Another month calls for another stream of marvelous music releases!
We receive a ton of submissions from independent artists across Southeast Asia every month and it’s given us the opportunity to discover new music from various genres. The launch of our pitching tool on the artist app is a great way for independent artists using Spinnup to push their tracks even further to the teams at Spinnup and Universal Music Group. Simultaneously, it has helped us be on the lookout for talents on the rise, so we’d like to shine a light on some that completely blew us away.
Check out our Top 5 picks of new music releases by independent artists from Southeast Asia in October 2021:
“Rage” – KHAER
The singer-songwriter from Ipoh, Perak was first discovered on Nada Music, a weekly performance hub on Clubhouse moderated by Zee Avi, Az Samad and Brendan de Cruz. He grabbed their attention with his phenomenal voice, eventually being a regular performer and featured act. With mentorship from Zee Avi and encouragement of the Nada Music community, KHAER released his debut single “Rage” in collaboration with producer ANGQASA.
This catchy 80s-inspired city pop track carries the weight of human emotion we least talk about – rage – and encapsulates the singer’s experience of coping with it. He’s also got a cool lyric video for this, so check that out for all your singalong needs:
“Cruisin” – Venus Landing
Venus Landing is a 5-piece indie pop/R&B band from Singapore and they’re not your regular mix of youths. The band, whose name means “love’s touch”, released their sophomore single with Spinnup and it’s guaranteed to get you grooving.
“Cruisin” is the band’s funky sophomore single and takes listeners through struggles and attempts at acknowledging negativity, but embracing that as an inevitable part of life. This track was also featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday Singapore, .ORG and Fresh Finds SG & MY playlists.
“Had It Better” – Firwan Johan
Firwan Johan is an R&B singer-songwriter who has been involved in the Singapore music scene since 2006. He’s also involved in Singapore’s hip-hop community and actively performs at local live events. He was even nominated for Best Group, Best Song and Most Popular Song at Anugerah Planet Muzik Awards in 2018, an esteemed award ceremony for artists in Southeast Asia.
“Had It Better” is all about saving a long-term relationship through reminders of happy times together and finding solutions to be better for one another. This hard-hitting track struck a chord with us for sure. This track also secured a spot on Spotify’s mood., New Music Friday Singapore and Fresh Finds SG & MY playlists. Check out the official music video:
“Moonlight” – Joy Alexis
The singer-songwriter from Singapore’s journey began way back when in 2013 when they first picked up a guitar. Ever since then, Joy Alexis has been writing and releasing music filled with compelling, honest and raw stories of the self and their personal experiences. The singer-songwriter proves to be a jack of all trades with this release, with it being fully self recorded, written, arranged, composed, produced, mixed and mastered!
“Moonlight” is also on Spotify’s mood. and New Music Friday Singapore playlists. Joy is currently brewing their upcoming EP, so keep your eyes peeled for updates!
“Eternally” – FREYAA
FREYAA is back with a new ballad titled “Eternally” and it’s here to get you in your feels. The remarkable artist from Indonesia sings about eternal love and what it means to love someone to death even if they aren’t in your life forever.
At just 16, the singer-songwriter has won singing competitions, worked with multiple artists, released three of her own singles with Spinnup and was a contestant on The Voice Kids Indonesia season 4. She was also previously featured on our Spinnup Center Stage series, so read on and get to know FREYAA.