Recent Record Reviews is back! Well, sort of.
While talking about music in front of a camera was fun — and also a little bit unnerving — we decided to streamline the operation because,
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1) there's a lot more to talk about than just albums,
2) album review videos feel too formalized for regular conversation, which we're just better at, and
3) doing an audio podcast allows us to push out more episodes, as videos take some time to process and edit (our video head is very happy about this).
And with so many things happening in music — not just in Singapore, but in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world — we figured the show would be the perfect area to break down and talk about all this. Now, we've shortened it to its brief abbreviation — RRR (pronounced as triple-R, but you can call it anything really).
The exciting part for us this time around is that we can finally play music on the show! So now you won't just hear our miserable voices, you'll also get to listen to music that you might not even hear anywhere else.
Expect special guests, single premieres, and other surprises down the road.
But for now, in our first episode, we break down the uniquely brilliant line-up of Sing Jazz 2017, which features the recent additions of Esperanza Spalding, Brian McKnight, Rudimental and Corinne Bailey Rae, and how Coldplay fans can even get in on the action, despite the show clashes.
We dig into Bandcamp's recent decision to pledge their profits (for today [3/2] only) in support of ACLU, who are tirelessly fighting against the repugnant immigration ban on Muslims, along with events happening this weekend — Akeem Jahat's live band debut, Charlotte de Witte's dense form of techno taking centre-stage at Headquarters, and NADA's collaboration with a German string ensemble.
We also play new music by Singaporean acts Mars, Charlie Lim and SIAL, along with prog-rock from Indonesia courtesy of Giant Step, and Belgian techno by Charlotte de Witte (she even did a track-by-track of her new EP for us).
Our episodes will also be made available for MP3 download, and you can get the first episode for free here.
In the meantime, you can stream the entire first episode of the brand new RRR here: