This week's Aging Youth Delights playlist is a short one but, nonetheless, very impactful one. Check out the latest heat from Soulful Ghosts, Glen Wee, Daniel Sid, GDYJB 雞蛋蒸肉餅, The Smashing Pumpkins, Baby Combat, Mars B, Broods, Kin Leonn and more!
We put together a list of the new tunes we have heard recently and liked. Listen to these joints by Ciudad, FERN., Elizabeth Tay X Sean Lee, Yeti Pack X J.Son, Ben&Ben, Cuurley, Perk Pietrek X Mas1a, Dru Chen and more!
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Take a listen to this week's new playlist! Hop on the latest raves by Hello Nico, Lost Spaces, Charles ENERO, Diamond Cafe, Richard Jensen, Saiful Idris, Kyoto Protocol and more...
Jasmine Sokko's summer single ‘HURT’ has garnered over 1.6 million streams on music streaming platforms. The banger, which melds her penchant for melancholic lyrics with fiery beats, talks about getting hurt by tough love in a relationship. She partners with Singapore’s esteemed director Martin Hong once again for the ‘HURT’ music video. He has worked with Jasmine Sokko on her previous ‘#0000FF’ music video.
Martin shares, “The song itself focuses on the idea of a woman reclaiming autonomy in a relationship, specifically through a Kill Bill brand of vengeance which I thought was pretty interesting. But often the power dynamics between women and men aren’t just in the romantic realm, they spill out to the world at large as well.
He adds, “I remember Jasmine sharing with me more than once on how tired she was, having to always jump through loops to prove herself as a woman producing her own music in a male-dominated industry, and how frustrating it was to be constantly dismissed in her own sphere of expertise because of her gender. From those sentiments, we came out with the idea of a Factory which manufactures SOKKOBOTS - female androids which were literally programmed from societal expectations. The music video follows one SOKKOBOT who manages to break free and forge her own path.”
Jasmine Sokko divulges, “This is one of the most challenging things I have done to date. I’ve had to learn dance choreography within 3 days. It’s also the first time I am on a shoot with such intricate sets. I love how rich the details in the music video are. I’ve never felt so creatively fulfilled in standing my ground as a female before. I haven’t felt so excited in a while.”
We are back after a month of inertia. So there have a lot of great releases in the past month! Check out the latest from Charlie Lim (SG), YAØ (SG), Wonderframe (TH), 萬妮達 (CH), IV Of Spades (PH), Kit Chan 陳潔儀 (SG), Dose Two (MY), Rozella (MY), Pyra (TH) and more. Peep the playlist below.
YAØ, rising multi-hyphenate (singer-songwriter-producer), is back with his 4th single in the past 3 months. Besides being extremely prolific, the young musician is pursuing a distinctly unique music direction. He is melding his love for R'n'B and 80’s Japanese City Pop, with a huge dose of pop melodies, into a sonic concoction: ‘Scenery’.
Lamenting the lack of commitment in modern relationships, he shares his thoughts on the dancefloor burner, “The feelings, for a person you love, never really go away. A relationship changes over time but like the beauty of a scenic view, it remains the same no matter good or bad. So, rather than the usual emotional, mellow heartbreak songs, I wanted to go for a more carefree kind of vibe for this song, like going out for a drive and admiring the city lights.”
YAØ elaborates on his musical influences on crafting the unique, yet familiar sounds of ‘Scenery’, “I am really inspired by music from the early 80’s. Artists such as Michael Jackson, Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder really open my mind and ears to the timeless melodies of the past that still resonates in today’s music. The sampled strings and vocal chops in the song are heavily inspired by this decade’s most compelling music artist, Kanye West. I'm still finding my own sound. I guess, I won't stop experimenting, even if it’s trying out things that are way out of my comfort zone.”
Released on Friday 28 September 2018, ‘Scenery’ is written and produced by YAØ and mixed and mastered, with additional production, by Jason Gelchen at Homeground Studios.
'Synthwave producer don.a.a.ron has just released his 4th single this year. Simply titled ‘Cherry’, he has collaborated once again with singer Emi Wong who is on his debut single 'Over U' in January 2018.
‘Cherry’ has been influenced by the New Wave sound that dominated MTV in the early 80s with hints of Cyndi Lauper, The Buggles and The Cars thrown into the mix. The song is also the product of an idea that the musician/ producer and Emi put together one afternoon during a writing session.
don.a.a.ron says, “I realize that there are lot of people singing about love or sex. Most of them are about how a man feels towards a woman, or vice versa. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were songs that talk about other kinds of love? People are expressing themselves in their own unique ways. This song represents the freedom people actually have right now to be themselves. No matter what turns you on.”
This would be the second collaboration between don.a.a.ron and Emi, who is currently living in New York. The producer continues, “Emi has a magnificent voice. I love working with her because she is full of wild ideas and knows where I’m getting at whenever I present her with some music. It’s real easy working with her too. Expect more from us.”
Listen to 'Cherry': hyperurl.co/DonAARonCherry
... and this week's Aging Youth Delights features new heat from Airliftz, Axel Brizzy X Marian Carmel, Zadon x Tosh Rock, ROYAL ESTATE, YAØ, Fern., JAMES, Subsonic Eye, Yoshi Flower X Rico Nasty, Yokez 叶玉棂 and more. Take a listen and subscribe to it.