Looking for new songs to add to your playlist? The local music scene has seen its share of growth over the years, with a handful of promising acts making waves in Singapore and around the region. From dance-worthy beats to soulful tunes, here are our current favourite Singaporean bands and singers to check out.
This four-piece electronic-pop band – consisting of Sherlyn on vocals, Zie on synths, Billy on drums and Rush on guitar – was formed in 2011. Having launched a chart-topping EP titled Arcade, Disco Hue’s dancey originals are a fab mash of retro-inspired beats and infectious synth licks. Our favourite earworm? Gotta Find You, the band’s first single!
Inspired by the likes of Jamiroquai, Bruno Mars and D’Angelo, this R&B and funk band is a month shy of their two-year mark in the music scene. Just a year into their foray and the quintet has already released a debut single, Get Close, a groovy track that’ll make you get off your feet and, well, dance. Throw in a dose of bad-boy charm and you get I’m No Good, the band’s second single released last December. Look out for their upcoming EP launch, happening on 19 May!
Fans of indie pop: this is one up-and-coming artiste to bookmark. Hot off the press, Part II is local singer-songwriter Vivien Yap’s first single off her debut EP, which is set to launch by the first half of 2019. A chirpy, upbeat tune with prominent harmonies and a super catchy chorus, the song speaks (ironically) of the anguish from the aftermath of a failed relationship. Oh, and did we mention? If you’re into local poetry, check out the talented singer’s self-published autobiographical collection of poems, Can You Hear Me Now!
Best known for his rich, soulful vocals, homegrown singer-songwriter Shak’thiya – who goes by the stage name Shak – first got into music by writing poetry. His musical influences include folk, blues, soul and indie, and you’ll find him performing around the island – either solo with a guitar in hand or with his band, The Baits. His latest single, Taxi, is out on Youtube and Spotify, and there’s an EP scheduled to release later this year.
Fresh off the press, local songbird Joie Tan’s self-titled, 10-track album speaks of love and its challenges. The album features a fresh mix of genres and styles like smooth jazz and pop, with a touch of old-school alternative, which – when paired with her sweet, soothing voice – makes it easy for anyone to enjoy right away. Have a listen to Right Here Right Now, a piano-centric, heartfelt tune with raw lyrics.
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