May Tunes & A Quick Catch-Up

How in the world are we half way through the year already. Trust me, I feel like a completely broken record each time I sit down to write one of these posts, (which seem to be the only blog posts I’m sharing recently…my apologies) but time truly is just flying.


I thought I’d use this post as a mini catch up (watch it turn into a long winded ramble post) because I know I’ve been a bit on and off here. I think everyone had some changes to make after 2020 and I’m definitely no different.

I was blessed in 2020 to not face too many difficulties as a result of COVID. I still live at home so rent and major bills weren’t something I had to stress about, and the Australian government did a decent job of supplementing our lack of pay cheque for anyone who was out of a job like I was. That said, my job was only shut down for a total of three months before we were back on, so I was one of the lucky ones.

That said, I handed in my letter of resignation at the old music store in February. If you’ve been around for a hot minute, you’d know that I’ve worked at a popular music store in my area for the last five years, and having graduated and completed my degree at the end of 2019, my plan was to get into some full time work the following year. Obviously 2020 had other plans, so I decided that in 2021 I’d cut down to just one job and quit my role at the music shop. At the moment I’m only now teaching at a local performing arts school that has the flexibility for me to pursue that full time job goal further.


Since finishing up there I’ve been working towards locking down a full time position, but I’ve also taken on more responsibility admin/social media wise at the music school, and my band and I (Real Good Company on Spotify if you’d like to check us out) have really put our foot on the pedal in terms of doing gigs, recording music and putting stuff out there.

So that kinda leaves me floating around for a bit, making a little less money but really being able to improve my mental health and personal growth. I’m writing a lot for other artists and singers and I’m doing plenty of work featuring on other musicians tracks which was a huge aspiration of mine. I’ve always loved collaborating, so I’ve finally had the time to put myself out there a lot more and commit to more work with others. I’m singing on other people’s songs, doing feature verses, writing songs for other singers and in general just growing my list of credits which is what I love doing. Fitness has become a bigger focus for me and I’m finally hitting a bunch of performance goals that I’ve been steadily working towards, but that’s for another post – y’all will get another gym playlist eventually don’t you worry.

When I say that the year is moving quickly, I look back at how much has changed, what all has happened and what’s currently happening, and I mean…it checks out. Obviously, that’s not the whole point of this post – you probably came here for a few tunes a least. May was a weird month for me. A whole lot happened but it also felt like not a lot happened at all. That said, it was a great month for music, as every month this year is proving to be. I think a year in lockdown and with the world at a standstill in 2020 really gave all these musicians and artists the perfect conditions to really buckle down and get to work.


Here’s what I was listening to in May. Mind you – I’ll be using the new Spotify feature that I mentioned in my last post which you can find HERE, to compile this list, so it’s gonna be a list of what I truly, actually was listening to over the last month and not just what I added to the playlist!

Latch – Disclosure: I rediscovered my absolute undying love for this track this month. I don’t think I’ve skipped this track, ever. I could listen to this song on repeat. There’s something laced in this song I tell you, I can never get sick of it.

Antidote – Nao, Adekunle Gold: A banger. It’s one of my favourites for the year if we’re being real. The rhythm, the beat, Nao’s velvety voice, everything about this track is perfection.

Vossi Bop – Stormzy: I couldn’t tell you how or why I started listening to this song again, all I can tell you is that I did and I’m not mad about it. It’s made features on my driving playlist, my lifting playlist, even my Sunday morning playlist because I can really just listen to this song whenever.

Bartender – T-Pain, Akon: This may be the song of the month for me. Oh my goodness. All I need is the first two bars and I am feral. This song really does unlock something in me that can only be described as the energy you felt way back in the 2000’s walking out of the cinema’s having just watched the first Step Up movie. Can’t be compared.

Your Power – Billie Eilish: I was so ready for this. Such a mature, raw, authentic and vulnerable side of Billie that we only get a glimpse of every now and then. I’m still trying to digest the lyrics on this one and every time I listen I feel like I get closer and closer to what she’s really trying to say, but as is evident, we only really get to see what she shows us. Totally fine with that because I could listen to this song all day, every day.

p r i d e . i s . t h e . d e v i l – J.Cole, Lil Baby: I don’t know if it’s the fact that the guitar sample is the exact same as Can’t Decide by bae Amine, or if it’s because I’ve been that bloody deprived of new Cole content, but this song just hits you different. It’s my favourite from his new LP and as much as I try listening to some of the other songs and giving them some love, it never comes close to how much I abuse the play button with this track.

Mystery Lady – Masego, Don Toliver: An older release, but still an absolute track by any standard.

Pray – Jungle: Got a quick Jungle fix as one tends to need every now and then. It was played in the background of a clip from Last Chance U: Basketball which I highly recommend if you’re into sport docuseries’. Obviously hearing the introduction chords had me running to Spotify to listen to the rest of their tracks, which gave me major 2019 nostalgia.

Footsteps In The Dark Pts. 1 & 2 – SiR: I don’t know what it is about this particular cover of this song…actually I do know. It’s SiR. He just knows how to do it and when it comes to being as smooth as this song LEGALLY requires, he just hits the nail on the head. I highly recommend you give this cover a listen.

Heaven – Julia Michaels: Another throwback. I was obsessed with this song for a hot minute. I rarely listen to Julia Michaels, if ever, but this song came up on my TikTok For You Page and I instantly had to listen to it in it’s entirety again. Such beautiful arrangement and I think Julia’s voice just ties it all together.

Undercover – Sam Wills: A TikTok discovery this one. I’ve found myself getting more and more song recommendations popping up on my FYP, which I’m obviously not mad about, but this one has to be one of my favourites. Not only is this particular song beautiful, but Sam Wills is such a gem and undiscovered treasure. His entire discography is hit after hit after hit in my opinion, and each time I clicked on a new song, I fell more in love with his voice. As far as I could tell, he had not one back track at all. Thank you TikTok.

Body (Remix) – Tion Wayne, Russ Williams: Again, I’m hand on heart, blaming TikTok for this one. Mainly for how good ArrDee’s verse is and for how incessantly it’s been imprinted on my brain. Let me know if you agree and we can suffer along together.

So High – SIX60: You really thought we’d get this far without a SIX60 song? Wrong. This song is so beautiful. It very beautifully timed an appearance on my shuffle as I was on a long drive home just as the sun was setting and the moment and the soundtrack has been imprinted in my mind this whole month. I had a little excited scream because of how beautiful it all was. The song, the sky, the moment. So good.

Ye – Burna Boy: Another track that just gets me out of my chair and having a boogie. Slight hazard when it comes on while I’m driving but we make it work. If you’re in the mood to groove, could not recommend a better tune.

favourite crime – Olivia Rodrigo: Holy moly. I’m a bit of a fraud for not dedicating a whole review to Olivia and her album SOUR, but I suspect it will come with time. Just give me a little while to digest this album completely, we all know how slow that can be. I’m really just making my way through this album because first listen just didn’t do it justice for me. That said, favourite crime is very steadily becoming ne of my favourite songs ever. Deja Vu will forever be my favourite song she has released thus far, regardless of how bloody good Good 4 U is, but this track is a close second I tell you that.

That’s a glimpse of what I was listening to during the month of May. I say a glimpse because when I went back to get all the *data*, there was just…a lot of it. A whole lot. So obviously just had to condense it a little bit for y’all, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway! Let me know what you’ve been listening to in the comments!

You can also find the songs listed and a bunch more on the playlist below! Make sure you follow my Spotify account and the 365//2021 playlist so you can see how the rest of the year pans out.

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Priya

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Hello Top Tracks!

Hey team! Hope you’re all well 🙂 Just thought I’d check in, considering how sporadic my posts have been here over the last few months. Who needs routine, am I right??

If any of you use Spotify, you may have noticed that the desktop app as well as the phone app have had a bit of an update and undergone a little makeover. At first I wasn’t for it, but after a little while I’ve most definitely come around.

You guys know how much I obsess over music stats and algorithms, especially within Spotify, and one of my favourite parts of the update has definitely been this feature…

I mean it basically does my Monthly Tunes posts for me now! Before I would just kinda scroll through my yearly playlist, 365//2021, and pick out the most recent tracks that I’d added, but now I have a curated list of all the tracks I really gave a spin each month.

Sometimes I don’t even realise how much I actually listen to a song. Features like this really just stay calling me out to be honest.

I won’t give you the current rundown, since all the tracks are basically covered on my latest Monthly Tunes post which you can read HERE…but boy am I excited to get my May Tunes done at the end of this month using this new Spotify feature.

As per usual, don’t forget to check out my Spotify account! All of my playlist, yes all 51 of them, have been getting a good regular rotation and have had plenty of old tracks removed to make way for all the new songs I’ve added to them. I’ve been able to stick to regularly updating them which has been a lot more fun than I anticipated, so I’d love if you checked it out!

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April Tunes

April. Just try wrapping your head around that. We’re already done with April. I can’t. Here’s this months tunes.

Put It Down – Jazmine Sullivan: Miss Jazmine Sullivan is the gift that keeps on giving. I can’t think of a single JS song that I don’t absolutely love. The flavour of the month for April was this track, which radiates such divine ‘bad bitch’ energy that my jaw dropped when I first heard it. I hadn’t heard a song that hit this hard from Jazmine yet so it was a great discovery to make.

Gimme What I Want – Miley Cyrus: Another bad bitch who’s train I’ve been on this month is Hannah Montana herself, Miley Cyrus. This song. This song deserves all the hype and more because I don’t see it getting enough. So strong and raw, and I think it embodies this era of Miley and her music perfectly. It’s hard not to feel dangerously powerful while listening to this track.

Over It – Drax Project: There’s a soft spot in my heart for Drax Project and their music. They’re such a cute band and all of their music hits just right for me. This song is simple and sweet, while at the same time being a bit of a banger.

Casualty – Lawrence: There’s just something about a full band orchestration that gets me going, friends. Lawrence are so good at doing that and this song of theirs was my go-to banger for when I needed a dose of their energetic feel-good energy. You’ve got these pounding piano keys, a beautiful brass section with horns that punch right through and vocals that break through everything. Don’t mind that the lyrics are so beautiful, everything about this track just makes my heart happy.

Crush – Duckwrth: I always end up loving Duckwrth tracks by the time I’m about halfway through listening to them. This track in particular gives major Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D vibes, so if you’re into that, you’ll love this track.

U Remind Me – Usher: This song came on shuffle while my cousins and I were hanging out together and it was such a vibe setter, we all ended up belting out the words and being super dramatic with it, which I feel is necessary with a song as iconic as this track. I’ve definitely been on an old RnB kick this month and I obviously love me some Usher. This song is in my top three.

Mrs. Officer – Lil Wayne, Bobby V., Kidd Kidd: I love the new music that I find on TikTok, but I also love rediscovering old favourites as they suddenly start trending – this being a prime example. This song used to bang when I was a lil kiddie, and it still does now. I don’t listen to much Lil Wayne, there’s a select few songs that I give the time of day, but I will give this song all my time, any time of the day.

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Lauryn Hill: My band has been singing the original version of this song at a few of our gigs, just making it a bit rockier, so I’ve been loving this song heaps. So obviously, when you put this track together with my absolute queen, Ms Lauryn Hill, you have a very easy addition to this month’s tunes.

The Comedown – Ocean Alley: The boys and I consistently struggle with finding new songs to cover whenever we need to throw a cover into a set, and it just so happened that someone suggested this track. We didn’t end up going with it, much to my dismay, but we ended up playing the song for the next half an hour while we searched for new tracks which definitely made up for it. I love the swelling and the dynamics in this song. Ocean Alley are so good at the slow build, but their switch up’s are just as good in my opinion. This song is a great example of it. That guitar riff in to the chorus is just *chef’s kiss*.

My Boo – Usher, Alicia Keys: Remember how I mentioned that RnB kick I’m on? Yeah. Too easy.

Cool & Easy – Sammy Johnson: This became a family favourite while we were on our trip around Tasmania over the Easter break. My whole family loves a bit of a reggae, and Sammy’s mix of reggae, jazz, pop and soul was the best soundtrack for our long hours spent driving in our rental car around the tiny state.

Breathe – SIX60: Another soundtrack for our trip was my favourites, SIX60, and I definitely made a calculated effort to turn them into fans just like me. We ended up listening to the entire discography that SIX60 has on Spotify, and I mean…no one asked me to change it, so I can only assume they were enjoying it right? This song is one of my favourites. It’s beautiful. I love the layers in this track, all the little sounds that come in and out, but more than that, I can really appreciate the lyrics and Matiu’s vocals. So lovely.

Hypotheticals – Lake Street Drive: I can’t even remember how I found this track, but I found it and it’s made it to the list, which can only mean I’ve been absolutely loving it. It’s that beautiful genre of soul, jazz, RnB, with a little bit of rock in there too, but it definitely leans more towards the soul and jazz side which I love. The chorus kicks the song into gear beautifully and lets you really sink into the intro verse right at the start before the tune starts really moving which I can definitely appreciate. Every time I listen to the song I find new things to listen out for and get excited about.

Lay It Down – Steelix: This track came out of nowhere and ruined my life. If you’re on TikTok you’ll probably find it very familiar because it’s been popping off over there, which is where I also found it. This song is surely laced with something. I don’t know if it’s Lloyd’s beautiful voice or the way this has been remixed and reconstructed but it’s something. I can’t stop listening to it over and over again.

MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X: Don’t mind me just cackling at how Lil Nas X managed to send everyone into an absolute meltdown over a music video. The whole thing really caught my eye when people started complaining about what he was portraying and how he was attacking the Christian religion and I had to laugh, not gonna lie, but then I listened to the song properly and became obsessed. It’s genuinely so well written and produced and the instrumentation fits this new era of hip hop and RnB and rap so perfectly. What can I say, he nailed it.

Headspace – Billy Davis, Jordan Dennis, KYE: Billy Davis released his long awaited album this month and even though he released this track as a single a little while back it’s still my favourite on the album. Both Jordan and KYE nail their parts and everything flows together seamlessly. Billy never misses.

Not My Neighbour – Niko Walters, Kiana Lede: Niko Walters posted about this remix being released on his Instagram and I was a little…shook. Being a fan of Niko and being of Kiana, it was such a clash of two worlds for me, in the best possible way. The song itself is still a banger, and Kiana’s new verse on it just adds that extra layer of goodness for me. So smooth and effortless on both their behalves, it just works perfectly.

Been Away – Brent Faiyaz: Been on a bit of a Brent kick too have to admit. Some days I just put his Spotify artist page on shuffle and that’s the soundtrack for the next few hours. I will easily get through his entire discography without wanting to press shuffle once. I added this track to my monthly tunes because it’s featured on my 365//2021 playlist and I constantly go back to it. It’s such a smooth and sultry track, and Brent’s voice just swims throughout it.

That’s just a taste of what I was listening to during April. It was a busy month but we always make time for tunes. If you want to listen to the tracks I’ve shared in this post and more of what I’ve been listening to during 2021, you can have a suss of my 365//2021 playlist below 🙂

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Priya

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January Tunes

Hello friends!!

Please ignore the fact that I just completely decided not to do December Tunes and finished the blogging year on a terrible note – we don’t speak of it.

Today’s post is the first monthly tunes post for the year!! As I’ve mentioned in some of my previous posts, I really want to up my Spotify game this year, get some people following the playlists, regularly updating it and generally treating it as a secondary way for you guys to get some new music without having to jump on the blog!! Plus it’s also a great way for you to find out what I’m listening to before I muster up the energy to write out a blog post on it!

January has been a month of discovery for me, when it comes to music. New artists, old artists with new songs, old songs that deserve some lovin’, it’s been a ride. There have been many nights in January spent narcissistically jamming along to my own playlists in my room, and obviously I’d love to share some of the tunes with you!

Here’s what I was listening during the month of January.

2 STEPPIN’ – John Givez: First song for the year. Not gonna lie, it was a random choice, I hadn’t listened to any John Givez beforehand, but I’m happy I picked it, because it’s such a chiller.

Come Over – Social Street: This song comes to your courtesy of some of my close friends, Social Street, who are an RnB, soul/funk duo from Melbourne. They’re so lovely and I’ve been lucky to play a handful of shows with them, including the single launch party for this sultry tunes. It’s so jazzy and smooth, and touches on those lockdown, isolation vibes perfectly. Give it a listen.

Feel – Ocean Alley: It’s not a monthly tune without some Ocean Alley. I was actually meant to see the boys live this month, however because of some restrictions it’s been moved to March, so stay tuned for that write-up eventually. In the anticipated lead up to what was meant to be a warm January night concert, I dived into a bunch of Ocean Alley records, the Lost Tropics album being my favourite, and I came up with this track as a new favourite. So energetic and smooth at the same time. I love the guitar in this song as well as the melody. So perfect to sing along to. Here’s to March!!

Heaven of My Own – Dallas Woods, Miiesha: I’ve been making a conscious effort to listen to a bunch more Australian artists (don’t come for me after you read the rest of this round-up) but more-so, more POC and Indigenous artists from our country. Dallas Woods, so far, is really closing in on becoming one of my favourites. This song with Miiesha is so good, the tune, the rapping, the instrumentation and Miiesha’s feature chorus all work so perfectly together, I can’t get enough. highly recommend you give it a listen.

Watch Your Step – Disclosure, Kelis: Every time I listen to this track I think about a particularly great day my cousin and I spent beach hopping at the start of 2021. Disclosure and Kelis were the soundtrack for four different beaches and honestly, could not have picked a better song. So much energy and sometimes you just need a really good dance track to get you through the day.

drivers license – Olivia Rodrigo: I’m not gonna talk about it.

Girl Like Me – Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R: Jazmine and H.E.R?? Come on now. Too much. Both of these women are goddesses and I fell in love with this song as soon as I heard it.

Essence – WizKid, Tems: This has probably been one of my most played songs this month. It’s in far too many of my Spotify playlists, which you can find HERE, and I have no regrets. It’s such a vibe.

Vibrate – Jerome Farah: Another Australian artist, this time Jerome Farah who I’ve been a fan of for a few years now. He used to be in a band that I loved, Jakubi, but his solo stuff kills it just as much. He’s insanely talented and this is such a cheeky, tongue in cheek tune.

Already Best Friends – Jack Harlow, Chris Brown: Jack Harlow’s album was one of the last albums on my radar to be released in 2020, and this is probably my favourite. It’s super low-key, however it still has a super energetic flow to it. Takes me back to turning freshly 18 and going to clubs legally for the first time with my friends.

Your Teeth In My Neck – Kali Uchis: I chose this song because it reminds me of one of my cousins who turned 18 in January and we happened to be singing along to it in the car a few days before her birthday. You can’t go wrong with Kali Uchis can you? The Isolation album was released back in 2018 and it still delivers banger after banger.

Dreams, Fairytales, Fantasies – A$AP Ferg, Brent Faiyaz, Salaam Remi: Such a chill song. Obviously with Brent Faiyaz throwing down vocals on it, you know it’s gonna be good. I don’t listen to a heap fo A$AP Ferg, but this song would convince me to. It’s got a great blend of old school rap and modern RnB and hiphop. I love it.

1997 DIANA – BROCKHAMPTON: Another older track, but still a tune. So wild and energetic in the best way possible. I don’t listen to much BROCKHAMPTON anymore, but this has proven to be a great addition to the 365 playlist for 2021.

All Worn Out – Ocean Alley: Another Ocean Alley song. Are we surprised? My favourite version of this song is the Live In Studio version just because of how ambient and atmospheric it is, especially the vocals. Such a beautiful track. If you haven’t listened to much Ocean Alley, this is a great first listen to show off how amazing they are in my opinion.

Dance Wiv Me – Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris, Chrome: I had a boogie to this while getting ready to go out for the first time in months since COVID hit and it immediately lifted the energy of everyone who was there. Dizzee Rascal doesn’t miss. Add Calvin Harris and Chrome into the mix and it’s a recipe for perfection really.

Rapp Snitch Knishes – MF DOOM, Mr Fantastik: I was pretty shocked when I found out MF DOOM passed away at the end of 2020 and I spent quite a few days just listening to his records on repeat. This track’s probably one of his most popular, and even if you’ve never heard it, you’d probably be familiar with some of the samples within it. It’s such a mellow song, one of my favourite DOOM tracks.

Can’t Afford It All – Jakubi: Earlier in the post I mentioned Jerome Farah’s band Jakubi, made up of him, his brother, a cousin and close friend. I discovered them sometime in 2015 when my family and I went to a local community festival and they were playing. My cousin and I have been obsessed with them since then, until they dropped off a little while ago. This track was always my favourite and we rediscovered them a few days ago while driving back from the gym and it was an instant throwback. Such a good song, still. Check them out.

Booster Seat – Spacey Jane: If you’re from Australia you may have tuned in to the Triple J Hottest 100. This song was picked to win by a lot of people (me included), so was very disappointing to hear them come second, losing out to English group, Glass Animals. This is such a beautiful song and I’ve yet to meet someone who dislikes it. Give it a listen, I’d love to know what you think!

What were you listening to during January? How has you 2021 kicked off? Let me know in the comments, I’d be keen to hear! As always, you can find the 365//2021 playlist HERE. Make sure you follow my Spotify and give the playlist a like to keep in the loop!

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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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Priya

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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

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Priya

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