Every week we ask a creative, artisan, or musician to share what music gets them going from dawn to dusk. This week, Singaporean singer-songwriter Glen Wee selects the melodies that perk up his daily routine.
The 26-year-old musician dropped his solo debut album, Sounds In The City, earlier in January that blends complementary genres like earthy, folk-pop to old-school funk and R&B.
Wee got his music beginnings through The Final One, a televised singing competition, during his polytechnic days, but the soulful singer had to remove himself from the limelight immediately for mandatory National Service with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). As luck would have it, he was assigned to the military's Music and Drama Company (MDC) unit where he delved further into performing.
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Stylistically, Wee resonates with his music choices for this playlist. He draws inspiration from an eclectic and diverse range of music. His early influences stemmed from the pop stylings of Jason Mraz and the soulful funk of the Bee Gees. As his music and songwriting flair progressed, Wee drew deeper inspiration from contemporary folk and soul music.
Currently based in Melbourne where he's pursuing a full-time degree at Australian Institute of Music (AIM), Wee shuttles between down-under and Singapore for his musical pursuits. He is signed to a major record label, Warner Music, and will be one of the few local acts to hit the stage at the upcoming F1 Grand Prix in September.
“Mornings are my favourite time to listen to music, waking up to a fresh new perspective is so great. And anything really could perk me up in the morning, but if I had to start my day, it'll be tunes with a bit of a crackle to ease me in.”
1. ‘Georgia'—Emily King
"Soft and supple, this song is so beautifully crafted. Starting from the ground up, with a good dose of organic presence, it envelopes me in a light trance every time. Perfect for a cruisy morning."
2. ‘You, Dear’—Eloise
"I've never been to Paris, but this song immediately puts a buttery croissant and a flat white on my imaginary taste buds. Backed up with a smooth backward beat, it is everything anyone would want to start a morning. It's a Sunday morning every day with Eloise."
3. 'Easy'—Aaron Taylor
"Last but definitely not least, I'm on my pumpy mornings with Aaron Taylor and his music. It's just so 'easy' to get in the mood when you've got a hook that sweet. I've made my point, enough said. "
“Daytime music is tricky, you could be anywhere you want to be sonically. Personally, I'm a big fan of staying cruisy, so I'm following up my morning with more smooth grooves.”
1. 'Sweet Time'—Raveena
"I've said it before, but I'll say it again. If this bass line doesn't hit you like a truck made of water, you've got to be on dry land. Raveena kick starts my afternoons on a breeze. Sun-kissed with a harpy texture, I could listen to this on repeat all day long."
2. 'Rita is Gone'—The Marcus King Band
"Time to spice things up and with Marcus King, as he's got a voice that will tear up any stage. It's hard to believe that he also plays sick lead guitar while he sings like a champ. I've got a knack for an afternoon of blues and funk, and if you do too you can thank Marcus King for this sublime track."
3. 'Scream (Funk My Life Up)'—Paolo Nutini
"I've been such a big fan of Paolo Nutini since his "Sunny Side Up" album, and when he released the "Iron Sky" album, I ate it up for lunch. There's enough cigarette smoke in the room to make you feel like a bad boy for the afternoon. If you need something to funk your life up, this is the song for it."
“It's sundown, I have a Pina Colada in my hand and a portable speaker on a table somewhere. I'm putting the music on, and it's easing me into a head bob. Not a heavy head bob, but one enough to keep me moving to my next Pina Colada. Yes, I love Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain."
1. 'Feel Like Making Love'—D'Angelo
“One of my favourite tracks to listen to, it's easy listening, but oh so very detailed in so many ways. It's a mood on its own. And D'Angelo does it time and time again with his soulful vocals and impeccable arrangement. Definitely one for a night time boogie.”
2. 'Real Good Hands'—Gregory Porter
“I fell in love with Gregory Porter when I first heard his song 'Don't' lose your steam'. But "Real good hands" is a song I dream to get married to. It's the perfect way to say, 'Trust me, I've got this'.”
3. 'Earth and Sky (feat. Franco Vittore)'—EyeLoveBrandon
“I stumbled upon this ace of a track. Picture a full moon on a windy night, paired with some nice warm tea. It's an instrumentalist track to end off the day, up in the clouds.”
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