Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 6

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another blog post where all my creativity flies right out the window, so in an effort to keep ya’ll entertained and happy, I turn to one of favourite, yet easiest posts to write ever.

That said, on reflection of the last few of these I’ve done, quite a few of you have liked these posts, leaving lovely comments and actually listening to some of these songs, so how about we just look at it as me giving the people what they want?

Sweet.

As usual, my narcissism does take over for a few seconds, and I am obliged to tell you that all the songs below are on my Spotify account, all curated nicely for you already in a playlist called songs you should probably hear, which is linked for you so that you don’t have a decent excuse not to have a listen.

 

Need Somebody To Love – Ady Suleiman
Doctor – Josh Levi
Karma – ALMA
Jusfayu – Brother KAMAU ft No Wyld
Trophy – Charli XCX
Always Like This – Bombay Bicycle Club
Mr. Watson – Cruel Youth
Going Gets Tough – The Growlers
All I Ever Do – Zak Abel
You Change With The Seasons – The Night Cafe
FFYL – Quin XCII
Love No More – Astn
Life Is But A Dream – Engelwood
Tadow – Masego
Falcon Eye – Off Bloom
Your Favourite Song – Eighty Ninety
Red Rental Car – Jack GRay
Your Orbit – Ecca Vandal
Hope You Understand – Grace
Hometown – Luna Bay
Where Did I Go – Jorja Smith
Drop – Chloe x Halle
Chophouse – Ava Love
Supernova – House of Lions
Bloodstain – Wrabel

 

There you go friends. As per usual, I hope you find some new tunes from this list to enjoy, let me know in the comments!

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Priya

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Like A Version – The Best Of

Hello friends!

Today’s post, is yet another post that consists of ya girl basically plugging all my favourite live covers and musicians.

If you’ve been here for a little while or read some of my recent posts, you’d have picked up that the hit radio station Triple J, is one of my favourite radio stations, and go-to’s for good music and live acts. A ton of the artists I recommend come up through the Triple J through rotation on the station or through winning one of their many competitions and playing some of the Triple J run festivals.

One of the much loved aspects of the Triple J universe, is the popular Like A Version sessions, where they bring incredible artists into the studio, and they put their own unique spin on some well known songs that they perform live as covers, some of which are then released on Spotify and YouTube.

There have been quite a few of these covers that end up circulating all over YouTube and Facebook and I do have a list of some of my favourites. There’s a lot of them.

So.

Here they are.


 


 

 

Like I said, there are a few, and this is after I cut the original list down, twice. Hopefully you found some time to get through some if not all of the videos above, I’d love to hear which ones you enjoyed! Let me know in the comments!

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Priya

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Bene’s Next Move

Alrighty. Time to learn you all a thing. Take notes please.

At the start of the year I was absolutely in love with a song called Tough Guy, by a young girl from New Zealand, Bene. I was also outraged at how she, criminally, only had a bit over 3000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Thankfully that’s grown to just under 6000, but still. Criminally under-appreciated.

My friends, this is a deep youshouldhear moment.

On the 14th of September, Bene released her second single, Soaked. And my goodness, it’s just as good, if not better, than Tough Guy. It’s right up my alley, the right type of edgy with a mad bass line that requires you to groove a little.

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She only shared the music video for Tough Guy, which was released in 2017, at the start of this year, and after making us patiently wait more than half the year, we were given Soaked.

I’m all here for young musicians making big moves, as is evident with my clear obsession with artists like Billie Eilish and Paige and Ruel, and considering Bene is a mere 17 years of age, she definitely slips into that category perfectly.

I’ve had the song on repeat this entire morning, even more before I started writing this post, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for chilling out, going for a driving, but then at the same time it also works perfectly if you’re trying to get down while doing your makeup before heading out for the night.

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The bass line that drives the song alongside a really sharp, funky snare drum keep the song chugging along, and it’s the perfect mix of atmospheric synths and smooth guitar tone that only adds to the absolute vibe that is the song.

Bene’s voice itself is half the treat. For someone so young, her voice has both a punchy energy when needed, and the ability to create amazing light and shade and softness when it’s needed, which she does beautifully, before launching back into a chorus that really hits you in the gut.

At the moment, Bene is two for two with me personally, both Tough Guy and Soaked have been hits with me, and I love them both.

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highly recommend you give Bene a listen, whether it’s catching up and checking out Tough Guy or finally jumping on it and listening to Soaked. I 100% believe in her as an artist, and I’m super excited to see what more comes from her! Check out her Spotify, SoundCloud and Instagram too.

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Very Specific Pt. 11

Hello friends, hello.

Welcome back to one of my favourite posts here on the blog, the very specific playlists, where I attempt to curate the perfect playlists for some of the niche-est moments of life.

Today’s playlist is one I’m sure a few of us sympathise with, and that’s a playlist of the perfect background music for studying. I don’t know about you, but if I attempt to study in silence, it doesn’t happen for me. That said, I can’t exactly have a playlist of my favourite songs on in the background because I either a) end up getting distracted and not studying at all or b) find myself writing down the lyrics as I hear them rather than my notes.

So, I’ve collected a couple of amazing songs to put on while studying, in a Spotify playlist called books, which I’ve linked for you here so you can have a listen to the rest of them.

However, here are some of my favourites.

What You Know - Two Door Cinema ClubPartition - BeyonceWe Come Running - Youngblood HawkeThe Girl Is Mine - 99 Souls ft Destiny's ChildSay My Name - ODESZANaive - The KooksOMG - Camilla

A bit of a shorter playlist this time, the Spotify playlist itself is quite small, which is unusual for me, but I love all the songs on there! I’d love to hear what you guys listen to when working or studying, let me know in the comments!

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Priya

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August Tunes

Wow wow wow, August has come to an end, and I for one, am not mad.

While it was a fun month in regards to gigs (peep the post) and my birthday, it was a hectic month, I may have caught myself up on some Mercury retrograde as a way to explain some of the crap that was happening, and I got bowled over by university assignments I didn’t even know existed, but hey, it was a fun month.

As much as I hate the ridiculous speed with which we are hurtling towards the end of the year, the best thing about the month coming to an end, is that I get to share my favourite music with you all again. As I mentioned in my last monthly tunes, July was a good month for music, and August was pretty decent too. Here’s what I was listening to this month.

Don’t Matter To Me – Drake, Michael Jackson: I initially only listened to this song because I was keen to hear what was done to Michael’s voice. You may or may not know that I’m a huge Michael Jackson fan, as has been passed down to me from my dad, and I was incredibly interested to hear how his vocals may have been manipulated, which they definitely have been. I knew straight away it was his voice, but Drake and his producers and engineers have definitely mixed and mastered his voice to make it fit the song a bit better. That said, I love the song. I love it heaps. I find myself listening to it all the time, I don’t have it in myself to skip it and I always sing MJ’s part around the house.

Younger – Ruel: Ruel is killing it. If not for the Instagram pictures with Shawn Mendes and Billie Eilish proving just how big he’s moving up, then the release of his song Younger is definitely a sign. It’s such a good song, and from someone so young, it’s a beautiful story about friendship, that I definitely recommend you give a listen. Ruel is one of Australia’s greatest exports at the moment in my humble opinion.

One More Time – Jon Bellion: If you missed my post all about Jon Bellion, what are you doing? I’ve been in love with Jon Bellion for a couple of years now, but I’ve found that over time I start finding different songs to obsess over, and this month One More Time was one of them. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been alone at home, screaming the lyrics “Screw your pops let’s get some iHop” all on my own. Also my Jon Bellion hoodie came, and despite the fact that it’s literally huge and comes down to my thighs, I love it.

Come When I Call – John Mayer: I’ve always been a fan of John Mayer. It’s been a long running relationship but I can’t say he’s one of the musicians I jump to play when I’m in charge of the AUX chord. That said, my two friends who play guitar and drums for me are huge fans, and whenever we’re driving anywhere in one of their cars, the boys can’t resist playing some of his music. Considering I was travelling with them for a gig and rehearsals and food quite a bit this month I got a good dose of John Mayer complete with the two of them screeching the guitar solos and reciting his mid song monologues word for word, and this song has wriggled it’s way onto some of my personal playlists.

All Time Low (Acoustic) – Jon Bellion: BOY. This acoustic version, may just be my favourite. At one point I thought the Run Wild acoustic was my favourite, but then I found myself really really feeling this one, especially at the end when Clarke goes off on that high harmony. Give yourself a treat, it’ll be so good for your soul, trust me.

WHY? – Amine: If you missed my Amine post, a quick review of his album ONEPOINTFIVE, maybe check it out. I nearly lost all of my shit when he dropped this with little to no warning, and I’m still obsessing over it.

SHINE – Amine: See prior song.

REEL IT IN – Amine: See last two previous songs.

Losing Your Mind – Raury, Jaden Smith: Another song that has another post you can check out. This song is from The Get Down soundtrack, and if you missed my post about the TV show, just know that it’s life changing, life altering, mind blowing stuff. Such good music, such a beautiful story, amazing cast, it’s got everything for me, and I love it so much.

Once – Maren Morris:  Honestly, since seeing Maren live when I went for Niall Horan’s concert, I’ve become a bit of fan. For such a small gal she’s a bloody powerhouse, and this song is probably one of her best in my opinion. Between this song and Rich I have all the Maren Morris songs I need to get me going through any mood that I’m in.

Leave A Light On – Tom Walker: This was a very new one for me. It came on the radio a couple days ago and at the same time both my mum and I asked the other what it was. It’s really powerful and Tom’s voice is so beautiful, which you get to hear to it’s full effect in the chorus. It’s a really hard hitting song, but gets you so emotional if you let it. Best believe I shazaam’d this song real fast.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears: A classic. An icon. An anthem for the ages. I don’t know why, but this song suddenly popped into my head at the start of the month and it has not left. It’s still there. Right now. There’s definitely a One Direction song heavily inspired by this song as well that I can’t quite figure out, so it’s a mix of nostalgia and teenage adrenaline that rushes through my blood every time I hear it.

Set Me Free – Herizen Guardiola: Another one from The Get Down, but this one is probably my favourite. Of all time. It’s a huge turning point for Herizen’s character and she genuinely flourishes and has a mini glow up over the span of this song and I felt proud as heck watching it. It’s such a funky song considering it’s meant to be a traditional gospel song, but I love it. Love it, love it, love it.

I’ll Keep My Light In My Window – Mylene Cruz & The Soul Madonnas: This song is from Season 2 of The Get Down, another by Herizen’s character, Mylene and it’s a beautiful ballad that transforms into a bop of a disco beat. If you’re down with some amazing harmonies, a church organ that gives you shivers, and a funky disco tune that makes you happy regardless of how crappy your day has been, check out this song.

Freaks and Geeks – Childish Gambino: This was a great day. This song was taken off Spotify for a little while, or at least the version I had in all my playlists, and whenever i searched for it, it never came up, and I was crushed. It’s definitely not a PG13 song, but nonetheless I have this song memorised back to front, so when I was scrolling through Donald’s Spotify page and came across this song sitting there, I nearly screamed and added it to nearly every single one of my playlists.

Jim Morrison – Jon Bellion: Another song by my man Jon. This song is the self proclaimed ‘flex’ song and I can’t find anything wrong with that description. It’s another one of my favourites, not only this month but for quite a while. You have to give this one a listen, it’s fantastic, a power song, you can’t help but feel like a legend when you listen to this song. If this song comes on while I’m walking around the city, the chances of me refusing to move out of someone’s way and interrupting my steady march increases by 200%.

sweetener – Ariana Grande: Ariana Grande, did that. This song is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard, and that’s considering I’ve listened to the rest of the album too. Okay, Pete Davidson is probably the cutest song on the album, but the entire album is a bop. She goes so hard on this album, in the sweetest way, and all the songs are such beats that literally flash in neon signs “ARIANA GRANDE IS IN LOVE”. She definitely touches on a couple of more serious topics throughout the album, but the overwhelming feeling of ‘I’m in love, here’s more than ten songs to prove it to you all’ is so there.

Because Of You – Ne-Yo: I was looking for songs to sample at the start of the month, and somehow I landed on this song. My man Ne-Yo shaped my childhood, and this song was one of them to be quite honest with you. You’d be hard to find me not singing along to this with all the passion I can muster whenever it comes on.

What Kind Of Man – Florence And The Machine: This song is the perfect definition of tension and building and the climax you spend the first entire minute of the song waiting for. It’s so good. I’m always partial to a bit of Florence And The Machine, so I was not disappointed when Triple J had this song included in their Saturday roster, because it made my 9-5 day a bit better.

Who’s Loving You – Jackson 5: I heard this song so much purely because it was on the setlist for my gig. I heard the original version, but I definitely heard The Sapphires version way more, considering it’s another song that my guitarist is obsessed with. If you haven’t watched The Sapphires, firstly, what are you doing? Secondly, I’m sorry. Such a great Australian movie, the best music, definitely check it out, 100% 10/10 would recommend.

Cool Girl – Tove Lo: Definitely not a new release or anything, but I was feeling this song this month. It’s such a no nonsense song, you gotta feel kinda powerful while listening to this song. Again, another song that makes me somewhat of a moving hazard if I’m listening to it while walking through the city.

That was it for August! Definitely listened to heaps of music this month, especially considering I decided to do a huge clean-out of my Spotify playlists during August. It was fun and I rediscovered a bunch of tunes that I love. Let me know what you were listening to in August, I’d love to know! 

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 2

Hello friends!

Today’s post is not a new one. I have made a post like this before, and quite a few of you enjoyed it, so in the tradition of sharing new music, old music, popular music and secret music that I think you should be hearing, here’s a second instalment.

All Over – Tiwa Savage
2000 n Something – Kaiit
I’m In Love Without You – FINNEAS
Wait (Chromeo Remix) – Maroon 5
High & Dry – Roman GianArthur
#wholelottagangshit – Mix’d Millenial
Dirty Harry – Grace
FFYL – Quinn XCII
Apple Juice – Jessie Reyez
Holding Out – Atticus Street
ESP – N.E.R.D
Aunty Tracey’s Cookies – Joyride
Honor – DJ Cassidy 
I Need – Clark Beckham
NBK – Niykee Heaton
S.O.B – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Follow Me – SYDE
1999 Wildfire – BROCKHAMPTON
Haircut – Ryan Beatty
Thunder – Roy Blair
Not Sorry – Paige
Never Be The Same – KLP
Walking – Dom McMallister
Marceline – Willow
We Are The Young – Andy Kong
Haven’t Found A Lady – Kooyeh
Still In Love – Thirdstory

There you go! Hopefully you find a new song or two to enjoy!! Like I said in my last post, these songs are all pulled from a giant Spotify playlist, songs you should probably heara playlist that was honestly the inspiration for the premise of this entire blog, so you’re sure to find some hidden gems on there. Genres, definitely do vary as well, so you don’t know what you’re going to get once you press shuffle!

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July Tunes

Um. So the month is over.

I couldn’t tell you where it went or what it did but August is here.

The only good thing about how quickly this year seems to be steam rolling ahead, is that I get to share some of my favourite songs of the month with you all! I won’t babble, let’s jump into it!

Cry Me A River – Davina Michelle: I definitely heard this cover in the background of a YouTube video, but clearly I wasn’t focusing on the video hard enough because I can’t remember for the life of me what it was. This cover though. Her voice, the guitar, how moody and intense it is. I love it. Anyone who covers Justin Timberlake this well deserves the love.

Mud – RAT!hammock: If you caught my post all about my volunteering experience at the CHANGES Music Summit earlier this month, you’d be a little bit familiar with this band. This song was by far my favourite of the set they performed, just because of how mellow the first verse and chorus is, until the bass kicks in and you’re forced to bob your head. It’s a cracker of a tune.

Time – Gretta Ray: Gretta is a family favourite here, and so of course I had to get around her recent single. It’s everything I love about her, amazing arrangement, swelling bass drums, with beautiful lyrics and vocal performance. Her vocals are so full in this song as well if that makes sense, it gives the entire song this amazing warmth.

All Mine – Kanye West: Didn’t think I’d be listening to this song as much as I have when I first listened to it. It’s the chorus I tell you. You can bop your head to it, you can tap your foot, you can have a boogie. The contrast of the how deep that bass is, and how high he’s singing make for the perfect middle ground.

Hard Times – Paramore: A good one. A really, really good one. I don’t know if this song can ever get old for me. It’s pretty recent on the spectrum of Paramore releases, but I love the style, the drums, how singable the chorus is, it makes for a perfect car song.

Sunflower – Rex Orange County: If someone could take stock of how many times I’ve typed the word ‘rex’ ‘orange’ and ‘county’ on this blog and come back with the results, I would be very keen to know.

So Far – Paige: Um. Check out my blog post. All on Paige. All about this song.

The Weekend (Funk Wav Remix) – SZA, Calvin Harris: Okay, it’s not to say I didn’t like the original, it’s just that anything Calvin Harris touches turns to magic beneath his fingers. I revisited this song when trying to figure out what covers I wanted to put in my setlist for my performance (possible blog post coming there) and I fell in love with the bass line and SZA’s voice in this particular song all over again.

Brand New – Craig David: Now was I really born on the cusp of the 90’s, if I didn’t enjoy myself some Craig David? Old Craig David, new Craig David, I’m about all of it. I heard this song in one of my favourite clothing shops, and recognised the voice but not the song, so best believe I tried on a shirt just so I could get right underneath the speaker and Shazaam the heck out of it.

Summer Games – Drake: There are only a few songs off Scorpion that I bothered to listen to. This being one of them. I have an assignment coming up where I need to cover a song and make it my own, and this is at the top of my list. The lyrics are really nice, the flow and the rhythm of it is great and I love the melody.

Summertime Magic – Childish Gambino: Donald came through yet again, not long since releasing This Is America, with two amazing new tracks, ‘Summertime Magic’ and ‘Feels Like Summer’. As is evident with this list, the former is my favourite of the two, not only because of how beautiful his voice is, but because of how good the groove and the bounce gets you when it kicks in.

God Is A Woman – Ariana Grande: I’m sure everyone’s aware of this song, but after watching the music video, I’ve become obsessed with it. I’ve already recorded a really mellow cover of it and I’ve been listening to it on the way to university, on the train, at home, at work. I love it. I’m here for the new Ariana stuff.

Kung Pao – Ceraadi: I’ve been watching these sisters on YouTube for a bit more than a year, and have always loved their music playlists and collections. Of all the songs they’ve released, this is maybe one of my favourites. The music video is hype as heck, and the beat is so catchy.

Emotions – Drake: If it wasn’t the beat that got me with this song, it was the sample of Mariah Carey absolutely killing her song ‘Emotions’ at the begin of the song, coupled with the amazing choir in the background. Amazing work Drake. You did good on this one.

Superlove – Whethan ft Oh Wonder: I was introduced to this song by a friend who told me she could imagine me singing it, which of course turned my heart into a giant ball of mush. She’s also one of my only friends who obsesses over Jake Kodish and the rest of the Millennium Dance Complex group with me, so she found it on one of his dance videos. It’s a bop.

you should see me in a crown – Billie Eilish: Oh goodness she snapped on this one. It’s so moody and intense and the chorus goes so hard. My jaw dropped when I heard it for the first time, and I nearly screamed. It’s one of my favourites my Billie as of this moment.

Sour Diesel – ZAYN: So different. To anything he’s released before. Slightly more rock than we’re used to from Zayn, but it’s still a pretty good song all the same. My cousin and I definitely got a few stares bopping along to it on the train on the way to the football.

Sky Walker – Miguel: Don’t know why I didn’t venture further than Pineapple Skies with that album, but I definitely took my time getting to this song. I watched the making of this song on YouTube, and let me tell you, I could listen to that man talk, let alone sing, all day.

Jim Morrison – Jon Bellion: Um. Self explanatory, especially if you’ve been keeping up with my latest posts. Trust me when I say there’s more to come.

Hand of God – Outro – Jon Bellion: Okay, so like more to come in regards to posts, but also more to come in regards to this list as well. This song is one of my favourites, I’m pretty sure I also saw an interview where Jon said it was his favourite on the album too, and I can see why. It encapsulates the entire album perfectly, PLUS he got the choir who sang on Human Nature with Michael Jackson on the end of it, and it absolutely flies. It’s such a beautiful song, the words, the chorus, the ending, the beat, everything about this song gives me shivers, regardless of how many times I listen to it (which is a lot, possibly too much).

The Way I Am – Charlie Puth: Again, if you’ve been keeping up, you’d understand a lot of these favourites. I listened to a lot of Charlie Puth in June and July, not as much as Jon Bellion, but a lot, because in terms of production this guy is incredible. Not to mention his voice is beautiful and his vision is incredible. Majority of his songs have a great hook or groove to them, and you know that’s what I’m all about.

New York Soul – Pt. ii – Jon Bellion: So remember how I said Hand Of God was one of my favourites? I like this one just as much, if not more. His voice is showcased, his production is showcased, his arrangement and groove is hella showcased, and his rapping takes centre stage and I love every single part of it. I was in my friends car recently and while I took a minute to sob to myself when he told me how much money he’s spent on the car’s sound system, the first thing I did was put on this song. The only way to listen to this song, is loud.

Ex-Factor – Lauryn Hill: Miss Lauryn Hill. Since Nice For What by Drake came out, I’ve been listening to this song on repeat, because as much as I love having a dance and listening to the incredible sample of this song in Nice For What, I definitely prefer the original much better.

Bubblin – Anderson .Paak: I found this song once again through YouTube, when I watched his Genius video explaining the lyrics. I love his song Come Down, though this is a close second. I love his personality and his energy, and it definitely shows through, whether he’s performing the song or even just talking about it.

Fall In Love – Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato: Okay, so I definitely was aware that this song was released, and as much as my 15-year old self loved both those women, I never really went out of my way to listen to it too deeply, only when it happened to be on. So why does it appear on this post? Because, I’ve been listening to it quite a bit this month. Why? Because Jon Bellion is one of the writers and provides backing vocals, that’s why.

So that’s it friends. That’s what I was listening to in July. Let me know if you listened to any of those, if you’ve already heard of those or if you have any recommendations for me. I’m all ears!

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Priya

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Very Specific Pt. 7

Hello hello!

I haven’t done one of these posts in a hot minute, and like I said in my last post, I’m working on a post at the moment that requires a couple days work, so in the meantime I thought I’d share another very specific playlist with you all!

This selection of music is one of my favourites so far. It isn’t as intense as car chases or post apocalyptic worlds, but it’s equally as powerful, and it’s a selection made for listening to while looking out the window.

I find them twice as effective if it’s raining or it’s very early in the morning and you’re probably the only one on Earth awake.

Just saying.

These are some of my personal favourites, hope you enjoy some of them!

 

The Night We Met – Lord Huron
His Eye On The Sparrow – Tanya Blount, Lauryn Hill
Little Wonders – Rob Thomas
Army – Ellie Goulding
Nylon – Kllo
Red Dust – James Vincent McMorrow
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United
My Happiness – Powderfinger
Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 1 – Stormzy
From Eden – Hozier
Too Much Ask – Niall Horan
In Dreams – Ben Howard
The Worst – Jhene Aiko
Love On The Brain – Rihanna
Runaway – AURORA
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
INTERMISSION: fLoWer – ZAYN
Reeling – Corey Harper
Sorry – Aquilo
Bella – Angus & Julia Stone

Let me know if you enjoy any of these!

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Priya

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May Tunes

Hello hello and welcome to the end of another month that has simultaneously seemed to last forever, but pass in the blink of an eye. I’ve been slightly absent in the sense that I’m writing this post with the intent to post it straight away, rather than my usual scheduling gig that I play at the beginning of every week, where I bulk write my posts for the next week and take it easy for a couple of days.

That said, let’s jump into this months favourite songs. Like my April Tunes, there are a ton of good ones here because May was just as good a month for music as the previous one.

 

Let Me – Zayn: Okey. Dokey. I’ve been listening to this song a ton. So much so that it’s popped up as the top track for my monthly Visualify result. If you aren’t familiar with Visualify, check out my post. I can’t decide if it’s how chill this song is, how much I jam to the chorus or how much I love the music video that keeps me in love with this song. Possibly my favourite song Zayn has ever released.

The Hills – The Weeknd: If you read my post all about SKAM and the amazing music that featured on the Norwegian internet series, then you’ll know this song featured on the playlist I created from it, because of how much I love it and the ambience it brought to the particular episode. I found this re-ignited love for The Weeknd, and it coincided perfectly with new music that Abel released, so the love is strong at the moment.

God Don’t Leave Me – Highasakite: Refer to my post about SKAM again, because I shazaam’d the shit out of this song when it first appeared on the show, and I continued to get shivers each time it was used throughout the series as a motif type of song. It’s beautiful, and I’ve been showing everyone. Some get it, some don’t.

Sweet – Brockhampton: I’m aware of the controversy surrounding the group at the moment in regards to one of their members, so before I get into how much I frigging love this song I’ll say this; I 100% back their decision to remove him from the group, regardless if Ameer was a founding member or not. But other than that, this song is a bop. I heard it in the gym first, and quite literally stopped what I was doing to go over to the music selector-thing on the wall to see what it was, before adding it to my playlist straight after. I love it.

2002 – Anne Marie: This song is amazing. It’s been played on the radio a ton, and regardless of that or how much I love Anne Marie’s voice, my favourite part of this song is the chorus. The first time I heard it, I was in the car with my dad, and the chorus struck me as something I could sing along to straight away, because I knew it a little too well. So I googled the lyrics during the second chorus, and sure enough. The chorus is made up of song titles from a bunch of early 2000s songs, like Bye Bye Bye by *NSYNC and 99 Problems by Jay Z. Not surprising that the song is also co-written Ed Sheeran.

This Is America – Childish Gambino: Honestly if you haven’t read my review/analysis/rant on the song and more importantly, the music video…what are you doing?

Chun Li – Nicki Minaj: I have to say. I thought I was a Barbie Tingz gal, I really did. The April Tunes Priya was positive that Barbie Tingz was her favourite of the two fresh releases that Nicki dropped on us. But a month is a long time and apparently I’ve changed as a person, because nothing gets me as hype as Chun-Li does, I promise.

Youth – Shawn Mendes, Khalid: I love this song. I love Shawn Mendes’ album. I love Khalid. What more do you want from me?

Cuz You’re My Girl – Young Heazy: As is the case with many of my discoveries, I couldn’t tell you how I found this song. I have an inkling of a feeling that it was through the creation of my ‘mood’ playlist. I probably just really vibe’d with it to the point that I added it to my yearly playlist for 2018, meaning I listen to it nearly everyday. No regrets.

Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Ahhh, the ultimate 16-17 year old party song. I can practically smell the alcohol each time I hear this song. So tell me why I continue to listen to it in full length every time it comes on. We’re all wondering why.

Bright – Zayn: Another one of my favourite’s by Zayn. It’s in my Top Five songs from his album, solely for how much he breaks it down after the first verse.

A-Z – Ziggy Ramo: I wrote a post on Ziggy Ramo a little while back, and I’ve had my eye on him ever since. Thankfully he released a new song, and Triple J were quick to start spinning it. I vibe’d with this one straight away because how groovy it is. This song, for some reason, sounds like university to me. Or at least my university experience. And nothing bad about it, but like it sounds the way I would imagine the soundtrack to catching the train into the city, walking around between classes, having $9 pizza and drinks with friends and being in the midst of it all, would sound. I don’t know. Don’t quote me.

Be Careful – Cardi B: Ooohh. I can’t say this is my favourite song on Invasion of Privacy, because that’s reserved for the next song, but melodically, it definitely is up there. I love Cardi’s lyrics in this, and the singing that she does, is really nice to hear. I also have a cheeky cover of this song saved on my phone to put up on Instagram one day when my feed feels a bit dry.

I Like It – Cardi B, Bad  Bunny, J Balvin: My favourite. My absolute favourite song at the moment. I nearly shrieked when my lecturer put in on before our class last week. I’m not sure how you can’t not like this song. Cardi’s incred, Bad Bunny is perfection, and J Balvin is incapable of putting a foot wrong, so there are not problems with this tune at all.

2000 n Something – Kaiit: Loving this Melbourne gal at the moment. She’s been making some more moves around the Melbourne live music circuit recently, and I’m loving seeing her doing some more gigs and making more music on her Instagram. I love her voice, I love the groove of this song, the funk in it, and the scatting I’m telling.

Heartless – Madison Beer: No one, please, in my presence, ever, hang shit on Madison Beer. For any reason. Listen to As She Pleases, the entire album, and tell me she can’t sing. I dare you. This song is of my favourites from the album, and that’s saying something considering how many of those songs I play on a weekly basis.

Where Were You In The Morning – Shawn Mendes: My fave from the album. Hands down. It’s progressed to the number one spot ever since the release. I love it so much. It’s so different from what Shawn’s released in the past. I’ve especially loved watching a couple of interviews where Shawn explicitly talks about the style and sound of the album and how aware he is of the disparity and growth in his music because hearing musicians talk about personal growth could keep me happy for hours.

Youngblood – 5 Seconds Of Summer: My thirteen year old sister got me onto this song. I heard it, listened to it when it came on in the car, and tolerated the constant babble about the song, considering my enjoyment of 5 Seconds of Summer kind of faded as the years passed. But this song, this song has literally slapped me in the face this past week with how much I’ve been playing it. And how loud. To the point where my sister is telling me to shut up. Oh how the tables have turned.

Don’t Let Me Down – Sabrina Claudio, Khalid: Question: can Sabrina Claudio do anything event remotely wrong? Answer: Absolutely not. Listen to this song and let your uncontrollable groove do the talking.

In The Dark – Alice Kristiansen: Obsessed is putting it lightly when it comes to this song. If you’re not familiar with Alice, I wrote a whole blog post dedicated to this singer, and this song from her EP is my favourite, on regular rotation.

I’m Feeling You – Rak-Su: As I sometimes do, I got lost down the rabbit whole of X Factor auditions, and came across a favourite, Rak-Su from the UK series. However, for the first time I thought to search for them on Spotify, and was congratulated with some absolute bops on their artist page, including their original song from their audition that had dollar signs floating above Simon Cowell’s head and love hearts popping in Nicole’s eyes. 10/10. Would recommend.

 

And that’s it ya’ll! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the music for May. Some good belters, amazing tunes to boogie too, I’ve loved them all. Let me know if you’ve enjoyed any of the songs mentioned above!

x

Priya

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Visualify – A True Blessing

Hello, hello, hello!

I have been a no-show around here for a short while in terms of posts, though you’ve probably caught me in the comments somewhere, and I have a really good reason as to why I’ve been slacking – though I’ve decided to dedicate an entirely different post to that soon.

However, today I wanted to share a website with you, that I have been on the hunt for. You may recall a post from the end of last year, where I shared my Spotify statistics for 2017, using the Spotify 2017 Wrapped feature online. It was really interesting to get an overview of my listening habits over the entirety of 2017, who I listened to the most, which songs I played on repeat, songs I may have missed and genres that I tended to move towards.

However since that post, I’ve been overtly conscious of my listening habits, the songs I listen to, the artists I invest time in, and how that reflects my actual musical interests, completely away from Spotify. It’s left me wondering how my statistics add up throughout the year, during different moods, seasons, trends and styles that I cycle through.

Enter Visualify.

I honestly felt like I’d landed on a goldmine when I found the website. Visualify gives you the opportunity to have a visual overview of your listening habits, whether that’s over the entire period you’ve used Spotify, over the last year,  or the last month. While it’s not as in depth statistically, it captures the top five songs and top five artists for whatever time period, it’s a lot more visual, obviously, than Spotify Wrapped, it looks prettier and you get some more information on specific songs and artists within a shorter time frame.

If you’ve read a couple of my last posts, namely my April Tunes, or my concert reviews for Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran or Bruno Mars, you can see a definitive reflection on my listening habits. Visualify also allows you to link and share your results, so if you’re interested, you can check out mine HERE.

I thought I’d just share with you how my music listening habits stacked up during April!

TOP ARTISTS

Harry Styles
Daniel Caesar
PRETTYMUCH
Bruno Mars
Amine

TOP TRACKS

ili – TroyBoi
Kill V. Maim – Grimes
Lost In Japan – Shawn Mendes
Kiwi – Harry Styles
FRIENDS – Marshmellow, Anne Marie

Let me know if you jump onto Visualify yourself! I’d love to hear about your own listening habits and statistics, I reckon I’ll be checking in regularly throughout this year before I get my 2018 Wrapped!

x

Priya

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