When the fireworks have faded and all you're left with is someone by your side (hopefully!) and a slight buzz from...being patriotic, this playlist should take you where you need to go. I know the brief asked for 10 songs but everyone knows you can't predict just when the night will end, so I threw in an extra two in case 10 didn't quite get you there.
Start with a little Charlie Lim circa 2011 and the warm embrace of his neo-soul side to kick your shoes off to as you slump into your couch — nothing like "Chinese boy soul" over 9th chords to take the edge off. As your eyes glaze over, newcomer Sam Rui will be waiting for you on the other side with a GROSSE-produced beat featuring a voice you've never heard from this island before. If Rui sang the National Pledge, I'd fall in love with it.
If you're not quite ready to retire, Akeem Jahat might put just the bounce you need in your nightcap. Just be careful not to spill your drink — though Vanessa's voice on Octover's cover of Kate Bush's This Woman's Work might make you do just that. Just as well, as Linying's poignant introspection on Sticky Leaves will make you want to have another one anyway.
Cheers. Happy birthday, Singapore.
Tune in to catch Elias Soh for his evening drive show every night. In celebration of National Day, Lush 99.5FM is making history as the first radio station in Singapore to play nothing but local music for 72 hours from now till 10 August. You can listen in here.