Golden Sugar Crystals by The Analog Girl

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(from the press release)

What started out as a lo-fi bedroom project using portable synthesizers and cassette tape recorders has since evolved into some kind of dreamlike technicolour pop universe – one in which Singaporean musician The Analog Girl creates and performs using a myriad of illuminating electronic instruments including the Tenori-On, Monome and Percussa AudioCubes.

Named by TIME magazine as one of 5 Music Acts To Watch in 2008, The Analog Girl has had audiences worldwide plugged into her sound at a spectrum of venues and festivals including CMJ Music Festival in New York, famed British photographer Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio in London, Worldtronics Festival at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Cirque Electrique in Paris, Superdeluxe in Tokyo and Mosaic Music Weekend at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore. The Analog Girl has also supported a number of international acts including Telepathe, The Whitest Boy Alive and The KVB. Golden Sugar Crystals is The Analog Girl’s newest album in 5 years, and it is charged with both hope and fragility.

“I am known to create material that is dark-sounding, although not always intentionally. And even though most of the songs on this album were written during darker times than normal, it’s turned out to be the first album of mine that seeks light, beauty, truth and hope. So let’s all find our own ways to do what makes us happy, even if for just a moment.”

Golden Sugar Crystals is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and Bandcamp.

Drop! Against All Odds by REQ

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(from the press release)

REQ’s debut EP is a bold statement from the UK born, Singapore based rapper. With a unique blend of sounds that stem from his upbringing in the UK’s ‘Grime’ culture to his Asian Roots, his EP ‘Against All Odds’ delivers something fresh that hasn’t been heard before.

With a mixture of storytelling tracks, hardhitters to songs with a pop feel, it is clear that REQ draws from his unique experiences living in different continents. Straight from the lyrical “Intro” to his first single from the EP ‘Know Me Like That’, it is clear that there is something for everyone on this project.

Born in Birkenhead, England, REQ has been steadily making his move from a behind-the- scenes role to the foreground of the music industry. From the young age of 15, he has tried his hand in a number of fields, from spoken word to an undefeated streak in battle rap that lasted for nearly 2 years. Since then, he has concentrated on more studio work, with songwriting credits on songs by notable Filipino artists such as Rayver Cruz and Yeng Constantino.

Now with the spread of the British grime culture and the acceptance of the British accent within the genre of Hip-Hop finally being digested worldwide, REQ’s debut EP could not be being released at a better time.

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MV: Conspiracy by Charlie Lim

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Fashion photographer Lenne Chai spent the last nine months producing and directing a sci-fi music video for musician Charlie Lim. It is Lenne’s third ever music video, and also the most ambitious so far …

“The video is a collaborative pro-bono project featuring the work from Lim Qi Xuan (alien designer), Tina Fung (set designer) and whitehorsegrey (illustrations). The video is inspired by moon landing conspiracies and celebrity culture, where Charlie plays a hapless “astronaut” directed by aliens.”

Listen! Recluse by Intriguant

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We kick off 2017 with a new drop from electronic music producer and DJ, Louis Quek aka Intriguant.

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In 2014, when Intriguant released his debut EP, Ellipse, it gathered the attention of music critics from Israel to Slovakia, and was featured on respected New York music magazine, The Fader. Since then he has been gracing major festival stages such as St Jeromeʼs Laneway Festival and the Singapore International Jazz Festival.

Tomorrow he is dropping his first full-length album, Recluse. With his signature style of crafting moody soundscapes that sway between ambient techno and glitchy instrumental hip-hop, Recluse presents an emotive sonic journey which straddles between the solace and desolation of solitude.

It is not all lonely through the album as Intriguant roped in the whoʼs who in Singaporeʼs music scene for vocal duties in the studio. The producer succeeded in shedding new light to the crooning capabilities of established names such as Charlie Lim, Tim De Cotta and Ginny Bloop (Eugenia Yip of The Steve McQueens and Riot in Magenta fame). Emerging acts received the spotlight as well as Omar Kenobi from Mediocre Haircut Crew and KATØ shine through Intriguantʼs cinematic beats.

The filmic nature of Intriguantʼs music is undeniable and this is made more apparent through the music video for lead single, “Chemistry”. Written and directed by Joant Úbeda, the video serves like a short film which showcases Úbedaʼs capability in visual storytelling set against the poignant soundscapes of Intriguantʼs composition.

RECLUSE will be available on all major digital stores and streaming services starting January 6. Don’t miss the album launch party on 7 January at the Esplanade Annexe Studio.

Listen! Take Your Stand by Hardihood

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Punk rock band Hardihood kicks off your week-end with their long-awaited debut album, Take Your Stand. Off the new album is the lead single ‘Darkest Hour’, released via a live session video shot during the recording. “The single is inspired by the daily grind of a working class adult living in a cosmopolitan city. We wrote it as a wake-up call for us to take action against the mindless compensations paid to make us turn a blind eye to reality,” says vocalist Halim Ismail.

(from the press release)

Take Your Stand is an emotionally charged collection of 8 songs that’s a fiery blend of post-rock, punk, metal, bluesy jams, and alt-grunge. The overwhelming sound is still guitars, but the record isn’t just another dizzying barrage of distortion; rather, it showcases the versatility of the band’s shred-and-shout approach.

The album was recorded live at Singapore’s legendary TNT studios, engineered by Wong Ah Boy. “We decided not to go with track-by-track recording as we wanted to capture the raw and live feel of playing as a band,” explains guitarist Iskandar M Fawzi.

Hardihood was formed in 2013 when Iskandar, Halim, Yuzaimi and Shahreil met at a gig. Despite their different backgrounds and musical influences, they discovered that they shared one common passion: Punk rock. In 2015, Endra replaced Yuzaimi on drums. The band released their first self-funded and self-produced EP ‘Tomorrow’ in 2015, with engineer and co-producer Bob Kamal. ‘Tomorrow’ showcased the band’s diverse influences and styles, ranging from jazz and post rock to punk rock.

The album will be available through the band’s bandcamp page.

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