REVIEWS

SHIT YOU NEED TO HEAR (SYNTH – 08)

Neon Lights 2016 music festival is happening this weekend 26th and 27th of November at Fort Canning Park, Singapore.
Check out this week’s Shit You Need To Hear Neon Lights Edition.

1. QUIET STORM

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Artist: Yuna ft. Usher
Title: Crush

Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna has worked with several different artist including Pharrell, Jhene Aiko, but this one with Usher is a phenomenal one, saw her dabble in quiet storm. ‘Crush’ is an understated, mellow dynamics, slow tempo, and relaxed rhythm, linking with the R&B’s King of Slow Jams Usher style. The album ‘Chapters’ was released last May, as she firmly dips her toe into the pool of contemporary R&B.

2. FOALS-ON-BAGGY

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Artist: Foals
Title: Mountains At My Gates

Light summery guitar riff and a drum beat that dance under the delicate melody, it looks like it’s shaping up to be something special. That 90s Baggy feel, unique delayed clean guitar, each line, each verse, means something, that’s just the clever nature of Foals. This track is a gentle nudge and whistle, compared to the previous released ‘What Went Down’, heavily and screams at you and repeatedly slaps you round the face, the period when I thought they threw away their significant sound they created since day one.

3. THE ETHEREAL

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Artist: Sigur Ros
Title: Overdur

The track balances an unsteady line between their more wintry, ambient earlier work and the darker electronic sounds of 2013’s Kveikur album. Dark lullaby-like state ever slowly, by degree, being forced by vaguely unsettling stabs of heavily treated, slo-mo electro, with dark string orchestra hovering after Jonsi’s vocals. They are the main reason to attend Neon Lights 2016 this weekend.

4. RAPPERS’ DELIGHT

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Artist: The Sugarhill Gang
Title: Apache (Jump On It)

They may be the oldest of old-school hip-hop, but this coming together of the genre’s originators is as fresh as ever. Old-school hip-hop is noted for its relatively simple rapping techniques compared to later hip-hop music. But the act of taking the bridge of The Shadows’ Apache, which later the band Incredible Bongo Band funked, is extraordinary. It was also featured in The Get Down Original Soundtrack.

5. THE P-FUNK

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Artist: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Title: P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)

At 75 years old, the legendary George Clinton could still bring the cosmic slop to Neon Lights 2016. Ain’t no party like a P-Funk party. Clinton was the fantastical, outlandish, futuristic, face of the funk back in the 70s and they have always attired in the most outlandish space-age-cum-psychedelic-hippy garb imaginable. The collective fusion and spirit and sense of tongue-in-cheek fun and naughtiness that he always imbued in his creations are still strong as ever.