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.
It's that time of the year again, when we find out the lucky artists nominated for the Golden Melody Awards - the most prestigious Chinese-language award in the music industry. Check out the complete list of nominations below, and let us know who you think will be lucky on the night!
《 年度專輯獎 》Album of the Year
《 年度歌曲獎 》Song of the Year
《 最佳國語專輯獎 》Best Mandarin Album
《 最佳台語專輯獎 》Best Taiwanese Language Album
《 最佳客語專輯獎 》Best Hakka Album
《 最佳原住民語專輯獎 》Best Indigenous Language Group Album
《 最佳音樂錄影帶獎 》Best Music Video
《 最佳作曲人獎 》Best Composition
《 最佳作詞人獎 》Best Lyrics
《 最佳編曲人獎 》Best Music Arrangement
《 最佳專輯製作人獎 》Producer of the Year
《 最佳單曲製作人獎 》Producer of the Year (Single)
《 最佳國語男歌手獎 》Best Male Mandarin Singer
《 最佳國語女歌手獎 》Best Female Mandarin Singer
《 最佳台語男歌手獎 》Best Taiwanese Language Male Singer
《 最佳台語女歌手獎 》Best Taiwanese Language Female Singer
《 最佳客語歌手獎 》Best Hakka Singer
《 最佳原住民語歌手獎 》Best Indigenous Group Singer
《 最佳樂團獎 》 Best Group
《 最佳演唱組合獎 》Best Duo
《 最佳新人獎 》Best New Artist
《 最佳專輯獎 》Best Instrumental Album
《 演奏類最佳專輯製作人獎 》Best Instrumental Album Producer
《 演奏類最佳作曲人獎 》 Best Instrumental Composer
《 最佳專輯裝幀設計 》Best Recording Package
《 最佳演唱錄音專輯獎 》Best Vocal Recording Album
《 最佳演奏錄音專輯獎 》Best Instrumental Recording Album
《 特別貢獻獎 》Special Contribution Award
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...