2015: TOP TEN SINGAPORE RELEASES

The amount of new music releases in 2015 is staggering. And it’s basically impossible to be able to listen to everything out there. But when it comes to Singapore Rock, well then it is possible to almost do just that. Thus, a justification for this list – our recommendations for Continue Reading

LIVE REVIEW: SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL 2015 – DIMENSIONS & DEMONS

An ambitious concert mashing up the creative talents of local music and literature resulted in an entertaining and inspiring experience for all who attended Dimensions & Demons at the Esplanade Recital Studio last night.

SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL: DIMENSIONS & DEMONS – DAREN SHIAU + RIOT !N MAGENTA

As promised, we present to you thoughts of the collaborative artists behind Dimensions & Demons, to be performed at the Esplanade Recital Studio on 5th November. “Daren Shiau and Riot !n Magenta explore the surreal terrain in Lucid Dreams, where memory, regret and release intersect through a collision of beats, Continue Reading

LIVE NEWS: SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL 2015 – WRITING FOR THE EARS

An excellent sign that Singapore music is slowly (but surely) permeating the mainstream consciousness is the clutch of music events to be held in the upcoming Singapore Writers Festival, from October 30th to November 8th 2015, organised by the National Arts Council.  Kicking off is Island of Dreams, an instrumental Continue Reading

LIVE NEWS: LANEWAY FESTIVAL SINGAPORE – FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED!

Battles – Beach House – Big Scary – Cashew Chemists – Cheats – CHVRCHES – DIIV – East India Youth – Flume – GDJYB – Grimes – Hermitude – Hudson Mohawke – Intriguant – METZ – Purity Ring – Riot !n Magenta – Shamir – The Internet – Thundercat – Continue Reading

MUSIC NEWS: DR. MARTENS ANNOUNCE HOME-CITY BANDS FOR STAND FOR SOMETHING TOUR – S.E.A 2015

(Photo credit: Teck Io) Dr. Martens has announced the homegrown bands in its first South East Asia edition of the Stand For Something Tour 2015. Headlined by British indie-rock band CIRCA WAVES, the Stand For Something Tour will be joined by respective home-city bands: Riot !n Magenta in Singapore, Elephant Kind Continue Reading

HERE COME THE LADIES ABOUT TO GIVE A LITTLE SHOW

I have always been passionate about having more female artists/musicians in our local scene. Certainly, one of the signs of a progressive music scene would be the number of talented and creative women operating within the same. Well, in very recent times, you basically cannot keep the women out of the Continue Reading

SO HAPPY: 50 YEARS OF SINGAPORE ROCK – OPENING

  I know when this exhibition was first announced, there was some criticism about the ’50 years’ bit, considering that: – 1. The Quests‘ “Shanty”, the first ever local pop hit, was released in 1964 (!) and 2. when you subtract most of the 70s and the early 80s (when rock Continue Reading

POWER OF POP INTERVIEW: EUGENIA YIP (RIOT !N MAGENTA + THE STEVE MCQUEENS)

I remember the first time Eugenia Yip caught my eye. This is what I wrote in a live review in TODAY, a few years back. Riot !n Magenta is a relatively new duo consisting of singer/songwriter Eugenia Yip and keyboardist/producer Hayashida Ken and proved to be a totally different proposition. Yip Continue Reading

RIOT !N MAGENTA – A SOUND REVOLUTION

Whatever the genre, nothing gets more attention in a song than a powerful, distinctive female voice. Dedicated music fans should be familiar with Eugenia Yip from her vocal antics with jazz-rockers The Steve McQueens. However, Ginny (as she likes to be called), also fronts electro-outfit Riot !n Magenta, ably backed Continue Reading