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.
Fans of indie pop: this is one up-and-coming artiste to bookmark. Our current earworm Part II is local singer-songwriter Vivien Yap’s first single off her debut EP “Fables”. 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.
Inspired by the likes of Jamiroquai, Bruno Mars and D’Angelo, this R&B and funk band is most known for its pumped-up live performances. We loved their 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. Keep your eyes peeled on their social channels – we’ve heard through the grapevine that a full album is in the works!
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!
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. Check out his full EP Sitting at Home here!
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.
Rising Singaporean funk and soul artist Dru Chen is back with another single, Givin’ It Up. This electropop track features influences of 00’s pool-party electrofunk and 90s nu-disco. Off the back of his last release, Dru’s smooth, soul vocals and infectious tunes will get you up and grooving on the dance floor. Bookmark these dates: 30 October for the release of Givin’ It Up, and 6 November for the music video launch.
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