Tentendo Is THE Mood

Hello friends, and welcome back to another slightly aggressive music recommendation from me to you.

Today’s post is all about a Melbourne musician who I really only discovered earlier this year through the rabbit hole that is Melbourne-based musicians and the ever growing beautiful collaborations that continue to come out of some of my favourites. The music scene here in Melbourne is one of my favourites, and I don’t think any city can beat it.

That said, Tentendo may be one of my favourites to come out of it.

Originally a bass and guitar player, he moved to production after an injury that put his playing on pause and that’s where the magic happened, although he still continues to play bass with Billy Davis but that man and his music is a whole other story.

I listened to his song Dance With Me a song which features an incredible Melbourne rapper, Jordan Dennis, after hearing about it through Jordan’s Instagram and I featured it on my post all about Australian artists.

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The song has everything I want in a song, a fat bass line, a really funky drum kit that requires you to groove to it and a catchy as hell hook. The production of the song and Jordan’s energy on the vocals made it one of my favourite songs of the year so far.

My favourite song from Tentendo’s collection is Ghost, featuring Melbourne RnB singer, Blasko. If there is anything you do with the information within this post, make sure it’s listening to Ghost. I listened to this song and promptly had to pick my jaw up from the floor.

I don’t know if it was how unexpected that build up to the hook is and how subtle the ‘drop’ is, but whatever it was, Tentendo spun some magic to make it happen that smoothly. It’s a sound you simultaneously want hug and get down to.

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His first official feature on his Spotify page, One Stop Shop, gives me mad late 90’s RnB vibes, and I’m 100% here for it, as I usually am. It’s sung by another Australian singer, JANEVA, who gives me chills.

His most recent track, Waves, is noticeably a bit more chilled out. It’s very ethereal and features Blasko, Jordan Dennis and Rahel.  Each vocalist contributes something beautiful to each verse they take and it combines to make a really pretty track with heaps of lovely layers that just compliment each other and the funky kit that’s still present.

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To be quite frank, for me personally, Tentendo is four for four with all the tracks on his Spotify. While Ghost and Dance With Me are clear favourites, One Stop Shop and Waves are just as catchy and tasty to listen to, so I recommend you give his Spotify a good run through.

Melbourne is so bloody rich in musicians and Tentendo, in all his production magic and perfectly executed collaborations, embodies that perfectly. Make sure you check out his Spotify, his Instagram and his SoundCloud, and keep an eye out for Tentendo. I know I will.

x

Priya

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ONEPOINTFIVE

Hello, hello, hello.

So on the 15th of August, Amine followed up his incredibly well received album, Good For You, with a second, ONEPOINTFIVE.

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If you’ve been here long enough, you’ll know that I’m a fan. A huge Amine fan. As in, his face is the cover of my 365//2018 playlist on Spotify (check it out check it out), so I basically look at it everyday. Which made the surprise drop all the more great. I can’t remember where I was, but as soon as I saw the album was out, shared on Adam’s Instagram himself, I had to check it out. Considering I was freaking out over this album the day it was dropped along with the rest of his fans, this blog post is coming super duper late.

I love it.

Where I was loving songs like Heebiejeebies, Money, Spice Girl and Beach Boy from Good For You, ONEPOINTFIVE is delivering a whole new selection of favourites to groove to, that come along with the melodic samples and beats that I’ve come to expect from Amine.

DR. WHOEVER, the opening song of the album is probably one of my favourites. I love Amine more-so for the creative music videos, the skits and the intro’s he has on some of his songs, and this one is no different because it was an entire mood for me, that I nearly cried with laughter the first time I heard it.

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REEL IT IN is another great song from this album. The beats on this album are so good, for example, REEL IT IN has this acoustic guitar that serves as the basis for the song, paired with this really deep kick drum and what genuinely sounds like a primary school recorder that pops up from time to time. It’s currently the song being championed to try and get to No. 1 and I’m all for it.

WHY? is one of my favourites. It’s not overly melodic, but the singing Amine does on his album is fantastically paired with his rapping and the overall style of the rest of the album. I’ve found myself singing the hook plenty of times around the house and in my head on the train.

SHINE is probably my favourite. It’s so easy and light, the perfect love dedication and apology in one. I love the amount of guitar used in this album, whether it’s a raw guitar or a sample of one, it all comes together beautifully, creating this sick contrast with how hard Amine goes in lyrically.

 

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SUGARPARENTS and RATCHET SATURN GIRL are the tunes you turn to when you want to pipe it up a bit with the pals before you head out, or you’re feeling particularly rowdy while you’ve got the day off from university and you’ve got the house to yourself…

Amine’s lyrics are some of my favourite to come from any rapper, and it’s what makes him one of my absolute favourite musicians ever. I love the pairing of how light and airy his music is sonically, and how heavy some of his lyrics are, with the sprinkling of comedy and life anecdotes. Things like mentioning how he’d react if his sister modelled Fashion Nova (same), how his dad’s upset he left home because now he has to mow the front lawn, really blunt statements like needing love, while being depressed, while being a fool, and being a mess.

Reality check type lyrics.

Let me know if Amine is down your alley, and if so, have you heard the album? If you have, I’d love to know which songs you loved in particular!

x

Priya

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The Get Down

Hello my friends and welcome to another post!

This blog update is kindly brought to you by possibly one of my favourite shows of all time, one of my favourite Netflix series to ever exist, The Get Down. I can’t recall if I’ve mentioned The Get Down before, but if I haven’t until now, someone call me out please.

Anyway.

I first watched The Get Down in 2016, when it first came out on Netflix, with my family. That was a mistake. There were a couple of themes and conflicts brought up in the first season of the show, that even then, were a bit uncomfortable to watch in a family setting, especially with a 12 year old sister, though we soldiered on.

However, we took a small break, and though we tried to watch a few of the last episodes of Season 1 so we could jump into Season 2, we never got back into the flow, and didn’t watch it again.

That is, until literally this week, when I decided to revisit the show, and watch it again, continuing until I was finished.

Obviously, pertaining to the niche of this blog, music definitely comes in here.

It’s the premise of the entire show, narrating a time between the overlapping of the disco genre and hip hop and rapping, more specifically, the art of DJ-ing and MC-ing. It follows the story of The Get Down Brothers, a group of young MC’s; Ezekiel ‘Books’, brothers Ra-Ra, Dizzie and Boo-Boo and their MC, Shaolin Fantastic.

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There’s a bunch of good shit that I could say about the show. For example, the way it captures the diversity of the Bronx, as well as the minorities and LGBT community within the New York undergrounds, especially when it comes to the nightclub scene. I could also comment on how great the casting is.

I mean, Jaden Smith as what’s heavily implied to be a LGBT graffiti artist who talks about universes, rebelling by tagging trains with alien’s in top hats? Yes please. Justice Smith, who plays Ezekiel Figuero, a young smart MC caught between pursuing the music and the talent he has controlling and writing for a crowd or furthering his education and chasing the ambitious road of Yale university, in the big city full of suits? Yes please. (Also, check him out in Jurassic World, because I sure as hell did.

A ninja warrior who pushes drugs in order to make money to fund his dreams of becoming the next Grandmaster Flash and ruling his on DJ kingdom with his wordsmith by his side, a young girl who’s trapped by her pastor, religious fanatic of a father father, singing in church because it’s the only way she gets to sing at all, carving out a name as the next Donna Summers and setting herself free, kick ass comic book intervals that depict the storyline in a way that keeps you hooked and entertained, I mean yes please.

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But.

It wouldn’t be me, if my favourite part of the entire series, was the music.

So of course, I’ve linked two of my absolute favourite songs from the entire series below, not just a Spotify link, but a YouTube video, because you have to see the songs as well. Of course I’ve also got a playlist of my favourite songs beneath those two, so I hope you thoroughly, enjoy yourself.

Welcome To The Get Down – Jaden Smith
Cadillac – Miguel
Losing Your Mind – Raury, Jaden Smith
You Can’t Hide/You Can’t Hide From Yourself – ZAYN, Teddy Pendergrass, Grandmaster Flash
Shaolin’s Theme – Malay 6LACK
Ball Of Confusion – Leon Bridges
Telepathy – Christina Aguilera, Nile Rodgers
Hum Along And Dance (Gotta Get Down) – Janelle Monae
Set Me Free – Herizen Guardiola
Zeke’s Poem – Justice Smith
‘Bout That Bank – The Get Down Brothers
Honor – DJ Cassidy, Grace, Lil Yachty

Honestly, all this show is missing, is a lil bit of Childish Gambino.

x

Priya

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My Favourite Instrumentals

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is one that I’ve had sitting on my page for a little while, waiting to be written, and I’m finally getting down to it.

For the longest time I could only listen to so much music that didn’t have any words, but now, with the influx of amazing lo-fi hip hop, the concoction of jazz-hop (jazz and hip hop, it’s amazing 10/10 would recommend), I’ve found myself drawn towards instrumentals and amazing music that don’t have any lyrics.

I have two playlists on Spotify that have some of this music, my books playlist, which I generally use while studying, taking notes or writing up blog posts, and my toasty playlist, which is all things lo-fi hip hop and jazz, songs that sound toasty and warm.

So below, I’ve got a list of some of my favourite instrumental songs to exist at the moment. If you’re keen for more, I’ve linked both my books and my toasty playlists in this post, and you can find heaps more to have a listen to and enjoy!

unknown – fLOwTEC
by my side – Flavors, Two Sleep
Again – Wun Two
Mia & Sebastian’s Theme – Justin Hurwitz
tequila – mt. fujitive
Sahasrara – BluntOne
Albatross – Fleetwood Mac
Air – Blvk
Palms – wush
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Bethel Music
So Far To Go – J Dilla 
Flowers – The Deli
Alchemy – Willaris. K
Perfection – Floreyyyy
4Corners – DJ Grumble
When Sunny Gets Blue – McCoy Tyner
Far Away – Tomppabeats
Rain Man – Rex Orange County
5:32pm – The Deli

If you don’t listen to any of those, make sure you check out J Dilla at least, he’s one of my favourite producers, he’s made amazing beats, and his sound is iconic. That’s definitely not all of them, but if you enjoyed of those songs make sure you check out my Spotify for the rest of the playlist!

 

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Priya

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