I hope you’re all well and thriving as much as you can in the current state of the world. Today’s post is a lil playlist and lil recommendation, a lil collection of songs I kept adding to this mental list in my head throughout my day.
I’ve been making fitness and physical performance goals a bigger focus of mine in 2021. Since December last year, up until about the end of July I hit a morning F45 session and it’s still a favourite of mine. I’m due back as soon as Lockdown 6.0 is done. Over the last month or so however, I’m back at the gym, lifting weights, going for longer sessions and doing my own solo thing.
Today’s shoulder session was blessed by the shuffle button if I do say so myself. It was like every song that came on was the perfect song I needed to get through the next two minutes that were creeping up on me. So I thought for today’s post I’d share some of the songs that really came through with that extra kick of motivation. Let’s go.
Edge Of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks Let’s Begin – Jon Bellion, Roc Marciano, RZA, B.Keyz, Travis Mendes No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame, Roscoe Dash, Wale Tomboy – Princess Nokie Deceptacon – Le Tigre Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson Random – G-Eazy t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l – WILLOW, Travis Barker Captain Hook – Megan Thee Stallion DIET_ – Denzel Curry, Kenny Beats Purple Hat – Sofi Tukker Floor Seats – A$AP Ferg Lapdance – N.E.R.D, Vita, Lee Harvey Vossi Bop – Stormzy Rushing Back – Vera Blue, Flume Is Everybody Going Crazy – Nothing But Thieves Red Nation – The Game, Lil Wayne Hayloft – Mother Mother Age of Machine – Greta Van Fleet Barracuda – Heart
It’s amazing what a solid playlist can do for you. I can literally get thrown off by a song that doesn’t hit as hard as I need to, hence why I made a playlist specifically filled with songs that just really set the tone for me. You can follow my pump playlist and my inhaler playlist and use them for whatever it is you wanna do, lifting and throwing around weights or going for a run and setting a pace.
I hope you are all well and thriving! Today’s post is an old favourite that I’m excited to bring back, songs you don’t know but should. I mean, can you tell it’s a favourite of mine, considering we’re up to the 27th post in the series?
I thought since I’m still kinda recovering from an unintentional hiatus, I probably owe you all a really chunky delivery of some new tracks that I think you need to hear! As always, you can find all of these songs and plenty more, as well as a heavy rotation of new discoveries on my Spotify page below.
Claymore – Isaiah Rashad, Smino Ghostin’ – Wesley Joseph Never Have I Ever – Ahlei not what i’m used to – Bella Taylor Smith Facade – Nganeko BYO – Ojikae Strawberries & Cream – MIM Don’t Recommend – Reagan Capaci It’s A Mess – Billy Fox Sleeping In – Jye First Take Strut – Troy Kingi I Can’t I Wont – Nilo Blues Made For Silence – Miiesha Language – Paperboy Face, Brent Faiyaz You Comfort Me – James Vickery, EARTHGANG Strawberry Cheeks – Ula Forever – Teza Sumendra Emotional – Eddie Benjamin Derail – Strange River slip – anees Pears – Weston Estate Want It All Back – Julia Lostrom, Max Glyde, HAMLEY Spaceship – Noah Davis Blue Denim Jeans – p-rallel, Lauren Faith Bad Dreams – Olive Amun Wish We Could Be Friends – Abby Bella May 4am – Luke Burr, Olivia Nelson So So Sick – Joyce Wrice
Good to start with mentioning that I definitely didn’t intend to go silent for over three months but it happened and it’s done. To be fair, I don’t know when I’ll actually get around to finishing this post and actually posting it but I’m attempting to which is what counts, right?
I guess this unintentional break that I’ve been on was somewhat intentional in that when I realised I hadn’t made a post in a long while, I didn’t exactly rush back to pick up and kick into gear again.
I mean, it did kinda kill me inside when I realised that I missed not just my June Tunes post, but also my July Tunes and my August Tunes, my monthly song roundup being one of the most consistent posts on my blog as a whole, but I’ll be honest, it didn’t kill me enough to send me running back.
So what have I been up to in my absence? Like I may have mentioned a little while back, I quit my job at the music shop which was a great move even if it did leave me a little bit financially stranded for the most part of the year so far. I continued teaching singing and piano and running the admin side of the music school I’ve been at since 2019 and that kept me going decently. I had a small hiccup with a job I was really excited for that lost out on itself due to COVID 19, and since then I’ve started a new full time job, back in retail but with a sports brand that I’ve been in love with since I could walk. Love their clothes, love their athletes, love their sneakers (easy guess by now surely, it really ticks all the boxes) and I’ve really happy in my role there so far. I mean, what little I’ve worked considering Melbourne is back in lockdown and have been on and off since mid-July.
We’re up to lockdown 6.0 here in Melbourne and it’s definitely running it’s course over everyone, like a train. Morale is pretty low if I’m being honest, but to be honest, there’s not much else we can really do and I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m in a pretty lucky position, having a great full time job that still pays me while I live with my family and don’t have any major bills to cover. I know there’s definitely people who are doing it extra tough with these on-going lockdowns and COVID as a whole.
I’ve been listening to lots of music. Not even a question really. Like, a lot. I redid my Spotify, again, adding and deleting a few playlists, giving my profile a bit of a clean and it’s been a fun little project. I’m also reading. A lot. My goal for 2021 has moved from 25, to 30 and is now currently at 40 books to read for the year. *Side note – if anyone is currently tracking on Goodreads, StoryGraph is an amazing alternative, WOC-owned rather than Bezos-owned and it’s got super slick graphs and stats on your reading habits. Let me know if you set up a StoryGraph, I wanna see what y’all are reading!
So, what am I sharing with you today? Well, one of the main things that has been keeping me amused through these lockdowns, and I’m sure a few of you may be in the same boat and see where I’m going – it’s TikTok. Not only is it a daily intrigue to see what part or side of TikTok I stumble onto, but it is a treasure trove of undiscovered artists, musicians humbly sharing their songs in their bedrooms or promoting their latest releases, and I’ve curated quite the playlist over the last few months.
Aptly titled; found em on tiktok.
Now usually I rotate through my playlists, I’ve been removing and adding new tracks to each of my playlists pretty regularly with my newfound free time, however with this one I plan on just letting it marinate and grow. I wanna see just how good TikTok is at getting some of these artists out there and across the line.
Take Lizzy McAlpine for example. I found her back in January. Now she’s hanging out with the likes of Jacob Collier and Dodie, posting covers in their backyards and just generally being great. There’s so many cool artists and musicians on TikTok, it’s becoming for them what YouTube was for Justin Bieber, what Vine was for Shawn Mendes.
If you’re keen to keep up with some new music, discover some fresh tracks or follow any of my playlists, you can find my Spotify, my pride and joy, HERE.
Please feel free to catch up in the comments. I wanna know what you’re all doing, how you’re going, what I’ve missed, what you’re listening to, the whole lot.
Hello boys and girls. I hope you’re all doing well and keen for another little playlist dump. Today’s playlist I wanna share with you is a staple in my collection, reserved solely for when I’m getting ready to hang out with the girls, for while I’m with the girls, for when the girls and I are in the car or when I really start missing, you guessed it; the girls. My girl gang playlist is one of my favourites and it has a bunch of tunes, old and new. It spans decades and a couple of different era’s. Here’s a couple of tracks from the playlist, which you can also check out below. Let me know what you think!
Hello friends! I hope you’re all living and thriving now that we’re well and good into 2021! Today’s post is yet again just me sharing some good old music with you. Today’s theme? RnB. The good shit. Stuff that just makes you feel a certain way. Like you’re in an old school music video from 2001. One of my favourite genres of music, most definitely in my top three.
Making this list was hard. This year one of my goals was to really work on finessing my Spotify. Clean up all of my playlists, keep them rotating and curating a few more, but it’s a different story when it comes to my RnB playlist. I couldn’t tell you the last time that playlist was less than 100 songs. It’s currently sitting around 200 at the moment, and you’d be torturing me if you asked me to whittle it down further. It’s just not gonna happen. That said, it’s for that reason that the easiest thing for me to do while curating this post, was just throw the playlist on shuffle and share the first few that came on. I can’t lie, it’s how I make majority of these posts at this point.
If you’re interested in finding some more gems like the ones I’ve shared below, I’ve also thrown the playlist at the end of this post too so you can listen to the whole thing!!
So Into You – Tamia Get To Know You Better – Mary J Blige Weak – SWV Just Fine – Mary J Blige Love – Keyshia Cole Together Again – Janet Jackson You Make Me Wanna… – Usher Now or Never – Mya What About Us? – Brandy How Many Drinks? – Miguel Summer Rain – Carl Thomas Cupid – 112 Rain – SWV Soon As I Get Home – Faith Evans How Do I Breathe – Mario Follow Me – Usher If You Had My Love – Jennifer Lopez
Hello friends! Hope you’re all well and looking for some new music because at the moment that’s all I have for you. I’m currently in Tasmania, on a very last minute family trip, enjoying a bunch of beautiful scenery and hiking a bit more than I’m used to, but I still prepared a small selection of new music I’ve been loving for you guys while I’m gone.
You can find all of these songs on my Spotify playlist as well as a bunch of other tracks that I reckon you need to hear! I’m making a bit more of an effort to keep my Spotify moving, keep a good rotation with adding new songs, getting rid of old songs, updating playlists and continuously providing you with fresh tunes and updated vibes, so let me know if you check it out!!
Hot Chicken – Ocean Alley oneofone. – Soulo Far From You – H^LES Like This – R.A.E Treat Me Like Fire – LION BABE, Snakehips I Don’t Want To Lose You – Girls of the Internet Deep End – BenjiFlow Golden City – Sunny Suljic The Hook. – NONEWFRIENDS Freckles – Lawrence Helen – Oliver Malcolm Pass By Me – Buddy, Kent Jamz Exception – Sasha Keable Talk To Me Nice – William Singe Limbo – Kirsten Salty Sailor Moon – Planet Vegeta
Hope you found a new tune to boogie to!! Let me know in the comments xx
There’s something about a gal just singing that makes everyone feel empowered. Like, a woman completely embodying herself and letting rip, just hits different.
Good morning/afternoon/evening boys and girls, and welcome to one of my favourite playlists ever.
This is one of my favourites because every artist on this playlist has a stupidly, offensively good voice. Whether you’re listening as an avid fan, a casual listener or a keen-eared musician, every artist on this playlist delivers, and every time I listen to it, I find myself making all sorts of faces in awe and admiration.
A quick scroll through the playlist the other day revealed to me … of the 84 songs currently on the playlist, only 16 are sung by or feature male vocalists. Meaning, to my absolute joy, of this playlist, that brings me so much joy on the daily, nearly 80% of the songs were sung by kick-ass females.
So, what better way to celebrate this discovery than forcing you to discover yourself.
Treat me Like I’m All Yours – Sasha Keable Ego – Beyonce Ups & Downs – Shavaun Marie The Honey – SAYGRACE 2000 n Somethin – Kaiit Can’t Wait – Jill Scott Once – Maren Morris Evergreen – YEBBA Love by You – KIRBY The Night Song – Ravyn Lenae Still – Teyana Taylor Don’t Let Me Down – Joy Crookes Have Mercy – Eryn Allen Kane Love The Things You Do – Pip Millet Familiar. – Madison Ryann Ward Love On The Brain – Rihanna Find Someone Like You – Snoh Aalegra
These are just a handful of songs you’ll find on the sang playlist, which you can find here:
Let me know what you think – I’d love to hear your thoughts! My favourite thing ever is showing new people some of the women in this playlist and watching their faces transform in absolute awe, because honestly it’s just a personal throwback to the first time I ever listened to these incredible artists!
Hello everyone and welcome to another playlist deep dive! For today’s post I thought I’d take you through one of my more chilled playlists, sunday morning. Formerly known as my ‘kitchen‘ playlist, sunday morning is as simple as it seems. You’ve had a long Saturday night, you’ve woken up on Sunday morning, probably closer to Sunday afternoon, and you just need a chilled, groovy playlist to form the soundtrack for the first few hours of the day.
Whether you’re making a cup of coffee, transitioning from your bed to the couch or recounting the night’s adventures with some room-mates, I promise you, the sunday morning playlist will have you chilled the heck out.
Here’s a couple tracks to get you started, otherwise you can check out the playlist HERE or at the bottom of the post.
Skin – Dijon Powerslide – Ryan Beatty orange – CLAY Second Time – Bruno Major Nervous – Shawn Mendes To Dance Is To Love – Charlie Burg Never Give Up – L.A.B Come Over – Social Street Booster Seat – Spacey Jane Don’t Waste It – AUGUST 08 Still In Love – Thirdstory Sunday Candy – Cenji 4 Seasons – Rex Orange County
Hello friends! I hope you’re all well. I just thought I’d check in as I sporadically tend to do, but not empty handed – I clearly have some tunes I believe you all need to hear. I’ve been listening to an abundance of new music recently, especially music coming out of Australia, so there’s a fair few Australian artists in this little ‘song dump’ I’m presenting to you.
Let me know if you give any of these songs a listen, I’d love to know if you find a new track to add to your playlists. That said, if you rather someone else to do the work for you, I’ve done all the heavy lifting and compiled a playlist packed with these songs plus heaps more, which you can listen to HERE. Otherwise, you can check out the rest of the playlists I’ve created, on my Spotify HERE.
Here’s the tracks.
Somebody Loves You – Carla Wehbe baby blue – demspey hope, Olivia O’Brien Wobble – King Green Tv – Araya Keynote Interlude – UNO Stereo, Jordan Dennis 20 Year Dream – The Neighbourhood Watch Please U – Becca Hatch, Planet Vegeta Disco Man – Remi Wolf Trippin – Kara Marni dust – RIMON FRIENDS – Carliane Tamara Like I Do – Alisya Rae Come In To Love – Ellen Mara
Hello friends! I’m back with another playlist to shamelessly plug. This one actually means a whole lot to me, so I’d really appreciate it if you stuck around and even had a listen!
I love talking about POC artists, especially here in Australia, and we’re not short on a diverse range of artists, however I always find that they’re never represented or shared on a larger scale as much as they ought to be.
Example; January in Australia is a hectic month. There’s a lot going on, and a key event for quite a few people, especially those aged between 15-30, is the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown, where popular radio station Triple J, counts down the hottest 100 songs from the previous year. It’s a big deal. Everyone votes for their top ten favourite tracks, then the votes are counted and we have an entire day dedicated to the countdown. You hang out with friends, usually have some drinks and food out in the sun as it’s consistently a good weather day, and it’s one of the only days when no-one’s in charge of the AUX, because you’ve got the radio on. This year I spent Hottest 100 day at my best friends house, swimming in the pool, having a few drinks, making delicious cheese boards and having the radio on full blast so we could provide our own, even louder commentary, to the songs that made the cut.
It was a good day, I’ll give it that. But the closer and closer we got to the No. 1 spot, the more and more I was realising that hardly any of the POC artists I knew and loved, a lot of whom I discovered through the radio station itself, had even cracked the Top 100. There were a few fantastic exceptions, but there were also some glaringly obvious gaps. We don’t have to talk about the fact that it wasn’t even an Australian artist who came 1st, but the complete lack of diversity in the collection really got to me. So much so, that ya girl did what she does best, and made a playlist.
I created the decolonise ya self playlist, because I just know there are so many talented artists from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities in Australia, yet when it comes to commercial radio, and even a supposedly ‘people-powered’ radio show, these artists fail to be represented or given the airtime they deserve. I also included a lot of NZ artists in the playlist because we love New Zealand music around these parts.
Here’s a taste of some of the songs you can find on the playlist, which you can listen to HERE:
Clumsy Love – Thelma Plum The Truth – Man Made Mountain, Sampa the Great Be Free – Soli, Mez Mariye Colours – Amila Please U – Becca Hatch, Planet Vegeta Don’t Need You – Genesis Owusu Serious – NEKO 24k – Tkay Maidza Cleopatra – Thandi Phoenix Come Over – Social Street Poor Boy – Stan Walker Out of the Blue – RINI Idiot – Kira Puru Twisting Words – Miiesha Black Face – Ziggy Ramo One Time – Antoine Not My Neighbour – Niko Walters OG Luv Kush pt.2 – Kaiit
I hope you get a chance to listen to the playlist and discover a bunch of new Australian and New Zealand artists you may not have heard of. With so many incredible artists releasing amazing tracks so consistently, it’s not hard to champion these artists and their music. You can definitely count on me to do it.