypnotic and perfect the vibe. Plus, it feels like the song just grows and grows until you’ve not really realised how big the song really is and I love it.

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Priya

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Some Film & Some Tunes

Some Film & Some Tunes

Hello friends 🙂

I hope you’re all well! Today’s post is one that I hope you don’t mind me sharing. We’re branching out a little bit here, sharing something a bit different.

I touched on this a little in my blog post about my trip to Sri Lanka which you can read HERE, but I’ve been taking film photos for quite a few months now, and while I share some of them over on my Instagram … which you can follow if you want … I’m gonna start a little series where I share some photos from my film dumps each time I get a few rolls developed, as well as some songs in a little playlist!

This roll is a bit harder for me to find enough to share just because I took heaps of photos of my friends and family over the two rolls I last got developed, and while I love all the photos I got, I don’t necessarily want to share all of those photos on here, however you can check them out on my Instagram like I mentioned above! That said, I still have quite a few that I really loved that I think you guys might enjoy as well! Plus, of course, a couple of tunes sprinkled throughout as well.

Hope you enjoy!

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Back Pocket – Vulfpeck
Autumn’s Song – Stephen Day
Have Mercy – Eryn Allen Kane
Don’t Let Me Down – Joy Crookes
Loved By You – KIRBY
Lost Love – Yuto.

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The Key – Madison Ryann Ward
Where Do You Go – Yebba
Evergreen – Yebba
Morning Dew – Matt Quentin
Add The Bassline – Jordan Rakei
In My Room – Jacob Collier

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Down Time – Aaradhna
love – DEAN, Syd
Don’t Forget Your Roots – Six60
Maybe – Mae Muller
Satellite – STRFKR
Doing Me – RAY BLK

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Light and Shade – Guy Sebastian, Sage The Gemini
Dirty Harry – SAYGRACE
Missing The Mark – Paris Youth Foundation
Hear This – Jarami
So Good – Omar Apollo
Simple Pleasures – AUGUST 08

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Love No More – ASTN
The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home – Declan McKenna
Let It Pass – Jakob Ogawa
Is That Enough – Sons of Zion, Aaradhna
Eye for an Eye – SiDizen King, The Strike
Shadows – Slip-On Stereo, TRQS

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I Don’t Wanna Be Okay Without You – Charlie Burg
My Favourite Clothes – RINI
Never Knock – Kevin Garrett
I’ll Find You – Lecrae, Tori Kelly
Attention – Olivia Escuyos
Bad 4 U – Imad Royal

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Hush – Morgan Bain
Red Rental Car – Jack Gray
All The Snow Is Gone – Sniffle Party
Invincible – Amine
Ornament – Kiah Victoria
Simplify – SIROJ, Jalise Romy

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x

Priya

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February Tunes

February Tunes

Hello friends. I hope you’re all well! Once again I’m left apologising for the lack of posts that I produced this month – however, as per usual, I’m attempting to pull through and make up for it with a deluge of music that I was loving.

Somehow, despite being the shortest month of the year, February decided to pull up with some amazing music. Some of the songs on this list are new releases, others are old favourites, and some are songs that I was just a lil late to jump onto, but now that I’ve got them all here, you can save yourself from making the same mistake!

Here’s what I was loving in February.

Ready Or Not – Church & AP: For real, February has been my month for absolutely plugging Church & AP. I’m currently working on a blog post about these guys but it’s been a while since I was so passionate about an act as much as I am about these two. This song is the song that’s probably the source of the vast majority of their success, it was the No.1 Shazaam’d song in New Zealand a little while back, and for good reason. Obsessed.

Drive – Dugong Jr, Jordan Dennis: I always love when I get to plug local artists, so this is a favourite on this list for me. Dugong is a Melbourne producer, and he’s teamed up with another Melbourne artist, an old favourite around here, Jordan Dennis, to release this track, which came out late last month. I love the production on the track, plus Dennis’ does a superb job as usual taking the track to the next level. I love all the little nuances in the track and I’ve added it to several of my personal playlists. You can listen to Drive on Spotify HERE.

Fire Sale – Dera Meelan, deadforest, Church & AP: I wasn’t joking when I said February was my month for Church & AP. As is the case when you start vibing with a new artist, you get to trolling through their Spotify pages and finding all the songs they’ve released in the past, the songs they’ve featured on, the remixes etc. and this is one of the best examples of an artist absolutely coming through. Dera Meelan is one of Church & AP’s long-time producers as far as I’m aware, and he’s made a fan out of me with this track. Perfect for playing too loudly while in the car or before heading out for the night.

Phone Numbers – Dominic Fike, Kenny Beats: Dominic Fike is continuing to release a steady stream of tunes into 2020, this being one of them. Kenny Beats is also an insanely talented beat maker, one I’m learning to keep an eye out for, and this song has been stuck in my head all month. The chorus is stupidly catchy, I dare you to not sing along.

Aston Martin – Church & AP: I mean, I said what I said. I shared this song on my Instagram story, and I got a ton of people messaging me about how much they liked it which obviously boosted the ego a bit. I was even more shocked when Church & AP reposted it as well as replying to the story. Mama I made it. This is one of their most recent releases, and it’s getting up their with my favourite song of theirs, Roulette, which I featured on my January Tunes. I love how smart these guys are with their lyrics, and usually I can’t really get around Australian rap, but for some reason New Zealand is slowly stealing my heart.

Join The Club – Hockey Dad: I literally ditched all of my friends and family to run to the stage to see this live at Laneway Festival (blog post coming soon I promise). This song went absolutely nuts, and while I wasn’t in the thick of it in the middle of the mosh, I had the best time giving myself whiplash with the rest of the crowd when Hockey Dad played this tune.

Fade Away – Che Fu: A tune. Such a groover. One of the funkiest on the list this month. We all know I love a bit of reggae and island soul, and Che Fu always delivers when I need him the most. This song suddenly popped up on TikTok, reminding me of it’s existence and I have a lot of love for it being brought back into my life. Such good quality.

Love Me – Fia: This song. This is honestly one of the most beautiful songs ever. I’ve showed everyone this song. Not everyone gets around it as aggressively as I do, but I appreciate those who do. It’s everything I love about reggae and insane vocals. It features on so many of my personal playlists, which you can find HERE, and I can easily see it being one of my most played songs this year.

He’s Mine – Mahalia: Another absolute tune I got to see live at Laneway Festival. This was arguably one of my favourite sets of the entire day because I got to have a boogie with my cousins, my friends and my cousin’s friends, just the entire squad of us who went to the festival together. One of my cousin’s in particular loves Mahalia just as much as I do, and neither of us expected her to play this song, so when she did, we both lost it. It’s such an anthem, and listening to Mahalia talk about the story behind it was the cherry on top.

Thanksgiving – YBN Cordae: I’m only just starting to get into YBN Cordae to be quite honest with you. This is definitely one of my favourites. It doesn’t go as hard as some of the other tracks from ‘The Lost Boy’, but I love it all the same. The storytelling and the lyrics in this one just hit me in the heart, I tell you. I just get super sentimental whenever rapper’s write songs about their family’s and matters of the heart, don’t come at me for it.

Blinding Lights – The Weeknd: This song has been everywhere. My good friend Tessa and I went out for lunch and a bit of thrifting, and hand on my chest, this song came on at every single place we stopped. Not that I’m complaining. I’m just proving the point. I love it. The disco-pop/80s sound that’s slowly making a return is getting me so excited for all the new music about to come in 2020. First Dua Lipa and now The Weeknd – all we need is Calvin Harris or Mark Ronson to drop some collaborations and I’ll be happy.

Golden Wings – Gabriel Garzon-Montano: I discovered Gabriel Garzon-Montano through his COLORS performance, which may have been one of the most iconic performances I’ve watched on COLORS ever. The man literally transforms in front of your eyes, and the way he effortlessly slipped between the three songs that made up his medley got me so intrigued that I headed over to his Spotify and discovered this gem. All the little sounds, the harmonies and melody, all of it comes together to create this song that just flows like honey but also somehow manages to hit you in the gut?? I don’t know man.

Universal Love – Sons of Zion: An old favourite. Sons of Zion can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes. They just know how to pull on every single heart string. I go absolutely nuts for beautiful vocals and they always deliver just that, mixed in with lyrics that make you feel all the feelings. This one’s just a classic. I highly recommend having a listening to this on a lazy Sunday morning or on the evening drive back from work. Hits different.

The Maze – Manchester Orchestra: Another song that makes me cry. Every time. I got back onto this song after rewatching The Society on Netflix and you can check out the blog post I did about that whole situation HERE. I genuinely spent the entire season waiting for this song to come on, and I got into way more detail in the blog post.

Sauce – Ella Mai: You gotta give it to Ella Mai. The girl’s nailed old school RnB. She just knows how to capture the vibe, the attitude and all the things that make me love the genre in her sound. This song being no different. I never locked in on this particular song before, but for some reason it really just did the trick this last month. Singing it in the car, while I was making breakfast, at work, getting ready with my friends, it was really one of the tunes for the month.

Trust – Brent Faiyaz: Brent, Brent, Brent. 2020 is his year. I mean, TikTok’s already got a hold of him, so it’s practically guaranteed. It’s so well deserved, and this song is a very good example of why. It’s not a long song at all, but it captures so much of what makes Brent Faiyaz one of the best RnB artists of the decade in my opinion. Lyrics, vocal performance, production, he encapsulates it all. I can’t wait for him to blow up.

Supalonely – BENEE, Gus Dapperton: As we all know, I love BENEE. Ever since I got to see her at The Worker’s Club early last year it’s been so satisfying watch her get bigger and bigger. She was at Laneway Festival as well, and her set was probably one of the most crowded sets for the day. Her energy and vibe are so contagious, and while this song is kinda…sad(?), it captures her essence so perfectly. Plus, who doesn’t love a verse from Gus Dapperton. Match made in heaven.

That’s it folks! Those were all the songs I was loving in February, I told you it delivered. Genuinely can’t get over how much good music there was last month, and how much music I listened to! What were you loving in February? Let me know in the comments below!

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 18

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 18

Hello hello!!

Here I am with some more songs I’m obnoxiously assuming you may never have heard, obnoxiously declaring that you should have heard them. I hope you like them and can excuse me being obnoxious.

Locked In – Elujay
Worth – Kwaku Asante
Royal Blood – Louis Futon, Keiynan Lonsdale
I’ll Find You – Lecrae, Tori Kelly
Gasoline – Alpine
Boy – Gymnastics in the Seventies
ComeMyWay – JSPH
Good Love – 11:11
Fools And Their Gold – PLGRMS
All The Snow Is Gone – Sniffle Party
Dirty Harry – SAYGRACE
Stay Tru – Mereba
Mona Lisa – Monte Booker, Naji
Wander – Tim Atlas
Chasing Parties – Sasha Sloan
Shadows – Slip-On Stereo, TRQS
Hands – Brandt Orange 
Sorrows – BLESSED 
Ohio – Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, Gary Clarke Jr.
Sweet Jane – Garrett Kato
There’s A Honey – Pale Waves

There you go! Hopefully you were able to find something you liked and add it to your playlists! Let me know if you did in the comments below! 

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Priya

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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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