May Tunes

How are we at our May Tunes already??

I’m not gonna lie – this post has been sitting in my drafts, because it completely missed my mind that we’re now in June, so when the thought hit me, half-way through making myself a cup of tea, I was shocked, and ran upstairs to get this out. My monthly tunes have been my most consistent series on this blog, and if you think I’m about to miss the first monthly update after almost three years, you are greatly mistaken.

This is a chunky post because once again, due to constantly being at home, and an overwhelming amount of new music being released, as well as discovering a BUNCH of old favourites, I listened to a lot of music on repeat. That’s not me apologising, that’s just me warning you to strap yourselves in.

Here’s what I was listening to in May.

Mai Elle – Planet Vegeta: Planet Vegeta released another banger this month, and while their first single Jorja, which I spoke about in my March Tunes is still my favourite, this is still a very good song, that I highly recommend you listen to if you’re looking for a boogie.

Godspeed – Frank Ocean: May was a month for some Frank Ocean. I rarely listen to him regularly, but I’ll find myself having my moments of not wanting to listen to much else. This month was the month for Godspeed to have it’s moment, and my God, did it have it’s moment. Story time; I have never listened to this song with headphones on, don’t ask me how that’s not occurred, it just hasn’t. AND, I also didn’t know that the iPhone has speakers on both the top and bottom of the phone. That’s the context for this story. I was lying down in bed, listening to my music, and doing some reading and for some reason, I think I wanted to put my hair up, I rested my phone on my forehead, and just as I did, this song came on. The panning in the introduction of this song, SENT ME. It was like my spacial awareness was assaulted and I was in a completely different world. I know, I know. I’m an idiot, but don’t knock it till you try it.

Golf On TV – Lennon Stella: If you missed my blog post all about Lennon and her debut album, you should definitely check it out, which you can do HERE. This is slowly making it’s way to the top of my favourite songs from that album, purely because of how beautiful it is. I love the lyrics and the sentiment behind it, and everything about this song is just perfect. 

Chocolate – Kiana Lede, Ari Lennox: Two queens. Absolute queens of the game. I was shook when I saw Ari featuring on this song, and it instantly became a favourite after one listen through. Both of these ladies have killer voices and they’re two of my favourite RnB artists at the moment.

East Point – Rambutan Jam Band: This song was discovered through the deep dive of music I found myself in after watching Outer Banks. If you haven’t sussed out my post dedicated to the show and it’s soundtrack already, you can find it HERE. I was super surprised to find our that RJB are an Australian band, from my city of Melbourne, and also super bummed to find that they haven’t been active for quite a while now, so I’ll have to be content with this song and the other few they have on Spotify. It’s such a groovy song, super bluesy and I love the guitar tones in this track.

Get Money – Junior M.A.F.I.A: This song has been the soundtrack to my life, honest to God. I don’t know why I was vibing with it so hard during May, but I found myself constantly blasting it in my room all through the month.

Zero – Chris Brown: The bass intro into this song, is everything I ever need. It’s super funky and energetic and this song’s just a good time. That’s it.

FAVORITE MISTAKE – Giveon: There’s something about a super smooth baritone that just does it for me, and Giveon is no exception. His album and this song are both beautiful, and I’m in love with his voice. Definitely recommend checking out Giveon, or at least this song.

All Of The Lights – Kanye West: I don’t know why, but May was a month of just hyping myself up whenever I got the chance. I think close to three months in lock-down finally got to me and I just needed some invigorating and re-energising.

Treat Me Like Somebody – Tink: What. A. Throwback. This song was the highlight of my teen years, and for some reason, sixteen-year old Priya was super in her feels, because I was obsessed with this song. Tink’s voice, the guitar, the lyrics, the flow, everything about this song makes me feel nostalgic.

Electric Love – BORNS: I won’t lie, I don’t listen to electronic-indie music all that much, but there are a few songs that just do it for me. This being a perfect example of that. This song is so atmospheric, and I can just so vividly imagine being a fan in the middle of a mosh pit at one of his concerts and the emotions you would feel listening to this song. This is main character type of stuff. 

Hate The Club – Kehlani, Masego: Kehlani’s album did that. Like, every song on the album is a sonic treat, and the features are out of this world. While there’s quite a few amazing artists featured on the record, this has to be one of my favourite songs, hands down. The saxophone, is everything. The chorus, is everything. Kehlani, is and has always been, everything.

Just Friends – Audrey Mika: Angel gal, Audrey Mika. She can do no wrong in my eyes, but out of all of her releases, this one gets me going the most. So energetic, so bouncy and fun, I feel like it’s the perfect culmination of her years of hard work, building her huge fan-base, crafting her sound, and this song is just so her

Distance – YEBBA: Yebba came out with some more soulful heat this month, and I’m eternally grateful. This song is Beautiful with a capital ‘B’. PLUS, it’s also really easy to play on the guitar when you chuck on a capo, which is more than I can say for the rest of her songs which have funky chords, but painfully hard to play funky chords nonetheless. Being able to actually play one of Yebba’s songs and sing along was my daily dose of serotonin during the month of May.

Slum Anthem – K CAMP: This song, has me going off, the second it’s turned on and I can’t explain why. It’s not completely appropriate but…it slaps? That’s all I can say.

Rain – Aitch, AJ Tracey, Tay Keith: I first heard this song on TikTok, fight me, but I didn’t really care about it too much until this month, where I honestly know it word for word. To be honest, it’s the only song by any of these artists that I care about, and I’m totally fine with that.

Relax – Drax Project: I love Drax Project. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, New Zealand has some of the best music in the world and I think we all need to appreciate it a lot more. These guys are a great example of this, especially this song, which has been on repeat for the entire month. I showed it to my friend Daniel, and the highlights of May were getting on Spotify and then seeing his little icon on my friends list, listening to this song for hours on end. Job well done I’d say.

Too Nice – Mahalia: Another one of my favourite RnB artists. I was super excited when I saw Mahalia was gonna be releasing a handful of music during isolation, and the gal came through and delivered some killer tracks. This one is definitely my favourite, highly recommend you give it a listen!

All I Need – Jacob Collier, Mahalia, Ty Dolla $ign: The collaboration that no-one saw coming. This is what happens when artists from completely different genres and subcultures collide. I don’t know how to put into words the greatness of this song, all I can do is recommend you listen to it.

Cyanide – Daniel Caesar: I’m never one to turn down some Daniel Caesar, and when this came up on my Release Radar, I was all for it. It was just an added bonus that this song is so smooth. The guitar, the harmonies and backing vocals, the subtle rhythms, everything about this song screams lazy summer to me, and I love it.

I Wish – Skee-Lo: Very glad I came upon this song again towards the middle of the month. I feel like if I had to pick a handful of songs that just violently throw me back to my childhood, this song would be amongst them. It’s impossible to not be slapped with the nostalgia.

Baby Girl – Bryce Vine, Jeremih: I stumbled on this song accidentally while trying to find a completely different song, but I kept it on while I was searching for the correct song, and about twenty seconds in I had to add it to my playlists as one of my favourite new accidental discoveries. I don’t listen to a lot of Bryce Vine at all, but this song is such a tune.

Ultimate Painting – Ultimate Painting: By now, hopefully you guys have heard of one of my best friends, Tessa, who is a bit of a music curator of herself, with some of the best music recommendations I ever receive coming from the gal. She featured on the blog a little while back which you can check out HERE. The lock down laws in my state lifted a bit recently, and we’re now allowed to visit friends and family. Of course, the girls and I immediately organised a little girls night, where we cooked up some Mexican food, drank some wine and caught up on everything we missed. Tessa showed us this song while we were cooking and it was perfect for the moment. Super chilled and laid-back, very reminiscent of summer and just hanging out. 

Take Flight – Planet Vegeta: Another song by these guys, but they released this towards the end of the month, and the reception was deservedly positive. Such a funky tune, and makes for a good trifecta of releases on their Spotify page if you go give them a suss, which I definitely recommend you do. The chorus in this song is so smooth, and the rest of it is super energetic and rhythmic, I love everything about it. 

Casual – Johnny Stimson, Jeff Bernat, Jesse Barrera: Another song recommendation that I got from a friend. This one my friend Daniel showed me one morning at work, and I fell in love with it immediately. I’m a huge Jeff Bernat fan anyway, so I knew I’d like it, but I underestimated just how much. So smooth and slanky. 

Every Hour – KIAN: Haven’t had a song from KIAN in a little while, so I was stoked when I heard this was being released. It’s definitely something a bit different from him, but I love the direction he’s going. It’s a lot more of a grown-up sound, the instrumentation and the vibe of it are so smooth, and I think he’s sits really well in this new pocket. 

 

I told y’all it was a chunky one. Hopefully I didn’t drone on for too long, let me know if you had a listen to any of the songs I mentioned in this post! I’d love to hear your thoughts x

x

Priya

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May Tunes

Hello friends and welcome to the end of another month! A bit jarring, considering June marks the halfway point for the year, but exciting all the same for a couple of reasons!

  1. I have decided to make some holiday plans for this time next year and I’m already excited.
  2. I may or may not have a new song coming out on streaming services this month….
  3. Also a couple months closer to my birthday and being considered an adult all over the world.

But anyway, I suppose I’ll touch on all of those topics sometime in the near future, but the reason for today’s post is of course, my monthly tunes. I really had a great month of music in May. I played a super duper fun gig with my band and had so many friends and family come along to support us. Some new music came out that had me vibing real good, and I even went to a cheeky concert or two.

Here’s what I was listening to in May, it’s a hefty list, but well worth a read!

Hard Place – H.E.R: Honestly, she can do no wrong. Every new song she releases makes more more of a fan of hers and I can’t help but be obsessed with everything she puts out. Hard Place is no different, hence why it’s at the top of my list this month.

Wallpaper – Spencer Sutherland: Another cool as heck do, I’ve also been enjoying all of Spencer’s songs. I’ve yet to find one that I don’t absolutely love yet.

I’m Like A Bird (Recorded Live at Spotify) – Alessia Cara: One of my friends Amy recommended this song to me, and I’ve had it on repeat since then. I love Alessia Cara, especially recently, she’s been sharing some cool music and  her concerts look super fun, but this cover makes me so nostalgic considering how big of a part this song played in my childhood. Such a great cover, I highly recommend you give it a listen. Shout-out to Amy for a brilliant suggestions.

3 Nights – Dominic Fike: An artist who I’ve actually heard of here and there, Dominic Fike has never been someone I’ve really gone out of my way to look into, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear this song start popping up on the radio here in Australia. It’s a really catchy song and I was super quick to Shazaam it the first time I heard it in the car.

Upside – Allen Stone: Look. I know. I’m well behind on my BluesFest post. It’s coming, I promise. However, in the meantime, get yourself acquainted with Allen Stone cos he’ll for sure be popping up in that post several times. This song is one of his funkiest in my opinion, a great time overall.

Trick Of The Light – Matt Corby: Ever since watching Matt Corby live last month, which you can read about HERE, I’ve been in love with this song. He didn’t play it, but my friend James had his fingers crossed the entire time that he would, so it was only fair that I went home after the concert to have a listen. I love it. The guitar in this song is super strong, and Matt delivers the incredible vocal performance that I’ve just come to expect from him.

Guillotine – Jon Bellion: It happened again. I don’t know what the catalyst is for this, but there’s always a time every few weeks or so where I just come back to this song and play nothing else for a few days. It popped up again in May and I had zero problems, because it reminded me that I’m actually going to see this man live in the flesh in a couple of months when he comes to Australia for his tour. Man, I could cry.

Let’s Be Honest – Billy Fox: This song was sent to my email, and I was inclined to have a listen. I was very surprised at how into it I got. When things get sent to me and I get asked to review songs, I really try to only share music that I genuinely enjoy and it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a song as much as this one. Definitely check it out.

Miss Shiney – Kaiit: Ahh Kaiit. I could fangirl over this chick for ever. She’s come through with a new song, and Miss Shiney is such a funky tune. Coincidentally, the day she released it, one of my good friends from uni and I were having lunch in Melbourne Central after class, and spotted her sitting two tables away from us, so proceeded to absolutely freak-out .

Love Me Less – MAX, Quinn XCII: A tune. A very good tune. MAX has always been a vocally very skilled singer, add in Quinn XCII, another personal favourite, and it makes for a super punchy, annoyingly catchy song. Also, the music video is genius.

Ashamed – Omar Apollo: This. Song. If you thought you knew Omar Apollo, like I stupidly thought I did, you don’t. Listening to this song for the first time had me shooketh to my absolute core. It’s so different from personal favourites like Brake Lights and Pram. It’s like his song Ignorin, grew the heck up, but like, better?

Circle – Allen Stone: This my friends, is how you sing a ballad. I don’t even know if I can do this man justice. You have to just check him out, but this is maybe in my top three songs from Allen Stone.

Let’s Begin – Jon Bellion, Roc Marciano, RZA, B.Keyz, Travis Mendes: Like I mentioned, been on a bit of a Jon Bellion binge. This song was immediately one of my favourites when I first listened to Glory Sound Prep which he released in November last year. The bass line in this song is so aggressive, which I absolutely love, and literally every single artist on this track, goes in. It’s hard not to respect a song with so much talent on it. It’s insanity.

Light It Up – Marshmello, Tyga, Chris Brown: Ahh, my very guilty pleasure. You all know I’m incredibly partial to some hip hop and RnB. I don’t know man, just been stuck in my head all the time.

Evil Spider – Bene: My gal Bene. If you didn’t catch it, check out my review of her concert HERE. She released this cute lil track, and I’m excited to see it go far. It’s super groovy, as expected from Bene by now, and her songwriting in this walks the line of being super dark but also super cute??? She makes it happen.

Blood On My Hands – AUGUST 08, Smino: I added this song to 365//2019 purely from the intro because of how atmospheric it is, intending for this to be a bit of a chiller tune. My bad, I accept full responsibility for not waiting for the chorus to hit on this one, cos when it hits, it hits. There’s some major minimalistic dancehall percussion on this track, and the vocals are undeniably smooth as butter. I love everything about this song.

Fragile – Cooper and Gatlin: I watched the music video for this song, purely because it featured two of my favourite dancers on the video icon, and I subsequently became obsessed with it. Watch for yourself.

Treasure – Bruno Mars: I fell back in love with this song after my band and I performed it at our last gig. It was a pretty last minute inclusion but it definitely paid off, it was a huge crowd favourite, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat, especially at the gym, ever since.

Life Worth Living – LAUREL: This gal. This angel, angel gal. Like I’ve spoken about before, I strongly back the pre-concert and post-concert fave. Before heading to see LAUREL earlier this month, her song Adored was basically one of the only songs from her album DOGVIOLET that I actually listened to. Come the day of the concert and I become obsessed with this song hours before the show, and lose it in the crowd when she starts singing it. This song hits you in the gut in the best way. If you want a bit of pop-rock Florence And The Machine vibes, LAUREL is your go-to gal.

Do Not Disturb – Mahalia: Y’all know I love Mahalia. I’ve been slowly making my way through her catalogue, purely because once I listen to a new song it’s the only Mahalia song I listen to for a week, minimum. I love the chorus in this song, her vocals are like genuine. It blows my mind that she’s my age.

Easier – 5 Seconds of Summer: I don’t know why I was surprise, but I was. My best friend Kate, really gets around these boys, and I can see why. Since they’ve made their little comeback, they’ve released fantastic songs, and this one is no different. I’d be really interested to see how they’d perform it live though.

Cautionary Tales – Jon Bellion: It’s like Jon knew I was on a Bellion bender throughout this month, because towards the end of May he released a documentary, behind the scenes of the making of the Glory Sound Prep album, and it’s magnificent. This was one of the first songs to show up within the documentary, and it really made me appreciate it a lot more. Honestly, this man. I cried, several times while watching it, and then I watched it a second time.

still feel – half·alive: I discovered this song while on my drive to my last day of my internship. I’d had it in my driving playlist, but at this point that’s another version of Mary Poppin’s bag, you literally don’t know what you’re gonna get because there’s a stupid amount of songs on it. However, this song came on shuffle, and I was immediately obsessed with it, and as soon as I pulled into the carpark, I searched up the song again and added it to my yearly playlist. The bass drop had my entire car shaking, which is always a good sign.

So that’s it friends. May was chock full of amazing music – the rest of the year really got to pull through to match the first half. I’m excited.

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Priya

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