March Tunes

Hello and goodbye March! That went dramatically quick. To think we’re already 3 months into 2021. To think it’s been a year since we first were affected by COVID19. A lot has happened in such a short time and much like the last few months, March just flew past. Much like the last few months, I also listened to a ridiculous amount of music. So much so that you may have noticed me cutting down the amount of tracks I include in my Monthly Tunes, and that is purely because I don’t have the time to add them all in, as I’m sure you don’t have the time to read them all individually. You can always check out the 365//2021 playlist HERE, or now, at the bottom of this post!

However, with all of that said, here’s just a few of the tracks I was listening to during the month of March.

Moving On – Niko Walters: I love me some NZ musicians and Niko Walters is a perfect example! Brother of Matui Walters, the lead singer of SIX60, I’ve been listening to Niko’s music for about a year now and this is the latest song I’ve been loving. My cousin introduced me to this track while on a weekend drive to have some lunch and I fell in love with it! Niko’s got a beautiful voice and the song is so subtle and strong in it’s own way.

All She Wrote – SIX60: Such a beautiful track to farewell summer with. As I continuously mention, SIX60 can do no wrong in my eyes, but this song is hand-over-heart, a track. I highly recommend you give it a listen, it’s such a gentle banger, building around this super simple guitar riff but the main hook is so catchy and anthem-ic, in an authentically SIX60 way.

So Fresh, So Clean – Outkast: I heard this song again recently while shuffling though a Spotify playlist and was shocked to say the least. It never occurred to me that Kiana Lede’s Mad At Me has a direct homage to this track in it’s chorus. The tune is so succinct and catchy, I’m unsure as to how I missed it. I love Outkast’s subtly on this track

BMO – Ari Lennox, Doja Cat: Yo, when I tell you this one took me for a spin, it took me for a spin. I’m no stranger to Ari Lennox’s track, BMO, I just had zero idea there was a remix that featured Doja Cat. Don’t ask me how I missed it, but when my friend Sarah sent it to me I was shook. That said, the song on it’s own is a banger, and I love a Doja verse on most songs anyway, so the track has only been elevated in my opinion. The original will always be my favourite, but this was a very nice surprise discovery.

Around The World – Daft Punk: This was purely a song to mourn the end of the dynamic duo that is Daft Punk. I spent most of the day playing this song in my room and having my own little boogie. This song is probably, out of all their tracks, the very many tracks they have, my absolute favourite.

Best I Ever Had – Drake: This is one of those ‘moment’ additions to the playlist, where I really only added it to remind me of the day. I was in the van with the boys in my band and we were driving to our first headline gig of the year, nearly a sold-out show in the city with a bunch of people coming and this was one of the song requests for the drive to the venue. It really popped off a lot more than I thought but it made for such a fun drive and was the first of many bangers queued up to get us through the trip.

Twenty20 – Real Good Company: Cheeky little personal plug – my band and I released out third single, Twenty20 at the start of March and obviously I had to add it in to my playlist as the tune of the day when it came out. We also had a super fun single release gig at The Worker’s Club, one of my favourite Melbourne venues ever which was such a great time.

Leave The Door Open – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic: I think most people have heard this song by now. I was super excited when I found out that Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak were joining forces to create Silk Sonic. Honestly, it’s everything you could possibly expected from two of the smoothest artists of the decade and then some. The vibe, the track, the music video; everything about this song is so undeniably smooth and I’ve been rightfully obsessed with it since it was dropped.

Stockholme Syndrome – One Direction: I wouldn’t be surprised if my most listened to artists for March was One Direction. I was really on a 1D bender this month and I have zero regrets. Whether I was hanging out with friends or family, driving to the gym, working out at home, chilling in the car on the way to work or just hanging out in my room, I’m pretty sure there was One Direction playlist nearly every day of the week, and Stockholme Syndrome really made itself known. For some reason it was a bit of a standout for me, just made me that extra bit nostalgic, and I’m not mad about it.

Frontin – Pharrell Williams, JAY-Z: Coming through with the throwback right now. I heard this song during a deep dive of Pharrell Willliams songs and finding all of his songs with The Neptunes. When I say treasure trove, I mean treasure trove. Pharrell Williams, and his pure genius never fail to amaze me, but out of all the digging and throwbacks, this one really got me hooked all over again. Couldn’t tell you why, it just gripped me the way absolute bangers tend to do. Completely out of nowhere. I can’t ever find it in myself to skip this song and I don’t mind, it’s an immediate mood-booster.

SAY SO – PJ Morton, JoJo: I’ve known about this song for a little while, but never took the time to listen to it until this month when I was out on my walk and decided to listen to the Song Exploder podcast, and found it on one of the episodes. I loved watching the Song Exploder Netflix series, and the podcast was just as good. Hearing how this song came to be, the different stages of it’s development, the fact that it was almost shelved and was brought back to life back PJ Morton’s fans, made listening to the track at the end of the episode all the better. It’s such a beautiful track, and JoJo really does a great job reminding everyone why she was one of the best RnB singers in the early 2000s. Plus there’s PJ Morton’s insane instrumentation and writing to go along with it. Match made in heaven. Could not recommend this track enough.

Freckles – Lawrence: I’ve known about brother/sister duo Lawrence for a little while now, and I recently got back into listening to their music. They’re the first artists signed to Beautiful Minds, Jon Bellion’s record label, and rightfully so, their music is offensively good. They have this perfect blend of funk, soul and jazz-nerd cool-ness, mixed with grit, punchy vocals and insane songwriting. Everything I love if we’re being real.

So that’s just a taste of what I was listening to during March! I hope you enjoyed reading through my ramblings – let me know what you were listening to this month, I’d love to know!!

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February Tunes

End of February already. Hello March. It’s insane how fast this year is moving, but as I mentioned to my friends as we were contemplating it, I’m very down with the speed at which we’re moving. Less time lingering means less time for things to go wrong and we’re really not trynna have a 2020 repeat.

All of that aside, I’ve been listening to heaps of music (what’s new?) and I have a bunch to share with you. Here’s what I was listening to in February.

Crazy – Sons of Zion: I love me some tunes straight out of New Zealand, and when it comes to NZ music, Sons of Zion always deliver. They released this single and I immediately fell in love with it. Such a groovy tune, and as per usual you can expect some amazing vocals and a good ole’ sing-a-long.

Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire: This is obviously a classic! I added it to my monthly playlist so I could remember one of the last few days at the end of January, after I’d already posted my January Tunes, when my friends and I went away to Rye for a couple days. If you wanna hear a bit about our last trip to Rye, you can read that HERE, but this one was a lot more chilled out because of the colder weather. We ended up making a bunch of trips into town, cooking up an absolute mess in the kitchen of our AirBnB, getting piercings and having a spontaneous night out, but this song reminds me of the couple of hours we’d spend driving in the car along the coast, and had old classics, this being one of them, absolutely blaring out of the car speaker. Core memory for sure.

Gravity – Brent Faiyaz, DJ Dahi, Tyler, The Creator: What more could you want? I’ll admit, I have never heard of DJ Dahi before, but this track with Brent and Tyler is such a treat, I love it regardless. I really enjoyed this tune during February, and I cannot wait for whatever else Brent Faiyaz is gonna be delivering in 2021. I loved watching him just simmer below the surface during 2019 and 2020 but I can’t wait for him to make a Daniel Caesar style breakthrough, it’s coming soon, mark my words.

What A Feeling – One Direction: This track started making the rounds on TikTok during Febuary, and my little 12 year old heart could not have loved it more. Such a throwback, even though it was one of their later releases, and I can never find it in myself to skip over this whenever it comes on shuffle now. Forever a favourite.

Pick Up Your Feelings – Jazmine Sullivan: Every day I find another reason to be in absolute awe of this woman and her powerhouse voice. If you’ve yet to discover Miss Jazmine Sullivan, here’s your chance. She’s currently one of my favourite female vocalists at the moment, and this song does an amazing job at showcasing that. She’s an RnB queen, but her voice is in insane in it’s own right. As far as I’m concerned, Jazmine Sullivan is her own genre. This song is insane.

Passion – Gretta Ray: I loved Gretta Ray immensely a couple years back when I first started this blog, you’re a real one if you read the Gretta Ray concert review back when it was posted, and I recently rediscovered some of her music, as well as her new releases that I hadn’t yet heard. This, being one of them. I love it. The chorus is so anthem-ic and the way it just churns and chugs along has me hooked. I had this on repeat this month for sure.

Normal Girl – SZA: The lyrics in this song just…hit. Along with some beautiful female voices like Jazmine, Sabrina and UMI who just fit so snugly into that beautiful RnB songstress pocket, SZA just cannot be ignored. Honestly I don’t know that there’s a whole lot I can add to this, the song kinda speaks for itself. I just spent a lot of time marinating in my feels while this song was playing during February and that’s not a complaint.

Orion’s Belt – Sabrina Claudio: I’m back on my Sabrina Claudio bender, and this time it’s this old classic that’s got me hooked. I love this song. I love Sabrina’s voice and everything about this track just feels so sensual and smooth. It’s like listening to the sound of honey while lying under the sun. Or the stars for the context of this song. The song writing on this record is so beautiful and picturesque, Sabrina’s got an immaculate talent for being vivid and descriptive with the images she creates with her lyrics, I’m all for it.

All Night – Beyonce: My cousin and I were driving back from the gym when she asked if she could put a song on. When I tell you I screamed when I heard this track, I screamed. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had listened to this song before then, but the moment it began I knew exactly what it was. Such a beautiful song, so melodic and ethereal yet so powerful and emboldened at the same time. I feel like that’s kinda just expected from Beyonce, but this was one of my favourite songs from her ever when it was first released and I’m glad I’ve been able to listen to it some more this month.

Fade Away – SIX60: It’s not a monthly playlist without some SIX60, and at this point it’s become a bit of a joke. Fade Away is one of their singles that they released in 2020, and it’s so beautiful. I really enjoy this track, purely for how beautiful the production is, how incredible the vocals are (as per usual) and I’ll be honest, just for the fact that it’s SIX60. Let’s be real, this is my blog and if I have any biases, I’ll let them be known. These guys could perform a cover of the alphabet song and I’d share that shit. I still recommend you give this tune a listen, it’s beautiful.

Provide – G-Eazy, Chris Brown, Mack Morrison: I saw Mack Morrison on this and had to do a double take, then I listened to it and heard all the sampling and references and really began to enjoy the track. G Eazy and Chris Brown are obviously two artists who I enjoy and have shared on the blog before, but I’ve also shared Mack Morrison in some of my throwback playlists. So it’s fair to say those aforementioned biases kicked into gear and I was enjoying this song less than 30 seconds into it. It gives me major throwback Chris Brown 2015 vibes and I’m loving it.

So High – Ski Mask the Slump God: I heard the intro of this song on Instagram a little while ago and was so hooked by it, but couldn’t figure out the song. I finally got around to throwing it through Shazaam, and it led me to Ski Mask the Slump God, who I’ll admit, I’ve literally never intentionally listened to in my life. Yet here we are, with a track by Ski Mask on my February Tunes. I think this is just a bit of … ‘in your feels’ kinda track and sometimes you need that right? Have a listen and let me know what you think, I’d love to hear if any of you enjoyed it or are Ski fans already!

Trippin – Kara Marni: When I tell you I have been in love with this song, I have been in love. It’s a super slinky, funky ode to the banger that is 1 Thing by Amerie, and Kara Marni does it so effortlessly. I nearly flipped a table when I heard this song, and if you’re a fan of some old school RnB, you’ll feel the same, I promise. The vibe is completely different, very much 2021 with an incredible bass and synth that sits amongst Kara’s silky vocals. There’s nothing forced about it which is so rare when you come across tracks like this, and I’m obsessed with how effortless it is. In love.

Love Affair – UMI: UMI has one of those effortlessly smooth voices. Nothing sounds contrived or difficult with UMI and I love it, especially in this song. This track came out back in 2019 but I heard it in the back of a TikTok the other day and ended up binging all her music for the rest of the week. So ahead of her time.

Already Best Friends – Jack Harlow, Chris Brown: This gives me major 2016 vibes and I’m all for it. I only really know Jack Harlow from his songs that have blown up on TikTok, but he released an album, That’s What They All Say at the end of 2020 and I can definitely get around it. He’s got some great features on there; Adam Levine, Big Sean, Lil Wayne and Lil Baby to name a few, but I think this track might be my favourite. I definitely listen to is the most.

Down The Line – Remi Wolf: Remi Wolf is moving up my friends, and you wanna make sure you’re all over her music before she does. If you’re after that early BENEE mixed in with a bit of Vulfpeck and Thundercat, Remi’s your girl. You’ve probably heard her song Photo ID, it blew up a few months ago on TikTok and no-one really gave the girl her props for creating an absolute banger of tune, but she released an EP, I’m Allergic To Dogs! in 2020 and it’s got even more amazing tracks, this being one of them.

Plastic Hearts – Miley Cyrus: I aware this song came out a little while ago, but here I am again, sharing my love for this new wave that Miley Cyrus is currently riding. I have all of my fingers crossed, hoping that she really digs into this rock genre pocket that she sits so comfortably in because she nails it every time. Whether it’s a cover of someone else’s song, (Heart of Glass I’m looking at you) or her own track, she owns this entire genre in my opinion.

That’s what I was loving during February! I’ll admit I had to trim this list down a bit. Even though it’s the shortest month of the year, I had a long of tunes on the list and it was becoming a bit of a joke. I’d love to know what you were listening to this month, let me know in the comments!

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Priya

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November Tunes

I’m horrible. I know. I’m aware. Imagine going quiet for nearly a month then popping back in like it’s chill. Couldn’t be me.

Except it very much is. I’ve been busy. That’s it.

Here’s what I was listening to during November, a month in which I was very busy.

Universe – Ty Dolla $ign, Kehlani: This track is on here purely because I listened to heaps of Ty Dolla $ign during November since he released his album, and obviously, this track with a Kehlani feature is my fave. You can read a bit more in depth about my thoughts on the album HERE.

Girl Like Me – Becca Hatch: Becca is an amazing young artist from Sydney, and I’ve been loving her stuff throughout the year. This track is the latest obsession of mine and I feel like you need to give it a go. If you’re a fan of anything similar to Jorja Smith’s dancehall and more upbeat tracks, I reckon you’ll love Becca.

Dino – Payday: I found Payday on TikTok when she did one of the hardest freestyles I’ve ever listened to. She genuinely looks like Strawberry Shortcake, but she raps like a superstar who is in her prime, and the contrast has me going insane for this gal. Think Benee, a bit of Billie, not a lot, Remi Wolf – it’s super hard to define Payday to be honest, you’ve got to listen for yourself.

Peacemaker – Sycco: Another young artist from Australia, Sycco is slowly but steadily making some moves over here. I fell in love with her tune, Dribble, earlier this year, but I think I may love this track more. The chorus is so bloody catchy and I’ve lost count of the times I’ve found myself humming it to myself in the middle of the day without being prompted to. It’s bouncy, energetic and super smooth, all at once.

Holding The Gun – Sabrina Claudio: Can’t lie, I really just got back into some Sabrina Claudio this month. Her voice is one of the smoothest voices I’ve ever heard, and all of her songs sound like velvet. This is definitely in my Top Three, just because of how rhythmic it is, and how well Sabrina’s lyrics just sit in the pocket. So good. Check it out if you haven’t already.

motive – Ariana Grande, Doja: Ariana. Ari, Ari, Ari. I’ve written about Ariana Grande’s latest album already, so for all my thoughts, I’ll be directing you HERE. You just gotta know this is my favourite track. And always will be.

Missin You Crazy – Russ: This is one of the only Russ songs I’ve got on any of my playlists, but it’s so damn good. It’s such a cute lil tune, and I’m constantly getting it stuck in my head. Especially this month.

Ego Death – Ty Dolla $ign, FKA Twigs, Skrillex, Kanye West: This is another one of my favourite tracks from Ty Dolla $ign’s latest album, you can ready my review of said album HERE. It’s the final track on the album, and I just love how much of a house feel it has to it, and the feature artists just blend seamlessly into the mix.

my hair – Ariana Grande: Another one of my favourite tracks from Ariana’s album. Her voice. The keys. The lyrics. It’s all there. That’s all I’ll say.

Photo ID – Remi Wolf: It wouldn’t be a monthly tunes without a song discovered on TikTok would it? Time to shine, this song has been everywhere and I’m loving it. It’s super groovy, Remi Wolf’s delivery is super unique and fun and you can’t help but have a boogie whenever you hear this song.

5% TINT – Travis Scott: Travis Scott really comes and goes for me, but I heard someone remix this song so ended up binging the ASTROWORLD album for an entire day and rediscovering this track. I love the production, there’s just something about it.

FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT – Bea Miller, Amine: When I tell you I rinsed this song, I rinsed this song. I mean, the song itself was fine as it was, like Bea Miller has come out with some fantastic tracks this year, but then she released a remix with my very own Amine on it, and it was genuinely game over for me. I love hearing his voice on a disco/RnB/pop track like this, and he just slips into place so perfectly. This is one of those remixes that I’ll listen to over the original any day of the week.

Fkn Around – Phony Ppl, Megan Thee Stallion: I’m on my Megan Thee Stallion grind right now, so when I saw she was on a Phony Ppl track, I had to add it to my playlist regardless. That said, it’s an absolute track. The bass on this song is offensive, Phony Ppl are phenomenal as per usual and Megan’s verse just gets me hyped every time I hear it.

34 + 35 – Ariana Grande: This track didn’t start out as a favourite, but I think the more and more I heard it, the more and more I liked it, especially throughout November. It was just everywhere wasn’t it? Plus, the music video may just be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Ariana made this year her year.

Candy – CVIRO, GXNXVS: Another Australian act I’m currently obsessed with. He’s like someone plucked an RnB singer straight from the 90’s, paired him with a ridiculously tasteful and talented producer in GXNXVS, and they’ve just created some ultimate tracks. These guys are one of my top five discoveries this year. Hands down.

Infinity – Ocean Alley: My love for Ocean Alley has only grown this year. That’s all there is to it, and I’m sincerely unapologetic about it. This song and another track, Way Down, made their way onto my playlist during November and I’m constantly queuing them up. Fingers crossed I get a chance to see Ocean Alley live again sometime during 2021.

There ya go friends. That’s what I was listening to during the month of November. Again, I’m sorry it’s a bit late, but shit’s been shit and there’s a lot going on, as I’m sure is the case for everyone this time of the month. Let me know what you listened to during November, and I’d love to know if any of y’all have started the Christmas music yet! I’ll catch you when I catch you!

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Priya

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October Tunes

I know. I know. I’ve been absent. Severely absent. Pinky swear there’s a legitimate reason, but that’s a post for another day.

Today’s post is our monthly wrap-up of tunes I was rinsing during the last month. October produced some good music. There were some covers that slapped (Miley Cyrus I’m looking at you), some cinematic masterpieces (ahem, Shawn Mendes) and some great discoveries made.

So, if you’re keen to see what I was listening to during the month of October while I was anywhere but on my blog, keep reading.

Ungodly Hour – Chloe x Halle: These girls have a ridiculous amount of views on their latest music videos, and I can guarantee I’m at least a hundred of them. Especially this one. It’s gotten to the point where I know the live version with the choreography and the ad-libs better than I know the studio version. These two are so bloody ethereal and heavenly it’s hard to measure up to these ladies. So strong vocally and so effortless in their performance. I’m on a bit of a Chloe x Halle binge and I highly recommend.

Heart of Glass – Miley Cyrus: What much else could I add to the discourse surrounding this gift from God itself, that hasn’t already been said. Not a lot.

Last Time – Giveon, Snoh Aalegra: Giveon delivered once again, this time he brought my gal Snoh with him. This song is the definition of smooth and sultry and I’m all about it. Both of them deliver creamy vocals and their voices blend so perfectly together.

Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar, Drake: I blame the Savage x Fenty show for this one. You know the vid I’m talking about. Neon green hair Lance, dancing with two other male dancers in silk pyjama sets behind mesh fabric then the camera pans to our gal Cara Delevingne? That’s the one. That and this song has always been a tune.

Wonder – Shawn Mendes: I’ve spoken already about this song. You don’t need me to ramble again because ramble I will. Check out the blog post HERE.

Like You – Bow Wow, Ciara: Oh my lord this song. I heard it in a TikTok and just got violent flashbacks to singing it when I was a lil kiddy. Just the Ciara hook, the way it gets stuck in your head is a medical issue, but I don’t have that much of a problem with it.

YEAHNAH – Church & AP: Church & AP. Was obviously gonna mention them again at some point. If you haven’t heard me go on about this NZ duo before, check out my post on them HERE. This is such a track. It’s from their latest EP, At Thy Feet, and it’s arguably my favourite. The bass line, the drum, it’s got a very UK feel to it if that makes sense. Dera Meelan, the producer is phenomenal on this track and it’s done so well. Church, AP and Dera are trio to watch when they’re together.

Way Down – Ocean Alley: Another tune from Ocean Alley. I’m on a bit of a bender with these guys too. This goes back to their surf rock roots perfectly, complete with heavy drum beat and head nod-inducing guitar riff. Baden, the lead singer, also delivers one of my favourite vocal performances so far.

So Done – Alicia Keys, Khalid: My girl Alicia. I can’t help but think of my childhood and driving in the car, listening to her albums with my Dad. She’s such a staple piece of my youth, so when I saw she had an episode dedicated to her on Netflix’s Song Exploder, I was all over it. This isn’t the track the episode covered, but it’s from the same album, and I mean…Alicia Keys and Khalid? Bliss.

going out – ROLE MODEL: More ROLE MODEL. This guy is making waves and they just get bigger and bigger. Last month it was BLIND, and now we’ve got going out. It’s not an overly complicated song, but the lyrics are so well written and constructed, with a super catchy hook and it’s just a hit in my eyes.

Self Control – Frank Ocean: It’s that part of the post where I share the inevitable Frank Ocean song I found myself obsessed with during the month and for October it was good ole Self Control. It’s just that guitar man. I mean, we done been knowing Frank’s lyrics could break the stoniest of hearts and his voice is sent directly from angels, but the guitar on this track just gets me. I love this song. I could be mid hype and I wouldn’t be able to find it in myself to skip this song.

Kevin’s Heart – J. Cole: I think I love this song so much for it’s intro. It’s just beautiful. That said, J. Cole consistently delivers, and I’ve been going back to the KOD album over the last month and digging up some of the treasures on that record, this being one of them.

On My Mind – Diplo, SIDEPIECE: Complete change of pace and we have some DIPLO on the playlist. I added this to my before the uber comes a little while ago, and then I saw more than a few TikToks using this song and I just had to add it to my daily playlist because of how often I found it stuck in my head.

Not My Neighbour – Niko Walters: I found this song through a series on YouTube called Don’t Make It AUX, which is one of the vibiest playlist series I’ve ever seen. I’m a huge fan of Jordan and Lance who I mentioned earlier, and they got Niko as well as Matui, the lead singer of SIX60, on their latest episode so I had to find out more about Niko. I genuinely spent the rest of the day on his Spotify, listening to his music while doing my work and getting on with it, but this song is by far my favourite. Highly recommend. Super groovy and chilled out, perfect for summer, which is on it’s way here in Australia.

Higher Place – Skip Marley, Bob Marley & The Wailers: Another song I discovered from the Don’t Make It AUX show, this time recommended by Matui Walters, who as I mentioned, is the lead singer of one of my favourite bands, SIX60. Skip Marley, Bob Marley’s grandson really puts such a modern and relevant spin on his grandfather’s tapes and recordings, even sampling some of Bob Marley’s speaking and writing in this track, hence the feature. This song is so good. There’s an incredible drop that is understated, yet hits so hard at the same time, and I’ve been rinsing this song all month.

Only Time Makes It Human – King Princess: I remember a couple years ago when King Princess was always on my radar…now, not so much. I discovered this song by pure lucky – my phone refused to connect to the BlueTooth in my car, so it was the rare occasion where I chucked on the radio, and this was on. I instantly made a mental note to add it to my playlist when I got home because of how insanely catchy the hook is. I’m in love with this disco-pop genre and though I’d never think it, King Princess does it so effortlessly. Nails it.

Over Now – Calvin Harris, The Weeknd: We love Calvin Harris around here. We know this. Add in The Weeknd, who’s also riding this disco-pop wave making itself known in 2020, and you have a tune like this. I mean, dreamy synths, some smooth RnB style percussion, a slappy bass and Abel’s impeccable vocals, make this a killer track. So low-key and ambient, I love it.

positions – Ariana Grande: She really pulled through at the end of the month didn’t she? I’m so exciting for her upcoming album, probably more excited than I’ve ever been for anything she’s ever put out, and this single has a lot to do with it.

What were you listening to this month? Let me know in the comments!

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My Forever Favourites // Thank You Spotify xx

Hello boys and gals. Hope you’re all well.

Quick post today – I wanted to share another funky feature that Spotify have added to the mix. Honestly, at this point, I should be expecting my Spotify sponsorship already.

It’s called your ‘Forever Favourites‘ and I love the idea. We all know I’m a sucker for a good playlist, and this is just another fun little feature to get you making a playlist of your own!!

It’s essentially just a template to help you curate a playlist of only five songs, (I know, I struggled), that are meant to be relevant to defining moments of your life, which you can then share on your other social medias. Right up my alley.

Here’s what Spotify said in a blog post;

“Through the app, listeners can create a playlist with their five most meaningful songs and/or podcast episodes and easily post it on their social channels for everyone to see—and bask in the memories,”

It’s super easy to create, you just have to jump on to your Home page and tap the ‘My Forever Favourites’. PLUS, you can choose whether you include only songs, only podcasts or a combination of the two!

Here’s mine to get you started!

Let me know if you create your playlist – feel free to send me your curations on Instagram, I’d love to see them!

August Tunes

I’m gonna be brutally honest – I know these are getting long, and I don’t care. For the last three months, I’ve had to warn y’all that these monthly posts are extra chunky, and I’m just accepting it as the new norm for me whilst my state is still in lockdown.

Not leaving my house as often, now not working at all due to it being shut down because of lock down, and not really have all that much to do, has meant that I generally have music playing at any given moment. It’s a lot. I’m discovering new songs, nearly every hour it seems, and I’m not one to complain.

So, for the third month in a row – this monthly tunes, is gonna be a long one, but I hope y’all stick around to hear about all the music I was listening to in August.

Toast – Real Good Company: Look, I’ve never been subtle when it comes to promoting my friends music or my own music. This just so happens to be a combination of the both, being the debut single from my band, Real Good Company. Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen me share it a few times here and there, but so far, it’s doing pretty well without me shoving down everyone’s throats. I’m not gonna review a track I helped create, cos that’s a bit weird, so I’ll let you be the judge – would LOVE to hear some opinions down in the comments!

Make It – Vayne, Church Leon: This song found its way onto my playlist purely because of it’s feature artist, Church Leon, who you might recall as the ‘Church’ in my 2020 favourites, Church & AP. I hadn’t heard of Vayne before I discovered this song, but I’m glad I’ve found another incredible New Zealand artist to hype up. This song is a banger.

schleep. – Kwame: Love me some Australian hip hop, and at the moment, Kwame is royalty in my eyes. This song is so stupidly catchy, I don’t know how to describe it and do it justice. If you enjoy Kendrick Lamar, mixed with some Kanye but sprinkled with some BROCKHAMPTON production, check out Kwame, specifically this track.

Money Trees – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock: I love when old Kendrick tracks make it back on to my radar, and for August it was Money Trees. 100% due to TikTok, and genuinely, each time I have to say that, I lose more and more shame in doing so. Like I said, I’m in lock down, so I’ve got all the time to while away doing how I please. This is such a classic Kendrick Lamar song. The second half of the song though, the best. The absolute best. I love the layered the vocals and the rhythm of them so much. 

my future – Billie Eilish: I mean. I mean…I mean. This is probably one of my favourite releases Billie has ever shared with the world. The first half alone is so beautiful, and it really gives you the perfect chance to listen to how incredible and raw the lyrics are. Her voice is so subtle and gentle, but at the same time so assured and strong. I love everything about her vocal performance on this track but when I tell you the beat drop had my jaw on the floor. The beat drop had my jaw on the floor

Running Outta Love – Jacob Collier, Tori Kelly: Jacob Collier is a genius. Tori Kelly has offensively magical vocal chords. The fact that this collaboration only just occurred is criminal. There are so many tasty riffs in this song, from both Collier and Kelly, and note after note is just so impressive. Musical masterclass. 

Soulflower – Noah Slee: Noah Slee has been on my radar for a little while, but this is one of the first songs of his that I’ve added to my personal playlists. It’s unique, with a percussive spirit that really made it stand-out for me. That, paired with how smooth Noah’s vocals are and how simple and catchy the hook is, makes it one of my favourite discoveries of the month. 

Sweet Lady – Little Finn: I don’t think I’ve ever been happier for a song to return to Spotify, than I was with this tune. I mean, there was the time Freaks and Geeks by Childish Gambino disappeared for what seemed to be an entire year or more, but like F&G, the return of Little Finn to the streaming platform, made. my. day. My good friend Jarrod, who’s album review you can find HERE, plays the guitar in this band, and I’ve loved all of their tracks since they were released a few years ago. That said, Sweet Lady, always has, and probably always will be, my favourite song by Little Finn. I highly recommend you give it a listen. 

Robbery – Lime Cordial: Not the biggest Lime Cordiale fan, I will admit. I don’t listen to them half as much as I probably should, for no reason other than I just never have, but that’s slowly changing, with this song being my entree. Such a strong, energetic song, and I just know seeing it performed live would absolutely bang. 

Can’t Decide – Amine: Fair warning, this is the beginning of the Amine wave, there’s a lot more coming, considering he released his album LIMBO at the start of August. Can’t Decide is probably one of my favourite songs on the album, and it took me until my third listen through to decide. I just love the guitar in this song, and the hook’s constantly stuck in my head days after I’ve listened to the song. 

Forgive Me – Chloe x Halle: Queens. Their sound is so unique and different from what I’m hearing out there at the moment, and I feel like it’s only natural that song after song on their debut album, absolutely slaps. I’m yet to find a track I don’t completely love. This was just the pick for the month. 

B.S – Jhene Aiko, H.E.R: I’ve been enjoying this song a lot. A whole lot. I probably don’t gush about Jhene Aiko as much as I do about H.E.R, but they’re very on par for me in terms of my personal taste and how much I listen to both. I love Jhene’s voice, and her recent album has inspired me so much, and this collaboration just seems like a match made in heaven. 

Woodlawn – Amine: Another Amine track. This one has such a tasty bounce to it, I just couldn’t not include it on this monthly list. Plus there’s that flute in there that gives this track a bit of personality, only adding to how hard Amine goes in on this vocally. 

Dead Weight – The Grogans: Love The Grogans. I’ve luckily got to see these guys twice live, and they’ve always kicked butt. Such an energetic band, and I’m 100% certain these guys are gonna be playing stages like Falls Festival and Laneway soon because they just get bigger and bigger with every release. This song really digs into their rock and surf-rock roots, and I’m all for it. The drums are so strong, while the guitar riff just carries this song in a way that can assure you it’s one to wait for when Australian audiences, especially in the state of Victoria, get back to the thriving live music scene we love.

Backup Plan – Fedi: Another acquaintance of mine doing incredible things. I went to university with Fedi, and his assuredness, drive and confidence really comes through in his EP, RoominationsBackup Plan is hands-down my favourite song of the record, so raw and authentic, and his bar delivery is quickly becoming one of my favourites. If you’re a fan of Eminem, Kendrick or Cole, I highly suggest you give Fedi a listen. 

Burden – Amine: Back to Amine. This track is so heavy, yet the groove and the guitar are so happy-go-lucky, and the sampling just adds to the juxtaposition of sounds and the words. Love this song. Easily places amongst my top three songs on the album I’d say. 

Casio – Jungle: I know what you’re thinking. Jungle? Again? I don’t know man, it’s like every few months I have this itch to get on YouTube and take myself on an absolute trip, just watching every single one of Jungle’s music videos, and without fail, I’ll watch this music video and listen to this tune at least three times through minimum. Without fail. This song just does something to me. Play this joint at my wedding please. 

Compensating – Amine, Young Thug: This was arguably one of the best songs to make a music video for off the entire album, and as Amine usually does, he delivered with the visuals. 

Vibes – SIX60: So this is one of SIX60’s older songs, but it came up on shuffle halfway through the month and I had the best groove I’ve had in a long time. It’s such a unique song for me personally on the spectrum of SIX60 songs, and I’m glad it was my SIX60 pick for the month. I’m sure there’ll be more throughout the rest of the year. In the meantime, you can read my post all about the New Zealand band HERE.

Angel Boy – William Bolton: I discovered this song by total fluke, finding it in the background of a completely random YouTuber’s video. William Bolton seems like one to watch for me. He’s got this great blend of electronic-pop, disco and funk, and it just melts together so perfectly. This song is the prime example of that, filled to the brim with hard hitting bass lines, strong harmonies and synths galore. 

Wit’ Da Team – Genesis Owusu: I found this song thanks to my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. I was keen to listen to it because I’ve heard great things about but I’ve never taken the time to listen to his music properly, so I’m glad I finally glad I got around to it. Synth city, and the bass in this song is most definitely my favourite part of it all.

That’s it! I know, I told you it was a fat one. As always, you can find all of these tunes plus far too many more on my 365//2020 playlist, HERE. Make sure to check out some of my other playlists when you stop by too! Also, I’d love to know what you were listening to during August, let me know in the comments.
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July Tunes

Hello hello.

I know, you’re shocked it’s the end of July. You and me both. We’re at August. Eight whole months into the year. Ya girl turns 22 this month. I know, whack. I don’t know how it happened, all I know is that it did, and we’re here now, so the least I can do is share some music with you.

And boy, do I have a lot of it. I know I say this every month but be warned…July was…hefty.

 

Love – Keyshia Cole: Kicking off the month with some old school Keyshia Cole. Love this song so much. It’s the song I ‘ugly belt’ when I’m all alone in my car on the way to work, just to get me pumped for the day. If there’s one incredible thing to come out of Gen Z’s universal addiction to TikTok, is the resurgence of old school RnB music as something more and more people are getting into and sharing, meaning I’m finding so many of my old favourites, and so many classics from when I was younger. This, obviously, being one of them.

Player 1 – AntzzIf you missed the blog post featuring Antzzz I shared a little while back, I highly recommend you give it a read, check it out HERE. The guy shared some bangers for a Courtesy Of post, which I was super grateful for. I also shared his debut EP, of which, this single, Player 1 is my all time favourite track. As much as I love getting sent new music from up and coming artists, I really hold back on just throwing them all at you guys, unless I really, genuinely like them, which is why I was so excited when I heard Antzzz’s record and this track in particular!

12:55 – NitecallerJust another plug here for my insanely talented friend and producer, Jarrod aka Nitecaller, for releasing one of my favourite albums of the year so far! Space Memories is honestly played a minimum of three times a week in my house these days, and 12:55 has been my favourite track from the start! So calming and ethereal, hopefully you guys give it a listen!

Put Me On Somethin – P-Lo, E-40: It’s just something about the Bay Area guys, I feel like, from my personal experience of San Francisco and the cultures I’ve seen represented on social media, as well as the music that comes out of there, it’s just a place I’d love to go back to. P-Lo is probably one of the top tier artists out of the Bay Area for me personally, and this song never fails to get my hyped.

Never Too Much – Luther Vandross: A classic, not much else to say to be honest.

If You Had My Love (Cyber Jungle Remix) – Jennifer Lopez, Cyber Jungle: Allow me to put you on. There is something magical about this remix. It doesn’t hit you in the face like you’d expect a remix to, rather it’s super ambient and atmospheric, kinda floats around the room if that makes sense. It’s been on of my go to tracks at the moment, and I’m obsessed with everything about this remix.

60K – Church & APWe should know by now that I’m a huge Church & AP fan. It’s verifiable at this point. If you missed my write-up about the New Zealand duo, you can read itHERE. However, their latest single just strikes the right chord for me, as soon as I heard it I was vibing. These guys are arguably some of the most melodically talented rappers I’ve ever heard.

Planes – gem: I LOVE MY FRIENDS!! Sometimes I literally queue up a whole playlist of tracks solely created by my people so I can feel all proud and happy. This gal features heavily. Gem’s my best friend from university, literally the only person who got me through three years of uni, and she recently had to cut her year long trip to the UK short because of Miss Rona. She released this song pretty soon after she arrived back, which is insane because it’s probably one of my favourite things to come out of all of this. So vibe-y, ambient and ethereal as hell, it’s everything I love about Gem and her music, wrapped into one track. Major ‘driving through a tunnel‘ energy.

Little Things – TRQS: Another Melbourne artist who kicked off July with a bang. I saw TRQS when she was one of the opening acts for RINI last year, and I was hooked by her voice. I’ve been following her since then, but this song, is undoubtedly my favourite thing she has ever released. It’s got a groovy bass-line, amazing synths and percussion pockets, but above all else, TRQS’ vocals are insane in this song. So smooth and strong at the same time. And that keys solo?? Are you kidding me?? Chef’s kiss, truly.

Be Good – Alina Baraz: I’m somewhat ashamed it took me this long to listen to an entire record from Alina Baraz and not just her singles, but thank god I finally learned what’s good and discovered this song for myself. So. Damn. Good. It’s been a while since I vibed to a song so quickly. It was a mix of the insane drum pocket, the guitar and how melodic the song is, while remaining so simple at the same.

Thoughts – Tentendo ft Vetta Borne: This song bangs. Melbourne artists just really hit it out of the park in July, and I couldn’t be prouder. Tentendo is one of my favourite producers to come out of Melbourne, and he never fails to deliver track after track. I can’t think of a single Tentendo release that I don’t love! I did a feature on him a little while back which you can read HERE, otherwise, I highly recommend you give this track a listen.

Forever – Labrinth: This song made me cry the first time I listened to it fully. No lie. I feel like this type of music, this genre, this is where Labrinth is meant to be. I won’t lie, Earthquake was a banger then and it’s a banger now. Jealous is definitely one of the most beautiful songs released over the last decade. But this?? Hits different. There’s something about the production, how he uses his voice as an extension of not only the synths but the percussion as well, and it just hits you in the gut in the best possible way. Obviously, originating from and created for the Euphoria soundtrack, it’s to be expected, but if there was ever a song to make you feel like the main character in a coming of age movie, this is it.

Jet Black Hearts – Abigail Barlow: One of TikTok’s greatest exports in my opinion, is Abigail Barlow. I was so gassed when I found her account, because she’s the epitome of everything I want to strive for. She’s a professional songwriter, producing and releasing her own songs, writing for other artists and at the same time, comes across as super approachable and down to earth. She shares her songs as she writes them, taking feedback from her followers, and actually releasing them. The fact that I watched the video she first shared when she came up with the hook, and can now listen to the released track in it’s entirety, is insane to me.

2650 – Becca Hatch: Melbourne musicians will always reign supreme in my mind, because I’m obviously biased, but Sydney really does produce the goods. Becca Hatch only recently came onto my radar with the release of this song, but I’m glad she did. Aside from the flow of her voice, the percussion in this song is phenomenal, and the beat is super deep. Thoroughly enjoyed this song throughout July.

Feel Fine – Rellek Brown, Myshaan: I discovered Myshaan through TikTok, where I generally discover all things good these days, and instantly searched out some of his music. This song was recently released, and made me a fan of Rellek Brown this time round. Such a smooth RnB track, very nostalgic of old school favourites. The Usher samples and references in this song are so heavy, but done incredibly well and intentionally, which is hard to do in my opinion. It took me until to the second chorus to realise that the reason I loosely knew the words already was because the chorus was an Usher track, and the fact that it didn’t click sooner is something I can respect. For me it means it was worked in so well, it just seemed natural.

At All – KAYTRANADA: We love KATRANADA. If you haven’t listened to anything by the producer yet, you are sincerely missing out, this just happens to be my favourite track by him. Such a fun time, great to have a boogie to.

Waves – PaigeWe love seeing artists we’ve supported continue to grow and get bigger and better with every release they share with the world, and I think Paige is honestly the epitome of that. She’s one of my favourite artists out of New Zealand, and there are a few, but she just knows how to really do it well. She mentioned this song way back when I interviewed in 2018, and it’s finally out. 

So Into You – Tamia: More old school RnB for you friends. Tamia just hits different, and this is my favourite song by her.

20 Something – SZA: I like SZA. I listen to her music pretty often but she’s never at the top of my list. This song however, this song had me feeling some kinda way all through July. I think it’s the overall message of the song, being in your 20s, not wanting to stuff up, feeling a bit stuck and alone, but it’s also just a genuinely beautiful song.

That’s the Shit – Sasha Keable: I’m a huge Sasha Keable fan. She manages to make her songs super funky and accessible for everyone, while still getting to show of her insane vocal chops at the same time.

Been Away – Brent Faiyaz: King of smooth and sultry, ladies and gentlemen. This song has entered my rotation this month, as some Brent Faiyaz song tends to do every month regardless of whether he’s released anything new or not, and I am not mad at all.

Don’t Call Again – Tkay Maidza: Give it up for Australian talent everyone. Aussie artists genuinely made this second lockdown, and the entire month of July just that little bit easier. So much new music came out of Australian artists, and from the looks of it, there’s so much more being cooked up this month *cough cough @realgoodcompanyofficial on Instagram cough*. Tkay is one of the leading BIPOC artists who just smashes everything she does, this track being no different. The energy? There. The vocals? There. Bars? There. A stupidly catchy hook that gets stuck in your head after one listen? There.

That New New – Maggie King: My good friend Sarah from Sydney sent me this song and said that the vibes reminded her of me which made my heart so so warm. I obviously added it to my daily playlist automatically, not only because it made me feel all nice and fuzzy, but because it’s actually a track. I’ve never heard of Maggie King before, but this song actually made me a fan. Such a good groove to it and her vocal performance is tasty. That’s it.

my tears ricochet – Taylor Swift: There’s just something about this song guys. I’m not a huge Taylor Swift fan, I have heaps of respect for her as a musician, but I never got around anything she released after bangers like Mean and Crazier. When she released Lover, I’ll admit I was very suprisingly pleased, and to date it’s one of the only Taylor Swift albums I go back to, but I think folklore is easily about to take that spot. This song in particular, gets me going. I mean, ‘if I’m dead to you, why are you at the wake?’ Come. On. The mind on this woman. 

 

I told y’all it was gonna be a hefty Monthly Tunes post, but even I underestimated how chunky this was gonna be. Hopefully I didn’t bore you to death, hopefully you enjoyed some of the songs I shared! What were you listening to during July? 

x

Priya

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June Tunes

Hello boys and girls. 

June carried a lot of weight. It was a shift in quite literally the whole world. As divisive as it seemed and I mean, it was definitely divisive, I feel like June, especially the bridge between May and June, was the most connected and united I’ve felt with people I barely even know.

The #BLM movement was so universal, with countries applying it to their own deep rooted histories and I had so many genuine conversations with people I hadn’t spoken to in years. I think June, as painful and difficult as it was, led to a lot of growth, and a lot of opened eyes and minds.

I didn’t entirely process just how much music I was listening to through June. Adding to my monthly playlist has almost become a natural daily ritual for me, so much so that I don’t even realise I’m doing it sometimes, until I come to my playlist and find the perfect song has been added with me even realising I’ve done it. I listened to a lot of music in June.

 

Alright – Kendrick Lamar: This song was the song for the month. I’m pretty sure this song reached the highest it ever has on the charts during June, purely because of how interwoven and relevant it was for the movement.

Changes – 2Pac, Talent: I don’t know if this a common reaction, but this song just always makes me cry? Like all the time?? Regardless of the fact that it’s so upbeat, regardless of the fact that Pac goes in, regardless of how much of a bop it remains to be, to this day, I always end up crying at some point during this song. Add to the fact that it also became a song synonymous with the protests, and I was getting bombarded with videos of people in New Zealand, in Australia, in America, all singing this song and just … loving each other?? I was a mess.

Rain – SWV: This song – I don’t know what it is about SWV, but they always just do the job for me. Add to that the fact that this song suddenly starting making ROUNDS on TikTok, and I couldn’t escape it – obviously I have zero problem with that.

Gimme Love – Joji: As much as I hate making this reference because I kinda loathe the whole concept, this song is peak ‘main character’ vibes at it’s highest form. I don’t know why I’ve slept on Joji for so long, but this song was on repeat all month.

I Would Die 4 U – Prince: I think it was watching Miguel sing this for the Prince Tribute performance, and watching him dance around the stage like a KING that made me fall in love with this song. I don’t listen to a lot of Prince in my own time, other than Purple Rain and maybe Raspberry Beret, but I’ve been in love with this song since finding it.

Be Your Girl – Teedra Moses: Gimme some old school RnB, and I’m the happiest I could be. If Future Boo and I can’t dance in the kitchen to old RnB tunes just like this song, I. DON’T. WANT. IT.

Pain – De La Soul, Snoop Dogg: I’m a huge De La Soul fan, and this song came through while I had my WRAP playlist on shuffle, and it just seemed fitting.

Pink + White – Frank Ocean: Again, this month I was just really loving me some Frank Ocean, and it was Pink + White for June. Just his vocals, the piano, the subtle birds chirping in the background, it’s an experience. Not gonna lie, I used to be one of the people who thought the hype around Frank Ocean was warranted, but not that warranted, up until recently. I’m slowly falling in love with his entire catalogue and I can’t wait.

Tryna Smoke – Jhene Aiko, Micahfonecheck: This entire album is a trip. The entire intro made me giggle when I first heard it, but then you get Jhene kicking in, and the song wraps up into this beautiful piece of work. I think this might be one of my top three from this album.

Ex-Factor – Ms. Lauryn Hill: Lauryn Hill, I mean…what can I say? This song, just makes me feel some type of way, the same type of way Lauryn’s voice always does. This song in particular is kinda gospel for me. There’s just so much progression throughout this song, and her voice does THE MOST. I still remember getting physically mad when one of my friends heard this song for the first time and his reaction was, “Hey!! This song is a rip off of Nice For What by Drake.” Catch these hands.

Cycles – Jonathan McReynolds, DOE: I never really share any gospel music on here, ever, and it’s probably because as much as I am a Christian, I’ve stopped going to church and I don’t necessarily consider myself a hugely spiritual person. I think the one place within church and faith that I will always be able to connect to is the music and listening to this song for the first time genuinely made me cry. I don’t know if it was the song alone, or discovering it right at the middle of June when I was feeling my heaviest and probably needed it the most, but it was genuinely a spiritual experience. Even if you’re not spiritual, there’s so much about that this song that can be applied to anyone, from all walks of life, regardless of your beliefs. I highly recommend you give it a listen.

If I Ruled The World – Nas, Lauryn Hill: So good. So, so good. Two of my favourite artists, not only from their era, but just of all time. This song popped up a few times throughout the start of the month as another anthem for the BLM Movement, so I couldn’t help but take it as a sign and add it to my playlist.

Do It – Chloe x Halle: How good are these girls??? I remember seeing their Beyonce cover on YouTube when it first went insanely viral, and they’ve released a fair bit of music since then, but the lead up to their latest album, Ungodly Hour, was particularly fruitful. This song gets me going as soon as it starts, it’s like the best mix of old school RnB and this new pop princess sound that’s slowly making a name for itself, and I love it.

More Than A Woman – Aaliyah: I listened to hours of old RnB during June. My RNB playlist got a real good rinse this month, which meant I also got my fair share of Aaliyah, which is never a problem with me. This is one of my favourite Aaliyah songs, though let’s be real, it’s insanely hard to pick.

Catching Feelings – Drax Project, SIX60: I chose this song because, although I’ve loved it since the release last year, I fell more in love with it this month after covering it in a live set I had to perform on Instagram. It was honestly one of the most last minute sets I’ve ever thrown together, and I think I changed songs that much, that this song was added in maybe an hour before I was scheduled to go live, yet it was my favourite song of the entire thing. Such a pretty song, and both Drax Project and SIX60 are incredible. I’ve said this before, New Zealand has some of the best music in the world.

What They Want – Russ: I’ve been hearing of Russ since I was in high school. One of my closest friends loved him, but for some reason I never actually listened to him properly until this year, and I immediately loved this song. Add into the mix a dance trend going around TikTok for this song, and I obviously had to add it to my playlist.

The Way You Move – OutKast, Sleepy Brown: This. Song. Major throwback. OutKast were really at their peak when I was a little kid, like just before I started school, and no matter how much time passes, it’s like I know all of their songs by heart as soon as they start. This is probably one of their more popular songs, and it’s one of my favourite ones.

Who You Foolin – Gunna: Probably the only song by Gunna that I listen to because I haven’t really spent much time listening to his catalogue. I love the sampling in this track. That’s about it.

Still – Teyana Taylor: Teyana Taylor did the thing and she did it well. Definitely stay tuned for a post all about her recent album. This song is probably in my top three songs from the record. So groovy, and everything about Taylor and her album is so smooth. This song is no different. If you never listened to Teyana Taylor before, this album is the perfect opportunity.

Every Kind Of Way – H.E.R: There’s honestly nothing like getting in the car from a long, exhausting day in customer service or retail, and having some H.E.R play. I think this song came on shuffle from my NEW GEN RnB playlist after a particularly rough day and it was just what I needed, so when I came back home, I just played it on repeat.

I Can’t Breathe – Jerome Farah: I don’t know if I can adequately put into words how powerful this track is. I’ve been waiting for this man to release his own music for years now, so all I can say is go stream the damn thing.

 

I tried to cull this down as much as I could friends, but hopefully you got the gist of just how jam-packed with music June was for me! I’d love to know what you’re listening to at the moment, let me know in the comments! 

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Priya

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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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April Tunes

Hello ladies and gentlemen. Hope you’re all well!

To keep a long story short, I listened to more music during April than I care to admit, here are some of my favourites.

Enjoy

Memphis – AG Club: I’ve been listening to quite a bit of AG Club in April, but I found this one and loved it straight away. It came on during a home workout and I had to pause what I was doing to add it to a bunch of my playlists, especially my 365 playlist for 2020. These guys are starting to get bigger and bigger, and I reckon they’re set to have a BROCKHAMPTON or PRETTY MUCH kinda of trajectory. Can’t wait.

Caroline – Amine: Just fell in love with an old favourite again. I don’t know why, I didn’t question it, but I was blasting this song all month.

Sundown – SIX60: Arguably one of my favourite SIX60 songs ever. If you missed my post all about the New Zealand, you really missed out, so you can read that HERE.

BELIEVE IT – PARTYNEXTDOOR: I feel like everyone simultaneously lost it when this song was dropped, just casually featuring Rihanna throwing down her vocals on it after a few years of not releasing any music and really focusing on her FENTY brands. I love this song, PARTYNEXTDOOR is great on his own, but Rih just brings that extra good good to the track in my opinion.

E.T.A – Justin Bieber: I didn’t listen to this album straight away when it was released, but one of my friends sent me this song specifically because he wanted me to listen to it and I was shook. I feel like the Changes album is a lot more soulful and honest than what Justin has released recently and I love it, it reminds me a lot of the Journals album and how much I loved the songs from that record. There are a lot of gems on this latest album, would definitely recommend giving it a listen if you haven’t already, even if you aren’t a fan.

Are Your Friends Alright? – Milan Ring: Milan is a super funky Australian artist who I’ve been listening to for a little over a year now, and she’s released a few bangers since then. This one is her latest, and I’m in love with it. Definitely give this one a listen.

Keep Ya Head Up – 2Pac: I just loved Pac during April man. I don’t know why, but I found myself listening a lot of his songs, playing albums straight through, but I think because this song was played so much during my childhood, it was just good to give it a real good rinse this month.

Untitled (How Does It Feel) – D’Angelo: Also fell back in love with D’Angelo. Listened to so much D’Angelo during April, it’s a bit of a joke, but this song is a classic.

Water – Kanye West, Ant Clemons: I’ve had this album on my Spotify for a while, but I rarely give it a full listen, until I heard this song somewhere on Instagram and had to blast it. Such a beautiful song, such a beautiful album.

White Lines – SIX60: I had to cut down the amount of SIX60 songs that were on this list, but here’s another one, an older throwback that I rediscovered while I was watching one of the recent ‘SIX60 Saturday’s’ the lead singer has been hosting on Instagram Lives. Followers get to have a say regarding what songs he puts on the ‘setlist’ and it’s super chill, just him in his living room having a sing, and when he sang this song I lost it, because it was one of the first songs of their’s that I genuinely fell in love with. It’s a super fun, upbeat, rock/funk song, strong chorus and amazing guitar and bass. I loved hearing it live at BluesFest last year, and I can only hope I get to see them live again.

Shockandawe – Miguel: Miguel can do no wrong in my eyes, and this song is no different. I genuinely don’t know how to describe this song other than ‘electric’. Give it a listen.

What’s The Use – Mac Miller: I was never a huge, dedicate Mac Miller fan, but there are definitely a few of his songs that I hold close to my heart, this being one of them. The bass line man, it just grabs you and then his flow sits perfectly amongst the bass and the drums. Plus add in those backing vocals and the dreamy synth and this song is perfect.

Hell N Back – Bakar: This is a super chill song, with a strong bass like and a guitar riff that had me hooked.

Playing Games – Summer Walker: Just some more Summer Walker. What can you do? Classic RnB, it’s simple as that.

You’re The Reason Why – Aaron Taylor: This song is funky as heck. You can find it in a couple of playlists sprinkled through my Spotify, but I think the reason I love it so much is it’s groove. So easy to bop your head along to without even realising.

How Deep Is Your Love – PJ Morton, YEBBA: Yebba can have my first born child, no cap. Plus PJ Morton? Yes please. This dynamic duo has been on repeat the entire month, and I’ve busted my ass trying to sing Yebba’s verse more times that I care to admit because that woman has me convinced she has straight gold running through her vocal chords. Magic I tell you. My favourite rendition of this song to date.

Asthma – Darion Harris, Church Leon: I only found out about this song because it feature Church Leon, the Church in Church & AP y’all have heard me go on and on about for the last three months. But I stuck around for the bounce and how much this song goes off.

Sneeze – P-Lo, Kehlani: The saxophone sample in this is good on it’s own. Add in Kehlani featuring and this is a very strong contender. So groovy and slinky if that makes sense.

Treat Me Like I’m All Yours – Sasha Keable: Another incredible woman with an incredible voice. I went on a bit of a Sasha Keable bender this month and this particular song came out on top for me. Definitely recommend giving this one a listen, especially if you like singers along the lines of Eloise, Yebba, Alicia Keys etc.

Selfish – Madison Beer: She didn’t have to go this hard, but she did, and I’m thankful for it. This song is beautiful, and thanks to TikTok, I’m 100% convinced so is Madison Beer through and through.

Some – Steve Lacy: Can’t go wrong with a bit of Steve Lacy. I had never heard this song until this month, but the bass line was just too damn good to not add to my yearly playlist. Lacy always delivers when it comes to smooth vocals and tasty guitar licks as well, so this entire song is a total treat.

Cupcake No Fillin – Trunk Boiz: Guilty pleasure here. This song is such a throwback, way back to 2010, and I lost it when I heard it on TikTok at the start of the month. If you’re missing some of that old school RnB and rap, 50 Cent kinda vibes, and you haven’t already heard this song, check it out.

What were you listening to in April? Let me know in the comments.

x

Priya

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