Sunday, March 29, 2020

March Playlist | 2020

It's the end of March, and we've all been living in the twilight zone this month. I know the last thing you want to hear is yet another person on the internet talk about the pandemic, and what precautions we heed to take because let's be real - our minds are completely overtaken by all the news and changes happening hourly, and I want this to be an escape from all of that. I've had multiple conversations with my friends, I'm well aware of everything that's happening in the world right now, and I just want to take this time and focus on the things that made me smile this month because, honestly, I'd lose my mind otherwise. Music and TV Shows are the two most common forms of escapism right now, so I hope this playlist will make at least some of you happy for a couple of minutes.

Funnily enough, I've been listening to a lot of songs from this time last year, so the songs that have been on my spring playlists in 2019. I guess it's normal since I've spent most of my days reminiscing about how good life was to me then, and listening to those songs brought a smile to my face 9/10 times. But, not everything had a note of sadness this month, a lot of artists dropped albums so everybody had something to listen to (thank God!). Personally, I've been obsessed with Doja Cat and Childish Gambino, as well as the main man from the last playlist - Kaytranada. With that being said, here are my picks for the month of March:

Doja Cat has been my fave in March. I've had her music on my radar before, but this month it was all about Streets and Say So. Streets is my favourite of the two, maybe because I'll always prefer the slower, more tense songs over anything else. It has a really deep, rich beat that I'm completely in love with, and it really reminds me of old school R'n'B. Say So is the more fun, upbeat one of the two. This one is (not surprisingly) more popular but never the less, still really good. It just makes you want to dance and jump around, which is always welcomed in times like these.

The Kaytranada obsession continued into this month, this time with Glowed Up featuring Anderson .Paak. I read a comment that said "If aliens ever visit our planet we should receive them with this beat" and I cannot agree more. The synth beat in this track is out of this world (pun intended) and it makes this song stand out amongst the other songs on the album. And we all know I love a good beat switch (thank you Childish Gambino for that), soo it's safe to say that this song is a 10/10 from me.

And last but not least, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino is back baby! I was so hyped when I saw that he dropped an album and it was probably the best moment so far in this quarantine. 03.15.20 is one of his coolest projects in my opinion, from the design (or should I say, lack thereof) to the whole vibe of the album. My personal favourites so far are Algorhythm and Time. Algorithm really gave me "Because the Internet" vibes and that theme continued into the start of the next track on the album which is Time. Time then slowly progresses into the tropical sound that became the foreshadowing of the album we got from his first release Feels Like Summer. Ariana Grande's subtle vocals just add a new dimension to the track which I love.

And that wraps up another playlist! To listen to the songs you can click on each individual title above or click HERE for the whole playlist on Youtube.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

February Playlist | 2020

Soo, the shortest month of the year is about to end, and boy oh boy was it something. Said a lot of goodbyes (and then hello again), met cool people, began with uni, started to develop a routine of some sort. I made a couple of New Year's resolutions and so far so good, I've been sticking to them and that truly makes me happy, even though at times I don't acknowledge it. However, these posts have begun to take on a spiritual role because when I write them I get to reflect and really think about what I spent my time doing. As for the music, this month it was either pop or electronic - no in-between. I gotta admit it's not my most innovative playlist I've ever put out, but I still loved every song I listened to this month so of course, I'm gonna pay them my respects.
So, here's my February playlist:

Khalid and Disclosure's latest collaboration is like my 2012 obsession collided with my 2017 obsession and I'm here for it. I'm completely biased towards Know Your Worth for obvious reasons, but it truly is a really good song. It's the perfect spring/summer tune and I love this direction for Disclosure. I have yet to listen through all of their latest releases, but I'm slowly getting to it!

I'm sorry but the best thing to ever happen to me in February was PCD's epic comeback! I'm sorry, but how have these women not aged a SINGLE.FREAKING.DAY! It's just unnatural how gorgeous they still look, I mean have you seen the video for React?! If not, it's the first thing you need to do after reading this - they look bomb! The song is some wholehearted, makes-you-wanna-become-a-stripper pop and oh how I missed it. PCD is just one major throwback to my childhood, they were my favourite girl group and I always thought that I would never get to see them perform their iconic songs, but now it might become a reality and that's the only reason I get up in the morning tbh.

Although JB's new album isn't my favourite thing he's ever put out (Purpose has my heart!) I'm completely vibing to Get Me feat. Kehlani. If you ask me, she's the perfect fit for this song, the beat just fits her style of music so good!

Got It Good is probably my most favourite discovery in February, and I've had it on repeat for days on end. Kaytranada is officially my newest music crush and I plan on listening to his whole music discography so don't be surprised if my March playlist is just his songs and one or two other random ones. I listened through his entire 99.9% album and I am just completely in love, WHERE HAS IT BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! My favourite thing in the world is discovering gems like this one, and I highly recommend this album to anyone who hasn't listened to it yet.

Moving onto Kaytranada's latest music, Need It feat. Masego from his 2019 album BUBBA has been on my radar for a while now, but since I was completely obsessed with Vex Oh last month, this time around it was Need It's turn. I mean, the fact that Masego is on this track is enough of a reason for you to listen to it.

The Weeknd blessed us with another song, and I am completely in love. I've stated before that his latest singles are like the perfect mix of his older Trilogy days and a bit of Starboy, and After Hours is yet another representation of that. The darkness of the song sets a very ominous mood (something he was very much known for back in the day) but the upbeat twist adds the more contemporary pop-ish The Weeknd that rose to fame. Overall, I'm really enjoying his newest music so far and I can't wait to hear the whole album.

And that wraps up another playlist! To listen to the songs you can click on each individual title above or click HERE for the whole playlist on Youtube.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

My Style Journey: 2012-2020

One cold January night, while I was trying to prepare for a seriously demanding exam but was in fact just scrolling through my Instagram profile, I started to notice the way I was dressing. As I got deeper and deeper into the horrible 2016 and under period, I realized that my style has drastically changed and I haven't really given it much notice. And then I remembered that I have a whole time capsule right here, specifically dedicated to fashion (and not the horrible flatlays I was trying so hard to make) and thought "Hmm, what if I went through my blog and did a little style overview?" And that is exactly what I am serving today, on a silver platter, to you all! Enjoy my cringy evolution starting from the beginning of my blog, 2012, up until today!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

January Playlist | 2020

First playlist for 2020 can I get a woot woot!
If you're seeing a playlist that means that it's the end of the month, so yes, January did, in fact, come to an end. I think that January works differently for students, like, we're all so caught up in exams that the month just flies by, or it goes by really slowly and we're super grateful because we feel as if there's more time to procrastinate. I'm almost done with my exams, two more to be precise, and I am sooo over it. I'm at the stage where I just feel so done with everything that I'm contemplating calling it quits, but then again I came this far, so I might as well suck it up for two more...
Anyway, when it came to music, January was all about throwbacks from older playlists, but also, about songs that just scream summer. Hmm, I wonder why most of this playlist sounds like a big seaside party, I really couldn't tell you. So, if you want to know more about the songs, keep on reading:

I started 2020 with this song on absolute repeat. Kaytranada's latest album is pure gold, and so far I haven't been able to get Vex Oh out of my head. The afrobeat and GoldLink's voice are a perfect match, and the upbeat tempo was just what I needed on a cold, gloomy January day. With this song in my headphones, I feel like I'm on a tropical beach somewhere far far away.

Speaking of afrobeat, my latest discovery Tay Iwar has been a new obsession, and I'm just now starting to go through his work. His latest collaboration with Le Mav for their album Gold is just what the title of the album says. Golden is the song that left the biggest impression on me upon first listening, and I've had it on repeat for the past couple of days. It's the perfect summer song that makes you want to dance your butt off, but since it's winter I'm just gonna vouch for the latter statement.

Lost In My Boots (funny title, I know) by Kwaye was one of those random Soundcloud finds that you don't really pay attention to at the start but then the chorus hits and you're like Oooh this is good! This one is significantly more chill and slow-tempo than the previous two, but just as good none the less.

Louis Mattrs is another artist I found through Soundcloud (and has already been featured on a playlist in 2019) so when his song Pink Lemonade came up in my recommended, I gave it a listen and was immediately hooked. It's another very summery song, it really reminds me of the type of music we would see from bands like D.N.C.E. for example. If you're looking for a chill, "pick me up" song, I recommend this one.

Macedonian band Duper is back with another song, and I gotta say, I was obsessed with Pak I Pak from the very first listen. If I described every song so far as having a strong summer vibe, then this is perfect for those winter blues. The atmosphere is a very dark and pensive one, with an upbeat tempo that still manages to keep the listeners on their toes. I loved the music video as well, A+ job!

The last song on this playlist is by far the strangest combination I have ever listened to. What would happen if you took a turbo-folk classic like Crno I Zlatno by Seka Aleksic and made it modern and vibey? Yep, that is just what Z++ created, and called it Crno + Zlatno because why not. I'm not a huge turbo-folk fan, so I know only the chorus of the most famous ones at best, so you can imagine my reaction when the chorus of this version came up and I was like Wait??? Is this??? I highly suggest everyone listen to it, I'm sure you'll find it interesting ;)

And that wraps up the first playlist for 2020! Click HERE for the whole (new) playlist on Youtube, or on each individual title above! Happy listening!

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.