Coolest independent record labels in Singapore featuring Umami Records, Kitchen. Label, Zendyll Records, Middle Class Cigars, and more
Genres: Indie rock and pop
Artistes: Besides their foremost signing so far, The Steve McQueens, Umami represents a diverse selection of voices including Filipino singer-songwriter Marian Carmel, pop trio brb., and indie pop band M1LDL1FE.
New releases: Listen to electronic singer-producer Ysa Yaneza's "Softly" and chillwave musician Houg's "Boy".
Events: Umami Records concluded its first-ever tour, #UMAMISOUNDS On The Road, a series of live music performances in Singapore, Bangkok, Taiwan, and Japan in November last year. There's no word yet on this year's edition.
Genres: Ambient and neo-classical
Artistes: Kin Leonn, Aspidistrafly, and Haruka Nakamura
New releases: Check out Singaporean, London-based producer Kin Leonn's latest track, "Mother's Garden".
Upcoming events: Indie-folk artiste Ichiko Aoba performs in Singapore at the Esplanade as part of the 'Mosaic Music Series' in March.
Artistes: Estelle Fly and Vanessa Fernandez
New releases: Hear "Darker Liquor", Estelle Fly's collab with Brooklyn-based, hip-hop musician Flannel Albert.
Events: Zendyll Records teamed up with fashion label HUGO for Made In Singapore, a series of live performances by Singapore-based musicians, as part of Music Matters at the Fountain Square @ Clarke Quay in September last year.
Middle Class Cigars
Genres: Alternative and indie rock
Artists they represent: Cosmic Child, Sobs, and Subsonic Eye
New releases: Look out for Sobs' new body of work in 2020. According to its frontwoman Celine Autumn, their new songs will "sound a lot more mature" than their previous releases.
Events: Follow Middle Class Cigars and their bands on IG for details on their upcoming gigs.
Genre of music: Post-rock and noise
Artistes they represent: I Am David Sparkle, Monster Cat Band, and Caracal
New releases: Get a taste of noise music with Caracal's "Mouth of Madness".
Upcoming events: No events have been announced for 2020 yet.
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