Get It Done At Home 2.0 // A Playlist

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all well and getting through 2020 as best you can right now. I just wanted to drop in to share another playlist with you all!

The original post in this series which you can find HERE, was shared a little while ago, right at the beginning of the entire lockdown/isolation/COVID19 situation.

I think one of the biggest things that changed when literally the world, went into lockdowns of varying degrees, was the way we all worked out, got our exercise, moved our bodies and stayed fit.

A lot of people (me), relied on going to the gym to get a proper workout in, while other people (also me) were a part of sporting teams that practiced and played games every week, providing them with an easy and fun way to workout and stay fit. You had people who went to big group classes and other people who worked one-on-one with a personal trainer. All in all, the way we worked out and stayed healthy, changed drastically.

Like I mentioned, I was one of those people who relied heavily on going to the gym as much as I could, and playing team sports. As expected, considering Melbourne is back in lockdown for the second time, I’ve not been able to go to the gym or play any sport since March. So obviously we needed to make some changes.

Between my little sister, my dad and I, we were at the gym nearly every day of the week, so it only seemed fair that the three of us finally splurged on a bunch of basic gym equipment for our garage, and after an entire day of emptying out the space, cleaning out what we didn’t need anymore, selling a bunch of stuff on FaceBook Marketplace and donating a ton, we finally had a place for it all to go.

Honestly, some kettlebells, hand weights, resistance bands, plates and maybe a bar are all you need, and you could definitely get by on even less. The garage has quickly become my favourite place in the house, and after I come back from my daily walk with my sister, I’m straight in there for an hour or so. Plus with the huge amount of people sharing workout routines and home-based programs on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok, I’m constantly changing and switching up what it is I actually do.

One of my favourite things about the space, is that I also get to bring one of the many BlueTooth speakers that are floating around my house in there with me, so not only do I have a place to get in my workouts, but I also have a place to finally blast my gym playlists once again,

It’s a win/win really.

Speaking of gym playlists – welcome to today’s post. I’ve changed up my playlist a little bit since moving to home workouts, I’ve found new music, I’ve taken some music out, and it’s the main thing that gets me excited to workout if I’m being 100% honest, so I thought I ought to share with you!!

Let me know what you think, and please feel free to share your favourite tunes to workout to!

Come Around – M.I.A, Timbaland
Blow the Whistle – Too $hort
Y.A.L.A – M.I.A
Bread – ROYBOY
Diana – Pop Smoke, King Combs
ROSIE – Sophiya
Snake – Lil Keed
Me, Myself & I – G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha
My Name Is – Eminem
The W.A.N.D – The Flaming Lips
War Outside – Church & AP
Lord Knows – Meek Mill, Tory Lanez
Rich – Megan Thee Stallion
Dior – Pop Smoke
Make It – Vayne, Church Leon
Say Yeah – TroyBoi
Squat – Haiku Hands, True Vibenation
DIET_ – Denzel Curry, Kenny Beats
Money Longer – Lil Uzi Vert
Crazy Rap (Colt 45 & 2 Zig Zags) – Afroman
Before I Go – Guy Sebastian
EXHALE – kenzie, Sia

All the songs that I shared on today’s post can be found on my PUMP Spotify playlist, HERE. Make sure to check it out cos there’s plenty more songs where that lot came from!

August Tunes

I’m gonna be brutally honest – I know these are getting long, and I don’t care. For the last three months, I’ve had to warn y’all that these monthly posts are extra chunky, and I’m just accepting it as the new norm for me whilst my state is still in lockdown.

Not leaving my house as often, now not working at all due to it being shut down because of lock down, and not really have all that much to do, has meant that I generally have music playing at any given moment. It’s a lot. I’m discovering new songs, nearly every hour it seems, and I’m not one to complain.

So, for the third month in a row – this monthly tunes, is gonna be a long one, but I hope y’all stick around to hear about all the music I was listening to in August.

Toast – Real Good Company: Look, I’ve never been subtle when it comes to promoting my friends music or my own music. This just so happens to be a combination of the both, being the debut single from my band, Real Good Company. Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen me share it a few times here and there, but so far, it’s doing pretty well without me shoving down everyone’s throats. I’m not gonna review a track I helped create, cos that’s a bit weird, so I’ll let you be the judge – would LOVE to hear some opinions down in the comments!

Make It – Vayne, Church Leon: This song found its way onto my playlist purely because of it’s feature artist, Church Leon, who you might recall as the ‘Church’ in my 2020 favourites, Church & AP. I hadn’t heard of Vayne before I discovered this song, but I’m glad I’ve found another incredible New Zealand artist to hype up. This song is a banger.

schleep. – Kwame: Love me some Australian hip hop, and at the moment, Kwame is royalty in my eyes. This song is so stupidly catchy, I don’t know how to describe it and do it justice. If you enjoy Kendrick Lamar, mixed with some Kanye but sprinkled with some BROCKHAMPTON production, check out Kwame, specifically this track.

Money Trees – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock: I love when old Kendrick tracks make it back on to my radar, and for August it was Money Trees. 100% due to TikTok, and genuinely, each time I have to say that, I lose more and more shame in doing so. Like I said, I’m in lock down, so I’ve got all the time to while away doing how I please. This is such a classic Kendrick Lamar song. The second half of the song though, the best. The absolute best. I love the layered the vocals and the rhythm of them so much. 

my future – Billie Eilish: I mean. I mean…I mean. This is probably one of my favourite releases Billie has ever shared with the world. The first half alone is so beautiful, and it really gives you the perfect chance to listen to how incredible and raw the lyrics are. Her voice is so subtle and gentle, but at the same time so assured and strong. I love everything about her vocal performance on this track but when I tell you the beat drop had my jaw on the floor. The beat drop had my jaw on the floor

Running Outta Love – Jacob Collier, Tori Kelly: Jacob Collier is a genius. Tori Kelly has offensively magical vocal chords. The fact that this collaboration only just occurred is criminal. There are so many tasty riffs in this song, from both Collier and Kelly, and note after note is just so impressive. Musical masterclass. 

Soulflower – Noah Slee: Noah Slee has been on my radar for a little while, but this is one of the first songs of his that I’ve added to my personal playlists. It’s unique, with a percussive spirit that really made it stand-out for me. That, paired with how smooth Noah’s vocals are and how simple and catchy the hook is, makes it one of my favourite discoveries of the month. 

Sweet Lady – Little Finn: I don’t think I’ve ever been happier for a song to return to Spotify, than I was with this tune. I mean, there was the time Freaks and Geeks by Childish Gambino disappeared for what seemed to be an entire year or more, but like F&G, the return of Little Finn to the streaming platform, made. my. day. My good friend Jarrod, who’s album review you can find HERE, plays the guitar in this band, and I’ve loved all of their tracks since they were released a few years ago. That said, Sweet Lady, always has, and probably always will be, my favourite song by Little Finn. I highly recommend you give it a listen. 

Robbery – Lime Cordial: Not the biggest Lime Cordiale fan, I will admit. I don’t listen to them half as much as I probably should, for no reason other than I just never have, but that’s slowly changing, with this song being my entree. Such a strong, energetic song, and I just know seeing it performed live would absolutely bang. 

Can’t Decide – Amine: Fair warning, this is the beginning of the Amine wave, there’s a lot more coming, considering he released his album LIMBO at the start of August. Can’t Decide is probably one of my favourite songs on the album, and it took me until my third listen through to decide. I just love the guitar in this song, and the hook’s constantly stuck in my head days after I’ve listened to the song. 

Forgive Me – Chloe x Halle: Queens. Their sound is so unique and different from what I’m hearing out there at the moment, and I feel like it’s only natural that song after song on their debut album, absolutely slaps. I’m yet to find a track I don’t completely love. This was just the pick for the month. 

B.S – Jhene Aiko, H.E.R: I’ve been enjoying this song a lot. A whole lot. I probably don’t gush about Jhene Aiko as much as I do about H.E.R, but they’re very on par for me in terms of my personal taste and how much I listen to both. I love Jhene’s voice, and her recent album has inspired me so much, and this collaboration just seems like a match made in heaven. 

Woodlawn – Amine: Another Amine track. This one has such a tasty bounce to it, I just couldn’t not include it on this monthly list. Plus there’s that flute in there that gives this track a bit of personality, only adding to how hard Amine goes in on this vocally. 

Dead Weight – The Grogans: Love The Grogans. I’ve luckily got to see these guys twice live, and they’ve always kicked butt. Such an energetic band, and I’m 100% certain these guys are gonna be playing stages like Falls Festival and Laneway soon because they just get bigger and bigger with every release. This song really digs into their rock and surf-rock roots, and I’m all for it. The drums are so strong, while the guitar riff just carries this song in a way that can assure you it’s one to wait for when Australian audiences, especially in the state of Victoria, get back to the thriving live music scene we love.

Backup Plan – Fedi: Another acquaintance of mine doing incredible things. I went to university with Fedi, and his assuredness, drive and confidence really comes through in his EP, RoominationsBackup Plan is hands-down my favourite song of the record, so raw and authentic, and his bar delivery is quickly becoming one of my favourites. If you’re a fan of Eminem, Kendrick or Cole, I highly suggest you give Fedi a listen. 

Burden – Amine: Back to Amine. This track is so heavy, yet the groove and the guitar are so happy-go-lucky, and the sampling just adds to the juxtaposition of sounds and the words. Love this song. Easily places amongst my top three songs on the album I’d say. 

Casio – Jungle: I know what you’re thinking. Jungle? Again? I don’t know man, it’s like every few months I have this itch to get on YouTube and take myself on an absolute trip, just watching every single one of Jungle’s music videos, and without fail, I’ll watch this music video and listen to this tune at least three times through minimum. Without fail. This song just does something to me. Play this joint at my wedding please. 

Compensating – Amine, Young Thug: This was arguably one of the best songs to make a music video for off the entire album, and as Amine usually does, he delivered with the visuals. 

Vibes – SIX60: So this is one of SIX60’s older songs, but it came up on shuffle halfway through the month and I had the best groove I’ve had in a long time. It’s such a unique song for me personally on the spectrum of SIX60 songs, and I’m glad it was my SIX60 pick for the month. I’m sure there’ll be more throughout the rest of the year. In the meantime, you can read my post all about the New Zealand band HERE.

Angel Boy – William Bolton: I discovered this song by total fluke, finding it in the background of a completely random YouTuber’s video. William Bolton seems like one to watch for me. He’s got this great blend of electronic-pop, disco and funk, and it just melts together so perfectly. This song is the prime example of that, filled to the brim with hard hitting bass lines, strong harmonies and synths galore. 

Wit’ Da Team – Genesis Owusu: I found this song thanks to my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. I was keen to listen to it because I’ve heard great things about but I’ve never taken the time to listen to his music properly, so I’m glad I finally glad I got around to it. Synth city, and the bass in this song is most definitely my favourite part of it all.

That’s it! I know, I told you it was a fat one. As always, you can find all of these tunes plus far too many more on my 365//2020 playlist, HERE. Make sure to check out some of my other playlists when you stop by too! Also, I’d love to know what you were listening to during August, let me know in the comments.
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The Tunes of TikTok

Hello boys and girls.

It seemed only a matter of time until I made this post, right? Considering how many times I regularly reference the app as my source for discovering new songs that I love and want to share with you, it seems only fair that I dedicate a whole post to the tunes of TikTok, and share them all in one post!

To be fair, a lot of these songs are ones that I already knew or had listened to before, but a huge reason as to why they got added back onto any of my playlists comes down to how often I was hearing them on TikTok. That said, there’s plenty of songs on this list that I definitely credit to TikTok and TikTok only.

Here you go!


That’s a pretty hefty list, just to give you a rough idea. We all know it’s much longer than that and I’m sure you’re sick of me constantly referencing TikTok as my source for new tunes, but that’s just the way it is unfortunately. I’m not mad.

Have you discovered any new tracks thanks to TikTok? Let me know in the comments!



The Vinyl Records // Round Two

Hi friends!

Hope you’re all well and thriving. Today’s post is gonna be Round Two of my Vinyl Series!

The record I wanna share today is one of the first ones I actually bought for myself as soon as I got my record player, I mean after I got sick of my Jim Reeves op shop vinyl, and that is Rainbow Valley by old mate, Matt Corby.

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This is honestly one of my all time favourite records I own, purely because of how incredibly beautiful this album sounds translated on vinyl.

As I did with Round One of the The Vinyl Records, which you can read HERE, I’m just gonna share a few of my favourite tracks from the record, instead of going on a bit of a ramble about every single track!

No Ordinary Life This song is sublime. The piano, the strings in the background, the layered harmonies, it all comes together so seamlessly, this song is genuinely such a trip to listen to. Add in the drums and how they just drive the song along with such a steady chug, and it’s so easy to get lost in this song. I find it ten times more beautiful when listening to it on vinyl. This album in my mind, was made to be listened to on vinyl. Hands down. This song is probably one of the best indicators of that.

All That I Say This song is such a groovy track. The vocals in this are a great mix of flowing and ebbing drawls and short, snappy backing vocals, and it all works together so nicely. The bass in this track is also probably my favourite part, it definitely carries the song for me.

Get With The Times I have to refrain from including literally every song on the album in this list, but I had to throw this one in there. This one is my favourite in terms of Matt Corby’s vocal performance. It’s another song that features a really tasteful electric guitar groove, nestled in amongst the piano and backing vocals, and the lead vocals are so sweet and beautiful.

All Fired Up Beautiful song. Beautiful arrangement, beautiful singing, I can’t say much else for this track.

Miracle Love  I always wait to reach this song when I’m making my way through the record. So much emotion packed into one song and I think for me, this is Corby’s best vocal performance on the entire track. So impactful and raw, and it truly shows off just how talented he is as a singer and musician.

That brings us to the end of our second Vinyl Records! Hopefully you enjoyed this post, I sure loved getting the opportunity to lay down in bed and listen to the vinyl on repeat while I wrote up this post.

x

Priya

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Dua Lipa // The Blessed Madonna Remix…

I wanted to like this so badly. I really, really did. I know what you’re thinking … Priya? A negative review? Really? Me too. 

Levitating has been one of my favourite songs of the year, I’ve loved it ever since it was released, and it really set the tone for my personal obsession with the Future Nostalgia album. So when I heard that this disco-pop wave Dua’s currently riding was gonna be joined by not only Missy Elliott, but also Madonna, who as much as I’m not a fan, is the undeniable queen of the 80’s?

I was so excited.

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Let’s preface this by saying that this was kinda slated as a ‘club’ release, which I think on the surface level, it meets. It serves it’s purpose. But as a track? I’d take the original any day. I feel like if I were to personally hear this in a club, I’d be so fine if it was a quick little blender track, or a nice transition into the actual tune, but it just feels so disjointed and lost.

I get what they wanted to do, I really do, but I don’t feel like it worked. 

I love Dua Lipa, and I love that she brought two icons together on this track, but I think it could have been better. A lot better. Personally, Missy Elliott’s verse is a highlight, which I know some people don’t love. It’s one of the only highlights of the song for me, and that’s probably down to me loving Missy herself. The breakdown after her verse? I mean it’s decent.

With how hard-hitting and punchy the original song is, the remix should only have enhanced it. Rather, it feels like it’s been stripped of a bunch of things that made it such a track to begin with.

I think the tempo of the original song is perfection. It seems like such a little think to pick at, but tempo is a game changer when it comes to how easy a song is to enjoy and move to, and I think the remix just tries too hard to be a club mix, and the tempo is a huge factor in that. Then those wavy synths that are present throughout the entire track, and play a vital part in how well the original version flows…they’re gone? The new synths are pretty aggressive, they’re there, they just…don’t hit like the original ones, which for a club remix, I’m expecting them to. They aren’t as heavy and you don’t feel compelled to move the way you do with the original synths. Just like the tempo, the bass has been shifted to this really stock-standard club bass rhythm and melody that does nothing for the track. 

I’ll be real honest. If Melbournians were allowed to leave their houses and I was a few drinks in, hearing this at a bar, I’d probably wouldn’t care at all to pick at it the way I’m doing, so like I mentioned, it serves it’s purpose. But for such a phenomenal track like Levitating, to go out of your way to release a remix like this, with absolute icons like Madonna and Missy Elliott, it’s a bit of a missed opportunity. 

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I don’t know if I’m in a majority or minority with my opinion, as I haven’t see too many reviews for the single, so I’d love to know what you’re thoughts are! I know a few of you love Dua Lipa just as much as I do, so please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments! 

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 23

Part 23??? Really??? If this specific post doesn’t highlight how lazy I truly do get sometimes, I don’t know what does. I’m currently the emoji of the chick putting her hands up and shrugging her shoulders.

Once again, in celebration of me not having the slightest iota of energy left in me to draft a complete blog post, here’s a dump of songs you probably don’t know and definitely should.

Enjoy.

 

Best Interests – Carmanah
Phone Number – Tom Bailey
Keke Boy – Duggy Dupe
War Outside- Churh & AP
Dreams – grentperez
Radio Song – Simpson
Lonely in Love – Abigail Barlow
Little Things – TRQS
The Link – Jordan Dennis, JUJO
PSYCHO HOLE – ASHWARYA
Stuck in the Middle – Tai Verdes
Funny Thing – Thundercat

 

x

Priya

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Paige // Always Growing

I hope y’all remember Paige.

I’ve featured her several times here on the blog. She’s been one of my favourite musicians since I first discovered her in 2018, and she’s just gone from strength to strength. Opening for Ruel in New Zealand, releasing a number of successful singles, and now an EP.

If you’re keen to get up to speed, you can read my last couple of posts about here HERE and HERE. You’ll also definitely find her generously sprinkled over my Monthly Tunes.

Way back in 2018, I interviewed the New Zealand singer/songwriter, and spoke about her latest music as well as her plans for the future. One of the tracks she was super excited for was a song called Waves, the music video for which, dropped very recently.

You can watch it below!

 

 

 

Paige released her debut EP, Always Growing on the 31st of July, and since then, it’s been on repeat.

 

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The seven-track EP includes a mix of those previously released singles I mentioned earlier, as well as some tasty new tracks to sink your teeth into, starting off with the opening track, Cold Blooded, a bass heavy groove that Paige released earlier in 2020.

I think Hit n Run, the second track on the album, may be one of my favourites. It’s got such a good mix of sounds and blends, from the backing vocals, the acoustic guitar, a hard hitting drum beat and Paige’s strong voice pulling everything all together. Super catchy. Big vibes, big vibes.

A handful of singles make up the next few songs on the tracklist, all of which are beautifully nostalgic bangers, if that makes any sense whatsoever. Too Much to H8, my personal favourite Waves, another favourite of mine, Bloom, Yellow and then final track Make Room. 

Make Room is a new freshie, and I love how gently anthemic it is. It builds and grows beautifully, and it’s a song I’ve found myself going back. I also think it’s one of the best songs on the album in terms of showing off just how subtle and strong Paige’s voice and songwriting is combined. Such a delicate song lyrically, but such a confident delivery. I love everything about this song.

 

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To be fair, I love everything about the entire EP. There’s just something so authentic and raw about it, but it’s still so polished and well crafted. From the variety of the songs, to how consistently impressive the songwriting is on every track, Paige has more than delivered on her debut EP, and what a way to kick off what’s sure to be an amazing career.

x

Priya

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folklore // embodied

Honestly, I think I’m in love with Taylor Swift.

I don’t know if she set out to release arguably the best album of her career, but in my opinion, that’s just what she did.

I also don’t know if I’m the best person to be making statements like that because aside from her singles and a few tracks here and there I’ve rarely been an active Taylor Swift listener in the past, but damn, she did a good thing with folklore.

I think more than just her music, I’ve been super invested in her career. The shit show she went through with Kanye that kind of ruined one of the best moments of her life, which also subsequently spiraled into this whirlwind of a series of episodes that just plagued a huge portion of her career, then losing ownership of all of her masters and essentially having to start from scratch, the girls been through it. I think there’s so much she’s had to deal with, and she’s still managed to have a long, successful career. Gal must be tired.

 

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But on to folklore.

Like I said, I think I’m in love. This entire record is just so beautifully nostalgic and haunting, I genuinely wish I could go back to the moment I listened to the entire album for the first time so I could experience those feelings again.

I’m sure you’ve read one hundred and one reviews of this album already, because in keeping with my character I’m a little behind on this, so I’m just gonna share with you some of my favourite tracks from the record.

 


 

the 1
Come on. This song. So beautiful. The words, which are obviously just as strong throughout the entire album, just make it so simple and powerful. It’s so gentle, but there’s so much emotion in this one song.

my tears ricochet
My favourite song. Hands down. There’s so much anger and authenticity in this one song alone. Side note; I highly suggest you do not listen to this song for the first time while going on your daily walk because you will end up crying in public and it’s not a good look. ‘And if I’m dead to you, why are you at the wake?’ ‘You know I didn’t have to, want to haunt you, but what a ghostly scene.’ ‘You wear the same jewels, that I gave you, when you bury me.’ Come. On. Come. On. My jaw visibly dropped several times throughout this song just listening to the words Taylor was singing. Shivers every time.

seven
If I had my way, this song would be the main title motif for a modern gothic YA film, and the big build up would be playing while the main protagonist is running through the woods, with this huge looming countryside mansion in the background, after they come to a mad realisation. That’s if I had my way. That’s all I’m saying.

mad woman
Imagine thinking Taylor Swift would allow anyone to have the last word when it came to losing her masters and being taken advantage of by music industry heavy-weights. I feel like this song is Taylor’s response to that entire situation, and even the way she consistently gets portrayed in the media. It’s just so hauntingly cathartic and emotional. ‘Every time you call me crazy, I get more crazy, what about that?’. I think this is my second favourite song on the album. It’s so strong, so forceful in it’s tone, but so gentle and alluring at the same time.

epiphany
So many layers to this record. I saw so many people talking about how this song was maybe a nod to healthcare workers and front-liners during COVID and I could find no better meaning for such a beautiful song. It’s so melancholy, but suitably so.

 


 

This entire record sounds like you’re listening to the old Taylor Swift after she’s lived a life and experienced a million things, which I guess it is and you are. Sonically, it’s what I feel Taylor Swift was meant to be making, not that her past albums or singles have been bad in the slightest, rather that she embodies this record far more naturally in my opinion.

 

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I could listen to this album for days. Not gonna lie, I have been.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the album – what’s your favourite track?

x

Priya

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July Tunes

Hello hello.

I know, you’re shocked it’s the end of July. You and me both. We’re at August. Eight whole months into the year. Ya girl turns 22 this month. I know, whack. I don’t know how it happened, all I know is that it did, and we’re here now, so the least I can do is share some music with you.

And boy, do I have a lot of it. I know I say this every month but be warned…July was…hefty.

 

Love – Keyshia Cole: Kicking off the month with some old school Keyshia Cole. Love this song so much. It’s the song I ‘ugly belt’ when I’m all alone in my car on the way to work, just to get me pumped for the day. If there’s one incredible thing to come out of Gen Z’s universal addiction to TikTok, is the resurgence of old school RnB music as something more and more people are getting into and sharing, meaning I’m finding so many of my old favourites, and so many classics from when I was younger. This, obviously, being one of them.

Player 1 – AntzzIf you missed the blog post featuring Antzzz I shared a little while back, I highly recommend you give it a read, check it out HERE. The guy shared some bangers for a Courtesy Of post, which I was super grateful for. I also shared his debut EP, of which, this single, Player 1 is my all time favourite track. As much as I love getting sent new music from up and coming artists, I really hold back on just throwing them all at you guys, unless I really, genuinely like them, which is why I was so excited when I heard Antzzz’s record and this track in particular!

12:55 – NitecallerJust another plug here for my insanely talented friend and producer, Jarrod aka Nitecaller, for releasing one of my favourite albums of the year so far! Space Memories is honestly played a minimum of three times a week in my house these days, and 12:55 has been my favourite track from the start! So calming and ethereal, hopefully you guys give it a listen!

Put Me On Somethin – P-Lo, E-40: It’s just something about the Bay Area guys, I feel like, from my personal experience of San Francisco and the cultures I’ve seen represented on social media, as well as the music that comes out of there, it’s just a place I’d love to go back to. P-Lo is probably one of the top tier artists out of the Bay Area for me personally, and this song never fails to get my hyped.

Never Too Much – Luther Vandross: A classic, not much else to say to be honest.

If You Had My Love (Cyber Jungle Remix) – Jennifer Lopez, Cyber Jungle: Allow me to put you on. There is something magical about this remix. It doesn’t hit you in the face like you’d expect a remix to, rather it’s super ambient and atmospheric, kinda floats around the room if that makes sense. It’s been on of my go to tracks at the moment, and I’m obsessed with everything about this remix.

60K – Church & APWe should know by now that I’m a huge Church & AP fan. It’s verifiable at this point. If you missed my write-up about the New Zealand duo, you can read itHERE. However, their latest single just strikes the right chord for me, as soon as I heard it I was vibing. These guys are arguably some of the most melodically talented rappers I’ve ever heard.

Planes – gem: I LOVE MY FRIENDS!! Sometimes I literally queue up a whole playlist of tracks solely created by my people so I can feel all proud and happy. This gal features heavily. Gem’s my best friend from university, literally the only person who got me through three years of uni, and she recently had to cut her year long trip to the UK short because of Miss Rona. She released this song pretty soon after she arrived back, which is insane because it’s probably one of my favourite things to come out of all of this. So vibe-y, ambient and ethereal as hell, it’s everything I love about Gem and her music, wrapped into one track. Major ‘driving through a tunnel‘ energy.

Little Things – TRQS: Another Melbourne artist who kicked off July with a bang. I saw TRQS when she was one of the opening acts for RINI last year, and I was hooked by her voice. I’ve been following her since then, but this song, is undoubtedly my favourite thing she has ever released. It’s got a groovy bass-line, amazing synths and percussion pockets, but above all else, TRQS’ vocals are insane in this song. So smooth and strong at the same time. And that keys solo?? Are you kidding me?? Chef’s kiss, truly.

Be Good – Alina Baraz: I’m somewhat ashamed it took me this long to listen to an entire record from Alina Baraz and not just her singles, but thank god I finally learned what’s good and discovered this song for myself. So. Damn. Good. It’s been a while since I vibed to a song so quickly. It was a mix of the insane drum pocket, the guitar and how melodic the song is, while remaining so simple at the same.

Thoughts – Tentendo ft Vetta Borne: This song bangs. Melbourne artists just really hit it out of the park in July, and I couldn’t be prouder. Tentendo is one of my favourite producers to come out of Melbourne, and he never fails to deliver track after track. I can’t think of a single Tentendo release that I don’t love! I did a feature on him a little while back which you can read HERE, otherwise, I highly recommend you give this track a listen.

Forever – Labrinth: This song made me cry the first time I listened to it fully. No lie. I feel like this type of music, this genre, this is where Labrinth is meant to be. I won’t lie, Earthquake was a banger then and it’s a banger now. Jealous is definitely one of the most beautiful songs released over the last decade. But this?? Hits different. There’s something about the production, how he uses his voice as an extension of not only the synths but the percussion as well, and it just hits you in the gut in the best possible way. Obviously, originating from and created for the Euphoria soundtrack, it’s to be expected, but if there was ever a song to make you feel like the main character in a coming of age movie, this is it.

Jet Black Hearts – Abigail Barlow: One of TikTok’s greatest exports in my opinion, is Abigail Barlow. I was so gassed when I found her account, because she’s the epitome of everything I want to strive for. She’s a professional songwriter, producing and releasing her own songs, writing for other artists and at the same time, comes across as super approachable and down to earth. She shares her songs as she writes them, taking feedback from her followers, and actually releasing them. The fact that I watched the video she first shared when she came up with the hook, and can now listen to the released track in it’s entirety, is insane to me.

2650 – Becca Hatch: Melbourne musicians will always reign supreme in my mind, because I’m obviously biased, but Sydney really does produce the goods. Becca Hatch only recently came onto my radar with the release of this song, but I’m glad she did. Aside from the flow of her voice, the percussion in this song is phenomenal, and the beat is super deep. Thoroughly enjoyed this song throughout July.

Feel Fine – Rellek Brown, Myshaan: I discovered Myshaan through TikTok, where I generally discover all things good these days, and instantly searched out some of his music. This song was recently released, and made me a fan of Rellek Brown this time round. Such a smooth RnB track, very nostalgic of old school favourites. The Usher samples and references in this song are so heavy, but done incredibly well and intentionally, which is hard to do in my opinion. It took me until to the second chorus to realise that the reason I loosely knew the words already was because the chorus was an Usher track, and the fact that it didn’t click sooner is something I can respect. For me it means it was worked in so well, it just seemed natural.

At All – KAYTRANADA: We love KATRANADA. If you haven’t listened to anything by the producer yet, you are sincerely missing out, this just happens to be my favourite track by him. Such a fun time, great to have a boogie to.

Waves – PaigeWe love seeing artists we’ve supported continue to grow and get bigger and better with every release they share with the world, and I think Paige is honestly the epitome of that. She’s one of my favourite artists out of New Zealand, and there are a few, but she just knows how to really do it well. She mentioned this song way back when I interviewed in 2018, and it’s finally out. 

So Into You – Tamia: More old school RnB for you friends. Tamia just hits different, and this is my favourite song by her.

20 Something – SZA: I like SZA. I listen to her music pretty often but she’s never at the top of my list. This song however, this song had me feeling some kinda way all through July. I think it’s the overall message of the song, being in your 20s, not wanting to stuff up, feeling a bit stuck and alone, but it’s also just a genuinely beautiful song.

That’s the Shit – Sasha Keable: I’m a huge Sasha Keable fan. She manages to make her songs super funky and accessible for everyone, while still getting to show of her insane vocal chops at the same time.

Been Away – Brent Faiyaz: King of smooth and sultry, ladies and gentlemen. This song has entered my rotation this month, as some Brent Faiyaz song tends to do every month regardless of whether he’s released anything new or not, and I am not mad at all.

Don’t Call Again – Tkay Maidza: Give it up for Australian talent everyone. Aussie artists genuinely made this second lockdown, and the entire month of July just that little bit easier. So much new music came out of Australian artists, and from the looks of it, there’s so much more being cooked up this month *cough cough @realgoodcompanyofficial on Instagram cough*. Tkay is one of the leading BIPOC artists who just smashes everything she does, this track being no different. The energy? There. The vocals? There. Bars? There. A stupidly catchy hook that gets stuck in your head after one listen? There.

That New New – Maggie King: My good friend Sarah from Sydney sent me this song and said that the vibes reminded her of me which made my heart so so warm. I obviously added it to my daily playlist automatically, not only because it made me feel all nice and fuzzy, but because it’s actually a track. I’ve never heard of Maggie King before, but this song actually made me a fan. Such a good groove to it and her vocal performance is tasty. That’s it.

my tears ricochet – Taylor Swift: There’s just something about this song guys. I’m not a huge Taylor Swift fan, I have heaps of respect for her as a musician, but I never got around anything she released after bangers like Mean and Crazier. When she released Lover, I’ll admit I was very suprisingly pleased, and to date it’s one of the only Taylor Swift albums I go back to, but I think folklore is easily about to take that spot. This song in particular, gets me going. I mean, ‘if I’m dead to you, why are you at the wake?’ Come. On. The mind on this woman. 

 

I told y’all it was gonna be a hefty Monthly Tunes post, but even I underestimated how chunky this was gonna be. Hopefully I didn’t bore you to death, hopefully you enjoyed some of the songs I shared! What were you listening to during July? 

x

Priya

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Welcoming Yebba Into Your Life

Sometimes I remember that Yebba exists and I forget how to act. Then I remember that there are people out in there in the world who never knew Yebba to begin with and I’m extremely upset and sad about that instead.

I feel like it should be a cardinal sin to be unaware of this woman’s existence on Earth, and that’s a hill I will happily die on.

It’s hard to accurately articulate just how much I love Yebba, and just how incredible this woman is. It’s also stupidly hard to fathom how underrated she is and how little credit she gets for doing the things she does.

It’s like that woman has vocal chords made of pure gold.

There’s one song of her’s, that I think I’ve been returning to on YouTub, minimum six or seven times a month, for the last two years. Two years this video has been ingrained in my brain. Don’t even get me started on the fact that I even bothered to attempt singing this song only in the last three months for fear of even trying to touch Yebba’s performance.

Another disaster; this song isn’t on Spotify or Apple Music. You should sure know how much that means to me. Lil old me, who holds Spotify to a somewhat religious standard, has been heading to YouTube voluntarily, just to listen to this song.

I don’t know if there’s a single time yet where I’ve watched this performance, without crying. Try it out for yourself.

 


 

 


 

There is something so guttural and raw about this song, I can’t fathom how so much emotion can be conveyed the way Yebba does. Everything about this performance is so authentic and rare, and I constantly find myself holding my breath for a large majority of the song.

You can’t help but be in awe of this woman. I mean, come on.

 

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Priya

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