S’pore music: Top picks of 2014
SINGAPORE — Yes, it’s that time again, when we look back at the year that was and pick our favourite happenings in the Singapore music scene. And yes, I know we say this every year, but 2014 was truly an amazing one for Singa-pop, regardless of race or language. Here then are my picks. They’re in no particular order.
SHIGGA SHAY’S LION CITY KIA MUSIC VIDEO. While some might argue that Shigga Shay’s latest music offering doesn’t have as much impact as say, Lim Peh, you can’t deny that the video for Lion City Kia – shot over two days and directed by the rapper himself – is definitely one of the more eye-catching ones this year. First, it had those throwback shots filmed at Dakota Crescent. Then, stargazers could spend hours (okay, four minutes) spotting their favourite star cameos – and there were many, including Patricia Mok, Dennis Chew, Jade Seah, Chua En Lai, The Sam Willows’ Benjamin Kheng, Jack & Rai, Maxi Lim and more.
“We had to split it into two days because of the amount of cameos we had, but thankfully all them made it. So the most challenging thing was properly trying to line up everyone’s schedule,” said Shigga Shay.
It’s quite a coup for him and he’s promised that he’ll be helming more with his posse, the Grizzle Grind Crew. “Definitely. We’re working on a few at the moment actually. Look out for more material from Grizzle Films!”
TAUFIK FINALLY RELEASES A NEW ALBUM. Fans had to wait six years but by all accounts, the album, called Fique, was worth the wait. The video for the album’s single, #AwakKatMane, has garnered more than three million views on YouTube. Just don’t tell us we have to wait another six years for the next one!
ELECTRICO ROCKS THE SUBSTATION. They were to play at the Good Vibes Festival in Malaysia, but Electrico’s set was rained out. “It seemed like a waste — we came all the way and then we couldn’t play,” said drummer William Lim Jr at the time. Not one to let its efforts go to waste, the rock trio decided to organise its own concert here. On Oct 19, Electrico took to the stage at The Substation with the show called Love @ The Sub. It was not a ticketed event — instead, it was a “pay-what-you-want” gig, with proceeds from the show donated to The Substation’s fund to renovate its gallery space.