Want to know what influences Hong Kong singer-songwriter Yoyo Sham's uniquely calming and thoughtful sound? This is the playlist for you. Curated by Yoyo herself for Asian Pop Weekly, she has a song for every moment of the day; from the moment you rise to the moment you fall asleep. Sprinkle these in your playlist throughout the day and add a little Yoyo to your routine!
01. India Arie - I am Light
Sometimes when I get up in the morning I’m still tired, this is the first song I’d want to listen to, start the day on a good note
02. Jacob Collier - Hideaway
Every time I listen I hear a new detail, it’s so intricate and too good!
03. Iron and Wine - Claim Your Ghost
A warm voice that allows you to quieten down, when I saw him live in 2018 it was unforgettable
04. Ghost Note - Swagism
A band member of Snarky Puppy’s band; when I want a little groove or want to move a little I listen to this
05. Roy Hargrove - Crazy Race
I love every song in this album, one musician who left us in 2018
06. Lisa Hannigan - An Ocean and a Rock
My favourite song in five time
07. Flight of the Conchords - Think about it
A very humorous song, when you want a laugh you can take a listen
08. 陳奕迅 Eason Chan - Run
A song for when you can’t sleep
09. 岑寧兒 Yoyo Sham - Scrambled Eggs Blues
A song to listen to when you’re making breakfast
One of the contemporary Mandopop scene's most innovative and forward-thinking acts, Soulboy Khalil Fong has always strived to do better with his craft; infusing within it his innate sense of social responsibility. As one of the most prominent movers contributing to the incorporation of Soul, Blues and R&B genres into Mandarin music, Fong's unique musical sensibilities and perspective as a global citizen render his choice picks very special indeed. Check out his selection and why he chose them below!
In a very special Lunar New Year edition of Choice Picks, we've invited Singaporean indie sweetheart Shelby Wang to usher in the new year with her very own celebratory playlist! For Shelby, uplifting and inspiring tunes are just the way to express her hopes for the year of the pig. Her playlist is full of lightly sugared indie pop tracks that are sure to make your heart glow - just like her own music. Wishing one and all a very happy lunar new year! Oink oink!
別再說對不起 - 王曉敏 Shelby Wang
A coffee lover’s heartbreak story while staying hopeful. Try wiggling your shoulders along to the chorus, it will make you feel better.
小船 Impressionism - 陳綺貞 Cheer Chen
It’s been a long time since I heard a Mandopop Baroque Pop song. This song transports me to somewhere in 19th Century Europe. I loved the entire <Sofa Sea> album by Cheer Chen, and her songwriting never fails to amaze me. Love the magical animated music video for this song too!
小事 Brand New Label - HUSH
Simple, driving & inspirational. Talks about being true to yourself, and kudos to those who manage to do this simple yet difficult task.
小問題 - AGA
One of my favourite Cantopop tracks of 2018 by AGA. Having learnt the Guzheng since young, I love how this soulful, modern track blended elements of Chinese traditional music with modern R&B so well. Hope to do something like this soon!
夢遊 Flyaway - 孫盛希 Shishi
When I first heard this song (and the rest of the album), I was blown away by how modern downtempo elements were infused in this awesomely chill track. It inspires me to take more daring steps and experiment more in my songwriting.
你說想要去旅行 Travelling - 錦安 Jin An
100% feel good/wanderlust vibes from this song. Makes me wanna hop on Jin An’s wandering train and follow her to wherever she is! One of my favourite singer-songwriters from Singapore.
失蹤人口 Missing You - Sweet John
Electronic post-rock fused with folk-esque vocals contributed by the strong guitar riffs and male and female unison vocal lines. This song is great to listen to on-the-go and really sets you in a adventurous mood.
把音量轉小 Turn The Volume Down - 李友廷 Yo Lee
Super groovy song by this Taiwanese singer-songwriter I discovered recently from the Taiwanese competition <聲林之王>. Can’t get over how awesome his finger style guitar skills are! His other songs are really cool as well!
Everybody Woohoo - Greeny Wu (Wu Tsing Feng) ft. 9m88
With strong electronic builds, disco beats & funky guitar lines, this song is great to groove along with! Greeny Wu from Sodagreen is one of my all-time favourite songwriters and I love that he collaborated with 9m88! Check out the song’s 80’s inspired MV too.
大人中 Becoming a Man- 盧廣仲 Crowd Lu
Even in 10 years time, I’m quite sure this will be a song my friends and I will sing in unison every time it comes on. Even when we’re all grown up, there are times when we still feel like a little child trying our best. This song tells us that it is OK to feel that way.
Be sure to check out Shelby's latest EP 在你的世界存在 Existing In Your World and follow her on her Facebook andInstagram!
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