April Tunes

April. Just try wrapping your head around that. We’re already done with April. I can’t. Here’s this months tunes.

Put It Down – Jazmine Sullivan: Miss Jazmine Sullivan is the gift that keeps on giving. I can’t think of a single JS song that I don’t absolutely love. The flavour of the month for April was this track, which radiates such divine ‘bad bitch’ energy that my jaw dropped when I first heard it. I hadn’t heard a song that hit this hard from Jazmine yet so it was a great discovery to make.

Gimme What I Want – Miley Cyrus: Another bad bitch who’s train I’ve been on this month is Hannah Montana herself, Miley Cyrus. This song. This song deserves all the hype and more because I don’t see it getting enough. So strong and raw, and I think it embodies this era of Miley and her music perfectly. It’s hard not to feel dangerously powerful while listening to this track.

Over It – Drax Project: There’s a soft spot in my heart for Drax Project and their music. They’re such a cute band and all of their music hits just right for me. This song is simple and sweet, while at the same time being a bit of a banger.

Casualty – Lawrence: There’s just something about a full band orchestration that gets me going, friends. Lawrence are so good at doing that and this song of theirs was my go-to banger for when I needed a dose of their energetic feel-good energy. You’ve got these pounding piano keys, a beautiful brass section with horns that punch right through and vocals that break through everything. Don’t mind that the lyrics are so beautiful, everything about this track just makes my heart happy.

Crush – Duckwrth: I always end up loving Duckwrth tracks by the time I’m about halfway through listening to them. This track in particular gives major Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D vibes, so if you’re into that, you’ll love this track.

U Remind Me – Usher: This song came on shuffle while my cousins and I were hanging out together and it was such a vibe setter, we all ended up belting out the words and being super dramatic with it, which I feel is necessary with a song as iconic as this track. I’ve definitely been on an old RnB kick this month and I obviously love me some Usher. This song is in my top three.

Mrs. Officer – Lil Wayne, Bobby V., Kidd Kidd: I love the new music that I find on TikTok, but I also love rediscovering old favourites as they suddenly start trending – this being a prime example. This song used to bang when I was a lil kiddie, and it still does now. I don’t listen to much Lil Wayne, there’s a select few songs that I give the time of day, but I will give this song all my time, any time of the day.

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Lauryn Hill: My band has been singing the original version of this song at a few of our gigs, just making it a bit rockier, so I’ve been loving this song heaps. So obviously, when you put this track together with my absolute queen, Ms Lauryn Hill, you have a very easy addition to this month’s tunes.

The Comedown – Ocean Alley: The boys and I consistently struggle with finding new songs to cover whenever we need to throw a cover into a set, and it just so happened that someone suggested this track. We didn’t end up going with it, much to my dismay, but we ended up playing the song for the next half an hour while we searched for new tracks which definitely made up for it. I love the swelling and the dynamics in this song. Ocean Alley are so good at the slow build, but their switch up’s are just as good in my opinion. This song is a great example of it. That guitar riff in to the chorus is just *chef’s kiss*.

My Boo – Usher, Alicia Keys: Remember how I mentioned that RnB kick I’m on? Yeah. Too easy.

Cool & Easy – Sammy Johnson: This became a family favourite while we were on our trip around Tasmania over the Easter break. My whole family loves a bit of a reggae, and Sammy’s mix of reggae, jazz, pop and soul was the best soundtrack for our long hours spent driving in our rental car around the tiny state.

Breathe – SIX60: Another soundtrack for our trip was my favourites, SIX60, and I definitely made a calculated effort to turn them into fans just like me. We ended up listening to the entire discography that SIX60 has on Spotify, and I mean…no one asked me to change it, so I can only assume they were enjoying it right? This song is one of my favourites. It’s beautiful. I love the layers in this track, all the little sounds that come in and out, but more than that, I can really appreciate the lyrics and Matiu’s vocals. So lovely.

Hypotheticals – Lake Street Drive: I can’t even remember how I found this track, but I found it and it’s made it to the list, which can only mean I’ve been absolutely loving it. It’s that beautiful genre of soul, jazz, RnB, with a little bit of rock in there too, but it definitely leans more towards the soul and jazz side which I love. The chorus kicks the song into gear beautifully and lets you really sink into the intro verse right at the start before the tune starts really moving which I can definitely appreciate. Every time I listen to the song I find new things to listen out for and get excited about.

Lay It Down – Steelix: This track came out of nowhere and ruined my life. If you’re on TikTok you’ll probably find it very familiar because it’s been popping off over there, which is where I also found it. This song is surely laced with something. I don’t know if it’s Lloyd’s beautiful voice or the way this has been remixed and reconstructed but it’s something. I can’t stop listening to it over and over again.

MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X: Don’t mind me just cackling at how Lil Nas X managed to send everyone into an absolute meltdown over a music video. The whole thing really caught my eye when people started complaining about what he was portraying and how he was attacking the Christian religion and I had to laugh, not gonna lie, but then I listened to the song properly and became obsessed. It’s genuinely so well written and produced and the instrumentation fits this new era of hip hop and RnB and rap so perfectly. What can I say, he nailed it.

Headspace – Billy Davis, Jordan Dennis, KYE: Billy Davis released his long awaited album this month and even though he released this track as a single a little while back it’s still my favourite on the album. Both Jordan and KYE nail their parts and everything flows together seamlessly. Billy never misses.

Not My Neighbour – Niko Walters, Kiana Lede: Niko Walters posted about this remix being released on his Instagram and I was a little…shook. Being a fan of Niko and being of Kiana, it was such a clash of two worlds for me, in the best possible way. The song itself is still a banger, and Kiana’s new verse on it just adds that extra layer of goodness for me. So smooth and effortless on both their behalves, it just works perfectly.

Been Away – Brent Faiyaz: Been on a bit of a Brent kick too have to admit. Some days I just put his Spotify artist page on shuffle and that’s the soundtrack for the next few hours. I will easily get through his entire discography without wanting to press shuffle once. I added this track to my monthly tunes because it’s featured on my 365//2021 playlist and I constantly go back to it. It’s such a smooth and sultry track, and Brent’s voice just swims throughout it.

That’s just a taste of what I was listening to during April. It was a busy month but we always make time for tunes. If you want to listen to the tracks I’ve shared in this post and more of what I’ve been listening to during 2021, you can have a suss of my 365//2021 playlist below 🙂

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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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April Tunes

Hello friends! We’re in the fifth month of the year, and albeit a scary as heck thought, it also means I get to share some tunes from April!! April was a stellar month for music for me personally and I got a taste of some incredible music this month. I’ve begun relying quite a bit on my 365//2019 playlist on Spotify to write these posts, so if you’d like a pretty accurate summary of what I’ve been listening to over the last few months, check it out and follow me on Spotify!

Here’s what I was listening to and loving in April!

Bad Guy – Billie Eilish: Surely this doesn’t need an explanation. I mean if you want one, I have a whole post dedicated to Billie’s album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO which you can read HERE, but this song is still my favourite from the record. I think a lot of people share the love as well, I’ve been hearing this song everywhere ever since it was released, and I obviously have zero problem with that.

Stay Lost (Cabu Remix) – Joe Hertz, Amber-Simone, Cabu: I can’t recall how I stumbled across this song, but I’ve been in love with it for the entire month and I don’t see myself tiring of it anytime soon. Amber-Simone has one of the smoothest voices I’ve heard and while there’s quite a fair bit of manipulation going on within the remix, Cabu hasn’t messed with her vocals too much and I’m in love. I only recently just looked into the original and it’s the grooviest thing I’ve ever heard so I’m having a hard time choosing which one I love more.

Part The Seas – Cody Simpson: I’m still on a Cody Simpson bender friends. This time, Part The Seas has been the go-to. This song really meets all my blues and guitar solo needs, and I’m always thoroughly satisfied whenever I listen to this song. His vocals are really rough and husky which suits the style of the song as well, but nothing beats the guitar in this song for me personally.

Pure Water – Mustard, Migos: Dude I don’t know, sometimes you just need a little bit of Migos to get you ready to face the day, you know? This song hits different though. I don’t know what it was, but that intro literally has me grooving in my seat every time I listen to it.

Euphemism – Tash, JON VINYL: Another great song from Tash, this time a collaboration with Canadian singer Jon Vinyl, who keeps up and compliments her smooth vocals perfectly. Their voices blend really went in this song, and while there isn’t a huge amount of production going on, this song is a favourite for this month.

xanny – Billie Eilish: Another from Billie’s album, surely we all saw this coming? It took me a little longer to get around this song, but once I did I was all in and this song has been a constant go to this month. It’s the bass, man.

Nunya – Kehlani: Ahhh, had to include a tune from the queen this month. Her mixtape is the gift that keeps on giving and this month, Nunya was the pick for me. The chorus is one of the catchiest on the record in my opinion, and it’s forever getting stuck in my head, not that I’m complaining.

Goodbye Kisses – Joe Hertz, Pip Millett: It was purely coincidence that my friend who plays bass in our band recommended I listen to this song, and halfway through the song I realised Joe Hertz was the same Joe Hertz from Stay Lost which I spoke about earlier. Coincidentally I had also just watched Pip Millet’s COLORS video on YouTube, so everything kinda weirdly aligned. This song is extra groovy, definitely recommend you give it a listen.

Monday – Matt Corby: Matt. Matt, Matt, Matt. I promise there’s a concert review coming soon, but honestly, seeing Matt Corby in the flesh, hearing his voice live, was so much better than listening to any studio recording on Spotify or watching any video on YouTube. The man was so magical and transcendent, it was a truly beautiful concert, and I was shocked to my core when he started singing this song because I didn’t expect it at all.

Therapy – I.M the artist: Well, well, well. Our very own Isabel released her first single!! I’m not lying when I say I’m so close to having the words memorised because of how often I’ve listened to this song and it was literally released a few weeks ago! It’s such a beautiful song and I love Isabel’s voice. I promise, one listen and the chorus will be stuck in your head.

Mixer – Amber Mark: I’ve really been enjoying Amber Mark, and this song is no exception. I had a listen to it at the start of the month and I’ve been in love with it since then. It’s super groovy and her voice is really strong and dynamic in this song. A great song to dance along to.

Overload – John Legend, Miguel: What do you get when you combine John Legend and Miguel? And overflowing deliverance of smooth, smooth magic. The combination of these two powerhouses, the beautiful guitar tone and switch up between the two singers creates one of the tastiest songs I’ve come across in ages. If you look up the word ‘smooth’ in the dictionary it’s just a Spotify link to this song.

I Couldn’t Be More In Love – The 1975: This is one of the most beautiful songs ever. I’m still caught up on Mine, but if I had to choose another song that has been trying not to sappy-cry, it’s this one. It reminds me of the music from an old 80’s rom-com but in the best possible way. Also, Matty’s voice in the chorus?? Insanity.

Unaware – Allen Stone: Okay. Ok.ay. Listen up. If there’s one thing you do after reading this post, make sure it’s listening to Allen Stone. I’ve been listening to him since around 2015/2016, but I finally got to see mans live at BluesFest. And when I say ‘see him live’, I mean I made a point to go to all three of his sets over the five-day festival. This song was the song that stuck with me and my sister who I dragged along with me each time, and we spent the rest of the day walking around the festival singing this tune.

Someone New – Hozier: Another absolute transcendent being who I got the privilege of seeing at BluesFest. I completely ditched my family and let myself get absorbed into the middle of the giant tent he completely filled out, and it was one of the best sets I got to see over the weekend. I’m convinced he’s not actually human, rather just a mythical creature here to bless us all.

Upside – Allen Stone: This is my sister’s favourite song from Allen, and for good reason. It’s so groovy. His stage performance was one of the best of the festivals in my personal opinion. He danced, jumped, span around, ran around the stage and genuinely gave such a wholesome performance you couldn’t help but love him.

Taste Of You – Allen Stone: By the third set of Allen’s that I watched, I had zero shame in wiggling my way to the front of the mosh pits and right into the thick of it, where all the dancing was going on. I was also lucky enough to have absolute legends around me, and it seemed that all of Allen’s mosh pits were filled with people just looking to have a good time. This song was a crowd favourite and I don’t think there were many people standing still during this tune.

 

But yes! Those are the tunes I was absolutely loving this month, fingers crossed May is just as good. Let me know if you had a listen and enjoyed any of these songs in the comments! As always, these songs are pulled from my yearly playlist, 365//2019, where I compile a song for every day of the year. You can have a listen HERE.

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Priya

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