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With two different sounds – both showcasing just how talented Malaysians are – we've got the latest by MFMF. x Talitha. x RESORT and Yazmin Aziz x Bobby Skyz. Repping Indonesia is Rich Brian, with his 88rising fam, NIKI and Warren Hue.
Meanwhile, Marshmello takes us Back In Time with Guatemalan-American DJ Carnage. You Broke Me First hitmaker Tate McRae, on the other hand, is busy lending the voice for the soundtrack of an upcoming dystopian thriller.
Tesher adds a sweet kick with his made-for-TikTok track, Jalebi Baby. On the flip side is Mustafa the Poet, whose album, When Smoke Rises, is a hauntingly beautiful musical expression of loss.
1. Tonight – MFMF., Talitha., RESORT
There's just something so dreamy about Kuala Lumpur-born singer and songwriter Talitha's voice. Pair that with MFMF's out of this world production genius and local indie-pop band RESORT's charms and you get an exceptionally romantic, summer-ready track!
For those who may not be familiar with RESORT, the band – consisting of lead vocalist and producer, Sek Hao, drummer Kyle Emmanuel, and lead guitarist/keyboard player Eugene Kwan – are advocates of honest opinions and hard truths, using their eccentric pop sound to reflect the relaxed, positive vibes that the name 'RESORT' brings to mind.
2. Paradise. – Yazmin Aziz, Bobby Skyz
Malaysian-Filipino singer-songwriter Yazmin Aziz wants to share her kind of groove with her latest track, Paradise.
Yasmin first gained fame when she represented Malaysia in a number of singing competitions such as the World Championship of Performing Arts in California, US; the Global Pinoy Singing Idol in the Philippines; as well as the World Karaoke Championship in Tokyo, Japan. A versatile artist, her 2018 debut single, Lihatlah, has her singing and rapping while her 2020 track, Heart & Soul is an R&B masterpiece.
3. California – Rich Brian, NIKI ft Warren Hue
Following the release of 18-year-old Indonesian rapper, singer, and producer Warren Hue's track Too Many Tears is Rich Brian. Backed up by fellow Indonesian 88rising labelmates Warren Hue and NIKI, the trio come together for a heartfelt ode to the idyllic Golden State (the music video even features the traditional game, congkak).
Disclaimer: The following song contains strong language.
The track is from the much-anticipated collaboration album, Head in the Clouds 3. The Head in the Clouds series has had some major success - such as the RIAA-certified Gold Midsummer Madness, US Top 40 radio hit Walking, and TikTok viral sensation Indigo.
Previous editions have included tracks by the likes of Rich Brian, Joji, Jackson Wang, NIKI, Higher Brothers, Stephanie Poetri, and AUGUST 08, and boasts collaborations with Swae Lee (of Rae Sremmurd), Major Lazer, Playboi Carti, CHUNG HA, Phum Viphurit, and more.
4. Back In Time – Marshmello, Carnage
Echoing a sentiment I’m sure many of us share: "I wanna go back in time / So we can dance / So I can dance all night"
Marshmello has joined forces with Guatemalan-American DJ and record producer Carnage (real name: Diamanté Anthony Blackmon) for a nostalgic summer anthem. Giving the world something to smile about, the 29-year-old DJ's synth-heavy track is reminiscent of the 90s, mirroring the sentiment of wanting to revisit the past.
His latest track comes after last weeks release of Leave Before You Love Me, a love-themed track featuring the Jonas Brothers. The tracks are probably a taste of Joytime IV, the fourth instalment of the DJs' Joytime album series, which he said was done earlier this year. He is still yet to announce an official release date but it can't be too far off!
5. Darkest Hour – Tate McRae
17-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Tate McRae may have gained prominence as the first Canadian finalist on the American reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance but it is her 2020 hit You Broke Me First that really catapulted her to stardom. Now, the youngest musician featured on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list is venturing into OSTs, as she lends her voice to the soundtrack of the upcoming Amazon original dystopian thriller, Panic.
Since dropping her debut EP, All the Things I Never Said in 2020, McRae released the six-track album Too Young to Be Sad in March this year. Meanwhile, Panic stars Olivia Welch, Mike Faist, and Jessica Sula and premieres on Amazon Prime Video today.
6. Jalebi Baby – Tesher, Jason Derulo
Canadian musician Tesher's take on Jalebi Baby only serves to further elevate his ingenious ability to infuse cross-cultural elements of hip hop music and catchy beats with classic Hindi ones.
Hitesh Sharma, who goes by the name Tesher, is a 25-year-old South Asian-Canadian rapper. Sharma's remix of Old Town Road by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, with Ramta Jogi from the Bollywood film Taal on TikTok went viral, leading people to his self-written and produced track, Young Shahrukh (yeap, based on the King of Bollywood himself).
Hitesh – who grew up listening to everything from Bollywood and Punjabi Bhangra music to Kanye West and Jay-Z, to country music by artistes like Eric Church, Luke Bryan, and Blake Shelton – says, "And all those influences came together to kind of inform the kind of music that I make."
7. The Hearse – Mustafa
Today, poet and songwriter Mustafa releases his debut project, When Smoke Rises. Leading up to the album drop, the Toronto based singer-songwriter released Stay Alive, Air Forces, and the deeply personal track, Ali. To mark the official release of When Smoke Rises, Mustafa has published a gripping video for the single The Hearse.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Mustafa touched on how the album - named in memory of his close friend, the late rapper Smoke Dawg - helped him heal:
"I feel relieved. I think for so long I was writing these songs, and I was attempting to write these songs, and they just wouldn't come out. I didn't want to see this manifestation of my pain. I think I had to write these songs in order to look beyond these songs. It was only in completing these songs that now I'm able to look beyond them, and look at what those songs post-grief look like, and post-loss, and post-mourning."
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