These new music releases by local musicians are off the charts.
We’re pleased to report that more local artists are killin’ it with fresh new music releases. This July, we’ve got a mix of breezy and sultry tunes, R&B hits, and a new EP from a fan favourite. Put your headphones on and blast these hot new music releases from Singapore artists.
New music releases in Singapore 2022
New album: Violets Aren’t Blue by Sezairi
It’s evident that everything this reigning Singapore Idol winner touches turns to gold. We’ve played his past albums on loop and this one’s no different. “Violets Aren’t Blue” is an eight-track album that explores the bittersweet realities of temporary love. “Just like how violets aren’t actually blue, love isn’t actually easy. The true strength of love lies in the adversity, the physical labour in the gardening of two people to make each other truly blossom,” Sezairi says.
Listen to “Restless Love”, a love ballad with his signature falsetto vocals and R&B-inspired beats. It’s about the giddy, bashful feeling of love in the era of technology – y’know, like impatiently waiting for a reply from your SO. The single is accompanied by a dreamy music video (above) that’s oh-so-calming to watch.
New singles: Veggie Love and Imaginary Lover by Jesse Who
Bring on the warm fuzzies ‘cos singer-songwriter (and new kid on the block) Jesse Who warms our hearts with sweet, sweet ballads like “Imaginary Lover” and “Veggie Love”. We particularly enjoy the latter. It’s a song about loving your vegetables paired with punny wordplay and adorable visuals in the music video (featured above).
New single: Over Now by Q
You might have seen him in the Singaporean hip-hop duo Hybrid. After spending a decade in hip-hop bands and groups, Q has gone solo. He begins a new chapter in his music career with this new single. “Over Now” is all about creating a fresh and creative perspective on music and life. It has a mix of R&B, lo-fi and hip hop beats, drawing influence from the likes of Frank Ocean, Post Malone and The Weeknd.
New album: Broke Pop Kids by Yaø
This one hits close to home. This local artist celebrates all the unheard “Broke Pop Kids” with a debut album of the same name. The album features bops such as “I Can’t Sleep” (it’s already garnered over 1 million streams!) and “End of The Day”, an inspiring track about second shots in life.
New single: With Ya by RON
Singer-songwriter Ron’s new single is all about getting it on with bae and we’re so here for it. The bedroom R&B jam “With Ya” is a slow, sensual track about one’s yearning for touch and affection. The single is part of an upcoming EP that’s releasing in August.
“Sex can still be seen as a taboo topic in Asian culture as well as the need for human touch. In a post-pandemic world, I hope this song inspires lovers to show love via physical touch and to remind people of the vital importance of physical contact in communicating care & alleviating loneliness,” Ron says.
New album: Some Strings Attached: Vol. 1 by Some Strings Attached
Did you miss the sold-out concert Singer-Songwriters: Some Strings Attached? Fret not as all performances from that night are now available on various digital platforms. Revisit wonderful acts like Weish’s haunting take on sub:shaman’s ‘To the Bone’, Jaime Wong’s ‘Breakeasy’ which features a live trumpet solo, Krysta Joy’s heartwarming arrangement of ‘Hold Me’, an unreleased performance of ‘The End’ by Jack & Rai and lewloh’s ‘grow together’ which features all artists. The videos of the performances will be released weekly on YouTube.
New single: Fast Slow by Narysal
R&B artist (and member of local a cappella group The Apex Project) Narysal brings to life a smooth and groovy number through his soulful vocals and emotive lyrics. ‘Fast Slow’ is about the connection between a couple and how the pace of a relationship doesn’t matter.
New album: Gentle Bones (Deluxe) by Gentle Bones
After almost 10 years in the biz, the singer-songwriter drops his first deluxe album. The 12-track deluxe album features previously released favourites like ‘Modern Romance (feat. Julia Wu)’, ‘Can We Have A Conversation?’ and bonus track ‘You & I’. The song sheds some positivity by telling us to leave their troubles behind. Die-hard fans will be delighted to know that a limited vinyl edition of the album is available for sale.
New single: The Songs I Wrote For You by Evanturetime
After a heart-tugging single ‘Together Pt. 1’, the music producer drops his long-awaited EP ‘The Songs I Wrote For You’. The EP’s inspired by the five stages of love and is basically a love letter to his wife. Travel from the honeymoon phase to undiscovered flaws to big life changes in this breezy album. It also includes a track called ‘For Any Weather’ featuring three local artists: Estelle Fly, Marian Carmel, and Shye.
New single: Least of You by Gels
We’ll never turn away a heartbreak song. London-based Singaporean singer and songwriter Gels gets us emotional about bitter love from the perspective of a giver and fixer in a relationship in ‘Least of You’. The music video even documents the journey of unrequited love. “I write songs as a way to look after myself and explore myself and my art. I hope people can listen to my songs and find closure and realise that you can create your own closure,” says Gels. Her velvety vocals are complemented with austere beats and classic R&B snaps.
New single: 2942 by Maximilian
Singer-songwriter Maximilian’s new single ‘2942’ truly hits home. No, it’s not about relationships or breakups – it’s about the lengths we go to pursue our passion despite societal pressures to conform to traditional goals. True to his alternative pop and R&B music, Maximilian eases our minds with his soothing falsetto pipes.
New single: Coquette by Tota
Kazakhstan-born, Singapore-based artist Tota Zhiyenkulova turns heads with her sultry single ‘Coquette’. The catchy single is an anthem for self-love and owning your personality and sexuality. She blends elements of R&B and pop in this banger and even gives some chest-thumping rap verses.
New single: We Could be so Electric by Jasmine Sokko
Say hello to local artist Jasmine Sokko’s banger. ‘We Could be so Electric’ is a modern love song about meeting that special someone at the right time and hoping it’s worth the wait. This is inspired by Sokko’s real-life societal pressures as a 20-something-year-old in Singapore.
The song also sees a new musical shift in the songstress’ approach, as she laid down the track with real instrumentations. “I used to think I’m a song-making machine. Except I’m really not. I’m shifting away from making music in a formulaic way. I don’t want to be predictable anymore, I don’t want to be confined to a genre. I just want to make whatever sound that would bring out how I feel in the most accurate manner.”
New single: Lost for Words by Yongkytown
New local singer-songwriter Yongyktown takes us back to the moment we fell in love for the first time. Y’know the feeling when you get butterflies in your stomach and you hear violins playing? No violins here but the artist gets us in the mood with pop and R&B beats. The track may be titled ‘Lost for Words’ but Yongyktown’s lyrics give us a fuzzy feeling in our hearts.
New single: Lovestruck by Sign Of Five
Pop-punk quintet Sign Of Five makes a comeback after six years with a brand new single. Inspired by the band’s younger days, ‘Lovestruck’ gets us all nostalgic as the song reminisces about them being hopeless romantics – from the first time they fell in love to racing heartbeats and dizzy feelings of love.
New single: What Can I Do? by Myrne
Exciting times lie ahead for local DJ and producer Myrne, who’s now signed by popular US dance music label Astralwerks. Fresh off the new partnership, Myrne releases ‘What Can I Do?’. This electro-pop number delves into the challenges faced by the musician during the last two years. It pushed him to rethink his approach, clear out all uncertainties and brought him back to the basics.
“I was really scared of making music for a long time, out of a fear of mediocrity and never surpassing my past work. But since then I’ve erased everything I know, and I’ve fallen in love with the process again – just singing and dancing to eight bar loops for days. ‘What Can I Do?’ was the first song I wrote out of that,” Myrne says.
New album: What Nobody Asked For by Altoduo
Altoduo, the experimental, math-rock band, have dropped their latest album, ‘What Nobody Asked For’. Staying true to their signature sounds of melodic bass lines, complex drumming and jazzy new-age elements, the instrumental album takes us on quite a journey. No song is predictable – everything’s layered with a mishmash of melodic, chill and passionate beats. It makes sense that the album is said to depict life’s optimisms, setbacks, and what our generation longs for. Listen to ‘Insomnia’, ‘Unwind’ and ‘Descent’.
New single: Together pt. 1 by Evanturetime
Step inside the land of L.O.V.E with music producer Evanturetime’s single ‘Together pt. 1’. Collaborating once again with singer-songwriter Linying and composer Eiji John Mitsuta, the dreamy number explores the meaning of unconditional love. Call it a love letter to Evanturetime’s wife. With Linying’s soothing vocals paired with romantic sounds of the strings and harp, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped inside a Disney movie or your favourite K-drama.
New album: The Biting Tempo by Houg
After collaborating with musicians all over Asia, chillwave artist and producer Houg debuts his solo album. ‘The Biting Tempo’ is a tell-all about Houg’s four-year living stint in Australia – the good, the bad and the ugly.
“The album captures the five stages of grief, catalysed by time, from denial to anger, to bargaining and then depression, and finally, acceptance. I want these stories to serve as an aural companion to those who struggle and hopefully, they’d find value in these songs, particularly with helping them through these issues.” First on our must-play list is the album’s focus single ‘DXO’ which explores a dual life of working at a part-time job by day and a musician by night.
New single: So, What Now? by Xingfoo&Roy
Indie emo band Xingfoo&Roy releases a three-track long music video about the trials and tribulations of a 20-ish-year-old Singaporean. We love the earnest lyrics and early 2000s post-rock and 2010s emo revival sounds.
We’re stoked to witness a sea of local talent releasing fresh new music releases in Singapore! If you have an upcoming music release or think your favourite artiste is worthy of a shoutout, holla at us at [email protected].