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Updated: Isolation Is Making Us Listen To More Singapore-Produced Music

They say music heals and our attention is focused on more local musicians who are continuing to create and entertain during this time of isolation. Here, we show what to expect from this talented bunch of artistes which include a dancehall star and an all-star ensemble of Singapore's hippest musicians. #SupportLocal.
Could Be Worse by THELIONCITYBOY
The perfect rap anthem during these trying times, this single was written by the seasoned rapper to remind us that, well, things could be worse. The fresh tune dropped on May 15 and sees him acknowledging family, community, and love as values that truly matter in his life. This one is bound to give you the warm fuzzies.   Could Be Worse is now available on Spotify. Save It by Keyana
This one-named singer-songwriter is the newest kid on the block – though you might find her face familiar if you’ve been flipping through the pages of magazines here or your Instagram feed. That’s because the part Ghanian, part Singaporean-Chinese is also a fashion model on top of being a dancer and choreographer. She will be dropping her debut single Save It on May 22 on all major streaming platforms. Based on the teaser we’ve heard, this 17-year-old could very well be our answer to American singer-rapper and songwriter SZA with her sparkling R&B sound and fiery vocals. Roulette In My Head by Kotoji
Indie singer-songwriter Kotoji’s debut single Roulette In My Head is the kind of song you might find in the soundtrack of coming-of-age films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Wholly written, composed, arranged and mastered by the 24-year-old, the tune was inspired by her anxiety of things being too good to be true and the failure to appreciate the moment.   Roulette In My Head is now available on various major streaming platforms. Listen to the music on Spotify. Stay Home by Universal Music Singapore & various artistes
This is what an all-star tribute looks and sounds like during the age of quarantine. The 14-artist cast comprised some of the exciting young names in local music like Shye, Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba, and Iman Fandi (we told you she’s starting a career in music, didn’t we?) who recorded and performed the song from their own homes in 11 days to cheer the nation on during this trying times. The final music video was edited by the rising Singapore filmmaker Jasper Tan, a.k.a Vadbibes. The end result is a five-minute uplifting song that has since garnered over 194,000 views as of press time.   Stay Home is available on Spotify; peep the music video on YouTube. Hail Nothing by .gif
The indie-electronic duo .gif – made up of Nurudin Sadali and Weish – dropped their second album Hail Nothing on April 24. (Watch Weish serenade us with her hauntingly beautiful vocals on our Instagram Live to celebrate the album’s launch two weeks ago.) The nine-track album sounds more aggressive and less serious compared to Soma, their first album released in 2015, according to the singer. If their first album is perfect for some easy listening on rainy days, this one is made for  lounging at home.   Hail Nothing is available for listening on Spotify Give It Back by Jon Chua JX
After the release of his solo debut with the single Ready For Ya following the split of The Sam Willows, Jon Chua JX released his second single, Give It Back, on May 1. Depicting the yearning of untroubled times after a bad experience, Chua explores the “if only” in these scenarios where things could be much better. With a mesh of hip hop-inspired beats, pop melodies and lyrics like “I just really want my life back,” it seems to be a pretty apt song in uncertain times like these, no?   Give It Back is available for listening on Spotify Too Well by Shye
This Gen-Z bedroom dream-pop sensation has six singles and an album (titled Augus7ine)  all under her belt by the time she turned 17 years old. On May 1, Shye dropped a new single, Too Well, musing about the dangers of getting too close to anyone. The ditty features Shye’s smooth vocals and signature synth beats but takes on a more edgy vibe as compared to her previously released songs.   Too Well is available for listening on Spotify. Kalah by Fariz Jabba and omarKENOBI
A song dripping in confidence and self-assuredness, rapper Fariz Jabba’s collaborated with producer and fellow rapper omarKENOBI for his latest single, Kalah. Translating to “lose” in Malay, this feel-good anthem comes with the main message that Fariz Jabba will always prevail.   Listen to Kalah on Spotify. Bad Love by Huda
With her raspy sensuous vocals and hip hop beats, Huda might be Singapore’s answer to American rapper Saweetie. The 21-year-old just dropped her first single, Bad Love, which dropped on May 1 is a hypnotic beat that is perfect for breaking it down at home.   Bad Love is available for listening on Spotify. You'll Only Love Me (When I'm Gone) by Masia One
Rapper Masia One takes things back to her cultural roots and goes for a ballad instead of her usual rap with this new single, layering Chinese instrumentation on top of Masia’s honey-smooth voice. The song is also the theme song of Ti Tou Dao, a 13-part drama series about a wayang troupe in Singapore set in the 1940s-80s.   You’ll Only Love Me (When I’m Gone) is now available on Spotify. Two Sides by Gentle Bones and Charlie Lim
What happens when you mesh Joel Tan’s (aka Gentle Bones) soothing vocals with the smooth, jazzy tones of Charlie Lim? A song reminiscent of hot chocolate on a cold day. An ode to those going through a heartbreak, the two artists wanted to convey a perspective of heartbreak and longing through the song.   Two Sides is available on Spotify.