Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 26

Hello friends! Hope you’re all well and looking for some new music because at the moment that’s all I have for you. I’m currently in Tasmania, on a very last minute family trip, enjoying a bunch of beautiful scenery and hiking a bit more than I’m used to, but I still prepared a small selection of new music I’ve been loving for you guys while I’m gone.

You can find all of these songs on my Spotify playlist as well as a bunch of other tracks that I reckon you need to hear! I’m making a bit more of an effort to keep my Spotify moving, keep a good rotation with adding new songs, getting rid of old songs, updating playlists and continuously providing you with fresh tunes and updated vibes, so let me know if you check it out!!

Hot Chicken – Ocean Alley
oneofone. – Soulo
Far From You – H^LES
Like This – R.A.E
Treat Me Like Fire – LION BABE, Snakehips
I Don’t Want To Lose You – Girls of the Internet
Deep End – BenjiFlow
Golden City – Sunny Suljic
The Hook. – NONEWFRIENDS
Freckles – Lawrence
Helen – Oliver Malcolm
Pass By Me – Buddy, Kent Jamz
Exception – Sasha Keable
Talk To Me Nice – William Singe
Limbo – Kirsten Salty
Sailor Moon – Planet Vegeta


Hope you found a new tune to boogie to!! Let me know in the comments xx

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Priya

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Welcoming Back Live Music With Ocean Alley

It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a live music recap with you. It’s been a hot minute. Partially because I’m lazy but mostly because the last concert or live gig I went to was over a year ago in February 2020. We’ve had some ups and downs, we’ve had concerts moved, concerts completely cancelled, but finally, Melbourne, the live music capital of Australia, returned in all it’s glory with a list of incredible line ups and artists.

I saw Ocean Alley at The Sidney Myer Music Bowl on the 24th of March, and to say I was keen is an understatement. The OA concert only faced one scheduling shift due to COVID19, and that too not even that bad, just being moved back two months. In comparison to some of the concerts that have been shifted to the end of the year or cancelled entirely, I couldn’t be mad.

I went with my cousin Alishia, as well as one of my best friends Tessa and her boyfriend. We had a great little table for the four of us and between the music, the drinks, the food and the great company, it was one of the best nights out I’ve had in a long time.

The Grogans, who you may be familiar with some past blog posts, kicked off the night. It’s a bit of a full circle moment, considering they were the last concert I attended back in 2020. They brought their usual energetic charisma and punch to the big stage, followed by Maddy Jane and Slowly Slowly, two more amazing Australian acts.

When Ocean Alley finally got on stage, it was to a huge applause. The socially distanced concert, with everyone organised into mini stages of their own amongst the grass and with tables for smaller groups sprinkled across the many levels of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl was far better than I imagined it would be.

I did my old ‘find best tickets available‘ when purchasing tickets, so imagine our suprise when we were led to the front section and given a table right in the middle. It was a great stroke of luck. Turning around and seeing just how many people were packed onto the grass made it even luckier. It was such a great outcome for live music and Ocean Alley really turned it on for us.

Ocean Alley has been one of my favourite bands for the longest time, and this was my third time seeing them live, yet time and time again, their concerts are some of my favourites to attend. Their always bring such a warm and relaxed energy, while all being incredibly talented musicians individually and as a band.

Getting to hear some of my favourite songs like The Comedown, Infinity, Wet Dreams, Yellow Mellow, Way Down and their hits like Knees, Confidence and Tombstone was such a great way to get back into the live music, gigging mood. Such instant mood-boosters.

I was only a little bit sad that they didn’t play Partner In Crime, my all time favourite OA song, which I streamed over 130 times last year according to my Spotify Wrapped

If there was a lowlight to the show it’s that it finished so quick. I mean, they finished off Knees and I genuinely thought we had about half an hour to go, so was instantly shocked when they thanked everyone and walked off stage. Like, super cool walk off, but I wanted more!!

I guess I just have to hope they play some more tunes when I see them next week at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest….

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Gals Just Wanna Sing

Let’s be real.

There’s something about a gal just singing that makes everyone feel empowered. Like, a woman completely embodying herself and letting rip, just hits different.

Good morning/afternoon/evening boys and girls, and welcome to one of my favourite playlists ever.

This is one of my favourites because every artist on this playlist has a stupidly, offensively good voice. Whether you’re listening as an avid fan, a casual listener or a keen-eared musician, every artist on this playlist delivers, and every time I listen to it, I find myself making all sorts of faces in awe and admiration.

A quick scroll through the playlist the other day revealed to me … of the 84 songs currently on the playlist, only 16 are sung by or feature male vocalists. Meaning, to my absolute joy, of this playlist, that brings me so much joy on the daily, nearly 80% of the songs were sung by kick-ass females.

So, what better way to celebrate this discovery than forcing you to discover yourself.

Treat me Like I’m All Yours – Sasha Keable
Ego – Beyonce
Ups & Downs – Shavaun Marie
The Honey – SAYGRACE
2000 n Somethin – Kaiit
Can’t Wait – Jill Scott
Once – Maren Morris
Evergreen – YEBBA
Love by You – KIRBY
The Night Song – Ravyn Lenae
Still – Teyana Taylor
Don’t Let Me Down – Joy Crookes
Have Mercy – Eryn Allen Kane
Love The Things You Do – Pip Millet
Familiar. – Madison Ryann Ward
Love On The Brain – Rihanna
Find Someone Like You – Snoh Aalegra

These are just a handful of songs you’ll find on the sang playlist, which you can find here:

Let me know what you think – I’d love to hear your thoughts! My favourite thing ever is showing new people some of the women in this playlist and watching their faces transform in absolute awe, because honestly it’s just a personal throwback to the first time I ever listened to these incredible artists!

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Playlist Deep Dive // sunday morning

Hello everyone and welcome to another playlist deep dive! For today’s post I thought I’d take you through one of my more chilled playlists, sunday morning. Formerly known as my ‘kitchen‘ playlist, sunday morning is as simple as it seems. You’ve had a long Saturday night, you’ve woken up on Sunday morning, probably closer to Sunday afternoon, and you just need a chilled, groovy playlist to form the soundtrack for the first few hours of the day.

Whether you’re making a cup of coffee, transitioning from your bed to the couch or recounting the night’s adventures with some room-mates, I promise you, the sunday morning playlist will have you chilled the heck out.

Here’s a couple tracks to get you started, otherwise you can check out the playlist HERE or at the bottom of the post.

Skin – Dijon
Powerslide – Ryan Beatty
orange – CLAY
Second Time – Bruno Major
Nervous – Shawn Mendes
To Dance Is To Love – Charlie Burg
Never Give Up – L.A.B
Come Over – Social Street
Booster Seat – Spacey Jane
Don’t Waste It – AUGUST 08
Still In Love – Thirdstory
Sunday Candy – Cenji
4 Seasons – Rex Orange County

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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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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 25

Hello friends! I hope you’re all well. I just thought I’d check in as I sporadically tend to do, but not empty handed – I clearly have some tunes I believe you all need to hear. I’ve been listening to an abundance of new music recently, especially music coming out of Australia, so there’s a fair few Australian artists in this little ‘song dump’ I’m presenting to you.

Let me know if you give any of these songs a listen, I’d love to know if you find a new track to add to your playlists. That said, if you rather someone else to do the work for you, I’ve done all the heavy lifting and compiled a playlist packed with these songs plus heaps more, which you can listen to HERE. Otherwise, you can check out the rest of the playlists I’ve created, on my Spotify HERE.

Here’s the tracks.

Somebody Loves You – Carla Wehbe
baby blue – demspey hope, Olivia O’Brien
Wobble – King Green
Tv – Araya
Keynote Interlude – UNO Stereo, Jordan Dennis
20 Year Dream – The Neighbourhood Watch
Please U – Becca Hatch, Planet Vegeta
Disco Man – Remi Wolf
Trippin – Kara Marni
dust – RIMON
FRIENDS – Carliane Tamara
Like I Do – Alisya Rae
Come In To Love – Ellen Mara

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Priya

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Playlist Deep Dive // decolonise ya self

Hello friends! I’m back with another playlist to shamelessly plug. This one actually means a whole lot to me, so I’d really appreciate it if you stuck around and even had a listen!

I love talking about POC artists, especially here in Australia, and we’re not short on a diverse range of artists, however I always find that they’re never represented or shared on a larger scale as much as they ought to be.

Example; January in Australia is a hectic month. There’s a lot going on, and a key event for quite a few people, especially those aged between 15-30, is the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown, where popular radio station Triple J, counts down the hottest 100 songs from the previous year. It’s a big deal. Everyone votes for their top ten favourite tracks, then the votes are counted and we have an entire day dedicated to the countdown. You hang out with friends, usually have some drinks and food out in the sun as it’s consistently a good weather day, and it’s one of the only days when no-one’s in charge of the AUX, because you’ve got the radio on. This year I spent Hottest 100 day at my best friends house, swimming in the pool, having a few drinks, making delicious cheese boards and having the radio on full blast so we could provide our own, even louder commentary, to the songs that made the cut.

It was a good day, I’ll give it that. But the closer and closer we got to the No. 1 spot, the more and more I was realising that hardly any of the POC artists I knew and loved, a lot of whom I discovered through the radio station itself, had even cracked the Top 100. There were a few fantastic exceptions, but there were also some glaringly obvious gaps. We don’t have to talk about the fact that it wasn’t even an Australian artist who came 1st, but the complete lack of diversity in the collection really got to me. So much so, that ya girl did what she does best, and made a playlist.

I created the decolonise ya self playlist, because I just know there are so many talented artists from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities in Australia, yet when it comes to commercial radio, and even a supposedly ‘people-powered’ radio show, these artists fail to be represented or given the airtime they deserve. I also included a lot of NZ artists in the playlist because we love New Zealand music around these parts.

Here’s a taste of some of the songs you can find on the playlist, which you can listen to HERE:

Clumsy Love – Thelma Plum
The Truth – Man Made Mountain, Sampa the Great
Be Free – Soli, Mez Mariye
Colours – Amila
Please U – Becca Hatch, Planet Vegeta
Don’t Need You – Genesis Owusu
Serious – NEKO
24k – Tkay Maidza
Cleopatra – Thandi Phoenix
Come Over – Social Street
Poor Boy – Stan Walker
Out of the Blue – RINI
Idiot – Kira Puru
Twisting Words – Miiesha
Black Face – Ziggy Ramo
One Time – Antoine
Not My Neighbour – Niko Walters
OG Luv Kush pt.2 – Kaiit

I hope you get a chance to listen to the playlist and discover a bunch of new Australian and New Zealand artists you may not have heard of. With so many incredible artists releasing amazing tracks so consistently, it’s not hard to champion these artists and their music. You can definitely count on me to do it.

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A Very Late Spotify Wrapped 2020

Hello friends! Hope you’re all well and enjoying the holiday season, whatever it is you’re doing! I thought I’d pop back in and remind y’all I very much exist, by sharing my Spotify Wrapped for 2020. I’m well aware that Christmas as very literally come and gone and there’s mere days left of 2020, but I’m gonna squeeze this in here because I feel bad.

I’ve done a Spotify Wrapped post, ever since Spotify Wrapped existed. I’m all over it. I genuinely think about it year round.

Here’s my 2017 Wrapped, here’s my 2018 Spotify Wrapped and here’s my Spotify Wrapped: 2019. Just so you can catch up if you want to!

If you’ve been keeping up with my sporadic posting throughout 2020, you’ll know that music got me through a lot of lockdown, I discovered a bunch of music that I was keen to share when I could, and I listened to a whole lot of new artists with all the time I was finding myself with. Hence, I was super excited for my Spotify Wrapped this year.

This year there were a few additions and fun tidbits as there is every year. I was super intrigued with the stats on genres and new artists listened, and I like how they made it a lot more simple than last year. I’ll admit, last year seemed like…a lot, but the 2020 Wrapped gave you everything you needed and wanted to know, and I genuinely spent the entire day it came out, asking my friends about their Wrapped, comparing and sharing.

I did see the memes that held the general sentiment of ‘we don’t care about your Spotify Wrapped’, which seemed to be in excess this year, but I personally, love seeing everyone’s wrap-up. It was such a fun day to see everyone sharing their results, whether their top songs were plucked right from TikTok or rain music that they played year round to help them fall asleep. It’s always super wholesome for me.

So with all of that said, I’m obviously gonna be sharing the results of my 2020 Spotify Wrapped, not that I’m assuming you all were holding your breaths for it, but because in a super shitty year, it’s something that I’ve been looking forward to, something that made everyone a little excited to talk about and something that got people talking. I’m also warning those of you who have been here since the first Wrapped, prepare yourself for a complete lack of Jon Bellion that honestly threw me off as much as it might throw you off.

Here ya go.

Very much not surprising if I’m being honest.

This just makes me very happy to look at.

I think this year’s Spotify Wrapped may have been my favourite so far. I saw so many more people sharing their result and everyone really got into it. There is that little niggling thought in my head that Spotify Wrapped is great publicity for everyone to mindlessly promote the platform while it refuses to properly pay the artists who are streamed on, but in the words of Flex Mami, I am capitalism’s handmaiden and if I can enjoy something as much as I enjoy receiving my Spotify Wrapped…I’m gonna do it.

How did you year on Spotify pan out?

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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!

x

Priya

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Dua Lipa // The Blessed Madonna Remix…

I wanted to like this so badly. I really, really did. I know what you’re thinking … Priya? A negative review? Really? Me too. 

Levitating has been one of my favourite songs of the year, I’ve loved it ever since it was released, and it really set the tone for my personal obsession with the Future Nostalgia album. So when I heard that this disco-pop wave Dua’s currently riding was gonna be joined by not only Missy Elliott, but also Madonna, who as much as I’m not a fan, is the undeniable queen of the 80’s?

I was so excited.

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Let’s preface this by saying that this was kinda slated as a ‘club’ release, which I think on the surface level, it meets. It serves it’s purpose. But as a track? I’d take the original any day. I feel like if I were to personally hear this in a club, I’d be so fine if it was a quick little blender track, or a nice transition into the actual tune, but it just feels so disjointed and lost.

I get what they wanted to do, I really do, but I don’t feel like it worked. 

I love Dua Lipa, and I love that she brought two icons together on this track, but I think it could have been better. A lot better. Personally, Missy Elliott’s verse is a highlight, which I know some people don’t love. It’s one of the only highlights of the song for me, and that’s probably down to me loving Missy herself. The breakdown after her verse? I mean it’s decent.

With how hard-hitting and punchy the original song is, the remix should only have enhanced it. Rather, it feels like it’s been stripped of a bunch of things that made it such a track to begin with.

I think the tempo of the original song is perfection. It seems like such a little think to pick at, but tempo is a game changer when it comes to how easy a song is to enjoy and move to, and I think the remix just tries too hard to be a club mix, and the tempo is a huge factor in that. Then those wavy synths that are present throughout the entire track, and play a vital part in how well the original version flows…they’re gone? The new synths are pretty aggressive, they’re there, they just…don’t hit like the original ones, which for a club remix, I’m expecting them to. They aren’t as heavy and you don’t feel compelled to move the way you do with the original synths. Just like the tempo, the bass has been shifted to this really stock-standard club bass rhythm and melody that does nothing for the track. 

I’ll be real honest. If Melbournians were allowed to leave their houses and I was a few drinks in, hearing this at a bar, I’d probably wouldn’t care at all to pick at it the way I’m doing, so like I mentioned, it serves it’s purpose. But for such a phenomenal track like Levitating, to go out of your way to release a remix like this, with absolute icons like Madonna and Missy Elliott, it’s a bit of a missed opportunity. 

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I don’t know if I’m in a majority or minority with my opinion, as I haven’t see too many reviews for the single, so I’d love to know what you’re thoughts are! I know a few of you love Dua Lipa just as much as I do, so please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments! 

x

Priya

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