Local musicians to catch live in Singapore: Buro's guide to the best singers and bands to hear now
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Singapore's music scene has been largely written off by many for a long time. Although JJ Lin and his hit Mando-pop ballads might be our only true claim to international relevance, there's actually a healthy amount of talent brewing within the scene if you know where to look.
Singapore's multiculturalism comes through in its breadth of music. We might not be able to fully grasp the nuances of Aisyah's music, but we adore her voice, which we can only describe as ethereal.
Aspidistrafly happens to be one of our most under-the-radar bands. They receive more love and attention overseas than locally. Their brand of ambient folk has been compared to Joanna Newsom and Max Richter.
Many might know Charlie from his contribution to the National Day theme song two years in a row, but Charlie is so much more than that; he is a highly talented singer-songwriter who'ss capable of producing the most soulful R&B ballads.
The local synth-pop darlings have been at the top of their game for quite some time, and their irresistably catchy retro brand of music and quirky stage persona make for fun live performances. They released their first full-length album, The Yearbook, in 2019.
Dru is a musical savant who seamlessly blends together elements of pop, jazz, and funk. His bombastic voice and good ear for groovy basslines drive his feel-good songs.
It's a bold move to produce a rap track with a sizeable portion in Malay, but Fariz makes it work, especially with his recent catchy R&B hit "Ape Sia".
Ffion's vocal tones evoke a unique and mature spirit that adds a certain gravitas to the personal themes in her music.
You'll find Gareth's talent is palpable in the perfect control of his comforting voice, which effortlessly glides up the register to remind us of Sam Smith — and that's high praise.
One of the biggest names in the local music scene, Gentle Bones has a knack for writing thought-provoking lyrics and producing beautiful music that showcases his soft pillow-like voice.
Nothing beats an acoustic guitar and a good voice, and that's exactly the strength of Glen's simple style of folk-pop music. It hits at the heartstrings with his earnest lyrical content.
Easily one of Singapore's most talented singer-songwriters, Inch's music references a great range of sonic influences, from acoustic folk to alt rock to jazz.
The lush spaced-out soundscape of Islandeer's music reminds us of Tame Impala, perhaps not quite as psychedelic but equally as catchy and dreamy.
The singer-songwriter was one of the finalists on Chinese reality TV talent show Rave Now. Her talent is obvious from her numerous memorable and impeccably produced electronic hits. She recently released her first Mandarin single, "SHH".
A relative newcomer to the scene, this London-trained ambient producer is making waves after releasing his first full-length album Commune this year.
The young singer-songwriter masterfully melds his angelic voice with heartfelt lyrics. To find out more about him, check out our interview with him here.
MMLD are unabashedly funky. Their brand of jazz-funk carries such an infectious groove that listeners will find themselves unwittingly bobbing up and down. Check out our interview with the band here.
An exciting presence in the local electronic music scene, MYRNE produces high-octane music that deftly balances simple melodic lulls and hard thumping drops.
Best known for his impressive performances on Sing! China, Nathan has an impeccable groove and soulful R&B style. He recently released Mando-pop track "Make It Right" after a hiatus.
A Sam Willows alumni, Narelle Kheng's solo project has seen her take on a more mature and darker turn in her sound, but we love it all the same.
A member of The Sam Willows, RRILEY's solo project is filled chockful with radio-friendly hits such as her most recent, "mmm bye".
Sam Rui's velvety crooning in her R&B numbers never fails to make a lasting impression.
The former Singapore Idol winner has managed to stay at the top of our minds, mostly thanks to his super lush falsetto that makes an appearance in almost every one of his songs.
Probably the indie-pop darlings of the moment, Sobs have such a youthful vitality that the energy from their anthems get immensely amplified. In fact, they sound even better live.
Ok we've all seen that unfortunate video, but Subhas' music is much more than that — his music is authentic and hard-hitting, often touching on the real social issues in Singapore.
Subsonic Eye's style of indie-rock reminds us of our teenage years; the soaring melodic guitar lines and reverb-drenched vocals feel so nostalgic and perfect for a late night listen.
Tabitha's female-centred pop music goes so well with her covetable streetwear style. She sounds incredible live too.
Singapore's trap extraordinaire, THELIONCITYBOY's dynamic flow pairs impeccably with his high-octane music. He doesn't shy away from controversial subjects too — he released a song about President Halimah.
He's only 22, but his music sounds mature beyond his age. He draws influences from 80's Japanese city-pop and vaporwave.
One of the brightest stars in the scene, Yung Raja has a fantastic flow and has a knack for writing quirky lyrics with a distinct local flavour.
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