This album title is so fitting, isn’t it? Because I’ll be honest with you, up until this year, for the most part of it, the only time I ever listened to Ty Dolla $ign was when he was a featured artist on another musician’s song. The first time I really stopped and listened to the man’s voice was when he featured on Jacob Collier’s track All I Need, alongside out girl Mahalia. The man can sing.
I mean if you scroll all the way to the bottom of his Spotify profile, you get one of the longest ‘Appears On’ list I have ever seen. He’s appeared on some of my favourite releases in the last few years and so many more. Post Malone, Ariana, Roddy Rich, Drake, Migos, Jhene, Dreamville, Chance The Rapper, Mac Miller, Sza, Thundercat, Kehlani, Kanye, Jacob Collier, Amine, Ella Mai, KAYTRANADA, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera – they’ve all got Ty on their tracks and that’s not even half of it.
He’s literally everywhere and he has been for years, and so for his third studio album to be called, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign? Love it. I’m so about it.
I mean, even the first track, Intro, touches on the fact that he’s been working so much with other artists, yet he’s so talented as a solo act. He covers genuinely all aspects of music creation from writing the music, doing some of the instrumentation and even mixing and mastering. His track LA features on the Netflix series Song Exploder which delves into the entire creative process behind individual tracks, and it’s one of my favourite episodes that really showcases how talented he is.
That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of features on this record; the switch being they’re featuring on Ty Dolla $ign’s album and not the other way around. You’ve got Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, Anderson .Paak, Mustard, Roddy Rich, Jhene Aiko, Gunna, Musiq Soulchild, Kanye, FKA Twigs, Skrillex and plenty more – it’s a golden standard feature list for a hip hop/RnB album, if you ask me.
One of my favourite things is how seamlessly a lot of the songs blend into each other. I didn’t realise my favourite song when I first listened to it, was actually two seperate songs, Status and Temptations, because of how smoothly they blend into each other. Something I love about all of Ty’s songs are how melodic they are, whether it’s the music or his rapping and singing, there’s so much musicality and so many little pockets in his songs.
I really enjoy the little interludes sprinkled throughout the album too, specifically the Burna Boy Interlude, which is super calming and relaxed. It’s another example of beautifully constructed and arranged music that just bleeds from one track to another.
It wouldn’t be a blog post of mine if I didn’t highlight Kehlani’s feature track, Universe. That said, it’s also just generally one of my favourite songs on the album. It’s got this super smooth guitar riff throughout the whole thing, and I’ve come to really love how well Ty layers and stacks harmonies and vocals, which he does really tastefully on this song. Between him and Kehlani, they both have a amazing raspy tones and it just matches so perfectly, especially in contrast to that guitar.
Your Turn features 6LACK, Musiq Soulchild and Tish Hyman, and it’s just so smooth. It’s the epitome of smooth and sits perfectly as a little taste of some old school RnB. It’s straight out of the late 90’s/early 2000’s and it builds and grows beautifully over the track. It’s super lazy and laidback in the best possible way.
I have to mention Ego Death featuring Kanye, FKA Twigs and Skrillex. Such a strong beat, very unexpected, but very much appreciated.
I couldn’t have predicted that in 2020 Ty Dolla $ign would be one of my most listened to artists or that I would be rinsing his album as much as I am, but here we are. Let me know if you’ve listened to it already or if you want to give it a listen in the future.
Hello and welcome back friends! I know what you’re thinking if you’re checking this out on the blog rather than the reader – “Priya…why’s the blog changed? Again?”. To that I have to admit – I’ve gone back to yee old Free plan on this lil platform because I’m having to divert all of my attention, time and money towards a project that I’ve been working my lil butt off on, so I hope you don’t mind. More on that relatively soon…
On to tonight’s post. Are we obtuse? We can read the title right? No explaining necessary. We’re talking about Ariana’s latest album, Positions and just straight gassing her up for an entire post.
I’m gonna be real with you – I’m not going through the entire album for you because that’s your job.
What I am gonna do is give you the rundown and share some of my favourite tracks from the record and I highly suggest you listen to the album, back to back, in order, on shuffle, beginning to end, for yourself, and allow yourself to find your own favourites, when I’m done.
When Ariana popped up, like she does, I genuinely found myself bursting at the seams with excitement. I don’t think I’ve been as excited for an album from this woman, as I was with this one. I’ve always been in awe of her voice and her as an individual, but it seems like she’s at the peak of her performance right now. Her branding is sublime like entirely ‘baddie in Disneyland; right now, her songs just get better and better, I can’t think of one that I don’t love and it feels like she can’t put a foot wrong.
Visuals? Perfect. Production? Perfect. The range??? Perfect. Such a range on this album and she does it flawlessly. When the track list was release, everyone I knew was talking about it. For good reason, clearly.
There’s a real childish element to this album that I love, yet at the same time it’s beautifully mature and sultry, in a way that only Ariana Grande can do. It’s like Disneyland grown-up. That’s all I can think of to describe this album in my mind. Not like Hannah Montana Disney either, but like Magic Kingdom and the Castle, Disney. I have many thoughts… but let’s get into my favourite tracks.
shut up Find me a stronger opening track. You can’t. Are you kidding me? The instrumentation on this track is gorgeous, but then it’s gets to the chorus and her damn vocals kick in. I’ve never appreciated being told to ‘shut up’ as much as I did when I listened to this song for the first time. Personally this is one of those times where I would pay to go back to my first listen of this track. The violins, the harmonies, the plucked strings, I’m all about it.
motiveft Doja Cat I mean. I mean. This is my favourite song on the entire album. It’s so me, it’s a joke. I mean you got that Loleatta Holloway disco sample that’s pulled straight from You Little Beauty by my man FISHER, you got Doja who has really grown on me over the last year, it’s got a four-to-the-floor beat and Ariana just swims all over this track. This has been my go-to driving song since the album dropped, I’m going out with friends for the first time since March with some friends and I wholeheartedly plan on getting ready to this track on repeat, and I’d happily listen to this song again and again. Ariana Grande over a house beat? Yes please.
safety net ft Ty Dolla $ign This song really came at an ideal moment for me when I’m really stepping into a time of appreciating Ty Dolla $ign and his musicality and his voice. More to come on his latest album soon hopefully. Such a perfect match, vocally and I’m not sure why this wasn’t done sooner. I really like this song a lot, it’s a perfect driving song, a little bit of RnB, and I think it’s just the vibes for me.
my hair Let’s not lie, this song is probably on par with motive for me. I don’t know why I carried on like that before when this song was coming up. I got sent this song by four seperate people telling me how much I’d love it and I feel like that kinda says enough. I mean, what’s not to love? The vocals, my gosh. Her voice is one of the strongest voices of this generation, hands down, she just can’t be stopped and I feel like if this song doesn’t say that enough I don’t know what does. There’s so much in this track I could ramble on about; the offensive bass line, the strings that just throw you into like, Golden era Hollywood, her vocals, given, the immaculate guitar and these keys that are just so tastefully sprinkled over the entire track, the trumpet. I give up. Catch me throwing up a poor attempt to cover this song on Instagram, I can feel it coming.
love language Look, I know it’s only been 2 years since Sweetener was released but this song makes me instantly think that we’re overdue for a Ariana x Pharrell collaboration. That’s the first thing I thought when I heard this song, and then the next thing was that this was a bloody good song. The strings all over this record are so punchy and carry so much energy, especially in this song. I can’t wait for more of the visuals for this record to come out because I’m so positive they’re gonna hit.
positions I feel like it would be rude, frankly, to not include this title track on the list of faves. I mean, it’s not a stretch for me considering this song is genuinely stuck in my head 24 hours of the day. Don’t get me started on the absolute art people are creating on TikTok with this song. This song is magic. It’s what we needed. Hard to elaborate on it really. It’s gold. The music video, is also gold. That’s all.
Miss Grande really just came in peace to pop in and take her crown. Please, by all means, feel free to share your favourite tracks from the album below, it’ll be hard for me to disagree with you. This track slaps. That’s all.
I know. I know. I’ve been absent. Severely absent. Pinky swear there’s a legitimate reason, but that’s a post for another day.
Today’s post is our monthly wrap-up of tunes I was rinsing during the last month. October produced some good music. There were some covers that slapped (Miley Cyrus I’m looking at you), some cinematic masterpieces (ahem, Shawn Mendes) and some great discoveries made.
So, if you’re keen to see what I was listening to during the month of October while I was anywhere but on my blog, keep reading.
Ungodly Hour – Chloe x Halle: These girls have a ridiculous amount of views on their latest music videos, and I can guarantee I’m at least a hundred of them. Especially this one. It’s gotten to the point where I know the live version with the choreography and the ad-libs better than I know the studio version. These two are so bloody ethereal and heavenly it’s hard to measure up to these ladies. So strong vocally and so effortless in their performance. I’m on a bit of a Chloe x Halle binge and I highly recommend.
Heart of Glass – Miley Cyrus: What much else could I add to the discourse surrounding this gift from God itself, that hasn’t already been said. Not a lot.
Last Time – Giveon, Snoh Aalegra:Giveon delivered once again, this time he brought my gal Snoh with him. This song is the definition of smooth and sultry and I’m all about it. Both of them deliver creamy vocals and their voices blend so perfectly together.
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar, Drake: I blame the Savage x Fenty show for this one. You know the vid I’m talking about. Neon green hair Lance, dancing with two other male dancers in silk pyjama sets behind mesh fabric then the camera pans to our gal Cara Delevingne? That’s the one. That and this song has always been a tune.
Wonder – Shawn Mendes: I’ve spoken already about this song. You don’t need me to ramble again because ramble I will. Check out the blog post HERE.
Like You – Bow Wow, Ciara: Oh my lord this song. I heard it in a TikTok and just got violent flashbacks to singing it when I was a lil kiddy. Just the Ciara hook, the way it gets stuck in your head is a medical issue, but I don’t have that much of a problem with it.
YEAHNAH – Church & AP: Church & AP. Was obviously gonna mention them again at some point. If you haven’t heard me go on about this NZ duo before, check out my post on them HERE. This is such a track. It’s from their latest EP, At Thy Feet, and it’s arguably my favourite. The bass line, the drum, it’s got a very UK feel to it if that makes sense. Dera Meelan, the producer is phenomenal on this track and it’s done so well. Church, AP and Dera are trio to watch when they’re together.
Way Down – Ocean Alley: Another tune from Ocean Alley. I’m on a bit of a bender with these guys too. This goes back to their surf rock roots perfectly, complete with heavy drum beat and head nod-inducing guitar riff. Baden, the lead singer, also delivers one of my favourite vocal performances so far.
So Done – Alicia Keys, Khalid: My girl Alicia. I can’t help but think of my childhood and driving in the car, listening to her albums with my Dad. She’s such a staple piece of my youth, so when I saw she had an episode dedicated to her on Netflix’s Song Exploder, I was all over it. This isn’t the track the episode covered, but it’s from the same album, and I mean…Alicia Keys and Khalid? Bliss.
going out – ROLE MODEL: More ROLE MODEL. This guy is making waves and they just get bigger and bigger. Last month it was BLIND, and now we’ve got going out. It’s not an overly complicated song, but the lyrics are so well written and constructed, with a super catchy hook and it’s just a hit in my eyes.
Self Control – Frank Ocean: It’s that part of the post where I share the inevitable Frank Ocean song I found myself obsessed with during the month and for October it was good ole Self Control. It’s just that guitar man. I mean, we done been knowing Frank’s lyrics could break the stoniest of hearts and his voice is sent directly from angels, but the guitar on this track just gets me. I love this song. I could be mid hype and I wouldn’t be able to find it in myself to skip this song.
Kevin’s Heart – J. Cole: I think I love this song so much for it’s intro. It’s just beautiful. That said, J. Cole consistently delivers, and I’ve been going back to the KOD album over the last month and digging up some of the treasures on that record, this being one of them.
On My Mind – Diplo, SIDEPIECE: Complete change of pace and we have some DIPLO on the playlist. I added this to my before the uber comes a little while ago, and then I saw more than a few TikToks using this song and I just had to add it to my daily playlist because of how often I found it stuck in my head.
Not My Neighbour – Niko Walters: I found this song through a series on YouTube called Don’t Make It AUX, which is one of the vibiest playlist series I’ve ever seen. I’m a huge fan of Jordan and Lance who I mentioned earlier, and they got Niko as well as Matui, the lead singer of SIX60, on their latest episode so I had to find out more about Niko. I genuinely spent the rest of the day on his Spotify, listening to his music while doing my work and getting on with it, but this song is by far my favourite. Highly recommend. Super groovy and chilled out, perfect for summer, which is on it’s way here in Australia.
Higher Place – Skip Marley, Bob Marley & The Wailers: Another song I discovered from the Don’t Make It AUX show, this time recommended by Matui Walters, who as I mentioned, is the lead singer of one of my favourite bands, SIX60. Skip Marley, Bob Marley’s grandson really puts such a modern and relevant spin on his grandfather’s tapes and recordings, even sampling some of Bob Marley’s speaking and writing in this track, hence the feature. This song is so good. There’s an incredible drop that is understated, yet hits so hard at the same time, and I’ve been rinsing this song all month.
Only Time Makes It Human – King Princess: I remember a couple years ago when King Princess was always on my radar…now, not so much. I discovered this song by pure lucky – my phone refused to connect to the BlueTooth in my car, so it was the rare occasion where I chucked on the radio, and this was on. I instantly made a mental note to add it to my playlist when I got home because of how insanely catchy the hook is. I’m in love with this disco-pop genre and though I’d never think it, King Princess does it so effortlessly. Nails it.
Over Now – Calvin Harris, The Weeknd: We love Calvin Harris around here. We know this. Add in The Weeknd, who’s also riding this disco-pop wave making itself known in 2020, and you have a tune like this. I mean, dreamy synths, some smooth RnB style percussion, a slappy bass and Abel’s impeccable vocals, make this a killer track. So low-key and ambient, I love it.
positions – Ariana Grande: She really pulled through at the end of the month didn’t she? I’m so exciting for her upcoming album, probably more excited than I’ve ever been for anything she’s ever put out, and this single has a lot to do with it.
What were you listening to this month? Let me know in the comments!
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
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!
Of course, I’m taking about Shawn Mendes, and the absolute scene he’s made with his latest single, Wonder.
The song itself, is beautiful. It’s so cinematic and full, with so many different elements that bring it all together. Absolutely perfect driving through a tunnel kind of music if you ask me. The music, combined with genuinely emotionally weighted lyrics, come together to create, what I believe to be one of Shawn’s greatest songs to date.
That said, the true gift here, obviously aside from the existence of the song itself, is the music video. I never thought I’d ever see Shawn Mendes do choreography in my life, yet here we are, and it just fits so perfectly .The scenery, the story-telling, the movement and flow and how everything seems to blend together in this cinematic universe he’s created. You’ve got Polar Express, he’s giving you Harry Potter, there’s some Twilight.
It all fits.
I’m just super impressed. I’ve always enjoyed Shawn’s music, his concert was a highlight of mine last year, and if this is any sort of hint towards the things he’s set to deliver us in the future, I’m hyped.
Have you watched the music video or heard the song? I’d love to know your thoughts! Let me know in the comments.
Hello and welcome to the end of another month and being one step closer to the end of another year. To be frank, I’m happy to get this over and done with, let’s kindly skip to 2021 and hope it’s an improvement.
That said, my favourite part of every month is here, it arrives 12 times a year – my monthly tunes!
I listened to a lot in September. It’s a reoccurring theme this year, but with all this time spent in the house, under lockdown rules and stuck with not a lot to do, what else do you expect from me?
Here’s what I was listening to in September. If you’d like to check out the playlist for yourself, as well as have a listen to all the other tunes I’ve been loving during 2020, feel free to scan the code below!
PLUS! I’d love to know what you were listening to during September. Let me know in the comments!
Worry About A Thing – Tori Kelly:It doesn’t get much better than Tori Kelly covering Stevie Wonder to be honest. Arguably the best song from the entire Sing movie soundtrack.
Ultralight Beam – Kanye West: This song popped up on shuffle during a workout and reminded me how much I loved this track. So much to unpack here, truly. The sampling, the synths, Chance the Rapper, Kanye delivering incredible lyricism amidst insane dynamics.
LITTLE BUM – Agung Mango: Always keen to share some new Australian music. Ever since seeing Agung at Laneway Festival earlier this year, I’ve had an eye on the rapper and have keenly awaited any new music. This release has been celebrated quite widely around the country, and Agung just keeps growing and growing. Very excited to see what he has in store.
blind – ROLE MODEL:This track makes my little indie-pop heart sing. Such a sweet and simple ode to internet love and I think in the current state of pandemic that we’re in at the moment – so easy to connect to. It’s got a groovy drum beat, catchy guitar riffs and a chorus that’s stupidly easy to sing along to, which makes it a winner around here.
Pray For Me – The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar: This song was added to my playlist by pure chance and fate. It just happened to come up on shuffle while I was in the car, driving to the store for the first time in ages since lockdown, the day Chadwick Boseman passed away. Being one of my favourite actors ever, not just from Black Panther, but from the many films in which he displayed such a strong performance of black excellence and talent, and being my favourite song from the entire soundtrack, it seemed very fitting to add as my song of the day.
That Girl – Justin Timberlake: A throwback, if you can call 2013 a throwback. Such an underrated JT song, so I’m glad someone decided to make a smooth as heck dance to it and post it on TikTok, because I’m hearing it all over there now, which I’m not mad about.
Circles – Yuto., Luna May: Another release by some Aussie talent. Yuto. are a duo of brothers living in Melbourne and I’ve been all over their releases since they first popped up on the Melbourne-music scene. If you love a bit of electronic pop, with sprinklings of RnB, definitely check out Yuto. This collaboration with Luna May is probably my favourite, so far …
Butterflies – Michael Jackson: This song. Give this song some love please. I recently rediscovered it while doing a mass clean-out of the Spotify account (linked below), and I immediately fell in love with it again. Such a beautiful, smooth track.
Hit Different – SZA, The Neptunes, Pharrell Williams, Ty Dolla $ign:This song is a recent, long awaited release from SZA, and gal delivered. I’ve been entranced by this song since it came out, the structure, the lyrics, the music video, everything about this is exactly what we were all waiting for from SZA. I love how the men who feature on the track take over for the chorus while SZA holds down the verses and pre-choruses, a flip on the usual structure and model for RnB tracks like this. Love everything about it.
Real Games – Lucky Daye: I can’t wait for Lucky Daye to take off even more than he already has. This song is just super slanky and smooth, major Vulfpeck vibes with the synths and bass lines that tie this track together. I truly love the vibe he’s created.
Confess – CVIRO, GXNXVS: Another Australian track, we love to see it! Singer CVIRO comes through with maybe one of my favourite vocal tones of 2020, and producer GXNXVS (pronounced genius) brings it all together with a soundscape that just throws you back to RnB tracks of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, yet still sounds so current and relevant right now. This track excites me so much because I haven’t heard a lot music in this pocket, especially coming out of Australia, in a while. Can’t wait for more.
Bad Girl – Usher: Another classic, resurrected thanks to TikTok. It’s like my foryoupage just dips into the deepest recesses of my memory and plucks songs from there to give back to me and I’m not mad.
YOU’RE THE ONE – KAYTRANADA, Syd: Between KAYTRANADA and Disclosure, Syd really got a good run on my playlists this month. This is my favourite track from the 99.9%album, and it’s everything I love about KAYTRANADA all wrapped up into one.
Good Fit – Billy Reeves:Billy Reeves is a Melbourne rapper, originally from New Zealand (remember how I keep going on about NZ talent…) and he recently released this track, which I’m in love with. It’s such a chilled out, breezy tune, and it switches up towards the end, giving you some Chance The Rapper or Anderson. Paak energy that’s very much appreciated.
Dibble – Sycco: You’re getting a great fix of Australian artists this month. Sycco is an 18-year old artists from QLD, and I’ve been mildly obsessed with this track since I first heard it. She’s received a great spin on Triple J, a much loved radio station for discovering new and amazing talent, and for great reason.
Dreams, Fairytales, Fantasies – A$AP Ferg, Brent Faiyaz, Salaam Remi:Honestly, at this point you could throw Brent Faiyaz on any track and I’ll enjoy it. That said, A$AP Ferg and Salaam Remi really tie this track together as a really strong RnB collaboration. If you’re after some old school style rapping and smooth, sultry vocals, this tune will have you covered.
Kiss U Right Now – Duckwrth: Did you catch my review of Duckwrth’s debut album SuperGood? If not, you can get yourself caught up HERE. This is the tune that kicked it all off for me, and it still does it for me.
What You Know Bout Love – Pop Smoke: Pop Smoke sadly passed away earlier this year and unfortunately that’s what led me to checking out his music. Straight away, this song became my favourite. It’s everything I love about hip hop and RnB, and it makes me feel super nostalgic for my childhood when rap tracks had these beautiful little piano melodies and synth riffs in the background.
Thoughts – NUNU.:I couldn’t tell you the first thing about NUNU. because I don’t even know how this song came to be on my playlist. All I know is that I love it. It’s just some more hip hop and RnB. I’m not sure what you’ve come to expect at this point.
Daisy Chain – BOY SODA, Tentendo: How good is Australian music??? This good!!! I did a lil write-up on Tentendo a few years ago, and he’s featured on some of my playlists a couple times since then. That said, BOY SODA truly is the standout on this single, and Tentendo brings it all together beautiful. BOY SODA marries RnB and pop so beautifully, especially on this track, making it a really exciting single from the Central Coast artist. I can’t wait for more, potentially an EP from the sounds of things.
Crazy – Bazzi:Every now and then Bazzi releases a track that makes me question why I’m not listening to him more. This is one of those tracks. He released it back in August, so I’m a little late, but I’m here and I’m loving this latest single. The bass drives this track home, and his falsetto contrasts it so well.
Dead Man Walking – Brent Faiyaz: Snippets of this song have been floating around the internet for a little while, but apparently all we needed to do was blow it up on SoundCloud and TikTok and Brent went ahead and dropped it. So ethereal and atmospheric. You’ve got these beautifully plucked strings that build the perfect percussive layer for his voice to just dance over. I think Brent may just be one of my favourite artists of 2020.
You Sad – Tkay Maidza: You’re sick of me saying it, I know, but Australian artists need the hype. They need so much more recognition, it’s insane. Tkay is kinda like royalty in my mind, and this track from her album Last Year Was Weird, Vol.2 is so bloody cute. Love everything about it. Could not recommend enough.
Insecure – Jazmine Sullivan, Bryson Tiller: Jazmine Sullivan is a queen in my books. She’s on that Yebba, type of level in my eyes. The vocals in this song? Insanity. They should be illegal. She kills it and leaves nothing. I highly recommend listening to the entire track first, but for some real spice, head to 3:07. Jaw on the floor.
And that’s it team!
As always, you can find all of these songs, as well as every other track from my Monthly Tunes series, on my Spotify, linked below, or for your convenience, head straight to my 365//2020 playlist HERE.
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!
I hope you’re well and thriving and if you’re not, I hope you are soon.
Today I wanted to drop in to share with you an album I’ve been thoroughly enjoying, and that is Duckwrth’s SuperGood album.
I can’t say I’ve always paid a ton of attention to Duckwrth and what he’s up to, and other than adding a couple singles to some of my playlists, he’s not an artist I always have on my radar. So how did I come across this album and why has it become a staple to get me through the week?
The visual teaser for one of the tracks, Kiss U Right Now, appeared on my recommended on YouTube. I loved the aesthetic of it, how much of a teaser it actually was and the song itself was beautiful and super sultry and smooth. Had me hooked straight away. So obviously I ran to Spotify like I always do and checked out the whole song, which led me to finding the SuperGood album. Praise be!
Now of all of Duckwrth’s songs, the one I listen to the most is a track called MICHUUL., which I love for it’s groove and rhythm, and that’s only readily available throughout this album.
It also comes along with a few notable features, including EARTHGANG, Australia’s very own KIAN, Julia Romana and Kyle Dion to name a few. It’s a good selection of artists to add to what’s already shaping up to be one of my favourite albums of 2020.
The opening track, New Long Song, is such a perfect debut for the album, mixing in some old school sounds with beautiful vocals and super smooth lyrics. I love Duckwrth’s rapping voice. Then add onto that how much I love his singing voice and you’ve got this perfect mix. The song is also incredibly dynamic. Take’s you to church a bit.
Quick, which features our boy KIAN, is another favourite of mine. Super percussive and rhythmic, which I really enjoy. It’s really different for KIAN, and he and Duckwrth melt together perfectly on this track. It’s a collaboration I wouldn’t have seen coming, but I’m entirely here for it.
Super Bounce, which features EARTHGANG is super smooth. It’s one of my other highlights from this record. I get a few D’Angelo vibes from this tune, but it’s also just beautifully intricate in all the sounds and rhythms that are combined throughout the track. In particular, the keys and the synths in this song really come together beautifully, and everything just floats so seamlessly together.
If you’re looking for some new music to listen through, a new album to put on and work your way through, or some new tracks to add to your playlists, I highly recommend SuperGood. I’m clearly very enthusiastic about it, and I’m gonna be keeping a closer eye on Duckwrth from here on out and you should too.
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!
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.