The Local Radar

Welcome to this month’s Local Radar, where you’ll get your monthly dose of the incredible music coming out of Australia and New Zealand. Hopefully you enjoy these tunes and these artists as much as I have!

TEEKS – Waves

TEEKS, without a doubt, has been one of my favourite voices to ever come out of New Zealand, and there have been a lot of them. Waves comes from I, the first instalment of his upcoming debut album, The depth of this man’s voice is untouched, and he’s able to hold so much power and strength, while showing an incredible amount of restraint and control, and this song is an immaculate example of that. Without much more than an acoustic guitar, some strings, a beautifully delicate horns section and some light percussion, TEEKS’ voice is front and centre, and there’s not much more you can ask from the singer.

MAWiE – Last Night

MAWiE, a South-Sudanese born, Brisbane-based musician counts artists like Michael Jackson, Usher and Chris Brown as some of influences, and you can get a taste of these artists, perfectly mixed in with the singers own style and finesse. Last Night is the second in a string of singles released this year, and it combines a strong confidence with a sense of delicateness that works perfectly for this pocket of RnB and hip hop he is sitting in. From the sounds of things, MAWiE’s shaping up to deliver some incredible music, that’s well worth keeping an eye out for.

Essie Holt – Wanna Stay Up With You

Your indie-pop heart is about to flutter with this single from Australian singer, Essie Holt. A strong guitar riff contrasts with super cute and playful pop synths and Essie sprinkles her delicate and ethereal vocals over the track. It’s such a sweet and simple track, which is what makes it so enjoyable to listen to. It’s like the audible sound of a ray of sunshine and we are here for it!

RIIKI – Share Your Love

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Pumped for this track, simply pumped. RIIKI is a 20-year old newcomer from New Zealand and if this track is anything to go by, she’s got a lot more coming our way. The hook on this track is so catchy and effortless, and fans of Kali Uchis, BENEE or Charli XCX should definitely keep an eye on this one. The singer’s vocals are super controlled and tender, all the while matching the energy of the production that really ties the track together. A strong bass line, atmospheric synths and a groove pocket deep enough to swim in make this one of my favourite tracks right now. RIIKI’s created the perfect tune to have a dance and single along to, all the while effortlessly cementing her as one to watch.

Balu Brigada – photographic memory

Well this is a cute one isn’t it? It’s sure to get you grooving and you’ll be smiling every time you catch another sweet lyric in the mix. Synths, soaring backing vocals and a ridiculously catchy hook make this an absolute tune, and is sure to get you super excited about these boys from New Zealand. It’s a song that immediately gets your head nodding and your toes tapping. Fans of ROLE MODEL and Gus Dapperton will really get around Balu Brigada, and I can’t wait to see what else they give us in the future.

Hopefully you found a new track to have a boogie to, let me know which if these artists you added to your playlists!

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Priya

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The Local Radar

Hello and welcome to a new series I’m committing to; The Local Radar, where I plan on doing my part to share the incredible talent coming out of Australia and New Zealand.

Each month I’ll be sharing five artists who you definitely need to check out, and to kick it off I’ve got some incredible tracks and musicians.

Mia Wray – Work For Me

Mia Wray is a Melbourne singer, who released her single, Work For Me earlier this year. Fans of vocalists like Florence Welch and Bishop Briggs will adore Mia’s voice and how strong and present it is. She dances over this track so seamlessly, letting layers and layers of harmonies provide the framework for this track. The song is incredibly dynamic and over the course of just a little more than three minutes you go from this simmering siren call vocal set-up to an anthem building on a killer horns section and electric guitar. The vocals keep soaring, and it’s a hook sure to get stuck in your head.

Liyah Knight – Mine

The next track is called Mine, and it’s the first single from Sydney-born artist, Liyah Knight. This track alone is enough to get you keen to hear whatever Liyah decides to deliver next. It’s a bite-sized track, but there’s plenty of soul injected into it, giving you Mahalia or SZA energy in a beautifully unique way. Liyah’s voice is front and centre, only enhanced by a simple guitar riff and some synths, even at the songs climax. Not one to miss, for sure.

BLESSED – Something To Believe In

Earlier this month, Western-Sydney rapper, singer and producer BLESSED released his single, Something To Believe In. It’s hard to put the track into a box, genre-wise, as it pulls together these indie-rock sounds into a pop/rap space to create a uniquely intimate and honest track that hits you in the gut with it’s production and humble vocal performance. It’s a song that breaks down genre barriers and definitions and BLESSED just pulls it off so effortlessly.

PLGRMS – Limbs

I first spoke about PLGRMS back in 2018 when they opened for Dean Lewis. They’ve popped back on the radar since then, with a bit of a comeback single in their track, Limbs, which came out in early September. Limbs is a cinematic and dynamic, ever-growing track that completely envelopes you in the best way possible. Synths, intricate pockets and soaring vocals really combine magically on this track, it’s one of those ‘driving through a tunnel’ kinda songs, if you know what I mean.

MiCCY – Tug of War

If funk, soul and everything in between is what you’re after, MiCCY, a 21-year old from Queensland, has truly got you covered with this absolute tune of a single, Tug of War. If a neck-breaking bass line and disco-synths aren’t enough to keep and capture you, her vocals most definitely will, with MiCCY literally swimming over this track. The track is the perfect combination of influences that pull from funk, soul, RnB with some throwback 80s sounds in the mix. It’s everything you could ever ask and if it’s any indicator of what MiCCY’s got in store, it’s well worth waiting for.

Keep an eye out – I’ll have more amazing artists with more amazing tracks coming your way soon! In the meantime – get around all the socials so you don’t miss anything and let me know if you find a new tune for your playlists!

x

Priya

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My Forever Favourites // Thank You Spotify xx

Hello boys and gals. Hope you’re all well.

Quick post today – I wanted to share another funky feature that Spotify have added to the mix. Honestly, at this point, I should be expecting my Spotify sponsorship already.

It’s called your ‘Forever Favourites‘ and I love the idea. We all know I’m a sucker for a good playlist, and this is just another fun little feature to get you making a playlist of your own!!

It’s essentially just a template to help you curate a playlist of only five songs, (I know, I struggled), that are meant to be relevant to defining moments of your life, which you can then share on your other social medias. Right up my alley.

Here’s what Spotify said in a blog post;

“Through the app, listeners can create a playlist with their five most meaningful songs and/or podcast episodes and easily post it on their social channels for everyone to see—and bask in the memories,”

It’s super easy to create, you just have to jump on to your Home page and tap the ‘My Forever Favourites’. PLUS, you can choose whether you include only songs, only podcasts or a combination of the two!

Here’s mine to get you started!

Let me know if you create your playlist – feel free to send me your curations on Instagram, I’d love to see them!

NEW RELEASES WE LOVE

Hello friends!

For today’s post I wanted to check in and share some of my favourite recent releases.

Big up’s to the hoardes of Australian artists who are really stepping up and filling the music space within our country right now, especially with so many COVID restrictions still in place that have brought the music industry to a bit of a halt. So many incredible artists and so much incredible music. All of the artists featured on this list are Australian artists and if they’re not enough to give you a bit of an idea of how elite the music coming out of this country is, I don’t know what is.

Hopefully you find a new favourite.

BIRYANI – ASHWARYA

Confess – CVIRO, GXNXVS

I Am – Genesis Owusu

incognito – CODY JON

I Wanna – HANNAH, JAYDEAN

as long as you care – Ruel

Beyond the Pine – Tash Sultana

Dribble – Sycco

Limbs – PLGRMS

One and Lonely – CXLOE

Gravity – Yorke

Easy – Troye Sivan

Fall Apart – merci, mercy

Like We Do – SVNO, ONEFOUR, J Emz

Lola – A.GIRL

The Tunes of TikTok

Hello boys and girls.

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

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

Here you go!


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

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



Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 23

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

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

Enjoy.

 

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

 

x

Priya

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Some Film & Some Tunes

I’ve been waiting to share this post for some time. I’ve already done one of these before, you can find it HERE, but for some reason I decided to sit on four completed rolls of film for a little while, and then the coronavirus pandemic hit, and I was unable to get into the city to have them developed. Finally, I have them developed, and I love these rolls so much.

Absolutely cherish every single photo – all 146 of them.

I don’t know if it’s because the photos are that cute, or just because I had to wait so long to have them done, like I’m talking months, but I love them and that’s all that matters.

Here’s some film photos, and some tunes to go along with them.

 


Priya shared a sketch with you 3

 

Hands – Brandt Orange
nursery – bbno$, Lentra
Glimmer – Mako Road
Switch Off – Milan Ring
Broken – Lund
Searching For A Feeling – Thirdstory

 

Priya shared a sketch with you 2

 


Bridges – Johnnyswim
The Land – Hoodzy
Be Like You – Whethan, Broods
Doing Better – Jamie Isaac
Your Favourite Song – Eighty Ninety
Philospher – Iris Temple
By Myself – Christian French, Triegy
Thirteen Sad Farewells – Stu Larsen

 

 

Priya shared a sketch with you

 


Ms Understood – Vintage Slims
Alladat – Church & AP
things change – Arno Faraji
Junk Food Forever – The Amazons
Brighter Than the Sun – Reuben Stone

 


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Priya

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Visualify // It’s Back!

Hello ladies and gentlemen!

Hope you’re all well, today I have a fun post for you all!

Its no secret that I love Spotify. Heck, quite a few of my recent posts have been dedicated to my Spotify, my playlists and the changes I’ve been making to them, especially during the last few months of isolation.

It’s also no secret that I’m a sucker for some good Spotify statistics. Anything that can give me a reflection of my listening habits, what I’m spending my time on, who I’m spending it with, I love it. Of course, you have the annual Spotify Wrapped, which I’ve blogged about every year since it’s inception. Then you also have Festify, a lesser known one that collates your listening habits over a variety of time periods, and creates your very own personalised ‘festival lineup’. That one is definitely fun.

However, one of my favourites has and always will be, Visualify. It was one of the first alternatives to the Spotify Wrapped-style statistic provider, in that, as the name suggest, it’s entirely visual. It crunched down your listening habits and showed you your most listened to artists and songs over a period of time and presented it to you in a way that was just … *chef’s kiss*.

And then the site crashed, and we lost access to it for a little while, until today I discovered – it’s back!

So, what better way to celebrate it’s return than with another Visualify Update? I don’t think I’ve ever seen my listening habits over a period of time, so accurately depicted. I’ve been listening to some tasty, tasty tunes my friends.

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 22

I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW!!

I’m so very aware that my last SYDKBS post was only a few posts back and I have no business sharing another one so soon, but I promise I’m actually just scheduling a couple of super tasty posts for you right now. 

I’ll also have a bunch more time to schedule and write some new posts for you all now, considering Melbourne is going back into lockdown for 6 weeks following a string of days with an alarming number of new cases. 

To make up for it, the songs I’m sharing, are immaculate. I love all of these, hence why I’m so keen to share them with you. I’ll also have a bunch more time to schedule and write some new posts for you all now, considering Melbourne is going back into lockdown for 6 weeks following a string of days with an alarming number of new cases. 

That said, I’ve been discovering a bunch of new songs. I’ve had a great amount of genuinely incredible songs sent to my inbox, plus my friends have also introduced me to some new tunes since my last post, so strap yourselves in.

I’d love to know if you give any of these a listen – let me know in the comments below!

 

Lonely In Love – Abigail Barlow
Used – Joe Hertz, Dom McAllister, YonYon
Circus Animal – Molly Millington
I Can’t Breathe – Jerome Farah
Sunday Night – Hurricane, AirBorn Gav
If It Glitters It’s Gold – Dallas Woods
Free WiFi – Zeek Power
Hellboy – Herizen
SHALLOW – Saya Gray
Let You Know – a2k, Noah Vernon, Kobe White
Here For It All – Mike Nasa, Noah Slee
Waste My Time – Langston Francis
Bedsheets – Olivia Lunny
TAKE YOUR TIME – BOY SODA
Home for the Summertime – Solomon Fox 
12:55 – Nitecaller
Player 1 – Antzz
Drive – Ironess

 

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 21

Hello friends!

Just popping in for a quick second to share some music I think you should hear! Don’t mind me.

Boy – Gymnastics in the Seventies
These Nights – Slip-On Stereo
Sweet Jane – Garrett Kato
Stay Tru – Mereba
My Lover – Not3s, Mabel
Goldchains – Tyde Levi
Locket – Kilo Kish
Catch Me – Yellow Claw, Flux Pavilion, Naaz, Candlelight
Ohio – Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr.
I Better Love You – Will Heard
Bad Guy – Niykee Heaton
California Sun – Corey Harper
Knowledge of Selfie – Jay Daniel
Honest – Jay Wile
Hanging Tree – Elijah Blake 
On My Mind – SODA, Jesse Ravlen
Manufactured Love – Michael Blue 

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Priya

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