Playlist Deep Dive // decolonise ya self

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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Priya

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Playlist Deep Dive // driving in the desert

Playlist Deep Dive // driving in the desert

Trust me.

I know what you’re thinking. I know, I live in suburban Melbourne, the occurrences where I find myself ‘driving in the desert’ are slim to none on an annual basis. However, just because they’re slim, doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Sometimes, you find yourself on a super duper long ride with your friend Tess on the way to an unheard of festival on a farm that none of your other friends wanted to come to, and you just need…the vibe??

Here’s the vibe.

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We’re doing another deep dive into one of my Spotify playlists, driving in the desert, which you can follow here. This is one of the playlists I created during the midst of Melbourne’s first lockdown last year, and here we are now in 2021, still thriving with this playlist, going strong. I love it like a child. 

Here’s a list of my favourite songs from the playlist, but be sure to head to my Spotify to check it out for yourself!

Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
Wasteland, Baby! – Hozier
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club – The Beatles
Cherub – Ball Park Music
Godspeed – Frank Ocean
Beach Baby – Bon Iver
Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers
Drive – Ironess
Badge And Gun – John Mayer
I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James
Forever You and Me – The Teskey Brothers
Sundress – A$AP Rocky
River – Leon Bridges

That’s just a few of the tunes from the driving in the desert playlist, and there’s plenty more where that came from. One of my 2021 goals is to really get the Spotify up and going, more-so than it already is, so throw us a follow and like the playlists because I’ll be regularly updating them all with new songs that fit the vibe just perfectly. 

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Priya

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November Tunes

November Tunes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Priya

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October Tunes

October Tunes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Priya

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The Local Radar

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!

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Priya

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My Forever Favourites // Thank You Spotify xx

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

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!

August Tunes

August Tunes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Tunes of TikTok

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!



Dua Lipa // The Blessed Madonna Remix…

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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