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!

x

Priya

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July Tunes

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Ah it’s that time of the month. The end. Meaning; you folks get your monthly fill of tunes that I was listening to throughout July. Be warned: there are repeats.

Firefly – Mura Masa: Hopefully you’ve heard of Mura Masa, but if you haven’t, you have now. This song is amazing. It’s really a feel-good type of song, and it was a great tune to listen to while on the long bus trip I was on, which I’m sure you guys are over hearing about by now. Whatever synth they’ve used that carry on throughout the song is definitely my favourite part of the song, apart from the drops that happen when you least expect them to.

Simplify – Siroj ft Jalise Romy: This was definitely a new song for me. I think the first time I heard it I added it to my travel playlist as well as my tunes for the month. It’s great song to dance to. Also wouldn’t be too bad at the gym.

You Can Count On Me – Ansel Elgort ft Logic: I reckon Ansel Elgort should receive so much more than he does for his music. Not only is he a great DJ and producer, but the guy has amazing pipes. I was fist-pumping so hard when James Corden did the Sing Off and he was able to show everyone how amazing his voice is.

Same Same – Waax: I feel like if I was ever really really mad this is the song I’d want to play in the movie soundtrack about my life. It’s such a tune. Also, the lead singer sounds so nostalgic, her voice is killer on this track. It’s a great song to sing along to, which I was nearly caught doing, several times. Jump on your bed, listen with headphones.

Alaska – Maggie Rogers: Maggie has a voice of magic. This song is incredible. Hopefully you’ve heard of it. It’s like butter. The transitions between the different parts of the song are so smooth, and the percussion that lies beneath it is so consistent throughout, 10/10. There’s also an acoustic version, if you really want to truly appreciate this girls voice.

You Make It Real – James Morrison: Just like your mum, I have a deep appreciation for James Morrison. I don’t know if its the really soft humming he pulls off right at the beginning of the track, or just the general contrast between how smooth, yet raspy and husky his voice is, but this song is definitely one of my faves by Morrison.

Just For You – Deach ft Ria and Ezra James: Oh my goodness. Holy moly. This song. At first, when it’s just Ria and the guitar I thought I’d be diving way back to my childhood, with some old school rnb, but then the piano and the drums come in, and it’s like J Boog jumped on this track and sprinkled some island magic throughout it. If you don’t know, I’m a huge reggae fan, and the vibe Deach brings to the song, combined with Ria and Ezra’s smooth as heck vocal performance make it the perfect combination of reggae, hip hop, rnb and soul for me. It’s amazing. Probably my favourite on this list. If you listen to any of these songs, please listen to this one.

Ellie Grab Your Gun – Matt Willis: Am I allowed to have two favourites on this list? Because, they’re two completely different songs, like polar opposites. This song, is to date, one of the saddest songs I have ever listened to, yet I still put myself through the experience whenever I hear this song, and I never have any regrets. It’s so beautiful.

Telepathy – Christina Aguilera: Not only was The Get Down an amazing TV show, (that never deserved the injustice Netflix stupidly served it) but it also had a killer soundtrack, including this amazing song by the queen. This is one of the singers I looked up to as a kid. It didn’t matter if it was impossible to sing, Lady Marmalade was my jam, and anything Christina touched was next on my list to learn. Eighteen years old and nothing has changed. This song is my favourite from the whole soundtrack, (sorry Zayn). But this song is golden. Like it sounds like actual gold.

Lights Down Low – MAX: You may know him as Max Schneider from YouTube, popular with his brother Hugo, or his short appearance in an original Disney Channel movie, but I love MAX for this song. This song is beautifully sad, but do yourself a favour, and listen to the Not Your Dope Remix. It completely changes the song, but so respectfully. Which is incredibly important for me. It’s a tune.

Father, Father – Jay Prince: I love gospel music. Some of my closest friends are gospel singers and I hold my breath whenever they sing. If I could sing gospel and do it justice, I probably wouldn’t do anything else. This song brings that all out of me, specifically for the sample of the gospel choir Jay has used to lay underneath the whole song. That, combined with a really sick beat and a great rap over the top,  is why this song makes the cut on my monthly favourites.

Do What You Want – High Tyde: This is another song that requires jumping on a bed with your headphones on. The drums on this song are amazing, but it’s the guitar through the chorus that really carries this song for me. Listen and you’ll agree. No doubt.

Pleaser – Wallows: Love 13 Reasons Why? Appreciate amazing music? Read my post all about this song, here.

I Built A Friend – Alec Benjamin: Do not, and I mean do not, listen to this song while driving on the road, looking out the window. Unless you want to become a sobbing mess like I was so close to, I would highly advise against it.

Get Low – Zedd, Liam Payne: I’m a huge fan of Zedd. And I’m ever so proud that he reached out to my boy Liam for this song, because his vocals match Zedd’s vibe incredibly well. This song is quite risqué, obviously something to expect from Payne now, and I love it.

iSpy – Kyle: Initially, Doubt It was my favourite by the Kyle, but this one has overtaken it. I desperately need someone to duo the first part with though.

Kissing Strangers – DNCE, Nicki Minaj: We already know that I love this song, I’m pretty sure it was in my May Tunes, one of my first posts ever on this blog, so it’s ability to last so long on my radar is something to go by.

Home – Johnnyswim: I’m not too sure what’s up with this stage name, but I don’t really care if he produces songs like this. Driving through the midwest, with this song on repeat? Killer.

Bloom – The Paper Kites: This is an online bonus track for The Paper Kites, and I’m glad I stumbled upon it. The vocals are so soft and crisp, but it’s the guitar that does it for me.

Get You – Daniel Caesar: I take it all back. This has been the song for the whole month. It has been all that I’ve sung. I listen to it everyday guaranteed on the bus and train to university, I sing it in the shower, I sing it in my bedroom, I’m so close to recording a cover of this song. It’s such a tune. If you’d also really like an experience check out Ian Eastwood, one of my favourite dancers, and his amazing freestyle to this song. Will not regret.

Violet – Bad Suns: This song is hands down one of my favourites of the year, and I desperately wish it was summer, but I don’t doubt it’ll stick around for me for another few months. It’s on my summer playlist so I’m not too worried. But, you should definitely check out my post I wrote, all about Bad Suns and why I bloody love this song. It’s a fun time.

Kiwi – Harry Styles: Surely we don’t need to go over this, again.

Bellyache – Billie Eilish: I have one of my close friends to thank for this, after she recommended it as a song for me to sing. I’ve tried. And it’s fantastic. Even just listening to this song gets me hyped up. Billie’s coming to Australia, but unfortunately your girl can’t make to her concert due to insufficient funds. One like = one prayer.

Because I Love You – Montaigne: This killer Australian singer is amazing and I’m kicking myself for not looking into her as soon as she stepped on the scene. This song reminds me of the show Carrie, where AnnaSophia Robb walked down the streets of New York with her freshly splattered nail polish hand bag. It’s a vibe.

 

And that’s it, let’s see what August (my favourite month) provides! What were you listening to in July?

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