I hope you are all well and thriving! Today’s post is an old favourite that I’m excited to bring back, songs you don’t know but should. I mean, can you tell it’s a favourite of mine, considering we’re up to the 27th post in the series?
I thought since I’m still kinda recovering from an unintentional hiatus, I probably owe you all a really chunky delivery of some new tracks that I think you need to hear! As always, you can find all of these songs and plenty more, as well as a heavy rotation of new discoveries on my Spotify page below.
Claymore – Isaiah Rashad, Smino Ghostin’ – Wesley Joseph Never Have I Ever – Ahlei not what i’m used to – Bella Taylor Smith Facade – Nganeko BYO – Ojikae Strawberries & Cream – MIM Don’t Recommend – Reagan Capaci It’s A Mess – Billy Fox Sleeping In – Jye First Take Strut – Troy Kingi I Can’t I Wont – Nilo Blues Made For Silence – Miiesha Language – Paperboy Face, Brent Faiyaz You Comfort Me – James Vickery, EARTHGANG Strawberry Cheeks – Ula Forever – Teza Sumendra Emotional – Eddie Benjamin Derail – Strange River slip – anees Pears – Weston Estate Want It All Back – Julia Lostrom, Max Glyde, HAMLEY Spaceship – Noah Davis Blue Denim Jeans – p-rallel, Lauren Faith Bad Dreams – Olive Amun Wish We Could Be Friends – Abby Bella May 4am – Luke Burr, Olivia Nelson So So Sick – Joyce Wrice
Good to start with mentioning that I definitely didn’t intend to go silent for over three months but it happened and it’s done. To be fair, I don’t know when I’ll actually get around to finishing this post and actually posting it but I’m attempting to which is what counts, right?
I guess this unintentional break that I’ve been on was somewhat intentional in that when I realised I hadn’t made a post in a long while, I didn’t exactly rush back to pick up and kick into gear again.
I mean, it did kinda kill me inside when I realised that I missed not just my June Tunes post, but also my July Tunes and my August Tunes, my monthly song roundup being one of the most consistent posts on my blog as a whole, but I’ll be honest, it didn’t kill me enough to send me running back.
So what have I been up to in my absence? Like I may have mentioned a little while back, I quit my job at the music shop which was a great move even if it did leave me a little bit financially stranded for the most part of the year so far. I continued teaching singing and piano and running the admin side of the music school I’ve been at since 2019 and that kept me going decently. I had a small hiccup with a job I was really excited for that lost out on itself due to COVID 19, and since then I’ve started a new full time job, back in retail but with a sports brand that I’ve been in love with since I could walk. Love their clothes, love their athletes, love their sneakers (easy guess by now surely, it really ticks all the boxes) and I’ve really happy in my role there so far. I mean, what little I’ve worked considering Melbourne is back in lockdown and have been on and off since mid-July.
We’re up to lockdown 6.0 here in Melbourne and it’s definitely running it’s course over everyone, like a train. Morale is pretty low if I’m being honest, but to be honest, there’s not much else we can really do and I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m in a pretty lucky position, having a great full time job that still pays me while I live with my family and don’t have any major bills to cover. I know there’s definitely people who are doing it extra tough with these on-going lockdowns and COVID as a whole.
I’ve been listening to lots of music. Not even a question really. Like, a lot. I redid my Spotify, again, adding and deleting a few playlists, giving my profile a bit of a clean and it’s been a fun little project. I’m also reading. A lot. My goal for 2021 has moved from 25, to 30 and is now currently at 40 books to read for the year. *Side note – if anyone is currently tracking on Goodreads, StoryGraph is an amazing alternative, WOC-owned rather than Bezos-owned and it’s got super slick graphs and stats on your reading habits. Let me know if you set up a StoryGraph, I wanna see what y’all are reading!
So, what am I sharing with you today? Well, one of the main things that has been keeping me amused through these lockdowns, and I’m sure a few of you may be in the same boat and see where I’m going – it’s TikTok. Not only is it a daily intrigue to see what part or side of TikTok I stumble onto, but it is a treasure trove of undiscovered artists, musicians humbly sharing their songs in their bedrooms or promoting their latest releases, and I’ve curated quite the playlist over the last few months.
Aptly titled; found em on tiktok.
Now usually I rotate through my playlists, I’ve been removing and adding new tracks to each of my playlists pretty regularly with my newfound free time, however with this one I plan on just letting it marinate and grow. I wanna see just how good TikTok is at getting some of these artists out there and across the line.
Take Lizzy McAlpine for example. I found her back in January. Now she’s hanging out with the likes of Jacob Collier and Dodie, posting covers in their backyards and just generally being great. There’s so many cool artists and musicians on TikTok, it’s becoming for them what YouTube was for Justin Bieber, what Vine was for Shawn Mendes.
If you’re keen to keep up with some new music, discover some fresh tracks or follow any of my playlists, you can find my Spotify, my pride and joy, HERE.
Please feel free to catch up in the comments. I wanna know what you’re all doing, how you’re going, what I’ve missed, what you’re listening to, the whole lot.
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!
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 🙂
Hello friends! I hope you’re all living and thriving now that we’re well and good into 2021! Today’s post is yet again just me sharing some good old music with you. Today’s theme? RnB. The good shit. Stuff that just makes you feel a certain way. Like you’re in an old school music video from 2001. One of my favourite genres of music, most definitely in my top three.
Making this list was hard. This year one of my goals was to really work on finessing my Spotify. Clean up all of my playlists, keep them rotating and curating a few more, but it’s a different story when it comes to my RnB playlist. I couldn’t tell you the last time that playlist was less than 100 songs. It’s currently sitting around 200 at the moment, and you’d be torturing me if you asked me to whittle it down further. It’s just not gonna happen. That said, it’s for that reason that the easiest thing for me to do while curating this post, was just throw the playlist on shuffle and share the first few that came on. I can’t lie, it’s how I make majority of these posts at this point.
If you’re interested in finding some more gems like the ones I’ve shared below, I’ve also thrown the playlist at the end of this post too so you can listen to the whole thing!!
So Into You – Tamia Get To Know You Better – Mary J Blige Weak – SWV Just Fine – Mary J Blige Love – Keyshia Cole Together Again – Janet Jackson You Make Me Wanna… – Usher Now or Never – Mya What About Us? – Brandy How Many Drinks? – Miguel Summer Rain – Carl Thomas Cupid – 112 Rain – SWV Soon As I Get Home – Faith Evans How Do I Breathe – Mario Follow Me – Usher If You Had My Love – Jennifer Lopez
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
Hello and goodbye March! That went dramatically quick. To think we’re already 3 months into 2021. To think it’s been a year since we first were affected by COVID19. A lot has happened in such a short time and much like the last few months, March just flew past. Much like the last few months, I also listened to a ridiculous amount of music. So much so that you may have noticed me cutting down the amount of tracks I include in my Monthly Tunes, and that is purely because I don’t have the time to add them all in, as I’m sure you don’t have the time to read them all individually. You can always check out the 365//2021 playlist HERE, or now, at the bottom of this post!
However, with all of that said, here’s just a few of the tracks I was listening to during the month of March.
Moving On – Niko Walters: I love me some NZ musicians and Niko Walters is a perfect example! Brother of Matui Walters, the lead singer of SIX60, I’ve been listening to Niko’s music for about a year now and this is the latest song I’ve been loving. My cousin introduced me to this track while on a weekend drive to have some lunch and I fell in love with it! Niko’s got a beautiful voice and the song is so subtle and strong in it’s own way.
All She Wrote – SIX60: Such a beautiful track to farewell summer with. As I continuously mention, SIX60 can do no wrong in my eyes, but this song is hand-over-heart, a track. I highly recommend you give it a listen, it’s such a gentle banger, building around this super simple guitar riff but the main hook is so catchy and anthem-ic, in an authentically SIX60 way.
So Fresh, So Clean – Outkast: I heard this song again recently while shuffling though a Spotify playlist and was shocked to say the least. It never occurred to me that Kiana Lede’s Mad At Me has a direct homage to this track in it’s chorus. The tune is so succinct and catchy, I’m unsure as to how I missed it. I love Outkast’s subtly on this track
BMO – Ari Lennox, Doja Cat: Yo, when I tell you this one took me for a spin, it took me for a spin. I’m no stranger to Ari Lennox’s track, BMO, I just had zero idea there was a remix that featured Doja Cat. Don’t ask me how I missed it, but when my friend Sarah sent it to me I was shook. That said, the song on it’s own is a banger, and I love a Doja verse on most songs anyway, so the track has only been elevated in my opinion. The original will always be my favourite, but this was a very nice surprise discovery.
Around The World – Daft Punk: This was purely a song to mourn the end of the dynamic duo that is Daft Punk. I spent most of the day playing this song in my room and having my own little boogie. This song is probably, out of all their tracks, the very many tracks they have, my absolute favourite.
Best I Ever Had – Drake: This is one of those ‘moment’ additions to the playlist, where I really only added it to remind me of the day. I was in the van with the boys in my band and we were driving to our first headline gig of the year, nearly a sold-out show in the city with a bunch of people coming and this was one of the song requests for the drive to the venue. It really popped off a lot more than I thought but it made for such a fun drive and was the first of many bangers queued up to get us through the trip.
Twenty20 – Real Good Company: Cheeky little personal plug – my band and I released out third single, Twenty20 at the start of March and obviously I had to add it in to my playlist as the tune of the day when it came out. We also had a super fun single release gig at The Worker’s Club, one of my favourite Melbourne venues ever which was such a great time.
Leave The Door Open – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic: I think most people have heard this song by now. I was super excited when I found out that Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak were joining forces to create Silk Sonic. Honestly, it’s everything you could possibly expected from two of the smoothest artists of the decade and then some. The vibe, the track, the music video; everything about this song is so undeniably smooth and I’ve been rightfully obsessed with it since it was dropped.
Stockholme Syndrome – One Direction: I wouldn’t be surprised if my most listened to artists for March was One Direction. I was really on a 1D bender this month and I have zero regrets. Whether I was hanging out with friends or family, driving to the gym, working out at home, chilling in the car on the way to work or just hanging out in my room, I’m pretty sure there was One Direction playlist nearly every day of the week, and Stockholme Syndrome really made itself known. For some reason it was a bit of a standout for me, just made me that extra bit nostalgic, and I’m not mad about it.
Frontin – Pharrell Williams, JAY-Z: Coming through with the throwback right now. I heard this song during a deep dive of Pharrell Willliams songs and finding all of his songs with The Neptunes. When I say treasure trove, I mean treasure trove. Pharrell Williams, and his pure genius never fail to amaze me, but out of all the digging and throwbacks, this one really got me hooked all over again. Couldn’t tell you why, it just gripped me the way absolute bangers tend to do. Completely out of nowhere. I can’t ever find it in myself to skip this song and I don’t mind, it’s an immediate mood-booster.
SAY SO – PJ Morton, JoJo: I’ve known about this song for a little while, but never took the time to listen to it until this month when I was out on my walk and decided to listen to the Song Exploder podcast, and found it on one of the episodes. I loved watching the Song Exploder Netflix series, and the podcast was just as good. Hearing how this song came to be, the different stages of it’s development, the fact that it was almost shelved and was brought back to life back PJ Morton’s fans, made listening to the track at the end of the episode all the better. It’s such a beautiful track, and JoJo really does a great job reminding everyone why she was one of the best RnB singers in the early 2000s. Plus there’s PJ Morton’s insane instrumentation and writing to go along with it. Match made in heaven. Could not recommend this track enough.
Freckles – Lawrence: I’ve known about brother/sister duo Lawrence for a little while now, and I recently got back into listening to their music. They’re the first artists signed to Beautiful Minds, Jon Bellion’s record label, and rightfully so, their music is offensively good. They have this perfect blend of funk, soul and jazz-nerd cool-ness, mixed with grit, punchy vocals and insane songwriting. Everything I love if we’re being real.
So that’s just a taste of what I was listening to during March! I hope you enjoyed reading through my ramblings – let me know what you were listening to this month, I’d love to know!!
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!
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
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