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Strange Sounds from Southeast Asia: An Introduction to the Region’s Experimental Labels

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For decades, the 11 countries that comprise Southeast Asia played second fiddle to their bigger neighbors when it came to underground experimental music. China, Japan, and South Korea, for example, always had better infrastructure to support alternative tastes, which led to the emergence of more organized subcultures. But that deeply ingrained dynamic has finally begun to change in recent years as Southeast Asia’s young population and expanding middle class become emboldened with rising spending power and disruptive ideas.

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Album of the Day: FAUXE, “Ikhlas”

The Malay word for “sincerity,” ikhlas, is a perfect title for this album by FAUXE, one of Singapore’s most prolific and sought-after producers. Born of eight months spent in the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur, Ikhlas is a collection of 16 concise, energetic tracks that samples a range of Malaysian music in various languages (Malay, Tamil, Hokkien) and across time periods with love, care, and just a touch of irreverence. Continue reading

Exploring the Experimental Electronic Sound of Singapore

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“We often ask ourselves, ‘What is a Singapore sound?’ but that’s such a hard question to answer, because there are so many cultures and influences here,” says Cherry Chan. But if anyone’s come close to answering that question recently, it’s her. Continue reading