Events, gigs, shows, music releases and other things that happened in the past
When we released our first EP in 2009, it was Lush 99.5 FM that first played our song Marching of the Days on air, and it was the lovely DJ Kate Reyes who interviewed us and played our songs for a full half hour.
Since then, we’ve been grateful to hear our songs Marching of the Days, Just One Look, and our current single I Don’t Belong Here, not only being played on Lush 99.5 FM, but also tweeted with the hashtag #lushloveslocal (see https://twitter.com/hashtag/lushloveslocal?src=hash).
And that – besides their awesome playlist that is a rich source of discovering new and interesting music especially electronic – is a key reason why so many of us in the Singapore music scene love Lush. Because Lush loves us and helps us spread our music.
So we too want to show our support for this excellent radio station by posting with the hashtag #ilistentolush – and if you enjoy good music, we hope you will do the same too.
When we were living overseas, we wrote this synthpop song about coming home, and we later published it on our 2nd local EP. This year we’re honoured that Deezer has included it in their SG50 Past and Present Playlist to “Celebrate the nation’s Jubilee year with the best local tunes from the 60’s till today”. So we hope you enjoy your National Day celebration with our lyric video for Take You Home
We’re on a new compilation of Singapore pop music! Together with “an eclectic blend of original music” from Monster Cat, Sheikh Haikel, Caracal, TheLionCityBoy, ShiGGa Shay, Gentle Bones, Jack & Rai, The Pinholes, Seyra, Mark Bonafide, Octover, Obedient Wives Club, Pleasantry, Gareth Fernandez, Giants Must Fall, Typewriter, Steve McQueens, Bear Culture, Nicholas Chim, Cheating Sons, Joie Tan, Stopgap, DEON, Cosmic Armchair, Lost Weekend, Esther Lowless, Jaime Wong, Debra Khng, Celina Kimble, Leslie Low …
” State of Rock …showcases the originality and creativity of 30 Singapore-based independent artistes where their vocal prowess effortlessly complements their instrumental beats.” – Press Release
Music reviews have been positive:
“There has been a surprising rise in high-quality local music in recent years and record label S2S has taken good advantage of this phenomenon, which has proven our country’s own promising talent in the arts.” – Spin or Bin Music
“… we’re certainly happy with the current output of releases” – Bandwagon
“…the result is State of Rock, a compilation of local music celebrating all Singapore music has to offer, and boy does it look promising….There is something for fans of any and all genres of music.” – moshinmag.sg
“IF anybody needs proof that the local music scene is overflowing with talent, just listen to State of Rock, a double-disc compilation featuring a mix of 30 veteran and upcoming homegrown indie acts.”- Business Times
Our favourite is from the moshinmag.sg review 🙂
“The compilation album closes with a selection of spaced-out, electronic ambient tracks by bands such as Giants Must Fall and Cosmic Armchair to show the new and innovative ways that music could be made.”
Many thanks to top Singapore pop and rock writer and music curator Kevin Mathews for inviting us to be part of this compilation.
Check out the CD and HMV and CD Rama and let us know which songs/ artists you like!
While we’ve had our hands full (in a good way) over the past few months, our dear partners at the ALFA MATRIX record label have been hard at work and now our song I DON’T BELONG HERE is on the 4th edition of the “Matrix Downloaded” label digital compilation, the “perfect eclectic alternative music soundtrack for your well-deserved Summer holiday”!
This FREE (or pay as you wish) compilation is downloadable in MP3/FLAC quality via the label’s Bandcamp page – click below to get to it the 57 (no kidding) songs that reflect the ALFA MATRIX music repertoire in the full-force of its diversity. Eclectic is too mild a word.
We just got the great news that international online alternative electronic music magazine Side-Line Magazine has included us in their list of ‘Best of Electropop 2014 Top 20’ alongside some very beautiful electropop songs by artists from all over the world. And representing Singapore …
“As you will notice, there are – surprise surprise – many Scandinavian acts represented in this TOP 20, after all, Scandinavia remains the bakermath for today’s electropop culture. However, you’ll also see countries like the USA, the UK, Spain, Belgium and even Asia popping up.”
(Side-Line started in 1989 as a print magazine specialising in alternative electronic and gothic music. In 1999 it also went online at www.side-line.com to provide a daily news service and now reaches around 65.000 music fans around the world per day.)
If you enjoy the music below (or just the news itself!) please tell your friends 🙂
What did 2014 sound like for us?
This mix celebrates our favourite dance tracks of the year that came from ALFA MATRIX, international home of the best alternative electronic gothic EBM synthpop talent, and includes Cosmic Armchair remixes and songs that were released under ALFA MATRIX.
We had a great time remixing artists from all over the world like PSY’AVIAH, LOVELORN DOLLS, SIMON CARTER and MONDTRAUME, and of course our own ALFA MATRIX releases WE ARE WAITING EP and I DON’T BELONG HERE EP which are also in this mixtape.
If you enjoy the mix, please share it and have a Happy New Year!
Our new single I DON’T BELONG HERE is now fully available for your streaming and buying pleasure! The EP features dancefloor-ready remixes (Trance by FXH and Deep House by Brendon P). title track mixed by the legendary Geoffrey Low of Soundfarm Studios (whose own band, pioneers of the Singapore electronic pop scene, Club E is reuniting in 2015), and two club remixes (Just One Look and Marching of the Days) given the Soundzipper mastering sheen by Adrian Lo. Here’s what you can do:
Stream our songs free (and we still get paid)
Yes, despite what Taylor Swift thinks, Spotify does pay us for all of your streams, so please go ahead and leave our EP on permanent repeat!
Buy the album online (we love you for it)
Share the news with your friends (we love you for this too)
What is it like?
Here comes an exciting combination of 80’s ethereal synth pop with house-dance beats made in Asia! Their previous club-friendly EP “We Are Watching” brought them comparisons to bands in the likes of SAINT ETIENNE, GOLDFRAPP, LA ROUX, CHICANE or yet DELERIUM in their trance/dance era. Today, Singapore based duo COSMIC ARMCHAIR return with a new 5-track EP full of compelling dance beats, ethereal female vocals and melodic synth leads. “I Don’t Belong Here” is a relentless catchy tune revealing the band’s self-assured club determination at its best. This song has the privilege of being remixed by legendary Trance Republic DJ FXH (Felix X Hoo) for an awesome upbeat radio edit and by one of Singapore’s most famous deep house DJ Brendon Pereira (resident at club Kyo and superclub Zouk) for an extended floating dub mix. The EP also holds the more synthpop oriented song “Just One Look” and ends up with a lighter version of “Marching Of The Days” compared to its club mix we discovered on the previous EP, and which adds some more sound cohesion to the EP with its euphoric clubby touch and carrying melodic leads… This is alternative dance pop music with an edgy commercial appeal.
I DON’T BELONG HERE comes from our upcoming album CONTACT which we are intensively in the midst of producing and recording now. In the meantime, enjoy the EP and please share the news with your friends.
In the same week that we’ve been reviewed in Swedish, we also discovered that we were reviewed in German in June! Thanks to Seda at neodiscotheque.com – sorry we missed the review earlier!
“Weiter gehts mit einem zweiten Ohrwurm; electropop aus Singapur. Manchmal kann man, trotz allem, trotz all dem Dreck in der Umgebung und all den Unsinnigkeiten, tanzen; und der Tanz weckt Hoffnung auf, gegen all die Unsinnigkeiten. so klingen eben Cosmic Armchair “
To find out more about the music that Seda likes (and we’re honoured to be in the same article with A Spell Inside, Front Line Assembly, Peter Murphy, Ashbury Heights and more) click on the link below, and let Google translate it into your preferred language
We love seeing our music travel all over the world, and this time we’re very happy to get a review in Swedish on the website synth.nu
“Det första som slår mig med bandet är att jag tycker de påminner lite om Saint Etienne. Cosmic Jane har en riktigt skön och vacker röst. Minuset är möjligtvis att jag tycker de engelska uttalen svajar ibland.”
For more of the interview, click on the link below – and if you’re using Google Chrome, it should automatically offer to translate into your preferred language