There’s a Faye Wong-esque quality to 21-year-old dream pop singer Kelly Raphaelle Mak, and it’s more than her model-esque stature and dyed locks. Her vocals are child-like yet sonorous. Her tunes, painfully honest with poignant lyrics sung along the strumming of an acoustic guitar. “Comfort” is what she hopes to bring to listeners, who can look out for new releases by year-end.
Ashley Erianah, aka Eri, 20, has teamed up with local names from rappers Mickeyleano and Timmy Autumn to DJ collective Darker Than Wax in the short two years that she’s been on the scene. Her sound is uniquely her though: soulful, sophisticated hip-hop with dashes of electronic and alt-pop, like a baby Lauryn Hill-meets-Solange. A European tour is already in the works, alongside the release of more original productions. Get ready, world.
Though she prefers to stay behind her trademark visor or mask (she switches between them), experimental electro pop artist Jasmine Sokko, 20, better prepare for fame. Already, the debut single 1057 off her 2017 EP Nº caught the attention of award-winning New York producer Lucian, who then invited her to work on his single Close To You. What she’s working on now: the theme song for a Japanese travelogue show.
With her honeyed vocals, Sherlyn Veronica Leo (second from left), 21, could have gone the bubblegum pop route, but instead she’s lending them to electro-pop act Disco Hue as its latest frontwoman. It’s little wonder that industry insiders have hailed the retro-influenced band as our answer to Yelle – fans can watch out for a new LP in May. Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Theodora Lau (far right), 20, is fast making a name for emotional, self-penned tunes like July, which made Spotify’s Singapore Viral 50 list quickly after its release last year. Next up: a music video, details of which she’s keeping under wraps.
No stranger to the live gig scene here, Eugenia “Ginny” Yip (in background), 29, is the firecracker frontwoman of home-grown jazz act The Steve McQueens as well as synth-pop group Riot !n Magenta. Both bands will be touring and releasing new albums this year, which only means we’ll get twice the kick of watching – and hearing – her show off her impressive vocal acrobatics.
The hypnotic tunes of dream-pop artist Yeule (say “you’ll”) – real name Nat Cmiel (yes, really) – has already got industry authority The Fader hailing her as one to watch. Currently based in London, she’s gearing up for the launch of her debut album that looks set to be as edgy as her gothic-influenced style.
Photography Zaphs Zhang & Vee chin Styling Imran Jalal Photography Assistant Sherman See-Tho Styling Assistant Harinee Jayan Hair Annie Tay/Caleo Salon Makeup Manisa Tan/PAletteinc Kelly Raphaelle Mak’s Hair Sha Shamsi Kelly Raphaelle Mak’s Makeup Clarence Lee Models Nina Daria/Mannequin