September Tunes

Hello, hello, hope you’re all well! I’ve returned for another monthly tunes post. I listened to my fair share of music this month, some new, some old, some that I was eagerly awaiting and some I stumbled on unexpectedly. Here’s what I was listening to in September.

Don’t Shut Me Down – ABBA: Did I get caught up in Donda/CLB hype? Yes. Was I saved when ABBA decided to release new music? Also yes. This song literally blessed us all and reminded us again why this band is timeless. I love it so much.

Love All – Drake, JAY-Z: This song was one of my favourites on first listen of Drake’s latest album. I think a mix of the song itself and JAY-Z’s verse. I love his voice when he raps so much and he manages to make such an impact on whatever track he’s on.

Monks – Frank Ocean: A return to an old one. I will admit that I never listened to this song much, even when channel ORANGE was first released, but I recently returned to the album and fell in love with this track. The bass, the drums, the entire flow of the whole song. So tasty.

Mung Bean – Masaya: Back again discovering absolute gems. Masaya are a band from New Zealand who I fell in love with immediately. This was the first song I listened to on their Spotify channel and I’m glad I stuck through it because the switch into the chorus is so beautiful. So much energy, incredible vibes, I want the sun.

Gyspy Woman – Tom Misch: I was stoked to see this on Spotify as well as all of Tom’s Quarantine Sessions. This was one of my favourites when he originally uploaded it to YouTube, so to be able to add it some of my playlists was a blessing. So funky. Give it a whirl if you want some easy listening with a sprinkle of funk.

Tweety – Raveena: This song is an instant throwback to some early 2000s RnB and I love it. I was out of the Raveena loop for a second but I’m so glad I’m back. This song will make you float.

All I Ever Wanted – Yebba: It’s hard to put Yebba’s debut album into words. So many beautiful tracks. Such a beautiful artist. Can you tell I’m struggling? This track in particular takes you to places you’d never expect.

Pressure – Ari Lennox: I was so excited to see Ari Lennox had released a new track and this was just what I needed. Everything I love about her. Super slick instrumentation and production, cheeky lyrics and incredible vocals. I love this woman.

Love Came Down – Yebba: As soon as I listened to this song I ran to the credits to see who was on it. There’s just something about Mark Ronson and KAYTRANADA doing their thing on a track that has you hooked immediately. There were a few reviews that weren’t a fan of this track on her debut album Dawn, said it was a bit left of centre and random in the middle of the track but I loved it. So sick. It was such a nice switch up and it still felt like it stayed true to her amazing lyrics and imagery and vocals.

scapegoats – Baby Keem: Hands down, my favourite song from Keem’s new album. The Serpentwithfeet sample at the start made my jaw drop and it took me a second to place it but once I realised what it was I was sold. Plus, I’ve become a fan of Baby Keem and his flow a lot more with this record.

Right Track – Syd, Smino: I love Syd. Always have. Add Smino into the mix, an artist I’m loving more and more, and you have a happy gal. This one is such a fun track, perfect for the summer which makes me so excited for warmer weather, throwing this song on during a drive down to the beach *hopefully*.

LIKE THAT – IJALE, Yung Shogun, ThatKidMaz: I love sharing Melbourne-made tracks and this one has been so exciting to find. I’ve been around Yung Shogun and ThatKidMaz for a second but this is the first time I’ve heard IJALE and I am loving his music already. This is such a fun release, and all three of them play their role perfectly, really tying this whole song together seamlessly.

I FEEL IT – Jon Bellion, Burna Boy: Imagine my shock when my boy Jon announced he was releasing a song with Burna Boy. Two of my favourite artists on one song? Say less. This song is so interesting, Jon’s vocals are pitched down throughout the entire track which I love, a lot more than I expected and it’s the perfect blend of his sound and Burna Boy’s sound. When I first heard about the collaboration I was so confused at how it would work out, shame on me for having such little faith, Jon Bellion did what he does best and made an absolute tune.

Stomp! – The Brothers Johnson: This one goes out to my Dad. We’ve recently bought a new sound system for the living room, and he’s finally figured out how to connect his phone and Spotify account, so every weekend we’ve been blessed to a new playlist of his. Last weekend we had a great Sunday filled with some of the finest disco tracks I’ve ever heard, and this one was my all-time favourite of the day. Best on ground for sure. I’ve been playing this track all day, every day, just to make a shitty situation (one of the world’s longest lockdowns and most recently, a bloody earthquake) just a little bit better. The bass solo sent me into orbit and I’ve shared this track with so many of my friends. Lots of love for this song.

INDUSTRY BABY – Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow: After the VMA’s I jumped back on this train. This song is still my favourite track from Nas’ album Montero, and I think a lot of that also has to do with how perfectly he and Jack Harlow blend on this one and how they were able to transfer that energy into a live performance. My cousins and I also have a running group chat *jack harlow appreciation*, where we just collectively love Jack Harlow.

Somebody That You Don’t Know – dvsn, Ty Dolla $ign, Rauw Alejandro: I wasn’t aware that dvsn had released an album until I found it on Ty Dolla $ign’s Spotify page and I promptly binged the entire song, which led to me finding this beautiful track. Such a good mix of delicate Latin-inspired guitar and really hard hitting bass and drums. Love it.

Bag – Abhi The Nomad, Charlie Curtis-Beard: I stumbled across CCB on TikTok and immediately fell in love with his playful rap delivery. A quick perusal of his Spotify account and other releases led me to this song, which I thoroughly enjoy.

Better Things – Kee’ahn: Another Aussie artist I’m so glad I found. This song is beautiful. Her voice is immaculate and this song captures so much soul and emotion.

2Day – Yuto., Priya Francis: Yeah that’s me. Let me plug it please. The boys who make up Yuto. and I have been working on this track for over a year, so when it was released on the 23rd I was so happy to finally have it out. Very proud to have working on this track.

Be My Own Boyfriend – Olivia Dean: Slowly, slowly becoming obsessed with English singer Olivia Dean. Holy moly, this girl’s songwriting just gets it. The way she’s able to capture such intricate feelings and emotions and situations with her lyrics just leaves me in awe of her with every song I listen to. Before I full investigated her music, the only song I knew of hers was Password Change, another beautiful song that gives you really honest lyrics paired with soulful vocals and this song, as well as most of her other tracks, is no different.

She Wants To Move – N.E.R.D: I always come back to N.E.R.D. Whether I mean to or not, they always find their way back to me. I can’t remember which Volume it was one but it appeared in the back of one of the Fenty x Savage shows and I recently binged all three since the latest one recently came out. Love them, aside from the point, this song popped up and I had to pause the show to pull up the song and enjoy it. N.E.R.D literally transcends the need for genres and labels. Everything they touch is magical and this song is in my Top 3 from them.

As always, if you wanna keep up with my 365//2021 playlist which is where I pull all these tracks from as I add to it every day, as well as any other playlists I’ve curated, here you are!

Let me know what you were listening to in September! I’d love to get some new tracks to add to a playlist or two.

x

Priya

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Mark x Calvin // Kings Of The Collab

Hi friends!

Today’s post is a fun one. It’s another playlist, but it’s dedicated to two kings.

It’s no secret by now that I’m a huge fan of Mark Ronson and Calvin Harris, both amazing producers respectively. Not only have they released their music on their own, but they also have a knack for releasing some of the best collaborations to ever exist, and in my eyes, the roster of featuring artists shared between these two make them the absolute best at what they do.

So that’s why, for today’s post I’m going to be sharing the ultimate Mark x Calvin playlist, with some of my favourite collaborations released by each of them.

Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus
Slide – Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos
Faking It – Calvin Harris, Kehlani
Valerie – Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson
Late Night Feelings – Mark Ronson, Lykka Li
One Kiss – Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa
Blame – Calvin Harris, John Newman
Don’t Leave Me Lonely – Mark Ronson ft Yebba
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Feels – Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean
Ooh Wee – Mark Ronson, Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife and Saigon

Obviously, there’s plenty of other incredible music produced by these two guys, this playlist is purely a collection of my absolute favourites. If you have any favourites that appear on this list, let me know!! I’d love to know if any of you guys are Calvin Harris or Mark Ronson fans too, leave a comment and we can fan over their tunes together!

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Priya

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Still Lovin’ Mahalia

Hello friends and family, hope you’re all well.

Today’s post is going to be another artist spotlight. I haven’t done one in a hot minute, most of them have been interviews from up and coming artists, so it’s been a while since I just shared an artist I’ve been genuinely enjoying.

That said, here we are with precisely that, and if the title didn’t allude to it enough, I’m gonna be rambling about Mahalia.

As of recently, she’s announced that she’ll be releasing her debut album, LOVE AND COMPROMISE in September, so now we truly have something to look forward to.

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I first discovered Mahalia when she released Sober in 2017. It’s the slanky type of RnB that I just love, throws you right back to the 90s, and I instantly fell in love with her voice. The acoustic version came shortly after that, as well as the Jarreau Vandal remix, and I was obsessed.

The next song to really have me hooked was I Wish I Missed My Ex which she put out in 2018. The music video to date, is still one of the coolest ones I’ve seen.

 

It took me a little while to jump onto the Mahalia train straight away, and unfortunately, it was in this time that I attended Falls Festival, where Mahalia had a set. And I missed it. I can’t even remember what I saw instead of going to her set, but in short, I didn’t see her when I had the chance. Lesson learnt.

Since then, I’ve become obsessed with several of Mahalia’s songs. That’s OKSimmer which she released super recently, Do Not Disturb and one of my absolute favourites, Honeymoon. 

There’s something about Mahalia that violently throws me back to being a little kid and listening to artists like Ne-Yo, Brandy, Destiny’s Child, Usher, Alicia Keys and so many other incredible RnB artists from the 90s and early 2000s. However, she does so without compromising what makes her unique and so current today. All of her songs have ridiculously catchy hooks and melodies and the musicality in her records is always impressive, regardless of how subtle it may be.

Her EP, Seasons, which she released last year is a collection of five songs which I reckon were a great way to really introduce Mahalia to a brand new audience who were only just discovering her. The five songs are all so cohesive with each other, but have their own little things to celebrate, whether it’s the incredible chorus in Honeymoon, the simplistic structure yet impressive lyrical rhythm in That’s OK or the smooth jam that is Good Reason.

Most recently, her single Simmer, which features Burna Boy has been really stuck in my head, and it’s made for a great warm, summery tune to keep me going through the winter that’s been keeping us all hostage here in Melbourne. If you haven’t had a listen to it already, I can’t recommend it enough. Get around it.

I think everyone, especially fans of soul music and RnB like myself, should take the time to listen to the EP and definitely the album when it comes out, all the way through, back to back. I’m genuinely so excited for what Mahalia’s going to be sharing with this upcoming record, what she’s delivered so far has really hit it’s mark.

She’s a front-runner for 2019.

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Priya

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Very Specific Pt. 17

Hello friends! Hope we are all well.

Today’s post is one we are all familiar with my now. It’s a very specific playlist. Today’s very specific playlist is dedicated to those particular moments when you feel like running without stopping.

I don’t know if this is just me, but there are just some times when you feel like running. It could be cos you’re stressed out, angry, upset, need to stretch your legs or feel particularly enthused by a song that’s come on shuffle. Whatever the reason, I’m almost certain you’ll be able to envision that moment with one of these, in not all, of these songs in your ears.

If you take a quick glance before listening, it’s obvious they’re all super different from each other, which is why this was a really fun playlist for me to make, because it crosses a bunch of genres and styles, yet each one fits perfectly in my opinion.

Let me know what you think!

Home - Dotan Dirty Paws - Of Monsters and Men Holding On For Life - Ellie Goulding Stuck - The Aces Candles - Daughter i - Kendrick Lamar Do You Remember - Jarryd James Venus Fly - Grimes, Janelle Monae Resolution -

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 14

Hi friends!! Clearly I’m low on inspiration and time at the moment, so unlike last time where I just disappeared for a good three weeks, I’m pulling together the bear minimum to at least introduce you to some new music!

Today’s post is arguably one of my favourites, just because for such little effort, the payoff is generally quite good – you guys seem to like these posts, and it gives me an opportunity to be a complete potato and sit on the couch, listening to one of my favourite playlists, songs you should probably hear, which you can listen to HERE.

Without anymore rambling, here’s Round 14, of songs you probably don’t know, but definitely should.

Bloodstain – Wrabel
Chasing Parties – Sasha Sloan
System – JD. Reid, Sinead Harnett
Avalene – James Clayton
Goodnightmare – Fake Fake
Simple Pleasures – AUGUST 08
Into Me. – chromonicci
No Longer Lovers – Billy Davis
Missing The Mark – Paris Youth Foundation
I’m In Love Without You – FINNEAS
Sunday – Easy Life
Never Knock – Kevin Garrett
Erase – Omar Apollo
The First Time – Elliott Trent
Hands – Brandt Orange
Rich Girl Mood – Dounia, Kehlani
IDWK – DVBBS, blackbear
Shadows – Slip-On Stereo, TRQS

Let me know if you enjoyed any of these songs or find a new favourite tune!! Also, make sure to follow my Spotify for more juicy content :))

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Priya

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Matt Corby // Live

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.

Hello friends. Boy do I have a blog post for you. Albeit, incredibly, incredibly overdue, but exciting nonetheless.

On the 12th of April, I finally got to see Matt Corby live. If you’ve been here for a little while, you know that I could go on, and on and on about Matt Corby and the insane amount of talent in that one person.

Due to the absolute shambles that was Melbourne public transport during the weeks before and around the day of the concert, my friend James and I met on the train, which took us a few stations forward, before boarding a replacement bus for about 40 minutes into the city.

Once we were there, we scouted a place for dinner, settling on The Duke, a popular restaurant, rooftop wine bar and pub opposite Federation Square, and spent the forty-five minutes before the concert talking and preparing for the man himself.

Following dinner, we made our way to Margaret Court Arena, only a fifteen minute walk from The Duke, and with a quick pit stop at the arena bar, were down in the mosh pit a few minutes later.

Matt’s set was electrifying, though at the same time it was one of the most serene performances I’ve ever seen. Whether that’s down to the nature of his songs and how authentically raw they all come across, or the overall presence he has while on stage, I don’t know, all I do know is that I spent majority of the concert just standing there staring at him in total awe, with James periodically checking in with my to see if I was okay.

I wasn’t.

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He played some of the fan favourites quite early, like one of his recent releases No Ordinary Life, All Fired Up, Sooth Lady Wine and Brother, and I was pleasantly shocked and surprised when he played Monday one of my absolute favourite songs from Corby.

One thing that struck was, despite how packed the mosh pit was, it wasn’t a rough, pushy crowd of people. Everyone was content with listening to his voice, the amazing band and backing vocals he had behind him, and catching a glimpse of him every now and then when you opened your eyes.

He moved around the stage pretty unassumingly. He was the epitome of humility, and I think that only really served to draw us all in even more.

Empires Attraction, Resolution and Souls A’Fire were the perfect songs to ‘wrap up’ the show, and it really kept the energy levels on a steady incline throughout the entire set.

The final encore song was a tune everyone had been holding out for, one of his most popular songs from his latest album, Miracle Love.

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The song was so atmospheric and Matt controlled the audience like a conductor in an orchestra pit. There was a moment where he instructed all of us on what to sing, a percussive yet hauntingly beautiful line, ‘bring back that miracle love‘ and he ad-libbed over us.

There’s something incredibly guttural yet at the same time gentle and hypnotic about his voice. He has this great ability to switch between being really tender and soft but then completely ramp up to sing with all his power behind it. It’s one of my favourite things about Matt, and the songs he writes partner with his voice perfectly.

It was a really great concert. I have to be unbiased and admit that Matt isn’t entirely in my top five artists, or maybe even my top ten, but I knew passing up the opportunity to see him live was probably one I’d grow to regret, and I’m so glad I go to see him.

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If you ever get the chance to see him live, I highly recommend you do so. It’s an amazing mixture of complete humility partnered with an insane amount of talent that makes it a show worth watching.

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 13

Hello friends!

Today’s post is a favourite here on the blog. I’ve got a fresh new round of songs that I aggressively believe you all need to listen to.

There are heaps of songs that I’ve been listening to lately on this playlist, so I’d love to know if you love them as much as I do! Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

Leave Me Cold – Freddie Future
Pure – Audrey MiKa
Sculpted – Tobiahs
Busy Earnin’ – Jungle
Either Way. – Phony Ppl
Mornin Dew – Sunni Colon
Be Like You – Whethan, Broods
Stay Tru – Mereba
Since I Left You – Joy Crookes
Like A Heartbeat – Blush’ko
Lah Di Dah – Vibbar
Pink Sand – Cailin Russo
Reckless – Healy
Ball And Chain – Billy Davis
Ornament – Kiah Victoria

 

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Priya

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Hey Billie Eilish … Calm Down Please x

So we’ve had some time to marinate in the absolute sauce that is WHEN WE ALL FOR ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? and I feel like I can confidently say we’re all just basking in how amazing it is?

Like Billie said she’d deliver, and she came through. Sorry, Billie and Finneas came through and delivered one of the most streamed albums of the year so far. Literally, nearly every single song on that album was charting the week it was released.

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The fact that !!!!!!! (boy you do not know how hard it was counting those exclamation points) is only 13 seconds long? Love that. Love it. It confused me at first, but now I can basically quote the 13 second Invisalign monologue by heart. And I love how it just jumps straight into bad guy, which is one of my favourite songs off the entire album.

This song had me hooked from the second it started. It had my jaw on the floor and my head bopping up and down the entire time. It’s such a bop but it’s an intricate bop. There’s so many layers to this song, especially vocally, and all of it combines to create this really unique sound that I haven’t really heard before, which is what I think contributes to how much this album exploded.

xanny is another one of my favourites. I kinda overlooked it at first, but one of my friends mentioned that it was her favourite of the album, so I returned to it and now I’m loving it so much. Every time I listen to it I pick up on something new in the lyrics to be amazed at. I can imagine this absolutely blowing the lid of a stadium when she takes this on tour. She better.

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you should see me in a crown doesn’t even need a bit. A banger. A bop. A hard, hitting, slap.

all the good girls go to hell is another song I kinda shamefully overlooked, cos I felt like I’d heard it before. The piano really threw me off for some stupid reason, but it literally only took one more listen for me to restore my senses. Her vocals in this song are so clean and crisp.

wish you were gay is a great song. Not my favourite, but it’s definitely not a bad song by any means. I love the backing vocals in this song and the nursery rhyme kinda of vibe they have, especially during the verses. The chorus is also one I can imagine going off during an arena tour.

when the party’s over makes me emo. I don’t know what it is about this album, but again, I didn’t really grasp the emotion or the intent behind the song until a second listen. I think it was because I was so caught up in listening to her vocal performance and the production when I first listened to it, that I never really took in the lyrics, which for me are the best part of the entire song. They’re so beautiful and vulnerable and I love how open it is.

 

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I really like 8. It’s so simple and sweet but it’s such a sad song. The vocal mixing and the production is so perfect and it works really well with the lyrics.

my strange addiction made me scream, purely hearing The Office being sampled throughout it. It’s got a really groovy synth bass line that’s super bouncy and I can definitely get around it. The melody in the chorus is also insanely catchy, and this song was stuck in my head hours after listening to the album.

Obviously you then have bury friend which kinda kicked the whole aesthetic of the album into second gear. I think the more and more I listen to the album, the more I’ll be able to bring some of the other songs up to this level. At the moment this song and bad guy are so far up on my favourites list, it’s not even funny, it’s kinda disrespectful.

ilomilo is an interesting one. Probably my least favourite song out of the album. Again, not a bad song at all, it just doesn’t stick in my mind as distinctly as the other songs do.

listen before i go nearly made me cry when I first heard it. The first line is so ridiculously sad, and it’s hard to fathom that someone so young could pen these type of lyrics. I desperately want to do a cover of this song.

 

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Another tear-jerker. i love you is another beautiful song, but one of my favourite parts is undeniably how distinct Finneas’ voice is in it. Their voices gel and blend so well together and this song is a great example of it.

goodbye gave me shivers the first time I heard the vocal harmonies. Such a fitting song for the last track of the album. I love how she managed to weave the rest of the songs from the album into the final song, I got major Jon Bellion, Hand Of God – Outro vibes from it because he does it in that song as well. It’s something I’ve always admired and I love when artists mesh their songs into one another. She’s done it before when she references Ocean Eyes, one of her first songs, in you should see me in a crown so goodbye just seems like the perfect way to wrap up the album.


 

So that’s WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO.

But I’m not done. I think one of the most crucial parts, one of the biggest assets to the entire album, one of the reasons the album is as good as it is, is Finneas. If you aren’t aware of Finneas, Billie’s older brother, he’s the other half of the team that’s really built this artist and all these songs from the ground up. I probably can’t really do Finneas justice or explain his process or his thoughts, so I highly recommend watching the video below. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the album. Let me know in the comments below!

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Priya

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March Tunes

Hello hello everyone and welcome to another monthly tunes!! These are one of my favourite posts to write because I get to listen back to my 365//2019 playlist and see what additions I’ve made over the month, what songs I’ve been enjoying most and share them all with you!

I also should give you all some updates!

  • Uni has definitely kicked into gear and is lighting a bit of a fire under me, so I’m currently moving into second gear to make my third year worth it and get some things done.
  • Hoping to release some new music as well! My friend who produces my music is also at uni, so finding time between out schedules has been the biggest hurdle this semester, but we’re hoping to get some solid work done soon – if you’re not following my personal Instagram (@priya_francis) which is linked below, definitely do so you can hear when anything new comes out!
  • I’m starting my placement!! I managed to secure an internship at Beat Magazine, an amazing music magazine here in Melbourne that I’ve literally been reading for years! I actually start that tomorrow so fingers crossed it goes well!

But anyway, this post is about the tunes I was listening to during March. It was a great month for music for me personally, so there are some great songs on this list!

So let’s begin!

Sucker – Jonas Brothers: Clearly everyone and their mum heard about this. The time the world collectively lost their minds at the reunion of the Jonas Brothers. That too, a reunion marked with the release of this absolute tune of a song. It’s such a strong entry back into the charts and the music industry for the trio, they’ve definitely put the right foot forward. Partnered with the insane music video that came out with it featuring the respective wives of each brother, it was the best thing to come out of the month for me. I was instantly thrown back to going to the cinema and watching The Jonas Brothers Live tour movie in 3D as a lil gal.

Everyday – Elijah Blake: This song is something. Elijah has such a great voice, but the ambience and the tension within this song had me hooked instantly. Then the chorus kicks in and it’s so minimal but incredibly strong and I could just listen to this, everyday.

Belief (Live At Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles) – John Mayer: A new addition to the 365//2019 playlist, was definitely more John Mayer in preparation for seeing him this month! Expect the blog post to come soon, because you all know how hyped up I’ve been for this concert. I’m actually writing this post the day before I go, so I can only hope it’ll be amazing. Fingers crossed.

dear marie, i’d love to meet your mum – Cody Simpson: My friend Amy recommended me this song and I gave it a listen while we were away in Rye last month. Make sure you check out the blog post for that trip HERE. Cody Simpson has done some growing, my friends. I remember all the music he released around five or six years ago, because I used to listen to it with my friends, but it didn’t last long for me. Now he’s released this new stuff and I can confidently get around it. This song in particular was perfect for driving down the road next to the beach on the way to some rock-pools. So calming and ethereal. Some major John Mayer vibes here as well.

Confidently Lost – Sabrina Claudio: I added this song after one of my close friends told me he thought I’d enjoy it and I got super excited that someone else I knew was listening to Sabrina finally, and more than that, thought of me???? There’s nothing I love more than when people think of me while listening to music and let me know. It’s happened with Summer Walker, Bruno Major,  Kehlani, and Declan McKenna, but Sabrina Claudio has definitely been one of the best. Especially because this is one of my favourite songs by her.

MIDDLE CHILD – J. Cole: This. Song. I don’t know how anyone can have anything bad to say about Cole. He sticks to himself, absolutely kills the game, no features, he just produces and delivers time after time and this time is no different. Whoever the producers are working with him, deserve mad props. I actually looked it up, and it’s a duo of J. Cole and T-Minus on this track, T-Minus who’s worked with the likes of Drake, Kendrick, Nicki, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Big Sean and heaps more. Explains a lot.

Glory – Dermot Kennedy: Still on my Dermot grind. Such a soulful, strong, powerful voice. I can’t get over it. I’ve genuinely never heard a voice like his, it’s so distinct and his songs are all beautiful, especially this one. I saw him live at Falls Fest, which you can read about HERE, and featured one of his songs on my January Tunes, so safe to say, three months later I’m still loving the man.

Skeletons – Yeah Yeah Yeahs: I don’t know man, this song just does it for me. Ever since I heard it for the first time two years ago in the Before I Fall soundtrack, I’ve been completely and utterly obsessed with it. I mean, Yeah Yeah Yeahs release an absolute banger like Heads Will Roll, but then deliver such atmospheric beauty and transcendence with a song like this. This song genuinely leaves me feeling like I’m floating while listening to it. It’s the most calming song to listen to ever, and I’ve found myself doing so a ton this month, often while driving, or at the end of the day, just laying on my bed.

Freaking Out – Spencer Sutherland: Spencer Sutherland has been on my radar for a little while. His videos pop up on my YouTube suggestions often, and they’re all really good, the directive style is really quirky and different to anything I’ve seen. I’d definitely recommend watching the Sweater music video. Song wise, this song in particular is right up my alley and I went and added it to my Spotify playlist straight after hearing it. Spencer has an incredible voice, he’s sure to pick up some attention and gain some traction soon. Just wait.

Just Friends – Hayden James, Boy Matthews: This song has been a favourite this entire year. Can’t count the times I’m mentioned it or featured it in a playlist of some sort. It’s just a completely different type of vibe for me, Hayden James nails it with this song. The contrast between the verses and the chorus are so distinct yet it leaves you waiting to vamp and amp the song up yourself. Couldn’t recommend this song more.

BITCH (takes one to know one) – Lennon Stella: Lennon Stella is quickly becoming one of the biggest young voices in the music industry, I’m telling you now. She’s making huge moves continuously, and this is no different. The tone of this song, the punch in production value, the music video, her voice, everything about this song is so spot on. She hyped this one heaps on social media, I’m very close to buying a pair of BITCH socks my dudes.

Love Language – Kehlani: Kehlani’s While We Wait mixtape has been nothing but blessing after blessing and I’m really taking my time going through and picking it apart. At the moment this is the one I’m really loving. It’s so interesting in terms of musicality and sounds but I love it a lot, it seems perfect for where Kehlani is at this point in time, with a baby on the way, taking it a bit slow, sharing her spirituality and pregnancy journey with her fans, it all just seems to work.

Barbie Dreams – Nicki Minaj: My cousin requested this song on a drive to the beach this month and holy moly we went off. There’s something about this song that makes you feel so powerful. I think it’s in that guitar sample that just runs throughout the entire thing. Add to it that she literally comes for everyone in this song, calls out whoever she wants with no remorse or regret, it’s hard to feel weak or sensitive while listening to this song. Changed the dynamic of the car ride completely for the better.

GIRL – Maren Morris: Loved watching Maren Morris live when she opened for Niall Horan last year, and I’ve been keeping my eye on her all this time, she’s obviously killing it with the success of The Middle in the charts still and with award circuit, but I was waiting for some of her own music and she definitely delivered. This song comes from her album by the same name, and I felt like adding this song in particular to the 365 playlist specifically because it’s the title track and it definitely encompasses the entire mood of the album for me. I also really enjoy the country vibe of it that melts really well into the commercial pop sound she’s sprinkled in there. This is a great song.

Just A Girl – No Doubt: I included this song purely because of the Captain Marvel soundtrack and losing my cool in the cinema when this song came on. It was the perfect song for the movie and fit perfectly into the scene. Kate and I got super excited when it came on, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat since it came out, in the car, in my room, in the kitchen, at the gym, on the way to uni. It’s been a definite soundtrack for this month.

 

So there we have it! That’s what I was listening to in the month of March. What were you listening to? I’d love to know so let me know in the comments! Also make sure to check out my Spotify, heaps of playlists to keep you busy.

x

Priya

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Captain Marvel // A Gal’s Ultimate Soundtrack

Hello everyone!

I know. I’m shocked I’m here too. It may not seem like it, but I’ve been gone for a hot minute, I haven’t written anything in quite a while and I feel like I’m just a few days away from spiralling out of control with sticking to a schedule and giving you guys regular posts.

So naturally, when my 10:30am class was cancelled a mere fifteen minutes before it started, while I was a mere five minutes away from the building itself, I took the opportunity to step into my nearest Gloria Jean’s, buy myself a mocha (cos the amount of coffee I’m consuming isn’t healthy for anyone so we’re trying to ween off a bit), and write up a few posts.

A few weeks ago Kate and I went and saw Captain Marvel. We were super keen for it from the get-go, however as we realised the era and decade that the film was set in, we realised that not only was the action, the clothes and the comedy going to be spot on, but so was the music.

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There were so many times during the film where one of us whacked the other on the arm when a particular song began playing in the background, or when a particular fight scene was accompanied by a particularly nostalgic tune, that I knew straight away I’d be sharing my favourites with you all.

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So, here are a few of my favourite songs from the Captain Marvel movie soundtrack!

  • Just A Girl – No Doubt
  • Whatta Man – Salt-N-Peppa
  • Come As You Are – Nirvana
  • Man On The Moon – R.E.M
  • You Gotta Be – Des’ree
  • Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
  • Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes

There are obviously plenty more great songs that feature on the soundtrack, and a bunch more amazing songs that make up the film score. I really enjoyed the music in this film, it was very reminiscent of the Thor: Ragnarok style of music and soundtrack style.

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If you haven’t already seen Captain Marvel, I’d 100% recommend you go see it. It’s a great addition to the Marvel universe, and I love the role created by Brie Larson. I always knew I was going to enjoy it, I didn’t anticipate how much I’d appreciate the comedy, and the aesthetic and obviously the music.

x

Priya

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