Byron Files // SameTime

Hello my friends and welcome to the third Byron File!!

This post is going to be dedicated entirely to the lovely boys from SameTime, a 16 and 19 year old brother duo playing with two of their best friends, who we discovered in Byron Bay at the BluesFest music festival.

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They played one of the smaller stages at the festival, and as the winners of the Busking Competition, they were given a second set all to themselves, and my family and I were keen to see them again, so made sure we were ready to see them go.

Between Tim and Sam, (holy shit I’m totally speculating but if you add an ‘e’ to the end of their names you get ‘same’ and ‘time’ like did I just crack a puzzle, is this a code that I’ve decoded, let me know) the brothers fronting the band, the vocals were incredible. Sam’s harmonies blended effortlessly with Tim’s lead vocals, but he was equally as powerful when he took over. Both had insanely smooth voices, and their songs fit the whole set perfectly. It was a good blend of fast, up-beat indie rock numbers, that had Tim and Sam on vocals, playing guitar and drums respectively, backed up by their best friends Mitch and Jordy who both confidently held their own next to the two.

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Of their setlist, my favourites were definitely Because You’re Smiling and their cover of Reckless by James Reyne. I’m keenly waiting for their EP to be released so I can get a studio version of Because You’re Smiling. However, if you’re interested in hearing some live versions of both of the songs I mentioned, as well as quite a few more amazing covers, you can check out their YouTube channel.

SameTime also have a song in Spotify, Where The Wind Blowsand it’s been a staple over the past month or so since hearing it when I came back home from Byron.

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While their first set as part of the Busking Competition was a smash, their second slot the following day, performing as the winners of the competition, drew a massive crowd that grew and grew with every song they sang. We had found a spot quite close to the front of the tent early on before they started, and each time I glanced behind me, the crowd had multiplied by another 20-30 people and the Delta tent rapidly filled up with people streaming in from the heat, obviously drawn in by the amazing music on stage.

One of my favourite things about SameTime that made me an instant fan was the overwhelming sense of humility that flowed from all of them. The shared looks between the boys of absolute joy at the growing crowd, the constant thanks they showered the audience with, and even Sam being candid enough to say he had honestly expected 20 people to come and see them, made their set all the more better to catch.

All their songs were catchy and lyrical magic, amazing not only to listen to, but to watch. The standing drum arrangement in front of Sam, as well as the showmanship in Tim, Mitch and Jordy on the guitar, lead and bass respectively made it a great set to watch as an audience member.

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However, the absolute crowd favourite, without a doubt, was their medley at the end of their set.

It was a wild one.

The medley started and worked around You Need Me, I Don’t Need You by my man Ed Sheeran, and included an array of crowd pleasers that get everyone dancing and grinning, like Ice Ice Baby, Africa, Thrift Shop and a ton more songs.

Please keep an eye out for SameTime! I’ve linked their Instagram, Spotify and YouTube throughout this post so make sure to give them a follow so you’re first to know about any exciting stuff…like an EP…?? Definitely one of my favourite discoveries from BluesFest and I cannot wait to here more from these guys!

x

Priya

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Very Specific Pt. 4

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Hello everyone, and welcome to another installment of what is quickly becoming one of my favourite posts on my blog, Very Specific. Let’s get right into it.

This Very Specific playlist is dedicated to songs made to put in the background of travel videos. Now, whatever style you may have, I’m positive you can find something in this list. I myself have used a few of these, and my taste in travel videos has changed time and time again since they first became popular. Whether you want up-beat, high energy, in your face, or chill, cruise-y and atmospheric as heck, I’ve got you covered. When I say that, I also mean that besides this post, I quite literally have a playlist for this very specific use on my Spotify. Check it out.

Orbit (Hazey Eyes Remix) – SŸDE, Ashe

Waiting Here (Niklas Ibach Remix) – Jake Isaac, Niklas Ibach

Stay – Chet Porter, Chelsea Cutler

Waiting For You – Verzache, Swell

Feeling High – Khwezi

Fool For You – Big Z, Jackson Breit

High (Yahtzel Remix) – Peking Duk, Nicole Millar, Yahtzel

Cutting Shapes – Don Diablo

Dancing In The Moonlight – Welshy

How Hard I Try – filous, James Hersey

Sun Models – ODESZA, Madelyn Grant

Is It Too Much That I’m Asking For – Tep No

Catch & Release (Deepend Remix) – Matt Simons, Falken Van Den Aker, Bob Van Ratingen

Aloha – Møme, Merryn Jeann

Adventure Of A Lifetime (Matoma Remix) – Coldplay, Matoma

Beach House – Hockey Dad 

Heartbeat (Solidisco Remix) – Autograf

Take The “A” Train (Mint Royale Remix) – Ella Fitzgerald 

Eva – Punctual

Sleep Walk – Santo & Johnny

That’s what I have for you today! Actually, I have more. Since you’re here, and we’re on the topic…here’s my last travel video from when I went to the USA last year with my family! Tip – definitely a lot better if you watch it in HD…*cue my sister’s poor excuse for an American accent*

But yeah! Hope you enjoyed that video, even watching it now makes me want to go back, or at least get on a plane.

Hopefully you listened to a few of these and picture yourself snorkelling, or scanning your ticket at the airport gates or jumping off a cliff into a blue ocean. I am keen as a bean to get some more travel in, whether or not my current bank account permits it is yet to be seen. I’d love to hear about your travels or favourite holidays you’ve been on, let me know in the comments!

x

Priya

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Justice Der

Okay my friends. Grab something to snack on because it’s an expectation that you literally watch what’s coming up.

Time and time again I find myself struggling to truly capture the essence of the specific guitar sound that has me frothing. It pulls at my hearts strings. Gives me shivers. It does something to me, and it bothers me to no end, that I can’t eloquently sum up how this guitar sounds, without using the incredibly over used go to phrase, “as heck“.

However.

That was before my discovery early last month, of the actual Guitar Hero, that is Justice Der. Justice is a jazz musician/student(???) from Canada, and started uploading guitar covers up on YouTube about six months ago. I stumbled upon him while listening to acoustic covers of Blessed by Daniel Caesar and noticed his jazz guitar cover on the sidebar, so my inquisitor self clicked on the video and was instantly blown away.

My dudes.

This is the guitar sound that I cannot do justice.

Oh my goodness and Justice plays it, puns.

 

 

Like are you hearing it? The sound and the tone of the guitar gives me shivers every single time I hear it. If someone told me this song was played at my funeral at the gates of Heaven I would not be mad at all. The lick at 3:21 blows my mind continuously, no matter how many times I listen, which so far is a lot, and I refuse to get over how effortlessly he plays. The sound and jazz style of his playing, is the sound I’ve tried and failed to convey to you all, for the past seven or so months, and it’s so satisfying to be able to show you exactly what I mean, and so consistently. Let’s watch some more.

 

 

And then, last month when I was listening to Best Part to practice for my gig, I glance to the side, and what do I see?

 

 

But guys. It get’s better. After a couple of weeks and months of people (ya girl included) begging Justice to do Get You by Daniel Caesar, he smashes it out of the park, yet again.

 

 

It’s so simple, but his style and the tone of the guitar just put you in this beautiful bubble of bliss, life hack. CRANK the volume up, put on a good pair of headphones (hey, maybe check out my post all about the best headphones out there???) and lose yourself in the sound.

As well as his clearly gifted playing talents, what is slightly more commendable, is the dudes work ethic. This year alone, he’s uploaded some 21 videos, some of them back to back and mere days apart. He choses the best songs, fixes the smoothest loops and creates guitar magic, it’s hard not be impressed over and over again.

It’s now become a part of my daily routine after I get home from wherever I am, whether it’s at university, or out with friends, or just bringing my day to a close. I most definitely have a playlist on YouTube just of Justice Der’s covers, which I throw on shuffle and blast for a solid twenty minutes or so as I chill out. Major key. Would definitely suggest. 10/10.

 

Hopefully you guys gave Justice a listen! If you want to hear more, you can find his:
Youtube channel, Instagram and Soundcloud
all linked above.

I cannot get enough, hopefully you all enjoy it just as much as I do, if not…more for me.

 

x

Priya

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Courtesy Of: Amalie Star

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Hello friends! Today I’m here with another Courtesy Of, this time, brought to you by a young YouTuber from Denmark, living in Singapore, Amalie Star.

 

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Amalie was kind enough to share her top ten favourite songs at the moment, so here they are!

 

Lyin Star – Jhene Aiko: Since hearing this song, it’s been stuck in my head. I’ve never listened to a lot of Jhene, but this is such a sick song, I’ve definitely added it to some of my playlists.

Where Did I Go – Jorja Smith: We all know how obsessed with Jorja Smith I am, so we understand how pumped I was to see this in Amalie’s list. This is one of her best songs in my personal opinion. The drum beat is the funkiest part, but nothing beats Jorja’s voice.

All The Time 2 – Wintertime: I’d never heard this song until Amalie sent me her list, and all I get is Gucci Gang vibes times ten. They definitely sound nothing alike beat wise, but the rapping, in my head, follows the same flow.

Two Shots – Goody Grace, gnash: Instant The Neighbourhood and G-Eazy vibes. I’ve only listened to a few songs from gnash, but this is probably gonna be one of my favourites from him.

Anymore – Ella Mai: Ella Mai is one of the most underrated female singers ever, so again, insanely excited to see her on Amalie’s list. If you’re looking for beautiful RnB singer with crazy vocals, then Ella Mai is all you need. Unpopular opinion, definitely prefer Ella to Jhene.

Run Me Dry – Bryson Tiller: I never jumped on the Bryson Tiller train, but I definitely understand why so many did. Of all the songs that I’ve heard from Tiller, this may just be my favourite. A huge thank you to Amalie to introducing this song to my life. It’s a bop.

So Sick – Ne-Yo: We all know this song. It’s still to this day, one of my all time favourite shower songs. Amalie’s only 15, and while that’s not ridiculously young, this song came out in 2006. She would have been like…4. It just shows how amazing this song is. It’s one of my all time favourite RnB songs to exist.

Because Of You – Ne-Yo: Another slap from Ne-Yo. I still remember caching this song on my old iPhone 3GS back when you couldn’t listen to music without wasting all the internet data your phone had. I honestly try to sing every part of this song, lead and back-up.

Bad Religion – Frank Ocean: Aside from Lost, this is my favourite Frank Ocean. channel ORANGE was the best Frank Ocean album released, never got around the most recent one, but this is one of the best songs on the record. 100% round of applause to Amalie for including it on her list.

No Scrubs – William Singe: One of Australia’s finest exports, William Singe. This cover is incredible, and I definitely understand Amalie including this one. Will has the perfect voice for old RnB songs, the stuff released in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, and this sums that up perfectly. And the falsetto. Honestly.

 

A huge thank you to Amalie for sharing her favourite songs. I definitely found a couple new favourites from her list, hopefully you enjoyed some of the songs she shared too!

For one of the finest Instagram grids I have ever seen, you can follow Amalie’s Instagram, linked of course, and if you’d like to check out her YouTube, you can subscribe to her channel for amazing fashion, lifestyle and makeup videos!

Let me know what you thought of Amalie’s favourite songs in the comments below, and I’d love to hear some of your own recommendations too!

P.S – let me know what you think of a theme change? I’ve been playing with the idea for a little while now, and would love any feedback you have about my current theme! Is it easy to navigate? What are the set backs? Does it look pretty????

 

x

Priya

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Courtesy Of: Buket Komur

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Hey friends! So it’s been a little while since my last Courtesy Of, so I thought I’d jump straight into it with another for you all finally. This time, I’m gonna be sharing music favourites from the lovely Buket Komur, of Buket’s Blog on YouTube! I’ve been a subscriber for majority of this year, and her YouTube channel, is honestly one of my top favourites. She’s just a cool gal?? You may also remember her name, from my post about Kali Uchis’ song, Tyrant, which I discovered through one of her videos! I reached out to Buket, and she was lovely enough to share with me her top ten favourite songs at the moment, which I’m so stoked to share with all of you! Let’s kick it.

COPYCAT – Billie Eilish: You know we’re off to a good start when the first song’s by Billie. You may recall I wrote a whole post about Billie Eilish, which is linked, and I am so pumped to see her in February next year. Honestly one of her best songs, and I can completely understand why it makes it’s way to the top of Buket’s list.

Party Favor – Billie Eilish: This song’s cute as heck. Like the ukulele? Singing over the phone for the first quarter of the song? The little triangle in the background? I love this song. Buket loves this song. It’s a fun time.

bellyache – Billie Eilish: Billie is obviously killing this list, three for three. This song is the first song I discovered from Billie myself, so I wasn’t surprised to see this one make it onto Buket’s list. I also featured bellyache in my July Tunes.

Quarterback – AJ Tracey: Have to admit, I’ve never listened to AJ Tracey before. I’ve heard of him but kinda skirted him around him each time it’s come up, but I honestly don’t mind this song at all. I can understand how it features on Buket’s favourites.

Calling Me Out – Dave: This is one of the funkiest songs I’ve heard. Honest to god. Like when I saw it in her list I gave it a listen and added it to a couple of my own playlists, which you know is serious.

Girl Crush – Harry Styles: I too, am obsessed with this cover. Harry does this song justice, so well, it’s magical.

Come Down – Anderson .Paak: This is probably one of my favourite Anderson .Paak songs ever. It kinda gives me Kendrick vibes, and it’s one of the funkiest songs I’ve heard in a while.

Drugs – Anderson .Paak: Hadn’t heard this song until Buket put it on her list, and have to say, I was missing out. Different vibe to Come Down, but you can vibe with it all the same. Such a good groove too.

27 Hours – Banks: Honestly Banks is a genius. Listening to anything by Banks is a complete experience and this song is no different. Round of applause to Buket for this pick.

Luxor Street – Elise Imperilee, Srigala: Okay so I may have found a new song that I’ve fallen in love with literally five seconds into?? Possibly?? Thanks Buket?? Everyone should give this one a listen, it’s honestly incredible.

That’s it! A huge thank you to Buket for sharing such amazing music, please make sure you check out her YouTube channel, which I’ve linked for you all, she’s such a lovely gal, you will definitely find a video you’ll enjoy. One of my faves can become one of your faves! We all win! Hope you also enjoyed some of the tunes she shared, maybe found a new song to boogie or jam to, let me know in the comments!

x

p.f

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PRETTYMUCH

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I have no doubt that some of you have heard about PRETTYMUCH, especially those of you from the US, since they seem to already be picking up a pretty big fanbase over there, but these dudes have yet to make their splash here in Australia. That’s not to say they won’t, because they will. Quote me.

 

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So basically PRETTYMUCH is made up of five dudes, Brandon Arreaga, Edwin Honoret, Zion Kuwonu, Nick Mara and Austin Porter, and they were put together by the King of boy bands, Simon Cowell in 2016. Much like many of my personal discoveries, I can’t recall exactly how I stumbled upon the group, but I have no regrets. They’re a pop and R&B group, which is right up my alley, and so far I have thoroughly enjoyed the three songs they released since their inception. So far they have also performed their debut song Would You Mind at the 2017 Teen Choice Wards, as well as an acapella version on the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet.

In October they released their second song, Teacher, but I maintained Would You Mind as my fave. Then they released Open Arms and it was game over.

 

 

They kill it with vocals on this song, and it showcases the fact that they honestly have amazing voices and they blend together so well. Considering it’s acapella for the the first minute of the song, you really notice their voices. Also. Cannot not mention boy Nick. His voice is probably my favourite in the group (cos you always have to have a favourite when it comes to boy bands, right?) and his verse is probably my favourite, considering it also features the initial beat drop that got me hooked on this song.

I have to say, they also look like a heap of fun??? (r.i.p to me with the war flashbacks from 2013 One Direction) and all of their music videos are sooo well produced for the market and genre they’re catering to. Their first video especially, is very reminiscent of 90’s boy bands, and it’s evident that’s a key point of inspiration for the guys.

 

 

I mean??? Like a fish eye lense? Running rampant on the streets? Punching the camera? Oh, and the choreography???? It’s a fun time.

 

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If you’re a fan of old school R&B, but still vibe with current R&B and pop music, definitely check out PRETTYMUCH, I’ve honestly been playing all they’re stuff on repeat since they released new music. Open Arms is a car staple, while Would You Mind is a 10/10 recommendation for a playlist before heading out for the night, both of which you can find on my Spotify (linked). I’m kinda shocked that I haven’t mentioned these dudes earlier considering how much they’re constantly playing in my house, but it is what it is and thankfully I’m finally giving you guys this post. Make sure you check out their Spotify page here, so you can give their songs a listen. Here’s to hoping their come down to Australia some time soon.

 

x

p.f

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Dear Jon

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Honestly, I’m sure you’ve heard of Jon Bellion. If you haven’t, I’m positive you’ve heard at least one of his songs. I nearly jumped out of my car seat when I heard All Time Low on the radio here in Australia.

Not only does he have a crazy voice to match incredible sound production and creativity, but his lyrics are so moving and different and powerful, and that’s one of the reasons why he’s honestly one of my favourite artists ever. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to start writing this blog post.

 

 

I can’t remember exactly when I first heard Jon, but I know that it was a few years ago. The first song of his I ever heard was called Guillotine. To this day it’s in my Top Five songs ever, and I don’t foresee it moving from that place any time soon.

 

 

His lyrics are some of the best lyrics I’ve ever heard in my life. Listen to The Definition, his album released in 2014, straight through. It’s a trip. And then listen to The Human Condition which he released in 2016. That album has changed the entire way that I look at song writing AND song production.

Listening to Guillotine is an experience. To hear a voice that sweet and soft, with so many intricate layers in the vocals alone, combined with such hard-hitting beats and synths gives me goosebumps every time.

There’s bones in my closet, but you hang stuff anyway.

I remember audibly gasping when I first ever heard that line. In a song thats perfect for grooving along to and literally head banging, the lyrics are so perfect and soul-bearing it’s crazy.

Another song to listen to is Human. But listen to the acoustic version. It’s a little bit slower, lower even, but carries the lyrics so much better in my opinion. Just another list of my favourite lyrics:

  •  There’s someone gorgeous in my bed tonight, but I’m still petrified that I’ll die alone
  • I’m just so sick of being human
  • My mother calls I have no time to talk, but I can find the time to drink and smoke
  • But Lauren call me when you hear this song (forever wishing I was Lauren)
  • See I got GPS on my phone, and I can follow it to get home, if my location’s never unknown, tell me why I still feel lost

So basically the entire song. But it’s something about listening to literally only Jon and the piano paired up for this song that does something to the lyrics, that makes them ten times as powerful compared to the studio version.

Another asset that assists this obsession is his YouTube channel where Bellion posts behind the scenes clips, that show the step-by-step process of putting together the songs on his latest album, PLUS an insight into his thinking and ways of processing his thoughts into the music he releases. I’m pretty sure I watched all of them in one sitting.

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Watching and listening to Jon literally pull together all the songs on his own and utilise the people around him to bring them to life is amazing.

And then on my birthday, on my birthday, Jon and Vice released a new song, called Obsession. @ me next time. Make it a bit more direct.

It’s pretty sweet. I’m desperately hoping it makes it’s rounds and somehow finds it’s way onto the radio here. If you think of the groove in Sexual by NEIKED, and then combine it with Jon’s sweet, sweet voice and real-shit lyrics, you have Obsession. Here you go.

 

 

One of my favourite songs from Jon is called Luxury. There is always so much going on in Bellion’s songs; it’s intentional. While sometimes other artists and musicians get caught up in the production process and add anything and everything in, the chaos that Jon creates has so much intent and cause behind it, it’s blinding. As a musician, its really inspiring.

Luxury is packed to the brim with amazing things. The main riff is a chorus of trumpets. Initially you assume he just pulled some trumpet players into the studio and recorded the line. Nah. He got one dude, to record every single note, each individual tone, pulled them all into a mixer, then played the line himself. The rhythm, the funk, the whole feel behind the trumpet line that drives this song is all Jon. I lost my mind watching The Making Of: Luxury. Lost my mind.

Add in the vocals. The lead vocals are so simple, but each phrase contains so many little intricacies, and whenever I sit and listen to one of Jon’s songs with the intent of understanding the lyrics and listening to what he’s saying, my mind is blown and it was no different with Luxury.

 

 

 

 

And then in the bridge, he brings in Audra Mae. Jon makes it clear that he has no cares for collaborating with big names for the sake of publicity. In remaining true to the authenticity all his music carries, Jon pulled Audra onto this track, solely for the quality of her voice and not for the weight of her name, and it’s like you can hear that in her voice. I can’t really get across how incredible listening to this and watching Audra sing while Jon listened at the same time was, so you just have to watch the behind the scenes video. Pls.

I’m desperate to see Jon live. His concerts look so hyped, and there has to be some sort of magic taking place when you get to hear those lyrics and those beats live. I’d pay hundreds of dollars to see Jon live. I’d go by myself if I had to. I know that won’t be the case because I have one of my best friends who can appreciate a great musician with me, but if it was necessary, I’d do it without blinking. No doubt.

Let me know what you think of Jon. Or if you’re already familiar with the genius, what’s your favourite song? Let me know! Hope you’re all well.

x

p.f

Come On Chris

Chris Brown just released a new song. If you haven’t heard Questions, here you are. You’re welcome in advance.

 

Here’s my issue. Chris Brown the person? I’m not a fan. In fact, I’d go as far to say as I strongly dislike (hate), Chris Brown the individual. Chris Brown the musician? Sign me up. Mailing list, waiting for concert tickets to drop. I’m a fan. But I don’t want to delve too deep into that, because this will become something I don’t want it to be, real quick.

The song is probably one of my favourites of Chris’ tunes. Considering he’s featured Turn Me On by Kevin Lyttle, I was a fan the second I heard the obvious sampling, and then the chorus being sung a bit later in the song.

I listened to the song yesterday and loved it, and then this afternoon a football player that I follow on Instagram had it playing in his Instagram Story, and I realised it was now up on Spotify, since it wasn’t up yet when I checked first. Fast-forward to me adding the song into nearly all my Spotify playlists. I kind of want to go out with the girls just to hear this song.

I have to say, when I ignore the fact that Chris shouldn’t exactly be still allowed to produce music and have a successful career, I appreciate his music. I hype it, a lot. So behold, my favourite songs sung by, or featuring Chris Brown. Also, apologies in advance because these are most definitely the explicit versions.

Party: Let’s start with the fact that this video features kids from the Millennium Dance Studio, which I’m obsessed with. And also…Kriss Kross at the beginning? And the fact that it looks like a damn good time.

 

Ayo: Surely it’s a rule to sing along when this song comes on?

 

Loyal: I don’t support the message in this song. I support the beat.

 

Picture Me Rollin: I shazaam’d this song in the club. No shame. That’s how much I loved it, and still do.

 

Stereotype: You know I try to sing the lead, do the claps, sing the backing vocals and sing the keyboard part too.

 

Love More: I’m just here for “I got $30 cash – making it rain” … rain finger actions. Also Nicki.

 

Fine China: Acknowledging just how good this song is, I’m always up for someone injecting some MJ into their music video as well as the song itself. Also, like the literal movie???

 

I Can Transform Ya: Honestly iconic.

 

Kiss Kiss: Surely this high school does not exist?

 

With You: I swear I fell in love with no one to fall in love with at 11 years old.

 

Wall To Wall: When I ignore how scared I was when I first saw the beginning of this music video, this was definitely one of my favourite’s of his.

 

Yo: How he got from this to Loyal is beyond me…

 

Look At Me Now: Surely you’ve said this line at least in once in your life?

 

Run It!: You know it’s a good place if they play this one.

 

This Christmas: And finally, my favourite Christ Brown to ever exist. Christmas Chris is the best Chris.

 

 

I honestly watched every single one of these before putting them in here, plus I had to cut some otherwise this post would be a nightmare to get through. Hopefully you enjoyed it, because I certainly enjoyed looking back at all my favourite Chris Brown songs, new and old. A trip I’ll tell you.

x

p.f

Todrick x 4

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Along the same lines of my last post, I’m gonna be sending you to YouTube yet again. Have you heard of Todrick Hall? Hopefully you have. If not, you’re about to be enlightened.

Todrick was probably in his prime a few years ago, when he auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol, but he’s remained consistent and done nothing but grow since then. I’m not sure why I stopped seeing any of his covers up on Facebook for a while, but I’ve remained a subscriber to his YouTube channel religiously, and I nearly scream whenever he pops up in my ‘Recent Upload’s tab. Thank God it’s a ‘nearly’ otherwise those around me in the silent study area at the moment would definitely not have appreciated me shrieking when I noticed his new cover. Before I even begin, please watch this:

 

Now I may not have given Todrick the due credit he deserved in that last paragraph. You probably have heard one of his covers. It would be the 4 cover of Taylor Swift, which I’m pretty sure Taylor herself loved and shared. It too, was pretty great, though out of all the videos, this one is definitely my favourite. More notable is the fact that Hall also starred in Kinky Boots and performed on Broadway. I do also know that he made a few appearances as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, which I really only know about due to my friends. And the memes.

But yes. Todrick Hall. No one can say the guy doesn’t have an incredible voice after watching that. Did you hear it? Like, did you hear it? He has an incredible crispness to his voice, and while I’m sure there is some editing involved to clean up the overall sound, you can’t deny how sharp and hard-hitting Todrick’s voice is. And the harmonies??? Like, come on. He creates harmonies that I couldn’t even think of, it’s like he’s creating notes that aren’t even there. It’s incredible.

Now his first video with this type of format was phenomenal. It was insane. And it was Beyonce. Talk about jumping into the deep end. To even bother covering Beyonce in general is pretty brave. Covering all of Beyonce, mashing them up together and then singing all the parts by yourself? It’s insane. And it’s magical.

 

 

Like, how? Imagine the brainstorm, practice, filming, recording, mixing and editing that goes into one cover. Then multiply it by four! Then add in choreography!! It’s insane, and he makes it look so easy, all the while hitting notes as effortlessly as Bey. I have to admit, my favourite part is at 0:39. A moment.

After the release of the 4 Beyonce video, it was as if Todrick was churning out more and more of these fantastic videos. The next one he did was a video I particularly enjoyed, The Evolution of Disney. Which again, he nailed.

 

 

He uploaded this on YouTube two months later. Two months. I still can’t wrap my head around how hard this guy worked and how hard he is still working. I’m pretty sure he has his own show on MTV, though I’m not positive if it’s still on air. But there was definitely a show. A well deserved TV special. But anyway, he included He’s A Tramp from from Lady and The Tramp. For so long that was my favourite movie ever, and when he dances with that red boa singing like the little pup in the kennel I feel nostalgic as heck.

Then, three months later, amidst selling his tickets for a national tour, he released what would be one of his most famous videos ever, the Taylor Swift medley.

 

 

You definitely hear how amazing he works with harmonies in this one. As well as the harmonies, the backing track that he creates. It’s marvellous and not overtly obvious of the intended original song. And how quickly he dips in and out of songs? It’s amazing how subtly he manages to pick and choose mere sentences to mix with others. And then he released one that’s another favourite of mine, a Rihanna medley.

 

 

The whole build up to Rude Boy. The mashing of Disturbia, Pour It Up and What’s My Name. Did you hear it? Did you see it? It’s at 0:54. Please click.

I could post a couple more of my favourite videos, but I’m already having concerns on whether this post with come up properly content wise so I’ll leave it at that.

Please have a watch, and look at some more of his stuff (especially his Ariana Grande version), here’s the link to his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1VYb0EKcZuy9rG3q0VR57Q

There is so much work put into these four minute videos, it’s insane to try and fathom the genius that is Todrick Hall.

Oh well, you can try.

xx

p.f

A THING THAT NEEDS RESPECT

I’m so happy right now. So a few days ago,  I was trolling through YouTube, and stumbled across this niche little corner of the internet, where absolute LEGENDS, are taking popular, current songs from the radio, and creating 80s versions of them. Like someone say genius. Genius.

I picked a few of my favourites, you’re welcome. Let me know which ones you enjoyed in the comments! Also, can we just appreciated the amazing covers?

 

Closer – The Marlboro Smokers – we all know who actually released this song, but the name is probably the best part, besides the actually amazing guitar solo that features in this remix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Do You Mean It’s 1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus – Ariana Grande – I feel like Ariana’s voice was literally made for the 80s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Childish Gambino – Redbone (70s Remix) – okay, this is the outlier that is a 70s remix, but it cannot be left off this list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrecking Ball 80s Version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl 80s – Katy is driving me up the wall recently, but had she released this version, rather than the original, I would have loved it so much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rihanna – 90s Bitch Better My Money – again, this one isn’t exactly the 80s, but I’m a 90s baby and I love this remix so much, nostalgic as heck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

80s Remix: Selena Gomez – Bad Liar – so good. So, so good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang – um so if there’s anything better than this remix, it’s the video the producer made to go along with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

80s Remix: Arian Grande – One Last Time – again, Ariana’s voice was made for the 80s.

 

 

80s Remix: Cool For The Summer – they’ve completely changed the rhythm of the chorus, and I really don’t mind, I’m not mad at all. And that sax.

 

 

 

 

80s Remix: Into you – Ariana Grande – this. This is the song that got me hooked.

 

 

 

 

 

80s Remix: Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You – play. this. at. the. club. This is my favourite. Hands down. No competition, no question. The best one. Which is why it’s last. Those of you who persevered through all of these, deserve this absolute gem.

 

 

 

 

I hope you liked this post. I liked putting it together because it gave me an excuse to scour YouTube for the best ones. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Let me know what you think!

p.f