Yo. So I know I said in my grovel/apology/explanation post that I missed my August Tunes, but I thought, it’s early enough in September for me to just try and sneak them in, right? So here we are.
As I explained, while I have been away for a couple of months, I’ve been up to my neck in new music and I’ve loved it. I’ve been listening to new releases, old throwbacks, songs from my childhood, songs that are completely left of centre for me and I freaking love it.
Let’s get into it.
Skate – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic: I mean. What a way to get back in. Given this was released in July, but I really rinsed it in August. Everything I love about these two artists separately and what they create together is defined in this song. Super smooth and classic, it sounds like something straight out of the Get Down soundtrack and that’s an easy win with me.
Concrete Jugle Fever – Jerome Farah: I saw Jerome live earlier this year and he’s been on my radar since I first started listening to his band Jakubi a couple years ago. He’s been chilling behind the scenes for a little while, working with the likes of Kian and Tones and I, but in 2020 and 2021 he’s been a machine, releasing some amazing tracks and visuals along with it. This one is super gritty and energetic, a great introduction for anyone who’s never listened to any of his stuff before.
Need To Know – Doja Cat: I’ve been hyping the Doja Cat album since it was released. Planet Her was so much more than I expected. My favourite is most definitely Woman but thanks to my old friend TikTok, this song was stuck in my head more than I’d like to admit. Doja really came through with this one and this entire album.
not what i’m used to – Bella Taylor Smith: If any of my Australian readers have been keeping up with The Voice, you’d be familiar with Bella and how insane her voice is. It’s incredible. She had me in tears during her first audition and she’s been the favourite ever since the show started, for good reason. I just had to give her a good stalk and I discovered she released her own EP a little while back. After giving it a good listen and having a good cry I settled on this particular track as my absolute favourite. It’s beautiful. I love it so much because it really gives you space to listen to her voice, her tone and the lyrics. It’s really only her and a piano and it’s perfect.
New Apartment – Ari Lennox: An older one, but still a great one.
Made For Silence – Miiesha: I don’t listen to a lot of Miiesha’s music but as I’ve been updating my decolonise yourself playlist she’s popped up time and time again and this song just really got me hooked. She’s got a super crisp and clean voice and this song pairs it with a super catchy groove.
Just for me – PinkPantheress: I have to credit TikTok for helping me discover this chick. If you’ve scrolled for even half an hour on TikTok I can guarantee you would have heard at least one of her songs because she has that app by a choke hold. For good reason. She mixes DnB with a super floaty, angelic vocal performance and really raw and honest lyrics.
Don’t Rush – Young T & Bugsey, Headie One: Just a bit of a groove for you on this one. I’ve been rinsing this one this month.
My Mind – Yebba: I decided to look for this song on Spotify after hearing someone cover it on The Voice and nearly cried tears of joy when I saw that Miss Yebba had finally uploaded it for streaming. This song owns me. Completely. Try not to cry. I dare you.
Diana – Pop Smoke, King Combs: I’ve been listening to this song plenty during this month, especially when working out. It’s not a heavy track but there’s something about it that just flows super easy.
Facade – Nganeko: Nganeko is a New Zealand artist I’ve been following for the last couple of years and she finally released her second single. This song is sick. It’s a got a great beat and Nganeko has such an angelic, wispy voice that just dances all over the track. The chorus is ridiculously catchy and gets stuck in your head by the time the song is halfway finished. Not complaining.
Kiss Me Thru The Phone – Soulja Boy, Sammie: Don’t ask.
Time Moves Slow – BADBADNOTGOOD, Samuel T. Herring: Another TikTok credit here. I didn’t set out to find this song though, it just showed up on my recommended and as soon as I heard it I knew it. To be fair, it really is such a beautiful song. The guitar just captivates you and the bass really swims.
Catcha Grip – CD, PANIA: Two Melbourne gals, who I’ve been waiting to release new music. Both these chicks are super talented and CD has been drip feeding us music. This song is really enchanting and smooth, such an easy listen.
Pepeha – SIX60: Another SIX60 release. Imagine coming back with a Monthly Tunes post that didn’t include these guys. This song made me cry. I don’t speak the Maori language but God I wish I could just so I could really understand this song. A lot of my favourite NZ artists are re-releasing some of their tracks translated into the language it’s so beautiful to listen to, even if I don’t understand a word of it. This song is a really good example of how much NZ artists connect to their language and it never fails to give me shivers.
family ties – Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar: Thank you Keem and thank you Kendrick. This song goes super hard. Like, I had to take a moment. I can just imagine it would be a super hyped song for like…a sports highlight reel edit or something. It’s hype enough when I’m in the gym by myself so I can only imagine how hard it would go with a bunch of people jumping on it.
ZIPS – Church & AP: I’m very excited for new Church & AP. If you aren’t familiar with the NZ duo, you can read up on them HERE, but this is their latest release and it just keeps on trend, following the trajectory of their development and growth as artists. Very excited to continue seeing these guys move up.
Heat Above – Greta Van Fleet: Okay hear me out. So when I first listened to this band it was to get in on a joke. The general discourse around these guys is that they’re just Led Zeppelin wannabes. I mean, I get it, because I hear it. A lot of Axel Rose, some Aerosmith but A LOT of LZ. The purists really went mad with these guys. So when I first listened to them it was to make sense of the joke. But like…I don’t mind it? Like given, there are some songs that I can’t be bothered giving the time of day, but then there are songs like this one that just hit me in the gut. I feel like I’m thrown back to a past life when I listen to this track and I don’t know how to explain it.
Harleys In Hawaii – Katy Perry: So who was gonna tell me that Katy Perry was back with bangers? No-one? I don’t know how I missed it – actually I do, I mean come on – but this song is so good? Like…can summer hurry up please. The chorus, the beat, the bass, everything about this song makes me so excited to see the sun, even if I am currently in lockdown in Melbourne.
PLW – Leon Thomas: Can’t remember how I came across this song or this guy but thank goodness I did. So smooth, a wonderful mix of RnB/rock/soul. Highly recommend. If you like Miguel, especially most recent Miguel, I feel like you’ll love this song and this artist.
Stay Ready (What A Life) – Jhene Aiko, Kendrick Lamar: What a throwback. I just woke up one morning with this song in my head, and had it playing in my room, then I went on TikTok later that day and saw one of my favourite creators doing an ASL cover of it, so took that as sign enough to add it to my 365//2021 playlist which is still going strong, if you wanted to check it out.
Believe What I Say – Kanye West: Bro this entire release annoyed me. So much. I think the hype or ‘over-hype’ really ruined this record for me. I hold Kanye’s earliest releases super close to my chest, and really respect his music from when he first started but aside from a few tracks here and there I’ve struggled to connect with any of his latest releases. Sadly Donda was the same. I’ll give him credit, there are some great tracks on the album, however I think I’m just salty towards the album as a whole and it really distracts me when I listen to it, which is a fault of my own. Form your own opinion. However. This track. I am not immune to a Ms. Lauryn Hill sample, so this song had my from the first second I heard it.
So that’s what I was listening to in August. At least, some of it. I mean it’s September 3rd currently, and I hear ABBA have released some new music so … 👀 There’s also a Drake album on the horizon so…
What have you listened to recently? Let me know. And if you’d like to keep up with the daily playlist, my 365//2021 Spotify playlist where I add a song every single day for the whole year, you can find it below.