Last Friday presented us with a smorgasbord of fresh sounds from all around the region, and in this inaugural edition of SEA Sounds, we’ll be rounding up several of our favourites.
MYRNE – Starsigns
Internationally-renowned DJ-producer MYRNE has consistently been dropping fire this year, with future bass banger ‘Starsigns’ serving as a worthy follow up to his collaborations with Sam Rui, Gentle Bones, Kyle Reynolds, and Karra. We can’t wait to see what else the Ultra-signed Singaporean has in store for us in 2019!
Jon Chua JX – Ready For Ya ft. FLANNEL ALBERT
With this release, all four of the Sam Willows have now dropped their own tracks separately – and it comes right after the band’s announcement that they’ll be on an indefinite hiatus. However, if all of them continue to throw out catchy tunes such as this, it just might help to ease the pain of losing one of Singapore’s best-known acts of the past decade. On his solo debut, Jon enlists the help of LA-based Asian-American hip-hop artist FLANNEL ALBERT to elevate the track to the next level.
YAØ – RHCF
We’ve been keeping tabs on Singaporean-based R&B crooner Ng Zhengyao for a while now, and can’t wait to share him with all of you! Having been crowned Best New Kid On The Block at the Scape Invasion Youth Music Awards earlier this year, YAØ has consistently delivered with a solid array of catchy hits, the latest one being RHCF.
RUFUS – useless
Malaysia’s 16-year-old pop sensation RUFUS finally returns with his second single, and touches on some heavy topics over a straight-up bop in ‘useless’. With the song having received rave reviews from musical heavyweights Lyrical Lemonade, we’re pretty damn certain that RUFUS is well on his way to joining this region’s pop cognoscenti. Watch this space!
Midnight Fusic – Caramel Cream
Strictly speaking, the indie-pop four piece dropped this track prior to Good Vibes Festival the previous weekend, but we hadn’t begun working on this publication yet, and felt that the release of their music video last week was a good enough reason for us to include them on this list. This soulful, groovy single was met with raucous approval by the crowds last week, and its now accompanied by a cute video depicting the band traveling through a ‘Star Barks’, the Louvre, and telling us to save the turtles.
Airliftz – SEA Gyal
The crown prince of Jin Hackman-led independent record label This Way Up, Airliftz has been at the forefront of the new wave of hip-hop in Malaysia over the past few years. This ode to the quintessential Southeast Asian girl will further endear him to fans around the region, along with his sweetly sung hooks, and iconic bars fresh out of the oven.
Subhas – Link Up (ft. Nyali)
Singapore wordsmith Subhas links up with relative newcomer NyaLi on this throwback to early-2000s R&B/hip-hop. They don’t mince words – it’s a straight up baby-making bop from the duo.
Rich Brian – 100 Degrees
The Indonesian cultural phenom returns with his sophomore album, and a distinctly more mature sound to boot. On this track in particular, which we feel is probably the most enjoyable track of the album, he waxes poetic and gives us a timely reminder about simply kicking back, and enjoying the good things in life.
Chaleeda – Growing Up Sucks
Thai-British teenage sensation Chaleeda Gilbert has been based in Kuala Lumpur over the past couple of years, having signed with Malaysian entertainment company Rocketfuel back in 2017. Local musos Kuizz and Bil Musa lend a hand on her new drop, ‘Growing Up Sucks’, adding to an already star-studded list of contributors – her debut single featured beats produced by Malaysian hip-hop royalty SonaOne, and it doesn’t disappoint!