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HIGH TIDE 開台

16.01.21

Tiff counts the little blessings she received from 2020 — namely, the amount of music and films she enjoyed from Taiwan. ⁠

Your Name Engraved Herein is one of her picks, the romantic drama taking over the Netflix Top 10 since it debuted.⁠

Watch the trailer for the film below:


About High Tide 開台

Every month, Tiff shares quality Taiwanese indie music, films, and subcultures, exchanging cultural observations between Singapore and the wider Mandarin-speaking world.⁠

Nightcap Singapore Community Radio
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Nightcap with DJ Itch

26.12.20

Rajie – ‘Love Heart’
Nanako Sato (佐藤奈々子) – ‘Koi No Ryusei (恋の流星)’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Sprinkler’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Christmas Eve’
Yuko Shibuya (渋谷祐子) – ‘Made In Japan’
Haruko Kuwana (桑名晴子) – ‘Soshite Denwa No Bellu Wa (そして電話のベルは)’
林以樂 – ‘相約夢境(夢で逢えたら)’
沈殿霞 – ‘天才與白癡’
包偉銘 – ‘夏日情懷’
Spectrum – ‘Tomato Ippatsu’
Meiko Nakahara (中原めいこ) – ‘Fantasy’
The Seatbelts – ‘Tank!’
Soul Media – ‘Painted Paradise’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Solid Slider’
Carefree – ‘Ratu Dansa’
方羽 with The Stylers – ‘一占都用淸 (Play That Funky Music)’
洪小援 with The Stylers – ‘牛肉棵條’
Yasuha (泰葉) – ‘Flyday Chinatown’
Yoshino Fujimal – ‘Who Are You?’
S. Kiyotaka & Omega Tribe – ‘Summer Suspicion’
Carlos T. & Omega Tribe – ‘Reiko’
Mariya Takeuchi (竹内まりや) – ‘Yume No Tsuzuki (夢の続き)’
Taeko Ohnuki (大貫妙子) – ‘4:00AM’
Anita Mui (梅艷芳) – ‘尋愛’
Miki Matsubara (松原みき) – ‘Stay With Me (真夜中のドア)’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Ride On Time’
Junko Yagami (八神純子) – ‘Tasogare No Bay City (黄昏のBay City)’
Kengo Kurozumi (黒住憲吾) – ‘Heart Of New York’
Takako Mamiya (間宮貴子) – ‘Mayonaka No Joke (真夜中のジョーク)’
Taeko Ohnuki (大貫妙子) – ‘Tokai (都会)’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Sparkle’
Mai Yamane (山根麻衣) – ‘Tasogare (たそがれ)’

About DJ Itch

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Based in Singapore, Itch is a sound selector and a vinyl collector. Itch has been actively collecting local vinyls since 2018, inspired by his passion for “local exotic funk a-go-go” music from the ’60s to early ’80s in Singapore, the Nusantara, and around the region, such as Nanyang a-go-go or Hala-Hala, Melayu-Indo funk-soul, Chinese disco, pop yeh yeh, Asian city pop, and other rare Asian groove music.

His vinyl DJ sets specialise in Asian sound and exotic music introducing forgotten local music gems from the past to modern listeners, and brings back nostalgic vibes for old-timers. Itch has appeared in various events in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, and Taiwan, also collaborated with DJs/performers from Singapore and around the region.

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Bro-Fi X’Mas Special

The Bro-Fi team kicks off Christmas with more hip-hop improv and laughter.

Listen to other Bro-Fi episodes:

Season 1 Rap-Up
Lineath
Sam Driscoll
Ratmir Johnson


About Bro-Fi

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Here at Bro-Fi, we focus on taking a jam-centric approach towards making music, creating a safe space where artists are able to vibe and groove with us. There will be mistakes, there will be laughs, and that is integral to what we stand for.

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ZŪJAGO Jazz Beat

22.12.20

Frank Sinatra – ‘White Christmas’
Yosuke Yamashita – ‘Sakura’
Aya Sekine – ‘Life, Everyday!’
Sadayasu Fujii Trio + 1 – ‘One Note Samba’
Buckshot LeFonque – ‘Music Evolution’
MF Doom – ‘A Lil Xmas Tree (Cookin’ Soul Remix)’
Vince Guaraldi Trio – ‘Linus and Lucy’
Naughty Noor Nice – ‘Frosty The Snow (Watermelon) Man’
Kenny G – ‘Winter Wonderland’
Ella Fitzgerald – ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’

Watch other episodes of ZŪJAGO Jazz Beat:

Episode 1
Episode 2 (w/ Intriguant)
Episode 3 (w/ Rudy La Faber)

About ZŪJAGO

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ZŪJAGO(ズージャ語)translated as “jazz language” started off during the Taisho era (1912 -1926) Japan among jazz musicians as a slang. I felt this word was representative in spirit of what jazz in Japan was about. Taking elements of Western culture and turning it into their own thing, be it incorporating elements of traditional instrumentations or progressions.

With this in mind, I had set out to start a blog documenting Japanese jazz during the 1960s to 1980s and beyond. Granted there are easy ways of accessing this music through YouTube and BBE’s excellent J Jazz Masterclass series which has been feverishly reissuing long out of reach presses. I felt it would help to have a place where as many releases were documented and discussed about in some form. Hoping that in time to come more information about the artists who played the music will be discovered and covered here.

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Midnight Ambient Hour with Evening Chants

16.12.2020

It’s that time of the year. Despite the horror 2020 brought to us, we sought refuge in the wealth of music released around the world. ⁠

Evening Chants discuss some of their favourites with artist and musician George Chua — who’s also behind one of 2020’s best, the immersive album Smokescreen. Tuck in and tune in.⁠

Watch more episodes of Midnight Ambient Hour with Evening Chants:

Episode 1
Episode 2 (w/ Meitei & Ricks Ang of Kitchen. Label)
Episode 3

About Evening Chants

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Evening Chants is a contemporary electronic label based in Singapore, presenting strange and unknown musical explorations on small-run cassettes.

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Bro-Fi

Guest: Ratmir Johnson

A multi-talented musician who can sing and rap — and, maybe one day, save the world (his name a nod to the Dark Knight) — Ratmir Johnson steps into the studio with Bro-Fi for some improv magic.⁠

Listen to other Bro-Fi episodes:

Season 1 Rap-Up
Lineath
Sam Driscoll


About Bro-Fi

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Here at Bro-Fi, we focus on taking a jam-centric approach towards making music, creating a safe space where artists are able to vibe and groove with us. There will be mistakes, there will be laughs, and that is integral to what we stand for.

Streaming now

Nightcap with DJ Itch

12.12.2020

Kanke (カンケ) – ‘Let’s Kiss Baby’
Noriyo Ikeda (池田典代) – ‘Dream In The Street’
Atsuko Hiyajo (比屋定篤子) – ‘Maware, Maware (まわれまわれ)’
Mai Yamane (山根麻衣) – ‘Tasogare (たそがれ)’
Kiyoshi Yamaya (山屋清) – ‘Sagi-Musume (鷺娘)’
Meiko Nakahara (中原めいこ) – ‘Ru-Ru-Ru-Russian Roulette’
Transs – ‘Jawab Nurani’
沈殿霞 – ‘天才與白癡’
Spectrum – ‘Tomato Ippatsu’
Flybaits – ‘Nirwana’
Uji Rashid – ‘Sani’
Meiko Nakahara (中原めいこ) – ‘Fantasy’
Kingo Hamada (濱田金吾) – ‘N.Y. City Marathon’
Anita Mui (梅艷芳) – ‘Oh No, Oh Yes!’
Makoto Matsushita (松下誠) – ‘First Light’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Solid Slider’
Mariya Takeuchi (竹内まりや) – ‘Sweetest Music’
Meiko Nakahara (中原めいこ) – ‘Funky Christmas’
Yurie Kokubu (国分友里恵) – ‘Tobashite Taxi Man (とばしてTaxi Man)’
Yasuha (泰葉) – ‘Flyday Chinatown’
Carlos T. & Omega Tribe – ‘Reiko’
AB’s – ‘Girl’
Yoshino Fujimal – ‘Who Are You?’
Anri – ‘Windy Summer’
Junko Yagami (八神純子) – ‘Tasogare No Bay City (黄昏のBay City)’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Sparkle’
Shojo-Tai (少女隊) – ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (君の瞳に恋してる)’
Miki Matsubara (松原みき) – ‘Stay With Me (真夜中のドア)’
Yuki Okazaki (岡崎友紀) – ‘Jamaican Affair’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Ride On Time’
Anita Mui (梅艷芳) – ‘尋愛’
Mariya Takeuchi (竹内まりや) – ‘Plastic Love’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Christmas Eve’
Tatsuro Yamashita (山下達郎) – ‘Spacey’

About DJ Itch

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Based in Singapore, Itch is a sound selector and a vinyl collector. Itch has been actively collecting local vinyls since 2018, inspired by his passion for “local exotic funk a-go-go” music from the ’60s to early ’80s in Singapore, the Nusantara, and around the region, such as Nanyang a-go-go or Hala-Hala, Melayu-Indo funk-soul, Chinese disco, pop yeh yeh, Asian city pop, and other rare Asian groove music.

His vinyl DJ sets specialise in Asian sound and exotic music introducing forgotten local music gems from the past to modern listeners, and brings back nostalgic vibes for old-timers. Itch has appeared in various events in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, and Taiwan, also collaborated with DJs/performers from Singapore and around the region.

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Bro-Fi

Season 1 Rap Up

02.12.20

The wordsmiths and groove masters of Bro-Fi conclude their first season of studio improvs with a “rap up”. ⁠ ⁠


About Bro-Fi

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Here at Bro-Fi, we focus on taking a jam-centric approach towards making music, creating a safe space where artists are able to vibe and groove with us. There will be mistakes, there will be laughs, and that is integral to what we stand for.

Streaming now

HIGH TIDE 開台

01.12.20

(feat. Kuo of Sunset Rollercoaster)

Sunset Rollercoaster’s latest album SOFT STORM is a collection of slow-burning jams driven by a melancholic heartbeat.

Tiff continues her exploration of Taiwan’s indie music scene — of which Sunset Rollercoaster comes from — and the band’s leader Kuo joins her for a freewheeling conversation about SOFT STORM, live music, the band’s future and more.⁠

Find Sunset Rollercoaster on Bandcamp.

You can also listen to the episode on Mixcloud
(parts of the interview are spoken in Mandarin):

About High Tide 開台

Every month, Tiff shares quality Taiwanese indie music, films, and subcultures, exchanging cultural observations between Singapore and the wider Mandarin-speaking world.⁠

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Archaeology with Funk Bast*rd

(Darker Than Wax)

20.11.20

If you’ve witnessed a Funk Bast*rd set IRL, you know how far his vinyl collection can go. ⁠

Archaeology is his newest show for SGCR, sharing bits and pieces from his little vinyl cave, playing all types of oddities from around the globe. ⁠

About Funk Bast*rd

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Earning praises from a worldwide range of selectors that include the likes of Dam-Funk, Tama Sumo, San-Soda, Mike Huckaby, Jamie XX and 2562, Dean aka the Funk Bast*rd (one half of the Cosa nostra duo and co-founder of Singapore-based label Darker Than Wax) has been tirelessly pushing and promoting an alternative expression of leftfield music through his widely eclectic and genre-bending sets.

His musical selection, which traverses between a huge variety of musical genres like deep jazz, soul, funk, boogie, brazilian grooves, deep house, hip hop and bass numbers have left many indelible marks on the dancefloors.

It’s no surprise then that he has played alongside some of the world’s finest like Kyle Hall, Lefto, Recloose, Gerd Janson, Basic Soul Unit, Linkwood, Norman Jay, Souleance, Ramadanman / Pearson Sound, Krystal Klear, Tiger and Woods, Mike Huckaby, Seven David Jnr and most notably, warmed up for Four Tet, Dam-Funk, and Jamie XX.

His sets have also taken him around the world, playing most recently in New York, Brazil, Switzerland, Paris, London and Shanghai, just to name a few. On the festival side, Cosa Nostra was one of the few chosen outfits to have played in the Singapore edition of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival consecutively for two years.

Ventures into production with partner saxophonist/producer Kaye as Cosa Nostra have been very fruitful, with a few strong remixes for different labels under their belt. Incidentally, their remix for Kira Neris’s Judy in June on French label Faces Records has earned strong praises from selectors like Lefto and clinched the top seller’s spot on Bagpak music. Most recently, they have released their two-part House ep on Darker Than Wax, which have been gaining notoriety among those in the know.

The Funk Bast*rd always has something in the box that surprises. Just open those ears.