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  1. Loveaholic Vol.1 Loveaholic Vol.1 C AllStar (Singer)
    A new approach to an old theme
    February 22, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    C AllStar came to prominence with the romantic and touching ballad "Love Stairs," but the quartet is better known for their socially relevant music style. Before going on hiatus, they launch an unexpected love-themed album for their farewell project Loveaholic featuring five different love stories. In the 90s, many Cantopop songs were covers of Japanese music. Featuring a classical and electric guitar duet, the retro R&B number "Moment of Love" (Track 1) recalls those golden days of Cantopop music. Apart from the melody, the old-school J-pop vibe is also reflected in the brief interlude on piano and saxophone, a common style of music arrangement in the 90s. The romantic mood is well... [read more]
  2. Imperfections (Regular Version) Imperfections (Regular Version) Ellen Loo (Singer)
    Embracing imperfections
    November 30, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Last year, at17's Ellen Loo shared her long journey of recovery from bipolar disorder in the album Pillow Talk. Walking out of the darkness, the singer-songwriter demonstrates her optimistic worldview in the album Imperfections. Featuring energetic guitar riffs, the album's first plug "Not Far Enough" (Track 1) further cements her indie rock style. Along with the hopeful lyrics "Adventure is the plot that I need / Just embark on adventures and see me getting far," the song best shows her determination in developing her career as an independent artist. To match her cheerful lyrics, Ellen adapted the slow R&B-style "Our Crowns" (Track 2) composed by Khalil Fong into an upbeat pop rock jam... [read more]
  3. People Like Us (HQCD) People Like Us (HQCD) Eman Lam (Singer)
    Jazzing up Hong Kong music
    November 22, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Jazz, which is now considered to be a more serious and classy music form, has become a marginalized genre since the rise of popular genres like pop, R&B, rock and hip-hop. Many Chinese pop singers do turn to jazz to add a touch of class to their music but only a few succeed in riding the rhythm. Through the highly acclaimed albums Eman Lam and On the Go, at17's Eman Lam has established her own distinctive jazzy groove while retaining a Cantopop style. Continuing the jazz pop vibe of her previous albums, People Like Us talks about different moments in life, including self-acknowledgement, sexuality, love and regret. The album starts with the most important moment in one's journey of growth:... [read more]
  4. Journey to the West (Black + Gold) (2CD) Journey to the West (Black + Gold) (2CD) Khalil Fong (Singer)
    A look back, a look forward
    November 11, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Since his debut album Soulboy, Khalil Fong has been widely recognized for his distinctive soul and R&B styles. After establishing a consistent style with subsequent albums, Khalil staged his first music revolution with the retro blues rock-inspired album 15 in 2011 and explored even more genres such as funk, hip-hop, EDM and PBR&B in 2014's Dangerous World. However, not all fans were happy with his sudden change of style. Composed of double albums (Gold and Black), Journey to the West is an even more innovative release in terms of style and concept. To create high-quality music in the Chinese music market, Khalil has devoted himself to creating new sounds by combining Western and Chinese... [read more]
  5. To All Lonely People To All Lonely People Yuki Lovey (Singer)
    Yuki Lovey's journey of self-exploration
    September 20, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Every singer faces the dilemma of creating their own style in the pop music scene. Some artists may lack the guts to break convention, but not so for Yuki Lovey. The former vocalist of indie band The Lee's, Yuki Lovey struck out on her own with the debut solo album My First Exhibition last year. The young singer-songwriter has successfully made a name with her refreshing soft rock style and become one of the most talented newcomers in Hong Kong. Created after breaking up with her loved one, My First Exhibition is filled with soothing tracks depicting both the sweet and sorrowful moments of the relationship. Learning that love isn't everything in her world, the singer-songwriter pulls... [read more]
  6. History of Tomorrow History of Tomorrow Mayday (Singer)
    History of Mayday
    August 26, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Mayday sang about the end of the world in 2011's Second Round so it's only appropriate that they follow with the History of Tomorrow for their ninth album. Paired with the album's Chinese title of "Autobiography," History of Tomorrow represents the band's most self-reflexive work yet, looking at the past and the passing of time in poetic manner to form a musical record of life. History of Tomorrow begins in characteristic style with "What If We Had Never Met" (Track 1), a pop rock number that gets you in a ruminative mood right off the bat with the opening question "If we never met, where would I be?" The eminently quotable lyrics, quietly rousing refrain and tightly packed, pace-breaking... [read more]
  7. Stone Café Stone Café Leah Dou (Singer)
    Leah Dou's unique perspectives on life
    June 20, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Born to superstars Faye Wong and Dou Wei, Leah Dou is inevitably compared to her parents. However, such comparisons only make her stand out even more because of the stark contrast between her parents' music and her distinctive style shown in the debut album Stone Café, which freely combines jazz, indie rock and psychedelic-inspired electronic elements. Though Stone Café is a very personal album, it strikes a universal chord with people who have felt lost, who have been forced into a world that doesn't belong to them, or who have struggled for the freedom to be themselves. The most exciting thing in life is that we never know what will happen in the future. Such a mixed feeling of excitement... [read more]
  8. #NINE #NINE Nine Chen (Singer)
    The "little Jay Chou" soon to be another representative R&B singer
    May 5, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Taiwan singer-songwriter Nine Chen, a young musician from Kaohsiung, drew attention with music similar to Jay Chou's R&B style. He first gained popularity by posting his self-penned songs on a Taiwan community website. It's not easy for independent singers to release their own albums but he did it in 2010 after joining the band T-Work of Dada Music. His dream of signing with a major record label finally came true when he joined Rock Records in 2013. However, it was not an easy task for him to release #NINE, which could be released only if the followers on his fan page reached 300,000. His persistence in pursuing his music dream finally paid off as the followers rocketed to over 300,000... [read more]
  9. Ginadoll (2CD) Ginadoll (2CD) AGA (Singer)
    AGA's Tranquil Music Journey
    March 21, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Following famous singer-songwriters like Khalil Fong, Ivana Wong and Hins Cheung, not many local singer-songwriters can stand out in Hong Kong. The increasing popularity of K-pop has only worsened the situation, inspiring myriad copycat acts in recent years that sing and dance like Korean groups at the expense of their own style. Persistent in her own music style, AGA successfully attracted attention with the song "One" in 2014. Though it took her three years to release her first full-length album Ginadoll, each song is of high quality. Tranquility is the main characteristic of AGA's songs which are usually placid and piano-driven without excessive use of audio effects and layering.... [read more]
  10. Crossroads Crossroads Chet Lam (Singer)
    Chet Lam Collaboration Album
    November 25, 2015 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Chet Lam is no stranger to crossover projects or travel-themed albums, and this year he brought those two creative staples together in his 15th album. The Hong Kong singer-songwriter collaborates with different artists for every track and the results are varied, but pleasant across the board with some wonderful hidden gems. Chet's songwriting prowess is a given, but this time he does an especially fine job on the detailed yet clean arrangements and instrumentation, which often merge his style with that of the guest artist. Chet cleverly uses the duet format to present polar perspectives in multiple songs. In opening track "Sense and Sensibility" (Track 1), he and veteran Teresa Carpio, whom... [read more]
  11. DA MOUTH - Back To The Future (Regular Version) DA MOUTH - Back To The Future (Regular Version) Da Mouth (Singer)
    Da Mouth goes retro
    May 31, 2015 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    No one brings the dance party in Mandopop like Da Mouth does, and for Back to the Future, their first new album in three years, they've upped the ante by going retro in their most theme-driven album yet. Their meat and potatoes of club-ready electronic dance has been combined with 80s and 90s music elements, and the results may be mixed, but it's all such energetic, knowingly cheesy fun. In line with the time-traveling theme, the album's tracks are organized by time, and meant to evoke going from the 80s to 90s to present day. Back to the Future opens appropriately with a radio station intro, and then jumps into the first plug "Let Dat Gal Go" (Track 2), an 80s-style funk and disco number... [read more]
  12. Collab Star (CD + DVD) Collab Star (CD + DVD) C AllStar (Singer)
    The C AllStar solo album
    April 28, 2015 Picked By Rockman See all this editor's picks
    On the surface, C AllStar doesn’t seem to offer much to differentiate themselves apart from other Hong Kong boy bands. Instead, their success comes from their musical choices and the risks they take as a pop group signed to a major label. Their latest musical project is no exception. Featuring five songs, mini-album Collab Star sees the group’s members each taking on a special collaboration single plus one group collaboration. It’s an interesting experiment that attempts to highlight the strength of the individual members. Even though that goal isn’t entirely successful (none of the members’ voices are actually distinctive enough to stand out as solo vocalists), Collab Star brings in new... [read more]
  13. Here (Regular Edition) Here (Regular Edition) Yoyo Sham (Singer)
    A long-awaited debut
    February 27, 2015 Picked By Rockman See all this editor's picks
    One of the most memorable moments of Eason Chan's 2010 Duo concert was a heartfelt a cappella performance of End of the World by the backup singers. The lead vocalist of that performance was Yoyo Sham. The daughter of actor-producer John Sham and a disciple of Jonathan Lee, Yoyo has been active as a backup singer and an indie musician for the past several years, working in both Hong Kong and Taiwan. After two EP releases in 2011 and 2012, Yoyo finally releases her first full-length album. Here sounds very familiar as the usual light, guitar-driven acoustic pop produced by this generation of indie musicians. However, Yoyo's music has a slow life-esque persona that makes her debut album a... [read more]
  14. 7th single 7th single Crowd Lu (Singer)
    Taiwan's reigning King of Quirk is back to make you dance
    January 28, 2015 Picked By Frood See all this editor's picks
    Born and raised in Tainan, Crowd Lu grew up listening to his mother's vast Western pop and jazz vinyl collection. Despite his love of music, he never considered it as a career until he began to learn the guitar during a stay at the hospital in his university years. His musical talent came to the fore very quickly, as he won one competition after another a mere year after first picking up the guitar. Soon after, he caught the attention of Team Ear Music founder and The Verse member Tiger Chung, and with his help, Crowd released his first three singles, including the hit "Good Morning, Breakfast," which was named one of the Chinese Musicians' Association's best ten songs of 2007. In 2008,... [read more]
  15. A Brave Coward (Singing Love Songs) A Brave Coward (Singing Love Songs) Lee Subyub (Singer)
    A fantastically quirky and talented singer-songwriter makes his debut
    December 5, 2014 Picked By Frood See all this editor's picks
    Quirky. That's the first word that comes to mind when I start to think about 23-year-old Hong Kong singer-songwriter Lee Subyub. That's not at all a putdown. In the commercially-driven environment of the Hong Kong music industry, where the ballad is king, a quirky singer-songwriter is a very welcome breath of fresh air. A graduate of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts' School of Drama, Subyub believes that drama and music are inseparable. This shines through in his music, which sometimes contains elements of theatricality, and especially in his music videos, which almost always have endearingly wacky plots. While still in school, he met music producers Janet Yung and Alan Wong, who... [read more]
  16. What's next? (Regular Version) What's next? (Regular Version) Ann Bai (Singer)
    "Sophomore slump" is not in Ann Bai's dictionary
    October 30, 2014 Picked By Frood See all this editor's picks
    From students to athletes to musicians to filmmakers, few of us can claim to be completely immune to the dreaded sophomore slump. In the world of entertainment, where a failure to recapture past acclaim can devastate careers, the effects of the sophomore slump are ever more amplified. This is not a problem Ann Bai has to contend with. Born and raised in Taipei, Ann Bai discovered her love for music at a young age, taking up various instruments and joining choirs. At the age of 16, she started posting her own compositions on StreetVoice, a Taiwanese music-sharing website for independent artists. She was eventually discovered by the "Godfather of C-pop" Jonathan Lee, signed with B'in Music... [read more]
  17. Space Up Space Up Sing Sing Rabbit (Singer)
    Bask in musical happiness with Sing Sing Rabbit
    September 29, 2014 Picked By Frood See all this editor's picks
    In 2011, a curious entity took hold of a small corner of the Internet. A Hong Kong singer named Sing Sing Rabbit uploaded a music video in which she used Malaysian singer Z-Chen Chang's classic song May I Love You as a backdrop to perform ten of her favorite love songs, including Jay Chou's "Tornado" and "Lovely Woman," Gary Chaw's "Betrayal," Leehom Wang's Forever Love and Khalil Fong's Love Song, among others. The delightful take on these much-loved songs drew praise and admiration from many. This, in itself, was not a curious occurrence. What was curious was that Sing Sing Rabbit performed while wearing a rabbit's head. The official story of Sing Sing Rabbit is this: One day, an ordinary... [read more]
  18. Unconsciously (China Version)  Unconsciously (China Version)  KillerSoap (Singer)
    The killer album
    September 25, 2014 Picked By Rockman See all this editor's picks
    Among the numerous struggling independent bands in Hong Kong, KillerSoap is widely acknowledged as the one that deserves to hit the big time. That opportunity happened when lead singer Rocky Chan landed on the third season of The Voice of China, China's most-viewed talent competition program. Chan was eliminated from the competition early on, but being picked to join the show automatically leads to a yearlong performing contract with the show's organizers. Chan's KillerSoap bandmates aren't part of the agreement, but more people than ever now know about KillerSoap. That's why this is the perfect time to revisit Unwittingly, the band's 2013 album. Less experimental than Chochukmo and less... [read more]
  19. Muttering (EP) Muttering (EP) Ken Hung (Singer)
    An adventurous effort from Ken Hung
    August 29, 2014 Picked By Frood See all this editor's picks
    I've always had the impression that Cantopop consisted almost entirely of ballads. As a child living in Hong Kong during the golden age of the Four Heavenly Kings, most of the popular songs that reached my ears were ballads. Being a fan of more energetic music, my tastes shifted towards Japanese and Western music as I grew older, but Ken Hung's delightful new EP Muttering has made me do a musical double-take. Entering the music industry via the EEG Singing Contest, Ken Hung appears to be a typical Cantopop singer. Indeed, most of his major releases have not strayed far from the ballad genre. Now in the eighth year of his career as a singer, Ken has decided to reveal a bit more about himself... [read more]
  20. Be Little Be Little Lil' Ashes (Singer)
    A fresh sound in Cantopop
    July 31, 2014 Picked By Rockman See all this editor's picks
    In 2013, Sony Music launched O.U.R. (Original, Unique, Refreshing) Works, a project designed to showcase young singer-songwriters that includes Shandy Gan, Lillian Wong, Trekkerz and Lil' Ashes. By sending the four performers to as many public performances as possible, the O.U.R. Works project emphasizes that Hong Kong does have room for a new generation of musicians rather than just manufactured pop singers. Comprised of Pollie Tong and Jonathan Wu, Lil' Ashes is a folk rock duo who started performing during their university days. For their first album Be Little, the duo take their first stab at several Chinese-language songs for the Hong Kong market. The result is a refreshing debut album... [read more]
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