Baths announce debut Singapore show

Electronic mastermind Will Wiesenfeld, more commonly known as Baths, will be heading to Singapore to play a show this March.

Having released three albums over the last four years, Baths music has always transformed. His most recent release, 2013’s Obsidian, was released to critical acclaim and the album was praised for it’s “darker and more expansive sound”.

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Now, having extensively toured Australia, Europe and the US, Wiesenfeld will head to Asia for the first time with shows in Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Manila, and Shanghai and Beijing.

Baths will be supported by Singaporean electronic duo .gif.

Baths
with .gif
Home Club
Sunday, 9 March 2014
9pm
$35 standard ($40 at the door)

Tickets are available here.

Singapore added to Foals’ 5-date Asian tour

Singapore has stepped in as a replacement date for English indie rock band Foals this March, upon the cancellation of Bangkok’s Silverlake Music Festival.

This follows the announcement of the band’s KL show as part of the launch of a new series of live shows in Malaysia called Upfront Arena. It is certainly shaping up to be an exciting month, with a slew of gigs including the Mosaic Music Festival, Baths, Fantastic Day, Future Music Festival Asia, and Au Revoire Simone occurring within the month.

Singapore added to Foals' 5-date Asian tour

Following the success of their second album, Total Life Forever, Foals has gone on to win NME’s Best Track Award for ‘Spanish Sahara’, before bagging the award again in 2013 for ‘Inhaler’, the lead single off their third and most recent album, Holy Fire — but they don’t stop there.

In 2012, the band released Tapes, a dancefloor oriented mixtape as part of the K7! series, showcasing their taste in electronic music. As some might know, keyboardist Edwin Congreave DJs and releases house music under a record label that he runs with Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires.

Foals will tour Asia on the back of their UK dates, with three shows in Japan before heading to Singapore and KL. It will be the band’s second time in Singapore since their performance at the inaugural Laneway Festival Singapore in 2011.

Foals
The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel
Saturday, 1 March 2014
8pm
$88 (early bird (limited release)), $98 (standard), $110 (at the door), $260 (VIP)

Tickets will be available at 10am on Wednesday 12 February here.

By Cindy Tan

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

OS: You’ve described that .gif was meant to be an outlet for “freedom and respite” from your other musical endeavours – did you ever think it would receive as much attention as it has?
.gif: To be honest, we haven’t really been keeping track. Earmilk was a really nice surprise, though, and so was Lomography’s interest in us for Blue Hour Sessions! If not for them, this EP wouldn’t even have happened ’cause we have too short an attention span to conceptualise anything beyond random singles.

Listening to your music, it’s hard to believe that it’s really just the two of you, Din and Weish. Which music power couple do you guys admire?
If you’re talking romantic couples, Matt & Kim. We really admire their DIY style. Otherwise, it’s a tie between Crystal Castles, Daft Punk, and Tegan & Sara.

Where did the name “.gif” come from? If you could steal any band name, what would it be? 
Well, we play a lot with loops and imagery in our songs, and gifs are essentially image loops, so we thought it was kinda apt. As for band names, we’d say Peter Bjorn and John, so that people would come to our show expecting a Swedish trio but instead see a Chinese girl and a Malay guy. But mainly because we really like the sound of the word “Bjorn”. It’s very calming.

Name one band that .gif would love to collaborate with… and what you imagine it would sound like.
Sleep Easy aka Isa Ong from Amateur Takes Control and Pleasantry. Well, okay, that’s kind of cheating ’cause we’ve actually talked about forming a trip-hop band before. So, we imagine it’d sound like trip-hop. But otherwise, we’ve always admired The Analog Girl‘s work and we imagine it’d sound pretty crazy if we worked with her – darker, and trippier…

Lastly, it’s been a pretty incredible year of music so far. Album of the year for you both?
We couldn’t agree, so here’s two: Heartthrob by Tegan and Sara (Din’s), and Enter 4 by Hjaltalin (Weish’s). We initially both went “Alt-J!” simultaneously, but realised later it was released in 2012…

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?

Blue Hour Sessions: .gif – From synth-pop to trip-hop?
By Nigel Lopez

Lomography Blue Hour Sessions
with Tiramisu, .gif, and 7nightsatsea
Lomography Gallery Store
Saturday, 23 November
7pm
FREE

Lomography’s Blue Hour Sessions to put spotlight on Singapore music and art scene

Lomography Singapore has just announced the Blue Hour Sessions, a 6-part series featuring collaborations with local bands and graphic artists with an aim to document ground-breaking work in the local music scene.

Drawn from the French expression l’heure bleue, ‘The Blue Hour’ refers to the time before nightfall when the sun slips from sight and the sky falls into a deep blue – traditionally, this hour of day is seen to hold special significance because of the possibilities for unexpected collisions, liaisons and delirium.

From 13 November to 14 April, the Blue Hour Sessions will take place on the last Saturday of the month, with each session turning the spotlight on collaborative efforts between some of the most exciting bands and graphic artists of our generation.

Expect live sets with visual and audio installations, as well as the launch of special edition EPs (limited to a first-run of 36 copies) featuring rough cuts, unreleased demos, analogue prints, and zine artwork by the bands and graphic artists themselves.

Other Sounds is proud to be official online media partner of the the Blue Hour Sessions as it aims to put the spotlight back on local bands and graphic artists.

Blue Hour Sessions schedule

23 November
Tiramisu x fFurious
.gif x M-D-R-N
7nightsatsea x Heider of SSYSTM x Allison Marie Low

21 December
MUON x William Chan of TMRRW
Bani Haykal x Kristal Melson x SUSEJ

18 January
HEIZENBERG x Brandon Tay of Syndicate
Dream State Vision x StudioKALEIDO

22 February
sub:shaman x Marc Gabriel Loh
Space Days x Afiq Omar of Syndicate

29 March
Pleasantry x FROMPAMM
ANECHOIS x Izyanti Asa’ari x Wu Jun Han
Ellipsis x Ban-Fam

3 May
Astreal x MAKE
MONSTER CAT x DO NOT DESIGN x Afiq Omar of Syndicate
Chöd x Philipp Aldrup
Zirconia (feat. X’ho + Yeow of Zircon Lounge) x WHITELABEL x Lasse Marhaug

Update (17/12/13):

The Blue Hour Sessions exhibition and live showcases will now be held at Home Club:

27 December
MUON x William Chan of TMRRW
Dream State Vision x StudioKALEIDO

17 January
HEIZENBERG x Brandon Tay of Syndicate
Bani Haykal x  Kristal Melson

21 February
sub:shaman x Marc Gabriel Loh
Space Days x Afiq Omar of Syndicate

28 March
Pleasantry x FROMPAMM
ANECHOIS x Izyanti Asa’ari x Wu Jun Han
Ellipsis x Ban-Fam

2 May
Astreal x MAKE
MONSTER CAT x DO NOT DESIGN x Afiq Omar of Syndicate
Chöd x Philipp Aldrup

*Dates and line-ups are subject to change

By Katherine Pollock

Red Bull Music Academy & Home Club present Syndicate feat. Africa Hitech

Audio visual collective Syndicate will return to Home Club on 5 October with a Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) special event featuring renowned electronic act, Africa Hitech.

Consisting of long-time electronic dance music fixtures Mark Pritchard (Harmonic 313, Global Communications, Jedi Knights) and Steve Spacek, the duo are best known for their contributions to the vast borderlands of hip hop and ambitious electronic music. Having met over a decade ago, they quickly began to collaborate sporadically, before finally starting Africa Hitech in 2007. Since then, they’ve dipped their toes in everything from grime, UK funky and juke, to field recordings and jazz.

Joining Africa Hitech and making his debut on the Syndicate stage will be local emcee/producer Mean from The .XS Collective. Fresh from dropping the In Flight EP earlier this year, the versatile artist generates his own distinct brand of hazy hip-hop with both ethereal beats and rhymes.

And, completing the line-up for the night will be residents from the Syndicate stable Max Lane and Kiat, who will be playing a special set with Vandetta he collective’s visual specialist, Brandon Tay, will pilot the visuals throughout the night.

The Beat Invitational showcase is also set to take place on the same night, warming the crowd up with their discoveries of local nuggets and gems. Covering a wide spectrum of sounds, the showcase will feature Heizenberg, .gif, FuturaHelvetica, Mont Berg Kingsmen and Vandetta, who will be playing tracks from her upcoming self-titled EP.

Red Bull Music Academy & Home Club present: Syndicate feat. Africa HiTech
with Africa Hitech (WARP), Mean (The.XS Collective), Kiat ft. Vandetta, and Max Lane

The Beat Invitational showcase
with Heizenberg, .gif, FuturaHelvetica, Mont Berg Kingsmen, and Vandetta

Visuals by Brandon Tay

Home Club
Saturday, 5 October 2013
11pm – 4am
$20 (including 1 drink)

Prior to kicking off the party, Africa Hitech will speak to 40 members of Singapore’s music scene at an exclusive RBMA info session, whose past speakers have incuded Shabazz Palaces and Pharoahe Monch. The duo will share insights from their dynamic musical careers, from their formation of their ground-breaking partnership, to their tenure at Warp Records.

Red Bull Music Academy info session
with Africa HiTech, facilitated by Vandetta

Admission to RBMA info session is free, but spots are limited. Interested parties are encouraged to register here.

Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than 30 September 2013. Info session attendees will gain free entry to main event. Club rules apply.

By Cindy Tan

Unleashed! returns for Vol. III

The Lithe Paralogue Studio is gearing up to present Unleashed! Vol. III next month, the third edition of their new series that showcases both local and international bands touring through, and jetting off from Singapore.

Once again, Unleashed! will be held at The Lithe Paralogue Studio, the intimate studio space frequented by some of the best in Singapore’s music scene, this installment featuring .gif, Fauxe and Awk Wah, and headlined by Aussie band Spartak.

Since 2007, Shoeb Ahmad and Evan Dorrian have released three unique albums of improvised glitch punk as Spartak, but the performance at Unleashed! will be their first in Singapore since becoming a four-piece with the addition of Matt Lustri and Rory Stenning. The group’s performances combine a DIY aesthetic with analog machines, live instrumentation and programmed rhythms, a common theme throughout the night…

Unleashed! returns for Vol. III

Elusive electronic artist Fauxe likes to maintain an air of mystery, sporting a mask reminiscent of MF Doom and saying of himself: “nothing much to be said. nothing much to be seen. nothing but only music.” Guess we caught him before the cat got his tongue — click here to read our interview with the producer from earlier this year.

.gif (pronounced “dot jif”) is the exploratory collaboration between Singaporean artists Weish (who provides vocals and performs a pretty spectacular solo set as ‘Weish’) and Din (who handles beats and production), who released their debut single ‘Diatribe‘ last year.

And lastly, Awk Wah is the gritty, experimental solo project of Shark Fung, a prolific ex-Mandopop song-writer and drummer. Awk Wah released his second LP, AVA earlier this month.

Unleashed! Vol. III
with Spartak (AU), Fauxe, .gif and Awk Wah
The Lithe Paralogue Studio, 1B Aliwal Street
Sunday, 6 October
7pm
$10 at the door

By Katherine Pollock