ALT3RD: Coming Up Roses - Everything Is

Shoegaze, often times conflated with dream pop, is a psychedule mashup alt rock genre that originated from seedy alleys of the British isles in the late ‘80's & 90's. Characterised by distorted synths & echoing reverbs, this is one genre that is best enjoyed live, cranked to maximum volume. Enter Coming Up Roses, the talented trio who’ve taken to this niche genre like a fish takes to “Waters”. No stranger to the indie scene, their list of accolades include supporting British indie pop quartet FUR during the Singapore stop of their first world tour, starring in the coveted Baybeats 2018...

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SGCR: GUEST MIX BY ANWAR

Never mind the dancefloor — Anwar’s infectious mix is guaranteed to keep the feet tapping at any hour.   With a focus on the deepest of deep house cuts, rumbling rhythms and joyous melodic lines intact, Anwar’s SGCR debut was cobbled together with this celestial shelter in mind. “House music will always be home for me,” as he describes the ethos for his music sensibilities.   Over the past few months, Anwar has taken it upon himself to produce bedroom sets laced with house, disco, lounge and the occasional outburst of techno for friends over the weekends. The mix captures...

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SGCR: Imaginary Regions with Ricks Ang: Exploring the “fourth world” SBC

Imaginary Regions is a series of mixes made by Ricks Ang, head honcho of KITCHEN. LABEL. These mixes comprise of new age, ambient, environmental, and relaxation records, compact discs, and cassette tapes.   This episode, Fourth World SBC, features music channelled and shazamed from BGM used in shows by the now-defunct Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), which was active in the 1980s and early-1990s.   Most record finds were unearthed from the vaults of the legendary Red Point Records who had previously acquired the albums in job lots from defunct radio libraries in Singapore.   Here, Ricks Ang pens a piece...

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SGCR: The music behind Lim Brothers Travel Into The CPU, explained

This requires some context for those not in the know of the reputable Lim Brothers Travel — in which case, please catch up.   The duo have been running their monthly DJ sets on SGCR since its inception. The brainchild of BGourd (who has put out sterling hip-hop EPs under the same name) and Beansprouts, Lim Brothers Travel are a DJ/VJ duo whose unbridled love for music is united with a green screen.   Disorienting visuals are jumbled up with memes, tongue twisters are knotted up with voice messages — all sourced from the various corners of the internet.  ...

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SGCR: Wong Kar Wai films, ranked by music

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate Wong Kar Wai in 2021. Aside from the fact that the filmmaker is busy at work on his first television series — the upcoming Blossoms — his oeuvre of films has been screening in cinemas and released as a comprehensive boxset.   While the new restorations have been received with a mixed reception by fans, one thing that remains adored, after all these years, are his music choices. From soundtracks comprising handpicked pop delights to full-blown orchestral scores, Wong Kar Wai has made music an indelible part of his cinematic prowess.   Which...

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SGCR: GUEST MIX BY A/K/A SOUNDS

There’s a lot of reminiscing about the pre-Covid dancefloor. In many conversations about local parties, it’s hard to miss one that mentions A/K/A Sounds.   A prominent face at various establishments and pop-up parties, along with slots at events like Laneway Festival, A/K/A Sounds (real name Amanda Keisha Ang) has brought her earth-shaking frequencies to many, making her an unforgettable presence.    To top it off, her work under BAOW BAOW, a bass-centric events promotion crew, and ATTAGIRL!, a collective of women who’ve helped shape the dance music scene in Singapore over the past decade.   As dancefloors remained closed...

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