When we say Singapore music, the first names that often come to mind include those belonging to artists such as JJ Lin, Kit Chan, or Stephanie Sun.
But beyond these, the Singapore music scene has been gaining an increasing amount of attention and traction over the last few years, with new talents popping up from under the radar.
Whether you’re down to disco, sing in the shower, or pretend you’re in a movie scene by staring wistfully out of the car (or MRT) window while it’s raining, here are some of our homegrown talents you should be raving to add to your Spotify playlist right now.
1. Farah Farz
If you enjoy the local nightlife scene, she’s probably no stranger to you. With her dynamic, eclectic mashup of categories spanning hiphop and RnB to house music, this Singaporean-bred producer and DJ has proven her versatility in mixing beyond the boundaries of genre and sounds.
Since her debut in 2015, Farah’s performed all across Asia as well as Australia and the Netherlands, racking up Queen of Mashups runner-up prizes and working with big brands such as DIOR, Yves Saint Laurent, Ferrari and more.
Always trendy, always current, and always trailblazing, you can count on her for an amazing time to party your stress away.
2. Cosmic Child
What initially started as a fun project amongst friends turned into something bigger than what they could’ve imagined for themselves.
Since their debut in 2013, Cosmic Child has emerged as one of the top indie rock bands in Asia, opening for notable acts such as Swervedriver and Splashh and touring China, Thailand, and Taiwan to boot. Their newest album, Blue, artfully combines wistful introspection, daring experimentation, and a lightheartedness that makes it both tender and brave.
Following their performance at Baybeats 2021, the band seems to be on the rise and right track for success on an even larger scale in the future.
“Uncool pop music” is the brand SOBS subscribes to – but really, nothing could be further from the truth.
Debuting in 2017 with their EP Catflap, the band’s musical influences in their album draws primarily from 90s indie-pop artists such as Liz Phair, and contemporaries such as Girlpool and Alvvays.
Their lyrics are quirky, interesting, and highly relatable, and never more so than in their 2018 album, Telltale Signs, where they pull you into different worlds with each song: from the dreaded aftermath of a party with dirty dishes to navigating the uncertainty of growing up.
With their Baybeats 2021 performance revealing demos of unreleased songs which definitely indicates there is more to come in the not-so-distant future from this charming trio.
4. Kitty Purnaz
It all started with Youtube song covers and a guitar.
Now, Kitty Purnaz is one of the fast-rising stars of Singapore, with her debut single, Cry, hitting one million streams on Spotify.
Through the tutelage of experienced industry veterans in the 2019 Noise Music Mentorship, Kitty’s single was an instant hit and earned her the Youth Music Award 2021 for Single of the Year (Indie/Alternative).
But that’s not all, Kitty also performed at NDP 2021, joining the likes of Shabir, Rebecca Lim, Jack & Rai, and more. Young, brimming with potential, and with the world ahead of her, there’s no doubt that Kitty Purnaz is one of the stars to keep an eye out for in the local music scene.
He’s not new to the local music scene, but Wovensound – or Vinod Dass – is still a force to be reckoned with.
Swapping out his veteran status as Singapore’s underground metal pioneer for a new hiphop beat, Wovensound not only produces but also performs his own music, having previously done live shows across multiple venues spanning from Singapore to Australia and beyond.
His love for music continues to shine brightly and cut across all his projects, from his creative collaborations with other artists – most notably, his album with Ihasamic! entitled REPACK – to making full use of his Audio Engineering and Music Production degree by producing music for big names.
Music for everywhere, anywhere, and anytime
The local music scene is filled with talents – new and old – that deserve more listens and way more love. Which is why you should be able to stream them without having your music disrupted halfway because of data issues.
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