The Local Radar

Hello and welcome to a new series I’m committing to; The Local Radar, where I plan on doing my part to share the incredible talent coming out of Australia and New Zealand.

Each month I’ll be sharing five artists who you definitely need to check out, and to kick it off I’ve got some incredible tracks and musicians.

Mia Wray – Work For Me

Mia Wray is a Melbourne singer, who released her single, Work For Me earlier this year. Fans of vocalists like Florence Welch and Bishop Briggs will adore Mia’s voice and how strong and present it is. She dances over this track so seamlessly, letting layers and layers of harmonies provide the framework for this track. The song is incredibly dynamic and over the course of just a little more than three minutes you go from this simmering siren call vocal set-up to an anthem building on a killer horns section and electric guitar. The vocals keep soaring, and it’s a hook sure to get stuck in your head.

Liyah Knight – Mine

The next track is called Mine, and it’s the first single from Sydney-born artist, Liyah Knight. This track alone is enough to get you keen to hear whatever Liyah decides to deliver next. It’s a bite-sized track, but there’s plenty of soul injected into it, giving you Mahalia or SZA energy in a beautifully unique way. Liyah’s voice is front and centre, only enhanced by a simple guitar riff and some synths, even at the songs climax. Not one to miss, for sure.

BLESSED – Something To Believe In

Earlier this month, Western-Sydney rapper, singer and producer BLESSED released his single, Something To Believe In. It’s hard to put the track into a box, genre-wise, as it pulls together these indie-rock sounds into a pop/rap space to create a uniquely intimate and honest track that hits you in the gut with it’s production and humble vocal performance. It’s a song that breaks down genre barriers and definitions and BLESSED just pulls it off so effortlessly.

PLGRMS – Limbs

I first spoke about PLGRMS back in 2018 when they opened for Dean Lewis. They’ve popped back on the radar since then, with a bit of a comeback single in their track, Limbs, which came out in early September. Limbs is a cinematic and dynamic, ever-growing track that completely envelopes you in the best way possible. Synths, intricate pockets and soaring vocals really combine magically on this track, it’s one of those ‘driving through a tunnel’ kinda songs, if you know what I mean.

MiCCY – Tug of War

If funk, soul and everything in between is what you’re after, MiCCY, a 21-year old from Queensland, has truly got you covered with this absolute tune of a single, Tug of War. If a neck-breaking bass line and disco-synths aren’t enough to keep and capture you, her vocals most definitely will, with MiCCY literally swimming over this track. The track is the perfect combination of influences that pull from funk, soul, RnB with some throwback 80s sounds in the mix. It’s everything you could ever ask and if it’s any indicator of what MiCCY’s got in store, it’s well worth waiting for.

Keep an eye out – I’ll have more amazing artists with more amazing tracks coming your way soon! In the meantime – get around all the socials so you don’t miss anything and let me know if you find a new tune for your playlists!

x

Priya

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis

My Forever Favourites // Thank You Spotify xx

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

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

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

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

Here’s what Spotify said in a blog post;

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

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

Here’s mine to get you started!

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

Get It Done At Home 2.0 // A Playlist

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all well and getting through 2020 as best you can right now. I just wanted to drop in to share another playlist with you all!

The original post in this series which you can find HERE, was shared a little while ago, right at the beginning of the entire lockdown/isolation/COVID19 situation.

I think one of the biggest things that changed when literally the world, went into lockdowns of varying degrees, was the way we all worked out, got our exercise, moved our bodies and stayed fit.

A lot of people (me), relied on going to the gym to get a proper workout in, while other people (also me) were a part of sporting teams that practiced and played games every week, providing them with an easy and fun way to workout and stay fit. You had people who went to big group classes and other people who worked one-on-one with a personal trainer. All in all, the way we worked out and stayed healthy, changed drastically.

Like I mentioned, I was one of those people who relied heavily on going to the gym as much as I could, and playing team sports. As expected, considering Melbourne is back in lockdown for the second time, I’ve not been able to go to the gym or play any sport since March. So obviously we needed to make some changes.

Between my little sister, my dad and I, we were at the gym nearly every day of the week, so it only seemed fair that the three of us finally splurged on a bunch of basic gym equipment for our garage, and after an entire day of emptying out the space, cleaning out what we didn’t need anymore, selling a bunch of stuff on FaceBook Marketplace and donating a ton, we finally had a place for it all to go.

Honestly, some kettlebells, hand weights, resistance bands, plates and maybe a bar are all you need, and you could definitely get by on even less. The garage has quickly become my favourite place in the house, and after I come back from my daily walk with my sister, I’m straight in there for an hour or so. Plus with the huge amount of people sharing workout routines and home-based programs on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok, I’m constantly changing and switching up what it is I actually do.

One of my favourite things about the space, is that I also get to bring one of the many BlueTooth speakers that are floating around my house in there with me, so not only do I have a place to get in my workouts, but I also have a place to finally blast my gym playlists once again,

It’s a win/win really.

Speaking of gym playlists – welcome to today’s post. I’ve changed up my playlist a little bit since moving to home workouts, I’ve found new music, I’ve taken some music out, and it’s the main thing that gets me excited to workout if I’m being 100% honest, so I thought I ought to share with you!!

Let me know what you think, and please feel free to share your favourite tunes to workout to!

Come Around – M.I.A, Timbaland
Blow the Whistle – Too $hort
Y.A.L.A – M.I.A
Bread – ROYBOY
Diana – Pop Smoke, King Combs
ROSIE – Sophiya
Snake – Lil Keed
Me, Myself & I – G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha
My Name Is – Eminem
The W.A.N.D – The Flaming Lips
War Outside – Church & AP
Lord Knows – Meek Mill, Tory Lanez
Rich – Megan Thee Stallion
Dior – Pop Smoke
Make It – Vayne, Church Leon
Say Yeah – TroyBoi
Squat – Haiku Hands, True Vibenation
DIET_ – Denzel Curry, Kenny Beats
Money Longer – Lil Uzi Vert
Crazy Rap (Colt 45 & 2 Zig Zags) – Afroman
Before I Go – Guy Sebastian
EXHALE – kenzie, Sia

All the songs that I shared on today’s post can be found on my PUMP Spotify playlist, HERE. Make sure to check it out cos there’s plenty more songs where that lot came from!

The Tunes of TikTok

Hello boys and girls.

It seemed only a matter of time until I made this post, right? Considering how many times I regularly reference the app as my source for discovering new songs that I love and want to share with you, it seems only fair that I dedicate a whole post to the tunes of TikTok, and share them all in one post!

To be fair, a lot of these songs are ones that I already knew or had listened to before, but a huge reason as to why they got added back onto any of my playlists comes down to how often I was hearing them on TikTok. That said, there’s plenty of songs on this list that I definitely credit to TikTok and TikTok only.

Here you go!


That’s a pretty hefty list, just to give you a rough idea. We all know it’s much longer than that and I’m sure you’re sick of me constantly referencing TikTok as my source for new tunes, but that’s just the way it is unfortunately. I’m not mad.

Have you discovered any new tracks thanks to TikTok? Let me know in the comments!



The Vinyl Records // Round Two

Hi friends!

Hope you’re all well and thriving. Today’s post is gonna be Round Two of my Vinyl Series!

The record I wanna share today is one of the first ones I actually bought for myself as soon as I got my record player, I mean after I got sick of my Jim Reeves op shop vinyl, and that is Rainbow Valley by old mate, Matt Corby.

img_5889

This is honestly one of my all time favourite records I own, purely because of how incredibly beautiful this album sounds translated on vinyl.

As I did with Round One of the The Vinyl Records, which you can read HERE, I’m just gonna share a few of my favourite tracks from the record, instead of going on a bit of a ramble about every single track!

No Ordinary Life This song is sublime. The piano, the strings in the background, the layered harmonies, it all comes together so seamlessly, this song is genuinely such a trip to listen to. Add in the drums and how they just drive the song along with such a steady chug, and it’s so easy to get lost in this song. I find it ten times more beautiful when listening to it on vinyl. This album in my mind, was made to be listened to on vinyl. Hands down. This song is probably one of the best indicators of that.

All That I Say This song is such a groovy track. The vocals in this are a great mix of flowing and ebbing drawls and short, snappy backing vocals, and it all works together so nicely. The bass in this track is also probably my favourite part, it definitely carries the song for me.

Get With The Times I have to refrain from including literally every song on the album in this list, but I had to throw this one in there. This one is my favourite in terms of Matt Corby’s vocal performance. It’s another song that features a really tasteful electric guitar groove, nestled in amongst the piano and backing vocals, and the lead vocals are so sweet and beautiful.

All Fired Up Beautiful song. Beautiful arrangement, beautiful singing, I can’t say much else for this track.

Miracle Love  I always wait to reach this song when I’m making my way through the record. So much emotion packed into one song and I think for me, this is Corby’s best vocal performance on the entire track. So impactful and raw, and it truly shows off just how talented he is as a singer and musician.

That brings us to the end of our second Vinyl Records! Hopefully you enjoyed this post, I sure loved getting the opportunity to lay down in bed and listen to the vinyl on repeat while I wrote up this post.

x

Priya

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS: Feel free to follow me on my social media! Instagram: YouShouldHear Twitter: YouShouldHear Instagram: priya_francis (personal) Spotify: priyafrancis

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 23

Part 23??? Really??? If this specific post doesn’t highlight how lazy I truly do get sometimes, I don’t know what does. I’m currently the emoji of the chick putting her hands up and shrugging her shoulders.

Once again, in celebration of me not having the slightest iota of energy left in me to draft a complete blog post, here’s a dump of songs you probably don’t know and definitely should.

Enjoy.

 

Best Interests – Carmanah
Phone Number – Tom Bailey
Keke Boy – Duggy Dupe
War Outside- Churh & AP
Dreams – grentperez
Radio Song – Simpson
Lonely in Love – Abigail Barlow
Little Things – TRQS
The Link – Jordan Dennis, JUJO
PSYCHO HOLE – ASHWARYA
Stuck in the Middle – Tai Verdes
Funny Thing – Thundercat

 

x

Priya

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis

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

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis

 

 

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 22

I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW!!

I’m so very aware that my last SYDKBS post was only a few posts back and I have no business sharing another one so soon, but I promise I’m actually just scheduling a couple of super tasty posts for you right now. 

I’ll also have a bunch more time to schedule and write some new posts for you all now, considering Melbourne is going back into lockdown for 6 weeks following a string of days with an alarming number of new cases. 

To make up for it, the songs I’m sharing, are immaculate. I love all of these, hence why I’m so keen to share them with you. I’ll also have a bunch more time to schedule and write some new posts for you all now, considering Melbourne is going back into lockdown for 6 weeks following a string of days with an alarming number of new cases. 

That said, I’ve been discovering a bunch of new songs. I’ve had a great amount of genuinely incredible songs sent to my inbox, plus my friends have also introduced me to some new tunes since my last post, so strap yourselves in.

I’d love to know if you give any of these a listen – let me know in the comments below!

 

Lonely In Love – Abigail Barlow
Used – Joe Hertz, Dom McAllister, YonYon
Circus Animal – Molly Millington
I Can’t Breathe – Jerome Farah
Sunday Night – Hurricane, AirBorn Gav
If It Glitters It’s Gold – Dallas Woods
Free WiFi – Zeek Power
Hellboy – Herizen
SHALLOW – Saya Gray
Let You Know – a2k, Noah Vernon, Kobe White
Here For It All – Mike Nasa, Noah Slee
Waste My Time – Langston Francis
Bedsheets – Olivia Lunny
TAKE YOUR TIME – BOY SODA
Home for the Summertime – Solomon Fox 
12:55 – Nitecaller
Player 1 – Antzz
Drive – Ironess

 

x

Priya

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis

Courtesy Of: Antzz

Hello boys and girls, welcome to another post!

Today’s post, as you can tell by the title is a Courtesy Of, a favourite around these parts. I get family, friends, musicians and creators to share their top ten favourite songs of the moment, and we all get to discover some new music together!

Today’s delivery of music is brought to you courtesy of Christchurch-based producer, Antzz. Remember a little while back when I said New Zealand had some of the best undiscovered music in the world?

Keep that in mind.

Before we get into Antzz’s top ten songs at the moment, let’s dive into his own music, more specifically, his debut EP,  Get to You, which he released at the start of this month. Y’all know how I feel about RnB, pop-RnB and everything in between, and Antzz brings all of that and more into his own blend of synthesizers, beautifully nostalgic harmonies, smooth vocals and elite production value. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve listened to the first single, Player 1 since I first heard it. The rest of the EP is just as nostalgic and filled to the brim with beautiful lyrics that match the production perfectly.

 

IMG_4867 2

You can find Antzz on Spotify HERE. Player 1 is definitely one of my favourites from the EP. I mean, once you listen to the song, I’m sure all of you who know me will know while I’m so excited about the single! If you’ve kept up with my 365//2020 playlist, you’ll most definitely find it has a spot on there…

That said, this is a courtesy of post, and just as exciting is getting into some of Antzz’s inspirations and favourite songs right now!

So. many. favourites. 

I was super excited when Antzz’s sent me his list, because as you’ll see soon enough, there’s so of my favourite artists on here and a bunch that I’m sure you’ll recognise from seeing them appear time and time again on the blog!

 


 

Let me know what you think!

Tevin Campbell – Can We Talk: Old school R&B will always be my favourite genre. Authentic, soulful rhythm and blues. This song has those elements of R&B all through it. And not to mention Tevin Campbell’s voice…next level!

Earth, Wind and Fire – After The Love Has Gone: One of my favourite singers ever Maurice White. Does a great job and singing that smooth iconic sound that is Earth, Wind and Fire in After the Love Has Gone. Plus, there is no hiding behind production/mixing in these songs. It’s all talent and authentic music played by the best musicians ever.

Kendrick Lamar – Money Trees

Johnny Gill – My, My, My: Love the chords, beat and vocals in the song. I will almost always refer to this song I ever hit writers block. So many different and creative elements in this song whilst being so minimal.

Kirk Franklin – Love Theory: Although I don’t come from a religious background, Love Theory is no doubt a really well written piece of music. From the gospel choir to the piano progression, the groove to the synths, Love Theory just makes you wanna dance!

Maurice Moore – Little More: Great mix of old school with new school music. So undercover, but so good at the same time. Vocals are mixed in really nice and you can imagine a whole band playing the song as opposed to an over engineered sound in it. Lyrics are great and fit well with the melody.

Mac Ayres – Better: Fun upbeat song made by my favourite artist of this decade.

Mac Ayres – Summertime: So chill and relaxed. It’s so nice and isn’t over produced which seems to be prominent in every song on the radio. It also shocks me that this song is performed live. Crazy talented

Matt Corby – Miracle Love: Matt Corby, the most diverse and talented singer in the world (in my opinion of course). This song really shows how amazing his vocals are. So minimal and raw.

Allen Stone – Sunny Days: Another one of my favourite singers. This song took a different sound compared to what we’re used to hearing from Allen Stone. Has a nice beat and you can never go wrong when adding Allen Stone’s voice to anything.

 


 

Make sure you show Antzz some support – you know I’ll be getting around his music as soon as he releases some more! You can find him on Instagram, FaceBook and SoudCloud!

 
 
 

x

Priya

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis

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! 

x

Priya

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 1.01.15 pm

PS:
Feel free to follow me on my social media!
Instagram: YouShouldHear
Twitter: YouShouldHear
Instagram: priya_francis (personal)
Spotify: priyafrancis