October’s shaping up to be a great month for Malaysian music fans, with ton of gigs lined up and the month-long celebration of local culture that is Urbanscapes just around the corner. With that in mind, we’ve curated 5 local tracks you should definitely be spinning as the independent scene celebrates Urbanscapes - and the end of 2018, which will surely see these artists contending on some ‘Best of’ lists. From pop rock to rap, here are the RojakDaily picks for this week.
Psytrus - 'Demons'
He may be a t-shirt and jeans kinda guy, but Psytrus has a habit of releasing earworms worthy of arena-wide singalongs. One of the most underrated veteran acts plying his trade in Malaysia’s burgeoning indie scene, his latest release, Demons
, sees Psytrus delving into introspective lyrics dealing with a relatable millennial struggle - lying awake in bed, wondering what’s wrong with your brain. Pair that with dance rock inspired guitarwork and drums, and you’ve got a infinitely repeatable to play while waiting for the mood to pass you by.
Spooky Wet Dreams - 'Irama Propaganda'
Indie-punk auteurs Spooky Wet Dreams are gearing up to release their new album, Koleksi Dendangan Untuk Masa Hadapan later this month, and if you missed out on this barn burner of a track last month, you owe it to yourself to check out SWD’s new material. Sonically calling back to the early days of pop punk in The Pixies and The Cure, all the while taking on the thornier questions of Malaysian society, Irama Propaganda will have you wanting to stick it to the man while skanking to the beat. PS - the album was launched at Urbanscapes, so be sure to make your plans to show up for a night of great music as SWD celebrate their second album.
Dato Maw - 'Planta'
This Penang-born rapper originally got his first push in the Hong Kong hip-hop scene, but returned to Malaysia to take Jin Hackman’s era-defining Raising The Bar shows by storm, leading to the absolute fire music video for F*cked Up, which you can find on Raising The Bar’s YouTube page. Planta, the title track of his newly released EP, takes a different vibe to the trap bangers of his previous effort, MyVi+Malboro, and one that’s evident in the rest of the tracks on this EP. Where previous efforts call to mind the aggressive, gritty stylings of one Keith Ape, Planta is more a chill experience with a chorus that’s catchy and instantly singable. Plus, he’ll also be onstage with Raising The Bar at Urbanscapes!
trails. - 'Discomposure'
Shoegaze metal newcomers trails. burst onto the scene with their slow-burning yet urgent sound in Discomposure
, and it has to be one of the most original tracks to come out of the nascent Malaysian metal scene this year. Featuring members of Dick Tracy and Dead Eyes Glow, trails. Is very much focused on blazing its own path forward with a Deafhaven-meets-Rinoa sound - introspective guitarwork giving way to blazing passages driven by a blast beat, before building into an emotional climax. If you’re looking for something new, this is definitely it.
Bunkface - 'Malam Ini Kita Punya'
The Bunkface boys are back - but they’re more men now than the boisterous pop-punkers behind hits like Phobia Phoney
. With the release of 'Shiver
', Bunkface have made it clear that the stereotypes of their genre don’t define their music in a heartfelt tribute to their fans. When asked about their latest track, Bunkface told us “Shiver
is a song about our fans. Every time people sing along at shows, it gives us the strength to write and move forward. Our fans mean everything. And we hope they follow us on this ride!”
What ride, you might ask? Well, Bunkface are gearing up to release their 5th studio album, Pop, and this time round promises to be a new experience for their fans, as it will show off “the other side of Bunkface”. If Shiver’s anything to go by, that’s going to be yet another era-defining release. In the meantime, grab a friend and hit up one of their classics in Malam Ini Kita Punya to start off the weekend!
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