St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival’s annual Singapore leg at The Meadow of Gardens by the Bay is definitely on every South East Asian music fan’s personal calendar. This year’s line-up is no different and worth every cent, with a handful of debuts by world-class acts plus our very own Singaporean artistes stepping up to the festival plate. From Rap to Post-Rock to Reggae, here is a the low-down on your favourite Singaporean acts that will feature on the 27th of January.
AMATEUR TAKES CONTROLOne of Singapore’s leading post-rock bands will feature at Laneway 2018 after just dropping their ATC EP2 on KittyWu Records in December 2017, after a three-year hiatus.
Their debut feature at The Meadow will be much awaited by their beloved following in Singapore as well as to the general concert & live-music going crowd of Laneway.
Much buzz has been swarming around ATC’s return to the studio & stage as they have reformed with new members Field Teo (guitar) & Martin Kong (drums). Originally a solo project by founder Adel Rashid, their latest EP release and feature at Singapore’s leading alternative Rock & Live music festival in Singapore, proves the band’s undying passion for musicianship and more importantly, the desire for growth.
A winner and nominee of various awards from Southeast Asia to North America, MAS1A’s inclusion in 2018’s Laneway Singapore comes with no surprise, and plenty of delight. Involved in a handful of music projects, from The Irietones output in 2015 to Singapura Dub Club’s constant promotion of Reggae & Dancehall culture through club nights and wicked concerts of legends Sister Nancy & General Levy, and self releasing music through her label Chiney Money.
MAS1A’s unwavering drive has possibly shifted back to the studio and stage this new year with a recent collaboration with Dubyouth, a Dub music duo from Indonesia recently in 2017.
We are looking forward to hear her forthcoming material and count yourself blessed by Jah as we get the full Irie treatment at The Meadow this year.
Singapore’s most in demand rapper debuts at Laneway, which naturally would happen with the inclusion of more styles of music in Jazz, Funk & Hip Hop/Electronic beats in recent years at the predominantly Rock & Indie music focused event.
A fully established rap career has seen Kevin Lester aka The Lion City Boy creatively collaborating all across the city island’s media industry. His latest video ‘Start Already’ shows him maturing his sound, while still putting forth Singapore’s unique identity quirks as before.
A front runner for all things rap on the city island, his show at Laneway will be another major festival bucket list checked since playing at the mecca of SXSW and Canadian Music Week in recent years.
Bass-man and Singaporean songwriter Tim De Cotta’s music is as creative and original as it gets. Permutations in Rock, Funk & Jazz along with his own souled-out vocals and lyrical themes are unique only to him, while always being relevant and accessible to any discerning music fan.
Writing songs stemming from inspirations of socially conscious themes, self belief systems & above all else, love; Tim De Cotta’s debut at Laneway is long awaited and well deserved, since spearheading various ground breaking projects with TAJ, Tim De Cotta & The Warriors and eventually establishing himself as an artiste in his own right on the album ‘Warrior’ released in March 2017.
This gazey, ‘fuzz-pop’ band is as established and accomplished as the various other acts at Laneway this year. A self-titled EP in 2011 and Murder Kill Baby in 2013 is a testament to their endearing efforts as Singaporean musicians. The latter project has been ciritically acclaimed by indie music distribution leaders Rough Trade as being a ‘..sound that is brooding, washed with shoegaze tones but also pulsing with a beating heart of melancholic female vocals”.
The outfit’s latest release in 2017, Cinematica steps up on the production side of things, ushering in collaborative work alongside legendary Singaporean musician Patrick Chng, American producer Brad Wood – who has worked with Smashing Pumpkins & Liz Phair, as well as American mastering engineer Hans DeKline.