Acclaimed Singaporean electronic duo TZECHAR have released a new track in time for National Day yesterday. The track, aptly titled Singapura, is co-produced by Night Dives and features Yllis on vocals.
'Singapura' is an audio-visual exploration of cultural identity, with a video soon to be released by Brandon Tay. The track is intended as an evocative example of cultivated identity — a subversive take on a long standing Singaporean tradition of an annual government-sanctioned National Day tune, crafted to trigger a sense of patriotism in citizens.
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TZECHAR first gained acclaim through the eyes of highly influential international platforms like Noisey and Thump with an onslaught of cryptic audio-visual releases referencing popular Asian media such as K-POP and Hong Kong films.
Yllis, who was born in Singapore and is now based in both here and in New York, adds in a heap of flavor to the track with his relentless exploration into the possibilities of Asian Futurism. He also recently produced a track by emerging Chinese rapper Bohan Phoenix, whose deft skills on the mic have earned him acclaim amongst a growing interest in the country's hip-hop scene. It's vicious and worth your time.
It isn't the not-so-subtle middle finger that was captured on TV, but it provides some respite after the relentless celebrations last night.
Listen to 'Singapura' here: