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Wee Khim: Buro 24/7 Singapore Playlist #161

Seven days in June

Text: Wee Khim Low


Photographer Wee Khim shares some of the sounds you'll be hearing on shoots at his new studio

It's so tough to do a short playlist, partly because Gen X's like me would have had quite a bunch of musical influences, across genres and thru different eras, and partly because a good aural journey takes more time than a list 10 songs would offer. I have however endeavoured to do a list that contains songs that have made an impression and pricked my ears the first time I heard them.

Growing up, I was fed on a steady diet of disco, R&B, soul, American rock and pop. Away from the stateside though, the UK scene always had something of a different sound and feel. I like the almost play-like arrangement of 'I Don't Like Mondays' by The Boomtown Rats. Its catchy chorus had many of us singing it loud and proud only to find out later that it's about a school shooting in the States, a precursor to the current day madness happening far too often.

Another sing-along song is 'Rome Wasn't Built In A Day', by Morcheeba with its slow groovy buildup to a jamming funky ending. 'Cut Here' is one of The Cure's later releases but their undeniable sound can be heard. Robert Smith's heartbreaking lyrics about his close friend's suicide can certainly be felt.

Uncannily reminiscent of his dad's 'Strawberry Fields', 'Saltwater' is a soppy but beautiful song by Julian Lennon, hiding a darker message about killing our planet. Groove Armada's 'At the River' will transport you. It had me in a nice place when I saw them live in Perth doing a sunset set with that guy on the trombone.

Wee Khim is a photographer for hire. You can hear him singing along to the songs from this list at the new WEE KHIM Studio at Kallang Pudding from mid-July.

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