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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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? 

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Priya

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June Tunes

Hello boys and girls. 

June carried a lot of weight. It was a shift in quite literally the whole world. As divisive as it seemed and I mean, it was definitely divisive, I feel like June, especially the bridge between May and June, was the most connected and united I’ve felt with people I barely even know.

The #BLM movement was so universal, with countries applying it to their own deep rooted histories and I had so many genuine conversations with people I hadn’t spoken to in years. I think June, as painful and difficult as it was, led to a lot of growth, and a lot of opened eyes and minds.

I didn’t entirely process just how much music I was listening to through June. Adding to my monthly playlist has almost become a natural daily ritual for me, so much so that I don’t even realise I’m doing it sometimes, until I come to my playlist and find the perfect song has been added with me even realising I’ve done it. I listened to a lot of music in June.

 

Alright – Kendrick Lamar: This song was the song for the month. I’m pretty sure this song reached the highest it ever has on the charts during June, purely because of how interwoven and relevant it was for the movement.

Changes – 2Pac, Talent: I don’t know if this a common reaction, but this song just always makes me cry? Like all the time?? Regardless of the fact that it’s so upbeat, regardless of the fact that Pac goes in, regardless of how much of a bop it remains to be, to this day, I always end up crying at some point during this song. Add to the fact that it also became a song synonymous with the protests, and I was getting bombarded with videos of people in New Zealand, in Australia, in America, all singing this song and just … loving each other?? I was a mess.

Rain – SWV: This song – I don’t know what it is about SWV, but they always just do the job for me. Add to that the fact that this song suddenly starting making ROUNDS on TikTok, and I couldn’t escape it – obviously I have zero problem with that.

Gimme Love – Joji: As much as I hate making this reference because I kinda loathe the whole concept, this song is peak ‘main character’ vibes at it’s highest form. I don’t know why I’ve slept on Joji for so long, but this song was on repeat all month.

I Would Die 4 U – Prince: I think it was watching Miguel sing this for the Prince Tribute performance, and watching him dance around the stage like a KING that made me fall in love with this song. I don’t listen to a lot of Prince in my own time, other than Purple Rain and maybe Raspberry Beret, but I’ve been in love with this song since finding it.

Be Your Girl – Teedra Moses: Gimme some old school RnB, and I’m the happiest I could be. If Future Boo and I can’t dance in the kitchen to old RnB tunes just like this song, I. DON’T. WANT. IT.

Pain – De La Soul, Snoop Dogg: I’m a huge De La Soul fan, and this song came through while I had my WRAP playlist on shuffle, and it just seemed fitting.

Pink + White – Frank Ocean: Again, this month I was just really loving me some Frank Ocean, and it was Pink + White for June. Just his vocals, the piano, the subtle birds chirping in the background, it’s an experience. Not gonna lie, I used to be one of the people who thought the hype around Frank Ocean was warranted, but not that warranted, up until recently. I’m slowly falling in love with his entire catalogue and I can’t wait.

Tryna Smoke – Jhene Aiko, Micahfonecheck: This entire album is a trip. The entire intro made me giggle when I first heard it, but then you get Jhene kicking in, and the song wraps up into this beautiful piece of work. I think this might be one of my top three from this album.

Ex-Factor – Ms. Lauryn Hill: Lauryn Hill, I mean…what can I say? This song, just makes me feel some type of way, the same type of way Lauryn’s voice always does. This song in particular is kinda gospel for me. There’s just so much progression throughout this song, and her voice does THE MOST. I still remember getting physically mad when one of my friends heard this song for the first time and his reaction was, “Hey!! This song is a rip off of Nice For What by Drake.” Catch these hands.

Cycles – Jonathan McReynolds, DOE: I never really share any gospel music on here, ever, and it’s probably because as much as I am a Christian, I’ve stopped going to church and I don’t necessarily consider myself a hugely spiritual person. I think the one place within church and faith that I will always be able to connect to is the music and listening to this song for the first time genuinely made me cry. I don’t know if it was the song alone, or discovering it right at the middle of June when I was feeling my heaviest and probably needed it the most, but it was genuinely a spiritual experience. Even if you’re not spiritual, there’s so much about that this song that can be applied to anyone, from all walks of life, regardless of your beliefs. I highly recommend you give it a listen.

If I Ruled The World – Nas, Lauryn Hill: So good. So, so good. Two of my favourite artists, not only from their era, but just of all time. This song popped up a few times throughout the start of the month as another anthem for the BLM Movement, so I couldn’t help but take it as a sign and add it to my playlist.

Do It – Chloe x Halle: How good are these girls??? I remember seeing their Beyonce cover on YouTube when it first went insanely viral, and they’ve released a fair bit of music since then, but the lead up to their latest album, Ungodly Hour, was particularly fruitful. This song gets me going as soon as it starts, it’s like the best mix of old school RnB and this new pop princess sound that’s slowly making a name for itself, and I love it.

More Than A Woman – Aaliyah: I listened to hours of old RnB during June. My RNB playlist got a real good rinse this month, which meant I also got my fair share of Aaliyah, which is never a problem with me. This is one of my favourite Aaliyah songs, though let’s be real, it’s insanely hard to pick.

Catching Feelings – Drax Project, SIX60: I chose this song because, although I’ve loved it since the release last year, I fell more in love with it this month after covering it in a live set I had to perform on Instagram. It was honestly one of the most last minute sets I’ve ever thrown together, and I think I changed songs that much, that this song was added in maybe an hour before I was scheduled to go live, yet it was my favourite song of the entire thing. Such a pretty song, and both Drax Project and SIX60 are incredible. I’ve said this before, New Zealand has some of the best music in the world.

What They Want – Russ: I’ve been hearing of Russ since I was in high school. One of my closest friends loved him, but for some reason I never actually listened to him properly until this year, and I immediately loved this song. Add into the mix a dance trend going around TikTok for this song, and I obviously had to add it to my playlist.

The Way You Move – OutKast, Sleepy Brown: This. Song. Major throwback. OutKast were really at their peak when I was a little kid, like just before I started school, and no matter how much time passes, it’s like I know all of their songs by heart as soon as they start. This is probably one of their more popular songs, and it’s one of my favourite ones.

Who You Foolin – Gunna: Probably the only song by Gunna that I listen to because I haven’t really spent much time listening to his catalogue. I love the sampling in this track. That’s about it.

Still – Teyana Taylor: Teyana Taylor did the thing and she did it well. Definitely stay tuned for a post all about her recent album. This song is probably in my top three songs from the record. So groovy, and everything about Taylor and her album is so smooth. This song is no different. If you never listened to Teyana Taylor before, this album is the perfect opportunity.

Every Kind Of Way – H.E.R: There’s honestly nothing like getting in the car from a long, exhausting day in customer service or retail, and having some H.E.R play. I think this song came on shuffle from my NEW GEN RnB playlist after a particularly rough day and it was just what I needed, so when I came back home, I just played it on repeat.

I Can’t Breathe – Jerome Farah: I don’t know if I can adequately put into words how powerful this track is. I’ve been waiting for this man to release his own music for years now, so all I can say is go stream the damn thing.

 

I tried to cull this down as much as I could friends, but hopefully you got the gist of just how jam-packed with music June was for me! I’d love to know what you’re listening to at the moment, let me know in the comments! 

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Priya

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May Tunes

How are we at our May Tunes already??

I’m not gonna lie – this post has been sitting in my drafts, because it completely missed my mind that we’re now in June, so when the thought hit me, half-way through making myself a cup of tea, I was shocked, and ran upstairs to get this out. My monthly tunes have been my most consistent series on this blog, and if you think I’m about to miss the first monthly update after almost three years, you are greatly mistaken.

This is a chunky post because once again, due to constantly being at home, and an overwhelming amount of new music being released, as well as discovering a BUNCH of old favourites, I listened to a lot of music on repeat. That’s not me apologising, that’s just me warning you to strap yourselves in.

Here’s what I was listening to in May.

Mai Elle – Planet Vegeta: Planet Vegeta released another banger this month, and while their first single Jorja, which I spoke about in my March Tunes is still my favourite, this is still a very good song, that I highly recommend you listen to if you’re looking for a boogie.

Godspeed – Frank Ocean: May was a month for some Frank Ocean. I rarely listen to him regularly, but I’ll find myself having my moments of not wanting to listen to much else. This month was the month for Godspeed to have it’s moment, and my God, did it have it’s moment. Story time; I have never listened to this song with headphones on, don’t ask me how that’s not occurred, it just hasn’t. AND, I also didn’t know that the iPhone has speakers on both the top and bottom of the phone. That’s the context for this story. I was lying down in bed, listening to my music, and doing some reading and for some reason, I think I wanted to put my hair up, I rested my phone on my forehead, and just as I did, this song came on. The panning in the introduction of this song, SENT ME. It was like my spacial awareness was assaulted and I was in a completely different world. I know, I know. I’m an idiot, but don’t knock it till you try it.

Golf On TV – Lennon Stella: If you missed my blog post all about Lennon and her debut album, you should definitely check it out, which you can do HERE. This is slowly making it’s way to the top of my favourite songs from that album, purely because of how beautiful it is. I love the lyrics and the sentiment behind it, and everything about this song is just perfect. 

Chocolate – Kiana Lede, Ari Lennox: Two queens. Absolute queens of the game. I was shook when I saw Ari featuring on this song, and it instantly became a favourite after one listen through. Both of these ladies have killer voices and they’re two of my favourite RnB artists at the moment.

East Point – Rambutan Jam Band: This song was discovered through the deep dive of music I found myself in after watching Outer Banks. If you haven’t sussed out my post dedicated to the show and it’s soundtrack already, you can find it HERE. I was super surprised to find our that RJB are an Australian band, from my city of Melbourne, and also super bummed to find that they haven’t been active for quite a while now, so I’ll have to be content with this song and the other few they have on Spotify. It’s such a groovy song, super bluesy and I love the guitar tones in this track.

Get Money – Junior M.A.F.I.A: This song has been the soundtrack to my life, honest to God. I don’t know why I was vibing with it so hard during May, but I found myself constantly blasting it in my room all through the month.

Zero – Chris Brown: The bass intro into this song, is everything I ever need. It’s super funky and energetic and this song’s just a good time. That’s it.

FAVORITE MISTAKE – Giveon: There’s something about a super smooth baritone that just does it for me, and Giveon is no exception. His album and this song are both beautiful, and I’m in love with his voice. Definitely recommend checking out Giveon, or at least this song.

All Of The Lights – Kanye West: I don’t know why, but May was a month of just hyping myself up whenever I got the chance. I think close to three months in lock-down finally got to me and I just needed some invigorating and re-energising.

Treat Me Like Somebody – Tink: What. A. Throwback. This song was the highlight of my teen years, and for some reason, sixteen-year old Priya was super in her feels, because I was obsessed with this song. Tink’s voice, the guitar, the lyrics, the flow, everything about this song makes me feel nostalgic.

Electric Love – BORNS: I won’t lie, I don’t listen to electronic-indie music all that much, but there are a few songs that just do it for me. This being a perfect example of that. This song is so atmospheric, and I can just so vividly imagine being a fan in the middle of a mosh pit at one of his concerts and the emotions you would feel listening to this song. This is main character type of stuff. 

Hate The Club – Kehlani, Masego: Kehlani’s album did that. Like, every song on the album is a sonic treat, and the features are out of this world. While there’s quite a few amazing artists featured on the record, this has to be one of my favourite songs, hands down. The saxophone, is everything. The chorus, is everything. Kehlani, is and has always been, everything.

Just Friends – Audrey Mika: Angel gal, Audrey Mika. She can do no wrong in my eyes, but out of all of her releases, this one gets me going the most. So energetic, so bouncy and fun, I feel like it’s the perfect culmination of her years of hard work, building her huge fan-base, crafting her sound, and this song is just so her

Distance – YEBBA: Yebba came out with some more soulful heat this month, and I’m eternally grateful. This song is Beautiful with a capital ‘B’. PLUS, it’s also really easy to play on the guitar when you chuck on a capo, which is more than I can say for the rest of her songs which have funky chords, but painfully hard to play funky chords nonetheless. Being able to actually play one of Yebba’s songs and sing along was my daily dose of serotonin during the month of May.

Slum Anthem – K CAMP: This song, has me going off, the second it’s turned on and I can’t explain why. It’s not completely appropriate but…it slaps? That’s all I can say.

Rain – Aitch, AJ Tracey, Tay Keith: I first heard this song on TikTok, fight me, but I didn’t really care about it too much until this month, where I honestly know it word for word. To be honest, it’s the only song by any of these artists that I care about, and I’m totally fine with that.

Relax – Drax Project: I love Drax Project. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, New Zealand has some of the best music in the world and I think we all need to appreciate it a lot more. These guys are a great example of this, especially this song, which has been on repeat for the entire month. I showed it to my friend Daniel, and the highlights of May were getting on Spotify and then seeing his little icon on my friends list, listening to this song for hours on end. Job well done I’d say.

Too Nice – Mahalia: Another one of my favourite RnB artists. I was super excited when I saw Mahalia was gonna be releasing a handful of music during isolation, and the gal came through and delivered some killer tracks. This one is definitely my favourite, highly recommend you give it a listen!

All I Need – Jacob Collier, Mahalia, Ty Dolla $ign: The collaboration that no-one saw coming. This is what happens when artists from completely different genres and subcultures collide. I don’t know how to put into words the greatness of this song, all I can do is recommend you listen to it.

Cyanide – Daniel Caesar: I’m never one to turn down some Daniel Caesar, and when this came up on my Release Radar, I was all for it. It was just an added bonus that this song is so smooth. The guitar, the harmonies and backing vocals, the subtle rhythms, everything about this song screams lazy summer to me, and I love it.

I Wish – Skee-Lo: Very glad I came upon this song again towards the middle of the month. I feel like if I had to pick a handful of songs that just violently throw me back to my childhood, this song would be amongst them. It’s impossible to not be slapped with the nostalgia.

Baby Girl – Bryce Vine, Jeremih: I stumbled on this song accidentally while trying to find a completely different song, but I kept it on while I was searching for the correct song, and about twenty seconds in I had to add it to my playlists as one of my favourite new accidental discoveries. I don’t listen to a lot of Bryce Vine at all, but this song is such a tune.

Ultimate Painting – Ultimate Painting: By now, hopefully you guys have heard of one of my best friends, Tessa, who is a bit of a music curator of herself, with some of the best music recommendations I ever receive coming from the gal. She featured on the blog a little while back which you can check out HERE. The lock down laws in my state lifted a bit recently, and we’re now allowed to visit friends and family. Of course, the girls and I immediately organised a little girls night, where we cooked up some Mexican food, drank some wine and caught up on everything we missed. Tessa showed us this song while we were cooking and it was perfect for the moment. Super chilled and laid-back, very reminiscent of summer and just hanging out. 

Take Flight – Planet Vegeta: Another song by these guys, but they released this towards the end of the month, and the reception was deservedly positive. Such a funky tune, and makes for a good trifecta of releases on their Spotify page if you go give them a suss, which I definitely recommend you do. The chorus in this song is so smooth, and the rest of it is super energetic and rhythmic, I love everything about it. 

Casual – Johnny Stimson, Jeff Bernat, Jesse Barrera: Another song recommendation that I got from a friend. This one my friend Daniel showed me one morning at work, and I fell in love with it immediately. I’m a huge Jeff Bernat fan anyway, so I knew I’d like it, but I underestimated just how much. So smooth and slanky. 

Every Hour – KIAN: Haven’t had a song from KIAN in a little while, so I was stoked when I heard this was being released. It’s definitely something a bit different from him, but I love the direction he’s going. It’s a lot more of a grown-up sound, the instrumentation and the vibe of it are so smooth, and I think he’s sits really well in this new pocket. 

 

I told y’all it was a chunky one. Hopefully I didn’t drone on for too long, let me know if you had a listen to any of the songs I mentioned in this post! I’d love to hear your thoughts x

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Priya

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April Tunes

Hello ladies and gentlemen. Hope you’re all well!

To keep a long story short, I listened to more music during April than I care to admit, here are some of my favourites.

Enjoy

Memphis – AG Club: I’ve been listening to quite a bit of AG Club in April, but I found this one and loved it straight away. It came on during a home workout and I had to pause what I was doing to add it to a bunch of my playlists, especially my 365 playlist for 2020. These guys are starting to get bigger and bigger, and I reckon they’re set to have a BROCKHAMPTON or PRETTY MUCH kinda of trajectory. Can’t wait.

Caroline – Amine: Just fell in love with an old favourite again. I don’t know why, I didn’t question it, but I was blasting this song all month.

Sundown – SIX60: Arguably one of my favourite SIX60 songs ever. If you missed my post all about the New Zealand, you really missed out, so you can read that HERE.

BELIEVE IT – PARTYNEXTDOOR: I feel like everyone simultaneously lost it when this song was dropped, just casually featuring Rihanna throwing down her vocals on it after a few years of not releasing any music and really focusing on her FENTY brands. I love this song, PARTYNEXTDOOR is great on his own, but Rih just brings that extra good good to the track in my opinion.

E.T.A – Justin Bieber: I didn’t listen to this album straight away when it was released, but one of my friends sent me this song specifically because he wanted me to listen to it and I was shook. I feel like the Changes album is a lot more soulful and honest than what Justin has released recently and I love it, it reminds me a lot of the Journals album and how much I loved the songs from that record. There are a lot of gems on this latest album, would definitely recommend giving it a listen if you haven’t already, even if you aren’t a fan.

Are Your Friends Alright? – Milan Ring: Milan is a super funky Australian artist who I’ve been listening to for a little over a year now, and she’s released a few bangers since then. This one is her latest, and I’m in love with it. Definitely give this one a listen.

Keep Ya Head Up – 2Pac: I just loved Pac during April man. I don’t know why, but I found myself listening a lot of his songs, playing albums straight through, but I think because this song was played so much during my childhood, it was just good to give it a real good rinse this month.

Untitled (How Does It Feel) – D’Angelo: Also fell back in love with D’Angelo. Listened to so much D’Angelo during April, it’s a bit of a joke, but this song is a classic.

Water – Kanye West, Ant Clemons: I’ve had this album on my Spotify for a while, but I rarely give it a full listen, until I heard this song somewhere on Instagram and had to blast it. Such a beautiful song, such a beautiful album.

White Lines – SIX60: I had to cut down the amount of SIX60 songs that were on this list, but here’s another one, an older throwback that I rediscovered while I was watching one of the recent ‘SIX60 Saturday’s’ the lead singer has been hosting on Instagram Lives. Followers get to have a say regarding what songs he puts on the ‘setlist’ and it’s super chill, just him in his living room having a sing, and when he sang this song I lost it, because it was one of the first songs of their’s that I genuinely fell in love with. It’s a super fun, upbeat, rock/funk song, strong chorus and amazing guitar and bass. I loved hearing it live at BluesFest last year, and I can only hope I get to see them live again.

Shockandawe – Miguel: Miguel can do no wrong in my eyes, and this song is no different. I genuinely don’t know how to describe this song other than ‘electric’. Give it a listen.

What’s The Use – Mac Miller: I was never a huge, dedicate Mac Miller fan, but there are definitely a few of his songs that I hold close to my heart, this being one of them. The bass line man, it just grabs you and then his flow sits perfectly amongst the bass and the drums. Plus add in those backing vocals and the dreamy synth and this song is perfect.

Hell N Back – Bakar: This is a super chill song, with a strong bass like and a guitar riff that had me hooked.

Playing Games – Summer Walker: Just some more Summer Walker. What can you do? Classic RnB, it’s simple as that.

You’re The Reason Why – Aaron Taylor: This song is funky as heck. You can find it in a couple of playlists sprinkled through my Spotify, but I think the reason I love it so much is it’s groove. So easy to bop your head along to without even realising.

How Deep Is Your Love – PJ Morton, YEBBA: Yebba can have my first born child, no cap. Plus PJ Morton? Yes please. This dynamic duo has been on repeat the entire month, and I’ve busted my ass trying to sing Yebba’s verse more times that I care to admit because that woman has me convinced she has straight gold running through her vocal chords. Magic I tell you. My favourite rendition of this song to date.

Asthma – Darion Harris, Church Leon: I only found out about this song because it feature Church Leon, the Church in Church & AP y’all have heard me go on and on about for the last three months. But I stuck around for the bounce and how much this song goes off.

Sneeze – P-Lo, Kehlani: The saxophone sample in this is good on it’s own. Add in Kehlani featuring and this is a very strong contender. So groovy and slinky if that makes sense.

Treat Me Like I’m All Yours – Sasha Keable: Another incredible woman with an incredible voice. I went on a bit of a Sasha Keable bender this month and this particular song came out on top for me. Definitely recommend giving this one a listen, especially if you like singers along the lines of Eloise, Yebba, Alicia Keys etc.

Selfish – Madison Beer: She didn’t have to go this hard, but she did, and I’m thankful for it. This song is beautiful, and thanks to TikTok, I’m 100% convinced so is Madison Beer through and through.

Some – Steve Lacy: Can’t go wrong with a bit of Steve Lacy. I had never heard this song until this month, but the bass line was just too damn good to not add to my yearly playlist. Lacy always delivers when it comes to smooth vocals and tasty guitar licks as well, so this entire song is a total treat.

Cupcake No Fillin – Trunk Boiz: Guilty pleasure here. This song is such a throwback, way back to 2010, and I lost it when I heard it on TikTok at the start of the month. If you’re missing some of that old school RnB and rap, 50 Cent kinda vibes, and you haven’t already heard this song, check it out.

What were you listening to in April? Let me know in the comments.

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Priya

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March Tunes

Hello friends.

It’s been difficult times for a lot of us. The music industry has been one of the industries to take a huge hit as a lot of industries are. Concerts are off the table indefinitely, no more festivals, no live performances and social distancing means it’s harder and harder for your favourite artists to attend writing sessions and collaborate with producers, writers and singers, which is how some of your favourite music gets created.

However, the solitude and the isolation also means time to work on music and just focus on getting better, getting inspired and getting it all out. I mean, if you wanna listen to what I came up with, you can check that out HERE.

As hard as it’s been, March has been so rewarding for me musically, whether it’s old music or new releases.

Here’s what I listened to in March.

N.Y. State of Mind – Nas: I couldn’t begin to tell you why I added this to my playlist but I did and I’m not taking it back. Illmatic is arguably one of my favourite rap albums of all time, so just having this added to the playlist I listen to on a daily basis was just elite. I don’t know man, Nas does it differently.

big fat mouth – Arlie: I have my good friend Tessa to thank for this addition. Late in February, Tess and I took a road-trip to Healesville to watch a friend of mine play with his band at a small farm-side music festival, and it was definitely the highlight of the month for me. It was just a couple of hours in the car listening to Tessa talk because she is amazing at it, having a grand old chat, DnM-ing, sharing music and queuing up the best road-trip playlist ever. It was such a wholesome day, and this song is a suggestion of hers that was promptly added to my 365//2020 playlist. Just wait for some of the film photos in my next photo dump! Super cute.

Better Not – Louis The Child, Wafia: This is one of those songs that I’d heard, but didn’t know any of the details about, so when a few Instagram mutuals shared a song of theirs in the works that was inspired by this song, everything just clicked into place. Such a good pairing. Louis The Child, Wafia; what more could you want?

C’mon – Mario: Mario’s just becoming a staple every month to be honest. I can’t remember the last time I shared a playlist that didn’t feature a little Mario. My good friend Daniel showed me this song, and I was slapped in the face with a hit of nostalgia. Such a good song. It definitely features on my necessities playlist, which you should definitely check out.

Alladat – Church & AP: More Church & AP? Did you ever question that this would come up this month again? This is one of their older songs, but I love it all the same. It’s a spin on Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani, but so tastefully, just casually sprinkled in there. Other than a hint here and there, it’s just the two of them spitting for the entirety of the song. I genuinely think these guys are becoming two of my favourite lyricists at the moment. So smart and cheeky with their lyrics, it takes you a couple of listens to hear the hints and clues and little features they drop in their verses.

Bloom – Paige: Another one of New Zealand’s finest exports in my opinion. I’ve done a few features on Paige, including an interview with her, one of my favourite interviews on the blog to be honest. Again, her lyrics just do it for me, plus her voice is insane. Add in the vote of confidence from Billie Eilish and opening for Six60 (we love) and Ruel on tour, and I cannot wait for this chick to get even bigger than she already is.

Friends – Jai Waetford: If you’re not familiar with Jai, he was a lil bean who rocked up for the Australian X-Factor in 2013 and ended up coming 5th with his Bieber-style charm and looks, but genuinely outstanding vocals. I’ve been keeping tabs on him here and there, but I was shooketh to my core when Daniel played this song in the car and let me know who it was. Definitely worth a listen if you’re a Bieber or Will Singe fan, missing a bit of the old school type of stuff.

nursery – bbno$, Lentra: Ahhh, it was surely about to come up, but here we are. The first song on the list brought to you by TikTok. Not mad. Not ashamed. The absolute flavour present on TikTok is the reason I keep going back, this song being example numero uno. So good. So understated until it kicks into the next gear around 1:40. You’ll know what I mean, just give it a listen.

Dandelion – Church & AP, deadforest: This is from their album TEETH which they released in 2019, but I don’t know what else there is to say really. It’s Church & AP. I’m destined to love it by default. Hopefully you can get around it too.

Glimmer – Mako Road: More Mako Road this month. This is from their 2018 album The Green Superintendent. I’ve come to love the guitar and bass lines in MR songs, this being no different. It’s like they’ve taken my favourite parts of Ocean Alley guitar riffs and surf rock bass, just mixed it through all of their music and made it their own. They also always pull through with a cheeky lil switch up around the chorus. Again, just have a listen and you’ll see what I mean.

Blueberry Faygo – Lil Mosey: Proudly brought to you by TikTok. That’s it.

In The Air – L.A.B: One of the best deliveries I’ve ever received from TikTok has been this song. I’ve only seen one TikTok using this song, but straight away I was running to find the song and add it to my playlists. So right up my alley. So good. Just that good New Zealand slow rock, island vibe with a bit of reggae. Think Six60, with a sprinkling of Ocean Alley and some old school rock. That’s L.A.B. I’m loving most of the songs on their profile, but this one still sticks as the favourite. Definitely check them out if you’re looking for something chill for your Sunday mornings.

Jorja – Planet Vegeta: Spotify really knows what’s up. For some reason it just knows. This song was in my recommended and I could not be happier it showed up when it did. Obviously named after my gal Jorja Smith who love around here, this tune by Planet Vegeta who only recently dropped onto my radar is a whole vibe. A whole meal. Just would also like to subtly flex that the boys also shared my Instagram story on their account cos I was sharing their song to all of my followers who never asked. Subtle. But this song is it. It’s the only song PV have on Spotify at the moment, but their YouTube is a treasure trove, so be sure to hit that up.

Issues/Hold On – Teyana Taylor: Teyana Taylor, musically, is so under appreciated, especially the entire K.T.S.E album. This song is my latest obsession from it. Her vocals, the guitar, the harmonies, the chorus – it kills me, all of it kills me.

Tombstone – Ocean Alley: Another one from Ocean Alley. I never realise how much I genuinely love this band until I sit down to write a blog post and have to remind myself not to overload this blog with their music. This came out in December last year, but I somehow only listened to it recently. So good. Super psychedelic and surf-rock of them, which is obviously what I’ve come to love whenever listening to their music.

Paint Me Silver – Pond: This is Courtesy Of my good friend Tessa. If you missed the latest Courtesy Of post on the blog, you can find it HERE. If you vibe with this song, you’ll love the other songs that Tessa shared with me.

Misunderstood – Youngn Lipz: Dudes. This has been such a random add for me. Youngn Lipz is a rapper and singer from Sydney who I had genuinely never heard of before, until I randomly saw a video of him singing the start of this song acoustically on TikTok, and fell in love with his voice. He’s got such a good singing voice, but then I heard the original and his rapping is just as hard. I’ve been obsessed with this song since I first heard it.

Barking – Ramz: I feel like I should probably stop mentioning whenever I find a song on TikTok because it’s a bit of a ‘if you know, you know’ type situation and I should stop exposing myself. But, I’ll happily explain why I vibe with songs like this outside of TikTok. This is just right up my alley in terms of rhythm, vibe, perfect for putting on for a chill car ride, or having a little jam to while getting ready with friends.

Mad At Me – Kiana Lede: Ahhh, Kiana. So nice. Kiana’s come so far since she started posting her videos on YouTube and songs like these really highlight just how talented she is for me personally. I love the chorus of this song and how hard it hits. It’s hard to show off your vocals with songs that bounce as much as this one but she pulls it off so effortlessly. I could only wish.

Toxic – Kehlani: My main gal. I’ve been loving having Kehlani drop music here and there over the last few months, and this one is such a great addition. Don’t have a lot to say about this to be honest. It’s everything I love about Kehlani and more.

Triggered (freestyle) – Jhene Aiko: Holy moly. I like Jhene Aiko. Am I a mad fan? Not in the slightest. But I have so much respect for her and how effortlessly talented she is. This being a great example of that. This freestyle goes harder than some of the biggest rapper’s I’ve seen freestyle, and she does so little with it to make it complicated and over the top which I think is why it works so well.

What were you listening to in March? Let me know in the comments!

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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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January Tunes

Look, I’m asking the same thing – how the heck did we arrive at our January Tunes so fast? I genuinely feel like I’m still in October, but at the same time I’m hoping to 2020 is going to be a great year!

January has already been a busy month for me personally. Work is slowly but steadily picking up, I’m thankfully back at the gym after renewing my membership, I’ve booked my first holiday for the year, and I’ve got so many plans starting to line up. And it’s only January. How’s your January been?

So to kick it off, let’s begin with the songs I was listening to nonstop this month. As is to be expected, there were some great releases, and I also enjoyed quite a bunch of old favourites, as you’ll see.

Heat – Chris Brown, Gunna: Here’s one partially brought to you by TikTok. 2019 may be over, but the hours I spend pouring over TikTok’s, sending them to my sister and the various group chats we’re in with our cousins, trying and failing to learn the dances and imitating all the memes, has only kept increasing. That said, TikTok comes through when it comes to music, and obviously I had to include this one in the first monthly roundup for the new year.

By Fire – Hiatus Kaiyote: I got recommended this song by my friend who plays the bass guitar in our band, and I’ve been going mad over it ever since. The vocals in this, the syncopation, everything about this song is insane. It’s a music theory nerd’s dream, and while that may not be me, I can still appreciate it to the best of my ability. Plus, Nai Palm’s vocals always hit you in the gut, regardless of whether it’s in her solo stuff or with the band.

10/10 – Rex Orange County: This song sounds like the anthem to growing up, and though he released it a while ago, it came back onto my radar when I heard it on the radio while I was in the car. The chorus is always getting stuck in my head, especially this month.

Need Somebody To Love – Ady Suleiman: Ady has such a beautifully simple voice. It’s so nice and relaxing to listen to. He can hit all the notes, low and high, and this song is such a vibe. It also has that classical guitar in there, which I think only matches the mellow energy of the song, and it’s been such a chiller to just throw on in the morning when I wake up. Plus, you all know how much I love a horn section, and it’s so seamlessly worked into this song.

I Can Love You – Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim: Okay. So this one stemmed from TikTok too, but only because I heard a remix and had to listen to the original right away. This original will always get me. Always. There’s no point during the day or the week or the month, where listening to this song just isn’t a vibe. It’s that old school RnB I tell you.

Jam – Starboy, WizKid, Chronixx: My love for this song definitely grew and grew this month. I’ve been listening to it non-stop. The mix of sweet saxophone with a slight dance-hall infusion just makes it the perfect track for me, and I can’t help but have a boogie each time it’s on. I’ve even got my sister onto it considering it just always happens to come on shuffle on our way to the gym. It’s the saxophone I tell you.

Braid My Hair – Mario: My good friend Daniel showed me this song, and I added it straight away. Again, old school RnB. It just knows how to do it for me. If you ever want to make me happy and completely content, just throw on the first old school RnB playlist you can find. That said, Mario has a special place in my heart. Man’s smooth.

Partner In Crime – Ocean Alley: I don’t know if it’s just because it’s getting warmer and warmer here in Australia, but I’m bringing Ocean Alley right into 2020 with me. They just match my vibe, all the time. At any given moment, there’s an Ocean Alley song that can perfectly match my mood or the way I’m feeling, and they encapsulate the mix of surf rock/reggae/pop that I love. I’m also just in love with all of them too.

Grave – Summer Walker: Another song I’ve been obsessed with this month. I feel like such a fraud saying this, but I got over the little Summer Walker obsession really quickly. I’m the first to say she has an incredible voice and beautiful songs, but I stopped listening to her as much as I used to, that is, until I heard this song. Holy. Moly. This is the perfect mix of her smooth, smooth vocals and another master-class in musicality on the drums. And don’t get me started on the switch-up at the end of the song.

Drive and Disconnect – Nao: Severely underrated in all senses of the word. Nao deserves so much more, and this song is one of the perfect examples of why. The voice, the lyricism, the beat, it’s all there.

Kickback – Omar Apollo: I get to see Omar Apollo after listening to him for close to three years at the start of February and I’m so excited. I love this song as I tend to love most of Apollo’s music. He comes through with a reliably groovy bass-line, something I’ve come to expect from him, and I cannot wait to see this performed live.

Piece Of Your Heart – MEDUZA, Goodboys: Alas, another tune proudly brought to you by TikTok. That’s all I have to say.

Juice – Lizzo: I don’t know why I always feel hesitant to tell people that I really don’t listen to Lizzo a lot? It’s not something that happened on purpose because she genuinely has some bops, it’s just something I never got around to. However, I was at a house party towards the end of the month and this song came one, and everyone lost their minds. It was so infectious and just raised energy levels straight away. Plus, there’s also Harry Styles’ cover of it that’s been everywhere and for good reason.

Talkin Bad Blues – Lindsey Lomis: Lindsey featured on the December Tunes, and she’s starting off with a feature on the January Tunes as well. I can’t get over how talented this girl is, and she’s nearly six years younger than me. Just another talented teen making me feel completely inadequate.

Come Thru – Summer Walker, Usher: Another Summer Walker song. This song came on in a TikTok, so again, have to give credit to the highly addictive app. I genuinely spend hours on TikTok and it’s becoming an issue, but I don’t see myself changing. I mean, when it consistently delivers amazing music, such as this incredible RnB slow jam, how can I really complain.

Roulette – Church & AP: Okay. Yo. Listen up. Please, give these guys a listen. I discovered them on Instagram, uncharacteristically, and I’m obsessed. They’re a duo from New Zealand, and I’ve spent several days on end bumping their music and nothing else. They remind me of a harder version of BROCKHAMPTON, mixed with a bit of grime type of music. They combine the parts of Skepta’s music that I vibe with, with really groovy drum and bass pockets, and catchy choruses and I honestly hope I get the opportunity to see these guys live.

Drink From The Water – Mako Road: My love for this New Zealand band only continues to grow in 2020, beginning with this song. These guys pull off a change of pace mid song like no other, and I cannot wait for them to blow up. I’m calling it now, but they’ll reach Ocean Alley status eventually. It’ll take some time, but calling it now.

There you have it! These are just some of my favourite songs that I was listening to in January to kick off 2020. What were some of your new finds for the start of the year? Let me know in the comments! Hopefully you gave some of these a listen and maybe found a new tune to add to your playlists!

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Priya

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December Tunes

Okay, so here’s the deal. It got to the 25th of December and I realised…’hmm. should probably finish off my December Tunes post before 2019 really, truly vanishes. that’s an idea’.

So here we are.

The last one for 2019. I’ve been the first one to admit, time and time again, that I’ve fallen of the horse this year when it comes to blogging. I’ve really just decided not to. Not intentionally. But it just gets to a moment during the week when I realised I haven’t looked at the blog in a while. Like a decent while.

However, the shining light at the end of that tunnel is that, while I’ve not been on top of my blogging game in the slightest, the one thing I have remained consistent with, remained faithful to, is bringing you a playlist of all the songs I listened to on repeat each month.

It’s like my narcissism truly shines here, because no matter how little I blog during the month, I never fail to ambush you with a playlist of my personal monthly favourite songs that you probably never ask for.

So, for the final time in 2019 – here’s what I was listening to this month.

John Redcorn – SiR: SiR really took 2019 by the neck. Like, made it his year. I’ve yet to find a song of his that I don’t like or vibe with, and this is the latest conquest. The guitar in this, paired with how mellow and smooth his voice is, is pure magic.

Paradise – Bazzi: I don’t know why I suddenly decided that I loved this song this month, but I did and thus it’s featuring on this playlist. I’m not mad. I don’t think you should be either. The chorus in this is so nostalgic, it’s like the perfect song fur a YA novel. If that’s a thing. I don’t know, Bazzi is really great at capturing what it’s like to be a young adult or a teenager sonically. Great job. A+.

Simma – Marc E. Bassy, Guapdad 4000: Again. Marc E. Bassy is someone I really only vibe with seasonally. I never really jump to throw on his music during the winter, but then November rolls around and it starts warming up a little, December hits and we get into full blown summer and it’s like Marc E. Bassy is all I’m listening to. This song just has such a consistent, reliable bass line. Highly recommend listening to this in a car with a decent system.

How Many Drinks – Miguel, Kendrick Lamar: An oldie. But such a goodie. Miguel is the king of smooth, smooth vocals. I can never get enough of his voice. Paired with how quintessentially RnB all his songs are, like old school RnB that takes me back to my childhood, it’s just always great listening to Miguel, from any era.

Show Me How – gem: Yo. YO. If you listen to anything from this playlist, make sure it’s this one. One of my best friends Gemma released this absolute banger at the start of the month and I’ve been waiting since literally October for it to be out on streaming services. It’s such a beautiful song. Again, something about Gem’s music is so bloody nostalgic, she has the perfect music for throwing on repeat during a long car ride or just vibing out in your room, and I can never get enough. I was in Sri Lanka when this song came out but I still blasted it all through the hotel room.

Cloud – Emmett Young, Priya Francis, Declan Florez: Okay. Maybe also listen to this one too. I was super keen to get onto this track when Emmett messaged me and asked if I’d be interested, and hearing it blew my mind. It was such a quick process, recording my verse and sending it through, and in a matter of weeks we had a finished product. Emmett Young is such a talented producer, plus having Declan on the other verse was the cherry on top honestly. Let me know what you think if you give it a listen!!

Adore You – Harry Styles: Come on. I mean. Come on. It’s offensive how good this song is. I’m gonna be honest, I think all the singles are some of the best songs from the album, and I think this song in particular, is one of my favourites. I love the way Harry’s going with this album, I feel like it’s one of those ones that will only get better with age. The chorus structure and the backing vocals in the hook are amongst the many things in this song that made my jaw drop.

Drink from the Water – Mako Road: Another one from the New Zealand band that I’ve been loving recently. I feel like Mako Road are steadily on their way to getting to Sticky Fingers or Ocean Alley level and I’m so keen for it. They’re gonna be on heavy rotation during this summer for me, I already know.

Time Alone With You – Jacob Collier, Daniel Caesar: If you wanna learn a thing or two about music theory, music arrangement, just music in general, you gotta get around Jacob Collier. The guy’s a freak of nature, and the longstanding love affair between him and Daniel Caesar has resulted in this gem. You should have seen the obscene amount of stank face present during the first time I listened to this song. So rude.

Mind’s Eye – Jordan Rakei: Another highly underrated musical genius. I can’t get over this song to be honest. It’s got so many little pockets to groove in, I feel like I find a new one each time. Plus, Jordan’s just got this beautiful voice that kinda pours over this track like honey. It’s magical. I highly recommend his entire discography.

No Idea – Don Toliver: Yeah TikTok got me with this one. That’s all I really have to say. It’s a good song, and I can admit that.

T-Shirt Weather – Circa Waves: This song gives me violent flashbacks and nostalgia for the summer of 2015, and that’s on God. Holy heck. This song brings back so many memories, and I was recently in one of my favourite shops when it came on, and I was thrown back in time the way music so often likes to do. This song is so perfect for summer, and I’ll fight anyone on that. There’s something about a sing-a-long chorus with a heavy guitar riff and four to the floor drums that seems the call out the sun.

Energy (Stay Far Away) – Skepta, Wizkid: So, I’d go as far as to say this is the first time Skepta has featured on this blog, ever. But I heard that lo-fi dancehall-esque drum beat and I was hooked. I’m a fan of this one. Jury’s still out on Skepta for me personally, but I can get around this tune. Easily.

Slide- H.E.R, YG: She does no wrong, this girl. I watched the Genius video for this and I was just hooked. The way she talks, explains her lyrics, the process, all of it just made me fall in love with this song even more. But like the switch-up when it gets to the pre-chorus is what I live for and then the chorus and it just resolves itself the way God intended I tell you.

Back Pocket – Vulfpeck: Another musical masterclass. To fully understand the level of awesome-ness in this song, watched the Madison Square Garden performance of it. This song is impressive in it’s studio version form. Watching it live? Even through a laptop screen – wild. Hold your breath for clarinet solo dudes.

Herside Story – Goldlink, Hare Squead: My friend Dan showed me this song, and I was able to pick it as a Goldlink song almost immediately. This song is just my monthly hit of RnB. You all should know by now, we’ve been doing this for three years, there’s just gotta be a little fix of smooth RnB and this hits the spot perfectly.

Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa: BOY. I have such a bone to pick. Everyone I’ve spoken to about Dua Lipa’s new music (besides Kate because my best friend has refined taste) hasn’t loved Dua’s new music and I can’t understand how?? It’s taken some time, but I’ve finally been brought back on board. After New Rules, I just couldn’t find myself loving any of Dua Lipa’s music, until this song and Don’t Start Now were released. I love this new music. I love her new style. I love the mix of disco and pop, and I’ve forecasting a strong Dua Lipa x Mark Ronson collab. I’m gonna manifest it.

Whoa – Snoh Alaegra: Okay, so Snoh got Michael B Jordan to play the love interest in this music video for this song so the girl already wins. Add in the fact that this song is the definition of a ‘slow jam’ and you have a tasty, tasty cake. It’s so smooth, and her vocals honestly seem to get better and better as the song goes on.

Dancin (Krono Remix) – Aaron Smith, Luvli, Krono: Yeah, again I have no-one to blame but TikTok. I refuse to apologise.

Sleep On It – Ocean Alley: I’d consider myself a fan of Ocean Alley. However, there are just some songs that I vibe with so much more than anything else, and this is one of them. It’s the definition of everything I love about Ocean Alley, all in one perfect song. The vibe change in the chorus and the swing of it has been stuck in my head for possibly this whole month, and I’m not mad at all about it. I can’t wait to play this song at the beach.

Simple Love – Lindsey Lomis: Oh my goodness. Another obsession for me this month has been Lindsey Lomis. I’ve followed her on Instagram for so long, but I’ve never listened to her music off Instagram, and I was in the process of making what’s come to be one of my new favourite playlists, better yourself (click the link to check it out), and it seemed like she’d be perfect, and lo and behold, I was so right. The runs, the guitar, the chorus, the tone of her voice, it’s everything I strive to achieve. Oh. And she’s like 15.

There we go team. Hopefully you enjoyed that – I’m sure the first one for 2020 will roll around sooner than we expect, I’m crossing my fingers and trying my best to make sure you’ll get some more posts from me before then – I promise.

Let me know what you think of my December Tunes – what were you listening to this month?

x

Priya

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November Tunes

Hi friends. I feel like I should apologise for the severe lack of posts that have been shared with y’all this month. I’m currently still in the process of trying to adapt to life with no university, no assignments, no schedule or routine and apparently it’s really kicking me in the butt. We’ll get there.

I’m also gonna apologise in advance for the lack of posts that you may see in the next few weeks as I’m actually currently overseas when this posts goes up, but that’s for another post 😉

Anyway, here we are again, where I share some of my favourite songs that I was listening to during the past month, even though you didn’t really ask.

Here’s what I was listening to in November.

Maniac – Conan Gray: What a tune. Conan Gray keeps kicking goals and getting bigger and bigger, and I’m so here for it. This is arguably my favourite song Conan has ever released, and it wouldn’t be hard to find me absolutely screaming this song from the top of my lungs each time it comes on. I’m really crossing my fingers that with all this success also comes some Australian shows so I can finally see the little bean live.

The Borders – Sam Fender: A newfound obsession with this guy. Honestly. I’ve heard so many people mention that Sam’s the Bruce Springsteen of our generation and it’s honestly not too far from it. This song especially, makes me so nostalgic for a time I have no memory of, and the story behind it is so pure and beautiful. The music video had me hooked instantly, as has every other Sam Fender music video. This one though, this one hits you in the gut, just like his voice. I still can’t get over how raw it is.

Settle – Foley: One of my best friends showed me this song. Honestly, this one is just a good one to have a groove too, and we’ve been using it as a reference track for some new music so keep an eye out …

Cautionary Tales – Jon Bellion: I don’t know what to say man. I say Jon Bellion live. That’s really it. There’s a post coming, I promise. Pinky promise. But give some time to digest it still, cheers.

Fake Heartbreak – Audrey Mika: Another absolute legend who keeps growing and finding more success. It’s one of those situations where you want someone to remain your little secret, but you also can’t help but be so happy for the all the recognition and success they’re getting and Audrey Mika is the epitome of that sentiment. She recently signed to RCA, and my jaw literally dropped when I saw the post. I’m so excited to see what comes from her in the near future. If this song is any indicator, I’m so, so keen, and you should be too.

Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa: Oh my god. I haven’t been this excited about a Dua song since New Rules came out. Wowee, remember when I wrote about that? Ages ago. Deep dive into the vault type stuff. But if we’re talking about this song, I’m obsessed.  I love it. The disco, the cow bell, the bass, oh my god, there’s nothing about this song I could fault. Right up my alley, and I love this new Dua Lipa sound.

True Lovers – Holy Holy: I got to see Holy Holy for a review I did, and they were honestly so ethereal and atmospheric, it didn’t matter that I didn’t know every single word to every single song. The songs I did know were that much better, but the entire concert was so energetic. This song in particular was the one I was waiting for, and it did not disappoint.

Brown Eyed Lover – Allen Stone: Allen Stone really hit us with new music these last few months, but I’ve just been loving going through his archives and listening to all his music. This one is a song that I keep coming back to, over and over again. It’s 100% that guitar line, I think it just hits in just the right spots and mixed with the drums and the backing vocals, and then Allen Stone’s smooth voice, every pocket is filled, and it’s perfect.

Hit Me Up – Omar Apollo, Dominic Fike, Kenny Beats: If we’re talking about filling every pocket of sound possible, let’s talk about this song. I’m finally getting to see Omar Apollo live in 2020 at Laneway Festival, and I cannot wait. I’ve been loving him for a couple years, and then to see he was releasing a song with Dominic Fike and Kenny Beats? Christmas early tbh. This song is so slanky and groovy, and I reckon it’s one of Omar’s best vocal performances.

Overwhelming – Jon Bellion: Holy moly. Jon performed this song as part of the encore, and it went off. I lost my voice entirely during that concert, but this song genuinely had me in tears.

Drink Drink – The Grogans: I also got to see The Grogans the night after Jon, and it was such a welcomed switch up. There was crowd surfing three songs into the set, fans jumping up on stage to sing back-up, the gnarliest death pit I’ve ever seen, and everyone had the best time ever. This song was so fun to sing along to.

Baby I’m Yours – Breakbot ft Irfane: TikTok got me. This song. This song really hooked me straight away and I had to cave and add it to my playlist. It’s so fun!!! You can’t blame me.

King’s Dead – Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future: Again. I blame TikTok. But also, it’s Kendrick so I can’t blame TikTok entirely. This song just has you pumped up straight away. It’s been a very welcomed addition to my gym playlist.

everything i wanted – Billie Eilish: I feel like the world really jumped on this one when Billie released it, and for good reason. It’s so different to what she usually puts out, but it also fits her and Finneas so perfectly. I love it. When the bass kicks in? Perfect. Can’t fault.

Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles: Yo. When I tell you I was shook hearing this…I was shook. I didn’t even know it was out. I don’t know how I missed it, but my little sister was playing it a couple hours after it was out and I had to ask if it was who I thought it was and I flipped out. I love it.

Cold Little Heart – Michael Kiwunaka: I love this song. So much. The backing vocals make me super nostalgic, and Michael Kiwunaka has such a beautiful voice. Everything just blends together super perfectly in this song and I think everyone needs to hear this once in their life.

Hurts – Joy Crookes: My gal Crookesy. Love her. Love this song. She really did that.

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Priya

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