Music Picks: Singapore Community Radio

The people behind online music platform Singapore Community Radio: (from far left) creative director Darren Tan, managing editor Daniel Peters and producer Hwee En Tan.
The people behind online music platform Singapore Community Radio: (from left) creative director Darren Tan, managing editor Daniel Peters and producer Hwee En Tan.PHOTOS: 24OWLS, NPR MUSIC/YOUTUBE, SINGAPORE COMMUNITY RADIO, THE APEX PROJECT, TOM HAM

SINGAPORE COMMUNITY RADIO

Online music platform Singapore Community Radio has gone through a major revamp and now champions an even wider range of Singapore creatives.

New programmes include bi-weekly show The Potluck Club, which features guests such as design collective Tell Your Children and carpentry studio Roger&Sons; High Tide, which focuses on Mandarin indie music; and 10 Tracks, where artists, producers and personalities each share 10 songs that define him or her.

Besides its regular roster of DJs such as DJ Itch and Kim Wong, the platform will invite musicians such as ambient artist Kin Leonn and electronic artist The Analog Girl to curate and present their mix of music.

Other new offerings include The Same Page, a podcast by local bookstore The Moon; and The Squelch Zinecast, a podcast that spotlights the local zine community.

Tomorrow and next Saturday, the platform will celebrate the fifth anniversary of local record store The Analog Vault with live-streamed performances by home-grown acts such as .gif, Intriguant, Hanging Up The Moon and Rah.

WHERE: Various online platforms including Twitch (www.twitch.tv/sgcommunityradio) and Spotify (spoti.fi/3cJIz1w)


MUSIC AT MONUMENTS

This new series features four home-grown acts from various genres whose festive-themed music videos were filmed at national monuments. The videos are released monthly.

 (from far left) creative director Darren Tan, managing editor Daniel Peters and producer Hwee En Tan.

A cappella quintet The Apex Project (above) sang an English/Chinese medley of tunes associated with the moon in the first video that was recently launched. Shot at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, the video is released to coincide with the Mid-Autumn Festival, which was yesterday.

The medley features the group's interpretation of classics such as jazz standard Fly Me To The Moon and The Moon Represents My Heart, the song made famous by late Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng in 1977.

This month, Mandopop singer Derrick Hoh's video will see him sing Liang Wern Fook's xinyao classic Write You A Song at the Asian Civilisations Museum - in conjunction with the Chongyang Festival. The Chinese holiday to celebrate senior citizens falls on Oct 25 this year.

Contemporary Chinese musical group Musa will sing Deepavali tune Unnaikkandu Naan Aada (As I Dance Upon Seeing You). The video, filmed at Jurong Town Hall, will be released next month. Deepavali is on Nov 14.

December's video will feature R&B/hip-hop quartet Fingerfunk belting out Yuletide staple All I Want For Christmas Is You at Goodwood Park Hotel.

The series is a collaboration between the National Heritage Board and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, and part of arts and cultural sector initiative #SGCultureAnywhere.

WHERE: National Heritage Board and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's social media channels (bit.ly/30kLB7G and bit.ly/2Gk1ap5) WHEN: A new video is released monthly until December


BTS: TINY DESK (HOME) CONCERT

The Tiny Desk online concert series by American media organisation NPR Music has long been acclaimed by music aficionados for its eclectic mix of feted artists from various genres.

 (from far left) creative director Darren Tan, managing editor Daniel Peters and producer Hwee En Tan.

It recently featured K-pop megastars BTS (above), who broke its first-day viewership record just 25 minutes after the video was released.

Before Covid-19, Tiny Desk performances were filmed at the desk of NPR host Bob Boilen in Washington, D.C. The guest artists now perform from various locations.

BTS recorded theirs in a record store in Seoul. Backed by a live band, the seven-member group sang hits including Dynamite, their first song to hit No. 1 on the US charts.

WHERE: bit.ly/36onoRB


FLOCK AT THE NEST

Here is a ticketed online concert with a difference - viewers can have cocktails or mocktails delivered to them so they can enjoy a drink or two while watching the show.

 (from far left) creative director Darren Tan, managing editor Daniel Peters and producer Hwee En Tan.

The first instalment of this new series, Flock At The Nest, features a home-grown line-up that includes singer, songwriter and actor Benjamin Kheng (above). The member of pop quartet The Sam Willows put out his debut solo EP, A Sea That Never Stops, in June.

Also on the bill are singer-songwriters lewloh, who formerly performed as Lew, and Marian Carmel.

The hour-long concert was filmed at The Nest, a cosy new venue within Pasir Panjang Power Station A.

The series is put together by 24Owls, the organisers behind indie music festivals Laneway Singapore and Alex Blake Charlie Sessions. The drinks are from local cocktail brand Gudsht.

WHERE: www.24owls.sg WHEN: Available for streaming from Oct 9, 8pm to Oct 11, 11.59pm ADMISSION: From $15. Go to www.24owls.sg/tickets


 (from far left) creative director Darren Tan, managing editor Daniel Peters and producer Hwee En Tan.

POST-PUNK/ROCK

ULTRA MONO

Idles

4 stars

Ultra Mono reflects a band coming to terms with success and grappling with their growing prominence.

British group Idles (below) saw their popularity soar and received plenty of plaudits for their first two albums, Brutalism (2017) and Joy As An Act Of Resistance (2018). Neither critical nor commercial success has dulled the band's edge.

In fact, the Bristol punk quintet seem to have ramped up their politically charged missives without losing their caustic wit. Guitars squeal incessantly and the drums pummel as frontman Joe Talbot rails against socio-economic inequalities and struggles with inner conflict.

The track Model Villages takes on racists and homophobes, and Ne Touche Pas Moi, with guest vocals by Jehnny Beth of English rock band Savages, celebrates safe spaces in the mosh pit and dance floor.

 (from far left) creative director Darren Tan, managing editor Daniel Peters and producer Hwee En Tan.

Tunes such as Anxiety and A Hymn deal with fear, regret and insecurity. On Mr Motivator, Talbot displays his acerbic sense of humour, picturing Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav riding on the back of Hollywood cowboy John Wayne and nature documentary icon David Attenborough clubbing seal clubbers with basketball star LeBron James.

The band's raucous energy is infectious and you cannot turn away.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2020, with the headline 'Music Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe