Saturday, January 4, 2020

5 things I learned in 2019

Happy New Year!

Firstly, I want to wish everyone the absolute best this year, I hope you had or will have peaceful holidays (no time nor energy for nosy aunts and uncles), and I hope you all accomplish great things!

Instead of making a list of things I wish to achieve in 2020 (that I most probably won't because the social pressure of having resolutions for 2020 is just too much to handle since everyone is hyping it up, ya know new decade and stuff) I decided to pay homage to 2019 and acknowledge the 5 things I learned during one of the best years of my life. Yeah, I know, unpopular opinion - 2019 didn't suck for me personally. I hope that statement doesn't jinx 2020 for me though. And on this positive note (to be read with a sarcastic tone), I leave you off with a list that just might inspire you for this year!

Photos: Angela Petrovska

Friday, December 27, 2019

December Playlist | 2019

The fact that this is the last playlist for 2019 is low key freaking me out BUT I am honestly more than ready for another year. Not gonna lie, December has been a bit of a struggle bus for me mentally. I guess I can kind of pinpoint the root of the problem but instead, I blame it on other outside factors like "Oh it's getting darker earlier, I need the sun to keep me happy". I can see why some would think of it as a legit reason, but it's useless and also not really true to completely blame it on the season. I think I find myself reflecting the most in December, I just do a mental recap of everything I've done in the year and I immediately go back to where I was this time one year ago and how much I've changed and how much the situation I am in has changed. This time last year I was completely stressed out trying to sort out my Spanish visa and searching for a home in Madrid, but at least I had something to look forward to in the new year. And now, I can't seem to find a reason to look forward to. I know that sounds stupid and I shouldn't be so materialistic in a way, but after that high last year, I keep thinking, how can I top that? Was that the peak for me? And this ladies and gentlemen is how my lovely brain works. While everyone is celebrating the holidays and getting in the Christmas spirit I'm over here having an existential crisis :))))
I don't want to end the year on a bad note, so I'm just gonna keep a positive mindset from now on. I'm excited to spend some quality time with my friends and ring in the new year with them, and I hope you are excited to do the same with your loved ones too!
Anyway, I think the music I listened to the most this month kind of reflected everything I just word-vomited, so nothing crazy, nothing upbeat, just chill and perfect for drowning out the dark thoughts that might creep up once in a while. So, here's the last playlist for 2019:

I will always associate Aurora with my friend India, she absolutely adores her and introduced me to her music. One of the songs that she suggested I listen to was Soft Universe, and I did, but I never came back to it, or well, not until recently. Going with my "chill mood" playlist, the enigmatic sound of this song makes me feel some type of way. It's just one of those songs that makes you feel as if you're a wild queen of a Nordic forest running with a pack of wolves by your side, ya know?

Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish. Need I say more? I couldn't think of a more perfect fit for my "chill December mood" playlist. I think this one is in my top 3 Billie songs, it's like a representation of what butter on a warm piece of bread would sound like.

I discovered Кукла (meaning "doll" in English) at the PIN Music Conference festival in late November. I randomly went to her performance and caught it midway but I was immediately drawn to her sound. She performed Hranimo Se Rechima  and she did it in a cool way too, by coming down to the crowd and walking around. So you could just imagine the tenseness in the air because this song is actually quite dark and intense in my opinion. It got stuck in my head, so when I got home I played it and I've had it on repeat since.

Okay so I completely blame my friend Bisera about my newest obsession Klinac. He's an up-and-coming Serbian rapper (i guess?) and honestly, his music SLAPS. My friends know that I don't listen to trap music, but I'm not sure why I find his songs so addicting. We (Bisera and I) watched him perform this December and he was really good, so there's one more reason to like him (although most of his fanbase is like...15). Anyway, I've had his latest single Pravila on repeat these past few weeks, so if you're in the mood for some Serbian chill trap this is the song for you.

The Weeknd's latest track is probably the most upbeat song on this playlist haha. Heartless is just what I needed from him, it's the perfect mix of Trilogy and Starboy, and even though I wasn't a big fan of the latter, I still have a lot of respect for his music. I think probably everyone has heard this song at one point, so no need to further explain why it's on this list.

As always, click HERE for the whole playlist on Youtube, or on each individual title above. Happy listening, happy new year and merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

It's About Time

Photos: Angela Petrovska

2019 is with one foot out of the door, and I've barely posted anything else other than playlists this whole year. And I am truly so, so, soo sorry about that. The truth is, I've just been feeling extremely uninspired when it came to topics that I would like to cover on the blog. In the past, I used my blog as my main source of open creativity. I look at Instagram as a way to further promote what I loved doing here.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

November Playlist | 2019

Okay, how is it December? I can't believe how quick this year went by, and by now I think I probably say this every year, but still! I'm keeping the reminiscing part for next mont's playlist because the year isn't done yet and there are still a lot of memories to be made, but my oh my has it been eventful so far. November was a weird month for me. I experienced some seasonal depression (as everyone else) and that really affected my mood. I'm not complaining, but when the sun sets at 4 PM you can't help but feel as if you've done absolutely nothing all day. So, whenever I could, I would go grab coffee with friends after uni or go study somewhere that isn't home. I would say that I've never focused on university work as much as I have this semester, and I am damn proud of myself for that. I'm interested to see how long that will last haha. I also went to some pretty cool concerts and gigs this month, and those were the moments I felt the happiest, for sure.
Okay, rambling done. Time for the November playlist:

If I had to give the month of November a soundtrack, it would probably be Oracolo by Skinshape. It's moody but still upbeat, chilled and slightly dark - so basically the weather we've been having in Skopje for the past month. The drums and bass in this song are too good, so if you're appreciative of details like those, I recommend giving this song a listen.

My love Ama Lou released her EP "Ama, who?" and I am over the moon in love with each song! I decided to share the one that stood out to me the most from the EP, but it's safe to say that I've had all songs on repeat every day. Better captured my attention with the laid back R'n'B vibes and the blink-and-you'll-miss-it drum'n'bass moments. Overall, loooove, just love!

Dominic Fike's 3 Nights makes me feel as if I'm hanging out with my friends by the beach with a bonfire and one guy has a guitar (of course) so we're all dancing and singing. It's the polar opposite of Oracolo for example, but when you're in that mood, you just are.

Mura Masa is back with a new sound and I'm soo digging it! In the beginning, I was kind of confused because it's quite different from his previous music so it took some adjusting to. But, there are so many factors why I am obsessed with Deal Wiv It and here's a shortlist of a few of them:
1. No matter if you're a long-time Mura fan, or this is the first song by him that you've heard, you have to agree that the beat is so sick. It just makes you wanna dance and jump.
2. That accent. Slowthai is just so weird (in the best way possible) that he grows on you.
3. The video. It was shot in Belgrade, Serbia (as well as No Hope Generation) and I just love the fact that these UK dudes packed up and out of the whole of Europe, they went to the Balkans to shoot a music video.
4. In this Behind the Scenes video, he explains why he's changed his sound, and how he made the song, and it's so interesting and makes you appreciate the song even more.

Buč Kesidi always ended up on my Recommended, so I would always passively listening to their songs for a while, but once I listened to Nema Ljubavi u Klubu with attention, I was hooked. I have a lot of respect for "unconventional" artists from The Balkans because when somebody mentions Serbian music to me I immediately think Turbofolk which is the only genre of music I cannot stomach. So when young artists such as these guys show up with a disco, indie rock, pop sound that is really popular in the UK for example, I'm pleasantly surprised.

And that wraps up another monthly playlist! Click HERE for the whole playlist on YT or on each individual title above. Happy listening!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

October Playlist l 2019

Hello hello! A little bit late this month with the playlist, but it's here! I've been having a sort of "trial month" in October, trying out a new routine, getting more organized and all those things I say I'm going to be at the beginning of every year. So in true "birthday month" spirit, I decided it was about time I stuck to my word. And yeah, I turned ~22~ and although the actual celebration was fun and I loved spending time with my friends, I'm scared shitless about getting older. There's something about 22 that just looks and sounds way more serious than 21, or is it just me? I don't know guys, it might be partly why I've been feeling under the weather in October, or maybe it's because we started uni and I have 9 am classes every day and I'm not quite used to it yet. As I'm typing this I realize a lot of things have happened in October, and here I was ready to write something like "Yeah October was nothing special." Oh, and while we're on the uni topic - I started my final year and although the actual "getting your degree" part will take a while, there are still a ton of things that will happen in these upcoming two semesters that make you feel as if you're one foot into adulthood.
Aaalright, I think I'm rambling at this point and after all, we're here to share some CooL TuNeZ soo here they are. This month's playlist is very, VERY random and I have no explanation for it. Songs for all of the moods maybe?

Starting off with the most light-hearted songs on the playlist: Honeypie by Johnny Utah and Goodie Bag by Still Woozy. Honeypie was a random find, skipping from one recommended video on Youtube to another. This song has been my go-to "put you in a good mood" type of song. It's a very whimsical and likeable song, reminds me of a mix between DNCE and Maroon 5. Another totally similar type of vibe is Goodie Bag, the only difference being that this one is more mellow and a tad more groovy. The lyrics are random, the way I found it was random, but the beat and ~vibes~ are on point. It's basically the definition of something being "short and sweet".

Sweet Tooth by Jess Connelly is my latest discovery in October and I would describe it as the perfect girly girl song, in the best way possible. And no, that doesn't mean that only girls can like this song, get with the times. It's pop-y, with RnB undertones from the beat, and it's soo good!

I've been waiting for Ama Lou to drop a new song for so long, and the wait was totally worth it. Northside is just perfection, the subtle RnB beat combined with her strong vocals is a match made in heaven. Plus, those little comic comments made throughout the song, they make it even more special. I can't wait to hear the whole album, I know it's going to be UH-MAZING.

How can it be a SBSF playlist if I don't have at least one Brockhampton song tbh? This just proves how much they went off on this Ginger album. This month the spotlight was on the mellow Love Me For Life. The 8-bit meets 90s hip hop type beat on this track is insane. I think it's the biggest part of why I immediately clicked repeat the first time I heard it. Highly recommend.

Another song that I really liked mostly due to the beat is Highest In The Room by Travis Scott. I'm not a huge fan of Travis, but I gotta give it to the guy - he produces some amazing songs and definitely deserves all the hype surrounding him. The music videos are always on point as well.

My friend Bisera recommended me this song and it was just what I needed at the time. Panic Room is a mix of Techno and Deep House and it immediately caught my attention. Right after we both fangirled over how good this song is, we came to the conclusion that there are no clubs in Skopje that play specifically Deep House, so it's up to us to open one.

And that concludes another monthly playlist! You know the drill, click HERE if you want to listen to the whole playlist on Youtube, or on each individual title above. Happy listening!
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

September Playlist | 2019

Playlist photo: Trey Trimble

September has been testing me. A lot. Health-wise, it could have been better. Actually, it could have been better in a lot of other aspects too, but since the rest of the year has been amazing so far, I was expecting a quick check of reality to come my way. And how did I cope with the low blows of September? Lots of time with friends and feel-good music. Oh, and a bunch of Netflix too. But mostly hanging out with friends I haven't seen in a loong time and discovering new music that made me happy. So, if you're looking for moody, dark songs (which I usually love), I'm sorry but this month was just not it for me. However, what was "it" were some French bops and catchy choruses. So, here's the little list I have ready for you this month!

The Brockhampton love saga continues, this time with Sugar on blast. This one is really different from their other songs, which is why I think I quite like it. Brockhampton jokes that they are the best new boy band, but this song is the most boy band-esque they've ever released. It's a very smooth track, less saturated in sound and quite timid in comparison to the other songs on the album, but still a big mood.

I found this song randomly while watching a Youtube video that popped up in my recommended, and the guy used a small bit of it and it immediately stuck in my head. I would describe Herside Story as a very positive song, whenever I listen to it I just start to nod my head like crazy. Also, you'll have the chorus stuck in your head after the first listen, trust me. I've seen the name GoldLink pop up before, so I'm definitely going to have a listening party in October.

In search of new music similar to the vibes of Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, I was suggested to listen to Jungle, so I did. And I immediately became obsessed with Casio. I believe this is one of their more popular songs, and rightfully so. I absolutely love the 70s sound, it's like you're in a music time machine with some modern elements. I think a reoccurring theme this month was listening to feel-good songs, and this one is for sure on that list.

While we're on the topic of songs with the 70s sound, I've found a new genre that speaks to my soul on another level - French synth-pop. *queue me regretting that I never continued learning French properly* I have two songs for you guys to listen to, the first one being Vérité by the gorgeous Claire Laffut (seriously, the girl is so stunning!), the more modern-sounding song of the two, and the second one is Toi Et Moi by Paradis which is just pure 70s/80s.

My absolute favourite find this month was Blush'ko. I found this artist through a live performance of the above mentioned Herside Story, and Blush'ko sang the chorus in it. I was really impressed by his vocals, so I decided to listen to some of his music and boy oh boy was I pleasantly surprised. His mixtape Blush'ko In Love Pt. 1 is an absolute gem - from the Intro to the smooth transitions and flow from one song to another, I became more and more obsessed. I'll give a shout out to Poetic Love, a super 90s vibe, and Another Love, which is a remix of the beat from Poetic Love but with different lyrics (genius, right?!). Also, If you're listening through the whole mixtape, I would highly suggest reading the description for each song where Blush'ko humorously explains each song and what it means to him. The whole thing is just so wholesome, I highly suggest listening to him!

And that wraps up another monthly playlist! Click HERE for the whole playlist on Youtube, or on each individual title above. Happy listening!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sziget Festival On Film

Once upon a time, Elena and Angela said that it would be so cool if they ever got to go to Sziget Festival in Budapest. And one month ago, they did. And it was as amazing as they thought it would be. Okay, dramatic third-person storytelling aside, it was quite literally the best 5 days of my life. And, being the hipster wannabe that I am, I bought a disposable camera to capture random moments from that trip. Here's the result of that + me obsessing and word-vomiting all over your screens, so grab a cup of coffee, a snack, and come with me on this magical journey called "everything nobody wanted to know, but I'm gonna share it anyway because I want to".