Every Wednesday we ask a creative, artisan, or musician to share what music gets them going from dawn to dusk. This week, Kurt Loy, co-founder of e-commerce music platform#vinyloftheday and the recently-opened White Label Records at Ann Siang House, singled out songs that serve as a mood booster.
Digital music has infiltrated the lives of many listeners because of its convenience and high sound fidelity. Although plugging into audio streaming services has become a norm, there's still an audience that stands by analog recording, vinyl records in particular.
Kurt Loy and Darren Tan—founders of Singapore e-commerce music platform#vinyloftheday—have responded to the increasing demand for the phonograph format with White Label Records, a brick-and-mortar spot that allows both casual listeners and enthusiasts to hang out in an offline community space.
Besides scouring their substantial selection of vinyl records from past to present on-site, patrons can also expect specific music-themed nights where both Loy and Tan showcases vinyl records from their diverse personal collections.
Loy's curated tracks for 'Dawn to Dusk' caught my attention as the Citypop genre (a disco-esque underrated sub-category of pop) is my guilty pleasure. 'Plastic Love', anyone?
"I’m not really a morning person, and sometimes have difficulties to drag myself out of bed. I like to start slow in the morning to jazzy grooves and instrumental beats."
1. ‘Reason in Disguise’—Ezra Collective
"Smooth jazz is perfect to kick off my day with."
2. ‘When We Are’—Nubya Garcia
"Three words: Fun, funky and smooth."
3. ‘Collect Call’—Drumetrics
"I used to play the drums and like the drum grooves and patterns. It keeps me in the mood while doing work."
"I have a preference for easy-listening catchy indie/indie-pop/alternate tunes while on the grind—like replying e-mails. It keeps me awake."
1. '大风吹’—No Party For Cao Dong
"I kinda like this band that I’ve discovered last year. The entire album is brilliantly produced, and this is my most favourite track from it."
2. ‘Lucky Girl’—Fazerdaze
"This tune is an earworm. I'm attracted to the vibe of this track."
3. 'Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)'—The Smashing Pumpkins
"It's an energetic and refreshing new single from Smashing Pumpkins, a good follow up to the old hit, ’1979’"
"I gravitate towards tunes that help wind me down after a busy day at work. The Citypop genre works the best for me."
1. ‘Sweet Love’—Junko Ohashi
"There’s something magical about her vocals and it makes my journey from work to home a pleasant feeling."
2. 'Plastic Love’—Mariya Takeuchi
"This is such a classic tune—the vibe, beat, and energy behind its production. It just makes me feel like I'm in love and relaxed"
3. 'I Thought It Was Your’—Kimiko Kasai
"It’s all about the funky smooth bass groove that underlines this tune. It helps me to ease into slumber."