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7 local musicians that should be on your radar in 2020

Here are the local music frontrunners you need on your radar

By Cam Khalid and Delfina Utomo
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Get down to disco (or sing in the shower) with the hottest made-in-Singapore acts. If you're searching for your next earworm, you don't have to look very far. For a comparatively small music scene, we've got genres like rock, indie, hip-hop and even lo-fi beats covered. Here are some homegrown talents you should be listening to now – complete with a nifty playlist of recommended songs. 

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Islandeer
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Islandeer

Indie-rock

This duo plays easy-breezy jangly pop-rock that feels at home on the radio. Borrowing inspiration from the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Tame Impala, The Strokes and even The Beatles, Islandeer puts out tracks with feel-good vibes. Having performed at events like Urban Ventures and music venues like *Scape and Lithe House in the past year, they’re set for a busy year ahead recording their first album.

Halal Sol

Halal Sol

Electronic

Halal Sol mixes deep house with jazz-inspired beats he produces from instruments – so don’t be surprised if he whips out his saxophone mid-set and moves into groovy territory. Though already a favourite in the local underground electronic scene, we expect to see him in the limelight a lot more in 2020.

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10vacations
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10vacations

Pop

We could all do with more dreamy lo-fi pop in our hectic lives. Get pensive with the lulling vocals and lush acoustic sounds of solo dream-pop project, 10vacations. She’s already opened for English songstress Lucy Rose but you can expect her to helm more shows this year and release new material.

Houg
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Houg

Chillwave

If this is your first foray into the genre of 'chillwave', let Houg ease you into it. Expect a dreamy, retro-pop vibe with mellow lo-fi effects and a generous side of grooviness. Influenced by jazz, new wave and R&B, he stacks these sounds together in his music. 

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Abangsapau
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Abangsapau

Hip-hop

Need a crash course on cultural diversity in Singapore? Listen to a track by young hip-hop musician Abangsapau (this actually translates to buff guy in Malay). His songs incorporate different languages and sounds – it's his way of paying homage to his culture as a Malay-Sikh Singaporean.

Woes
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Woes

Pop

If twinkly math-pop music doesn't ring any bells, just think of it as happy music for sad people. Underneath the bright riffs and almost dance-able melodies are some pretty melancholic lyrics. Woes nail this in their latest release Tadpoles

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Bgourd
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Bgourd

Rap

Probably the only rap artist in the world who puts on a green bodysuit, Bgourd's music borrows a thing or two from East Coast rap but makes it his own with personal observations, local quirks and nerdy references from books. You can catch him at local gigs around town – he has a for the year.

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