By Stella Soon
Jazz/Urban singer-songwriter 9m88 will be releasing her debut album, ‘Beyond Mediocrity 平庸之上’, on 8 August 2019!
9m88 (also known as Baba) has been active in the Mandopop indie scene since 2016, racking up collaborations with other Mandopop artists like Sodagreen’s Wu Qing Feng, OZI, and rapper Leo Wang. But her upcoming album drop will mark her first foray beyond these features.
'Beyond Mediocrity' is an independent release by Baba. She got her hands dirty in every stage of the creative process, from producing, marketing, to distribution.
“I wrote these songs under uncertainty about life ... ‘Beyond Mediocrity’ could mean a transcendent set of mind; it could also be moving beyond a goal in life,” 9m88 said on a Facebook post announcing the album release.
Earlier this week, Baba released the MV for 'Love Rain 愛情雨', one of the songs on her upcoming album. She busts out slick dance moves in the video, set to a track oozing retro vibes.
As this year comes to a long-needed close, the time has come yet again to compile a list of our top songs for 2018. This task has always been a delicate one; as we aim to choose songs that were chart-toppers while also leaving room for works that have contributed in a positive way to the creativity and diversity of the market. On top of this, I’ve also tried to choose songs that are cohesive and represent a general theme; reflecting on the year that has been. This year, I’ve chosen the theme of mindfulness and reflection. Be it a discussion of the world around us, our inner selves or the passing of time and life. In this year of confusion, despair and misdirection, we are all searching for something real to hold on to. This theme has increasingly resonates with me this year more than ever before, and I hope it strikes a chord with you too.
NO. 10: KELLY YU 于文文 – DIGNITY體面
What top 10 list could be complete without this regional chart-topper? The song which was part of the soundtrack for the movie ‘The Ex File 3: Return of the Exes’ allowed Canadian-Chinese artist Kelly Yu skyrocket to fame since its release in February this year with its moody and atmospheric piano arrangement. Although ballads are often hit-or-miss, Yu’s steady, honest vocals tug on the ol’ heartstrings just so, giving listeners delectable texture to ruminate over time and again.
Sodagreen Frontman Wu Qing Feng Releases Solo Disco-Inspired Single 'Everybody Woohoo' Featuring 9m88
Sodagreen frontman and singer-songwriter extraordinaire Wu Qing Feng has taken advantage of the band's hiatus, starting his own production studio and releasing his first ever solo single called 'Everybody Woohoo'.
The single incorporates some of the signature songwriting qualities that have featured so prominently in Sodagreen's works; namely the creation of an atmosphere that is both passionate and full of murky mystique. However, at the same time Qing Feng has incorporated many fresh elements into this new single of his, which he hand picked from 15 choices for his first EP of the same title.
What came out of the songwriting and arrangement process which Qing Feng handled from start to finish was 'Everybody Woohoo', a retro disco-style single which brings you back to the 1970s but adds a special touch lent by Qing Feng's clear vocals full of abandon.
'Everybody Woohoo' also featured up-and-coming Jazz/R&B singer and indie darling 9m88, who is a perfect fit for the song given her penchant for retro visuals and music, as well as her sweet and dulcet pipes.
Initially, the idea to collaborate came from a day in the studio where Qing Feng brought up 9m88's music to his producer Will Lin. His team thought she was a perfect match, and thus brought her on to add yet another layer of intrigue to this new track.
Qing Feng's EP includes 3 remix versions of the song as well as the original, done by the likes of Dizparity and Oberka. These tracks are not available anywhere online, but are included with the purchase of the physical EP.
'Everybody Woohoo' is now available on all major streaming platforms and is available for ordering on Books.Tw.
Legendary Taiwanese Hip Hop Label KAO! INC. Bringing Unique Taiwanese Cool To New York & LA This November
As the world is slowly getting more of a taste for Taiwanese music, what better time than now for a wave of the Taiwanese indie scene's best to enter the North American market?
A big player in the Taiwanese indie hip hop scene is none other than legendary Hip Hop label KAO! Inc. founded by Dela Chang. The label has produced for some of the hip hop scene's best and most critically acclaimed artists, such as Miss Ko, Soft Lipa, and DJ Didilong, who have all been highly appraised and nominated multiple times at the prestigious Golden Melody Awards for their efforts.
Now, the entire label which currently consists of Soft Lipa, GorDoN, DJ Didilong and Leo Wang are bringing their offerings from Coast to Coast-such is the name of their tour as they tour LA and NYC, holding shows on the 19th (LA) at the Echoplex and on the 22nd (NYC) at the Highline Ballroom.
The crew will not only be performing some of their cult favourites, such as SoftLipa's 'About Little Bear' and DJ Didilong's 'Didilong of Taipei', but also previewing some new yet-to-be released tracks for Western audiences. Get tickets for the NYC show here.
Still not convinced to catch the show? Check out the profiles of the five artists below...