Featuring Ty Dolla $ign // An Album By Ty Dolla $ign

This album title is so fitting, isn’t it? Because I’ll be honest with you, up until this year, for the most part of it, the only time I ever listened to Ty Dolla $ign was when he was a featured artist on another musician’s song. The first time I really stopped and listened to the man’s voice was when he featured on Jacob Collier’s track All I Need, alongside out girl Mahalia. The man can sing.

I mean if you scroll all the way to the bottom of his Spotify profile, you get one of the longest ‘Appears On’ list I have ever seen. He’s appeared on some of my favourite releases in the last few years and so many more. Post Malone, Ariana, Roddy Rich, Drake, Migos, Jhene, Dreamville, Chance The Rapper, Mac Miller, Sza, Thundercat, Kehlani, Kanye, Jacob Collier, Amine, Ella Mai, KAYTRANADA, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera – they’ve all got Ty on their tracks and that’s not even half of it.

He’s literally everywhere and he has been for years, and so for his third studio album to be called, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign? Love it. I’m so about it.

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I mean, even the first track, Intro, touches on the fact that he’s been working so much with other artists, yet he’s so talented as a solo act. He covers genuinely all aspects of music creation from writing the music, doing some of the instrumentation and even mixing and mastering. His track LA features on the Netflix series Song Exploder which delves into the entire creative process behind individual tracks, and it’s one of my favourite episodes that really showcases how talented he is.

That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of features on this record; the switch being they’re featuring on Ty Dolla $ign’s album and not the other way around. You’ve got Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, Anderson .Paak, Mustard, Roddy Rich, Jhene Aiko, Gunna, Musiq Soulchild, Kanye, FKA Twigs, Skrillex and plenty more – it’s a golden standard feature list for a hip hop/RnB album, if you ask me.

One of my favourite things is how seamlessly a lot of the songs blend into each other. I didn’t realise my favourite song when I first listened to it, was actually two seperate songs, Status and Temptations, because of how smoothly they blend into each other. Something I love about all of Ty’s songs are how melodic they are, whether it’s the music or his rapping and singing, there’s so much musicality and so many little pockets in his songs.

I really enjoy the little interludes sprinkled throughout the album too, specifically the Burna Boy Interlude, which is super calming and relaxed. It’s another example of beautifully constructed and arranged music that just bleeds from one track to another.

It wouldn’t be a blog post of mine if I didn’t highlight Kehlani’s feature track, Universe. That said, it’s also just generally one of my favourite songs on the album. It’s got this super smooth guitar riff throughout the whole thing, and I’ve come to really love how well Ty layers and stacks harmonies and vocals, which he does really tastefully on this song. Between him and Kehlani, they both have a amazing raspy tones and it just matches so perfectly, especially in contrast to that guitar.

Your Turn features 6LACK, Musiq Soulchild and Tish Hyman, and it’s just so smooth. It’s the epitome of smooth and sits perfectly as a little taste of some old school RnB. It’s straight out of the late 90’s/early 2000’s and it builds and grows beautifully over the track. It’s super lazy and laidback in the best possible way.

I have to mention Ego Death featuring Kanye, FKA Twigs and Skrillex. Such a strong beat, very unexpected, but very much appreciated.

I couldn’t have predicted that in 2020 Ty Dolla $ign would be one of my most listened to artists or that I would be rinsing his album as much as I am, but here we are. Let me know if you’ve listened to it already or if you want to give it a listen in the future.

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Priya

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Songs I Wish I Wrote

Hello friends!! Hope you’re well and doing grand.

Today’s post is an interesting one, it’s one I’ve had in my Drafts for a while, and I’ve finally gotten around to working on it and getting out for you guys! The beauty of university break my friends.

Every now and then I listen to a song, and I’m astounded. Like picking my jaw of the floor, tears in my eyes, shooketh to my core. There are simply some songs I wish I wrote first, so I thought I’d collect a few of them for you all and share them in today’s post!

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Human – Jon Bellion: Now, surely you didn’t think we’d be getting through this list without some Jon Bellion? I still remember listening to this song, continuously gasping at all the things Jon says in it. The lyrics are so bloody straightforward – it honestly blew my mind that he was so courageous so say what he does in the song. It’s such a simple message, but I would have been so terrified to release it into the world. This song is in my top five songs from Jon Bellion.

Circle – Allen Stone: It took me some time to come across this song while making my way through my Allen Stone binge back in April, but once I found it, I obsessed over it for a solid month. The chorus is the strongest part of this song for me. Allen’s voice is also incredible strong in this song.

It Runs Through Me – Tom Misch: Tom Misch is a genius and no-one can convince me otherwise. I first listened to this song properly while watching his COLORS performance of it, and I was naturally, astounded. My only issue is that his incredible solo from the video isn’t included in the recorded version as he only did it to fill in for the lack of rap from De La Soul in the COLORS version. This song, is technically so impressive. If I had any theoretical knowledge, this song would be the benchmark.

I’ll Still Have Me – Cyn: I stumbled across this song totally randomly, the music video was recommended for me a few months ago, but I’m so glad I found it. It has such a beautiful message, and I love Cyn’s voice so much.

Never Knock – Kevin Garrett: Kevin Garrett will forever be one of the most underrated artists of all time in my mind. I heard this song first as an acoustic version, with just him, playing a guitar in front a completely silent crowd. Again, he’s technically such a strong performer, but this song game me such emotional chills when I first heard it. There’s really not a lot to this song, other than Kevin’s amazing skill to pull together really heavy, heavy words and ideas in the most delicate way. This song really exemplifies this.

Mine – The 1975: I love The 1975, but this song, this song really does it for me. Close your eyes, and you’re walking through New York, into a dark, warm jazz bar with a guy playing the piano at the back and it’s the cosiest song I’ve ever listened to. And the entire idea of the song, that marriage isn’t the defining feature of love, you don’t have to legally own someone to be theirs, I think it’s such a beautiful sentiment. And when that brush stick starts hitting the snare drum and the saxophone kicks in??? Thank you Lord.

The Heart Is A Muscle – Gang Of Youths: GOY have this knack for writing spiritually enlightening music, that demands you bang your head and scream along to the lyrics like you’re at a heavy metal concert. To date, listening to this song in the mosh pit for Gang of Youths with my two best friends, was the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever experienced. This song says so much, but it’s really the instrumentation and the music and most importantly the performance of this song that makes me wish I had the talent or heart to come up with it first.

Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers: This is my road trip song. This is the road trip I’m yet to take but have committed to, whether I’m on my own or with a group of friends or with my family, it doesn’t really matter to be honest. This song invokes so much within me, and it’s not a genre I find myself listening to often, but The Lumineers know how to get me going.

Miracle Love – Matt Corby: By now, we should know the love I have for this man and his music. His music is so cathartic and emotional, and this song is one of my favourites. Watching him perform it live was magical.

Love On The Brain – Rihanna: This song made me wish I wrote it first for how it just digs deep into the archives of classic instrumentation, leaning back into a blues/gospel sort of genre that I’ve always loved. Rihanna’s performance of it is also insanity.

Gravity – John Mayer: A classic. An absolute classic that cannot be touched. I’ve yet to find a version of this, a single cover, that touches the original. First off, it’s John Mayer, and he has a super distinct tone to his voice that has aged so, so, well. And then you have to consider that not only does John Mayer sing, but so does his bloody guitar, and his playing style is so intrinsic to this song in particular. Lyrically, it’s not super complicated and I think that’s why so many people love it.

I’ve Couldn’t Be More In Love – The 1975: Another 1975 song. I know. This song is like the best possible 80s love song got reimagine and repurposed for right now, and I love it so much. There’s nothing that can quite compare to the keys in this song, and Matty’s singing in the chorus is possibly my favourite vocal performance from him ever. Especially towards the end with the choir, when he really kicks off. So great. So beautiful.

Bright – Kehlani: A real throwback from the mixtapes. This song was super powerful for me later in my teenage years. It came out in 2015, and for majority of that year and the year after, this song was a really inspiring song for me, one I referenced back to for so many issues and struggles. It’s got such a universal message and of course Kehlani’s voice is always magical.

Boys Will Be Boys – Stella Donnelly: This is my favourite song from Beware of The Dogs. My absolute favourite, and it’s the one that made the most waves when she first released. It’s a huge critique of societal culture and the complacency and double standards show towards the raising and treatment of girls and boys. It’s such a gutsy move to release a song as blunt as BWBB but she does it so beautifully. There’s no theatrics with this song, just a guitar and Stella’s voice and it’s perfect.


There you go! Let me know if you’ve listened to any of these songs, before or after reading my post, because I’d love to get your thoughts on it! Are there any songs you wish you had written? Feel free to share them in the comments!

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Priya

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Another One For The Girls, Cheers Jessie Reyez

Hey kids.

Anyone who’s been around for some time now, will know that I am the champion for all GRL PWR efforts and fights. I’m all about girls supporting girls, women celebrating other women and working together when so often we’re stupidly pitted against each other.

So, you can expect that when powerhouse female artists come together to make music, I’m all for it. For example, remember the time Dua Lipa formed the girl group of all girl groups?? About it. I was all about it.

Which makes the latest remix of Jessie Reyez’s song, Body Count, all that more flipping fantastic, considering it features Normani, of Fifth Harmony, and a family favourite around here, Kehlani. Three absolute killers, absolutely killing this remix, and I’m in love with it. So much.

Also, how cute is the cover for it???

 

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Jessie’s original version is incredible to begin with. And while they all sit comfortably in that RnB genre space, they all have quite distinct voices from each other, and they work fabulously together.

When you listen to the lyrics, it’s a beautiful, powerful message to begin with, that’s been built upon by Normani and Lani’s personal attributes and experiences that they just add to the already amazing song.

Need some bad-ass women with no cares in the world? Check out the Body Count remix.

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Priya

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VISUALIFY: An Update

Hey friends!

Today I thought I’d touch base with what’s now become one of my most favourite websites to exist, Visualify.

I wrote a post all about Visualify a little while back, which I softly suggest you give a read, because I get most of the rambling done in that one, but if you can’t be bothered then I’ll fill you in.

Last year, quite a few people, me being one of them, shared their Spotify 2017 Wrapped, which gave you a run down of your listening habits for the year, such as how many minutes of music you listened to in total, the artists you listened to and the songs you listened to the most, how many songs you skipped, which genres your listening styles fell under and quite a bit more.

However.

The Spotify Wrapped only captured everything at the end of the year. It only gives you a roundup of the entire year, and once I was shown those stats and details of my listening habits, I was hungry for more.

Thus began the search for an app, a website, a number-cruncher of some sort, that could show me my stats throughout the year!

Enter Visualify.

Visualify shows you your rough listening habits in terms of artists and songs on a monthly basis, a weekly basis, and of all time, encompassing your entire Spotify listening history. Which is sick.

For this post, I thought I’d give you an update on how my Spotify Visualify is shaping up during the month of August!

 

THIS MONTHTop Artists Jon BellionDrakeChris BrownBruno MarsCardi BTop SongsNew York Soul - Pt. ii - Jon BellionJim Morrison - Jon BellionGuillotine - Jon BellionHand Of God - Outro - Jon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS YEARTop ArtistsJon BellionBruno MarsChris BrownAmineDrakeTop SongsHeaven - Julia MichaelsMoon River - Frank OceanAll The Stars - Kendrick Lamar, SZAKill V. Maim - GrimesI Like It -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL TIMETop Artists Chris BrownJon BellionEd SheeranKehlaniCalvin HarrisTop SongsMi Gente - J BalvinGuillotine - Jon BellionHeebiejeebies - Amine, KehlaniCRZY - KehlaniKiwi - Harry Style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Priya

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Quick Shares

 

Hey my dudes! I have some really fun posts coming for you soon, but for now, I thought I’d do a quick share of five songs I have been loving recently. They’re only single songs rather than entire albums or artists, so I thought I’d combine them all into one post for you all!

Street Punks On A Freight Train – Bryce Vine
This song. This intro. I discovered it through a YouTuber I watch, Justin Escalona. If you haven’t heard of him, you’re missing out and I wrote a blog post all about him and his channel which I’ve linked for you, so definitely check that out. Justin is constantly including snippets of amazing songs, released and unreleased, throughout his vlogs and the intro to this song has featured in his last three videos. Given, it’s the background music for the mad sprint him and his friends make to the liquor store, but it makes the scene. So I shazaam’d the song, and found it on Spotify. This song is so good. It belongs in an indie teen flick, and I could totally imagine it in Before I Fall, a film that has become a whole entire aesthetic in itself that I continuously refer to and recommend to everyone I meet.

Freaky Friday – Lil Dicky, Chris Brown
Okay. The song itself, is shit. It’s seems like a bit of a joke. But…it’s catchy as hell, and I only listen to it as much as I do because of the music video. If you haven’t seen it, I 100% recommend watching it, purely for the laughs. It’s one of the best music videos released this early in the year, and I laughed throughout the whole thing. My little sister and I were both singing it at home the other day, without realising that the other knew the song too. It was a sister bonding moment, I promise.

Polygraph Eyes – YUNGBLUD
This song, is so, so important. It’s a brutally honest song about sexual assault and the conversation that needs to be had, especially coming from a male and his perspective. Billboard described it as a ‘subtle commentary about consent and “lad mentality”‘ and that hits the nail on the head. The music video which was released on the 15th of this month is just as jarring. It’s a song that I’ve found myself actively thinking about when I listen to it. I’ve Googled the lyrics and it’s not a song you can just put on as background noise. I’ve featured YUNGBLUD in playlists before, and shared him on this blog, but this is probably my favourite song ever released by him. It comes from his debut self-titled EP, and the subject matter on the release is so broad and varied, yet each song makes a huge statement about whatever the topic is, and I’m living for it. Hard-hitting topics, paired with incredible pop-rock beats and Dominic Harrison, YUNGBLUD has a voice that I can’t ignore. Definitely check out YUNGBLUD.

Done For Me – Charlie Puth, Kehlani
The bass, my friends, the bass. This song literally drives my entire body when I’m walking in the middle of the city to and from classes. I love Charlie Puth. Incredible singer, incredible musician, incredible songwriter and producer. Surely I don’t need to talk about how excited I was to see Kehlani’s name on this track. Her voice and the power she has carries through her verse so perfectly and she’s so versatile in all the songs she can lend her voice to. This song is so funky, but I simply cannot get over the bass. Especially in the breaks between the singing. You can really hear it during the first verse that Charlie sings, and I was hooked as soon as I heard it, and obsessed when I heard it blended with Kehlani’s verse.

Emerald – Rini
Dudes. My d u d e s. This song is magic on tape. I initially first saw Rini when he was busking in the city after a long day of university on my way back to Flinders Street Station. I swear to god I stood there, infront of the Commonwealth Bank where he was singing and watched him for half an hour. His voice gives me chills whenever I listen, and I hopped on this song the second it was release. If you’re a fan of Daniel Caesar, which you know I am, give this song a listen. Vocals as smooth as honey, the chilled out guitar that makes everything sound like magic and the right type of percussion that hits you in just the perfect way, it’s this incredible blend of sounds, topped off with beautiful lyrics. Possibly in love, will get back to you on that. Also listen to My Favourite Clothes.

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All About Lani

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So…I finally saw Kehlani. If you’ve been keeping up with my previous posts, you’d know that the 27th of August could not have come slower. The 27th of August took it’s own damn time arriving, but finally it rolled around, and two friends and I made the short train ride into the city to see our favourite.

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We had some dinner, ($5 pizza is always the best choice) then caught a tram down Flinder’s Street and made the short walk to The Forum. Boy, did we not expect the line we were met with, at all. It was insane. It wrapped around the building and crawled all the way up one of the side alleys. People had camped out since that morning. It was insane. I was dreading the walk. Actually dreading it. And then, like a chorus of angels, one of my friends heard her name being called out, and literally right in the middle of the line were two of her friends. Ignoring the dirty looks and the inner battle raging over my morals, we squeezed in next to them and in ten minutes were inside.

It was a lot bigger than I thought it was, and that feeling only intensified when I turned around just ten minutes later and saw the heads behind me. Lani packed the place out. I’m pretty sure she sold out, booths and all. I was so confused initially though, because we heard nothing of opening acts, yet there were two! The first one, I’m sorry but I have no memory of, name wise. She was a decent singer, kinda dressed like the dragon queen woman from Game of Thrones which I don’t watch, but her guitar player and drummer were phenomenal. Thoroughly enjoyed watching those two having the time of their lives.

And then there was DJ Noodles. She literally just tours with Kehlani, does a DJ set before she gets on stage then has the time of her life upstage while the show is going on, and I’m all here for it. Her DJ set was ridiculous, she played all the classic RnB songs, but then a bunch of the new stuff that hyped everyone up. She did an amazing job, I wish I was her. And then Lani came out.

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Honestly it was crazy. She came out in an T Shirt with the Aboriginal flag on it, and we literally all lost it. A fan gave it to her during the Meet and Greet and sis wore it on stage like the angel she is. AND THEN. She opened with Keep On. Literally on the way to the concert, I was talking about how that was one of my favourite songs, but I didn’t think it was going to make it onto the setlist. And she opened with it.

She sang a bunch of songs that we didn’t expect. She threw it back to the Mixtape and sang The Way, and the live version of Distraction was so beautiful, I wish there was a studio version of the live performance. Too Much hyped the crowd so much, the mosh pit got so hot but honestly I didn’t care. And she finished with CRZY after honestly making us beg.

It was an amazing environment. I think it was just the amount of awe we all had for the artist in front of us. But it got better. She paused the concert, and began talking about voting. If anyone isn’t familiar with the situation in Australia, they’ve decided to have a plebiscite to decided whether to grant the LGBTQ+ community the right to marry or not, and they are completely underestimating the voice of the youth and the power we have. So the overall consensus for the past month has been that anyone eligible to vote, NEEDS TO ENROL TO VOTE. Which she demanded, up on stage, in front of everyone. AND THEN!!! She called a woman up on stage, and said woman called another woman up on stage, and then dropped to one knee. I’ve never seen so many people lose their shit so quick. Obviously she said yes, and Kehlani casually invited herself to the wedding which was dope, and everyone was just immensely happy. It was a good vibe. A great time.

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If you ever get the chance to see Kehlani live, take it and run. I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking for an amazing show, she’s got it. DJ Noodles honestly creates such a hype, Lani pulls off choreography just as good as her back-up dancers all the while nailing her vocals, and her setlists have songs for everyone. If you’re looking for an amazing artist, she delivers. As an individual, she’s beautiful inside and out. Definitely give her music a listen, and even if it’s not for you, check out her Instagram. She talks about the important stuff, the stuff that not many people talk about. Plus she’s funny as heck.

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