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Khalil Fong (Singer)
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Singer-songwriter Khalil Fong fuses Chinese and Western cultures together in his latest album Journey to the West, the first album released under his independent music brand Fu Music. The songs are written in four languages, including Chinese, English, Mongolian and Korean.

The two-disc release includes both the Black and Gold versions of Journey to the West, each with ten new songs. The Black Version features songs in modern styles. Khalil works with The Blessed Choir from New York for the hip-hop and rock-style Wu Kong. Leehom Wang also joins the singer-songwriter's music project in Flow, a hip-hop and rock jam blended with traditional Chinese music styles. The Gold Version contains classic ballads, including the R&B-style love song "Que Sera" featuring Mandopop diva Jane Zhang and "Unforgiveable" written by hip-hop duo Fama's C Kwan.

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Product Title: Journey to the West (Black + Gold) (2CD) JTW西遊記 (正式雙碟版2CD – BLACK+GOLD) JTW西游记 (正式双碟版2CD – BLACK+GOLD) JTW西遊記 (正式雙碟版2CD – BLACK+GOLD) - 方大同 Journey to the West (Black + Gold) (2CD)
Singer Name(s): Khalil Fong (Singer) 方大同 (Singer) 方大同 (Singer) 方大同 (カリウ・フォン) (Singer) Khalil Fong (Singer)
Release Date: 2016-10-05
Language: Mandarin
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: 2CD
Package Weight: 280 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
Publisher: Ocean Butterflies
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1053485123

Product Information / Track List

東方心性 穿越 西方世界
十一個年頭的自我修煉

墨色眼神開始浮現光芒
耀金皮囊逐漸解構重生

方大同 全新音樂廠牌 賦音樂
旗下首張黑金雙碟原創大碟
個人第九張錄音室專輯《JTW 西遊記》

正式雙碟版(2CD) –
黑碟(BLACK)+金碟(GOLD)


中西融合。屬於方大同的西遊記

方大同(Khalil Fong)誕生於夏威夷的花園島,他是Mando-pop/R&B/Soul的作曲家,音樂製作人及歌手,在華語樂壇,以非傳統創新的製作手法及音樂風格見長。他獨特的風格,來自於一段多元音樂及文化演進歷程的影響。方大同的父親是位專業鼓手, 所以在他小時候便開始受到各種不同類型音樂的薰陶,其中包括 Soul,Funk及Jazz...等等。當他四歳的時候,他對音樂的興趣更加顯明,那時的他就已開始在家練習打鼓。大同最早自學樂器是在他15歳的那一年,那時的他開始認真學習吉他。之後他更加入鋼琴彈奏及鼓樂的學習,更進一步地去拓展他的音樂修養及加強編曲及製作的能力。

儘管出生在夏威夷,方大同因童年時代在上海及廣州生活,得到中國及華語文化的滋養。搬到香港之後,他開始在家嘗試歌曲創作及錄製DEMO。他的期望是把純粹的Soul,R&B及Hiphop元素帶進華語樂壇之中。對比一貫以旋律為基礎的中國傳統模式,方大同是少數著重於以韻律及重點段落為根基的華人音樂創作家。

淬煉十一年。孕育全新音樂廠牌

出生在夏威夷,從小在西洋音樂的熏陶下成長,七歲回到亞洲之後開始接觸華語音樂及中國傳統樂器,不斷吸取各式東方文化元素。就像是屬於他自己的西遊記一樣,從西方世界出發的方大同,帶著東方心性踏上自我修練的音樂旅程,經過十一年音樂的歷練,方大同將所有能量累積成立全新音樂廠牌賦音樂,展開下一個階段的終極蛻變。

當他在音樂事業道路上邁向第十一年之時,方大同在2015年成立了一個新的音樂廠牌賦音樂FU Music,一個融合多元文化體驗的獨立音樂廠牌。藉由累積著過去十多餘年在音樂行業中的創新與經驗,方大同希望賦因樂在秉持著最高質量的堅持之下,能體現出多元文化精神,完美地揉合中國和西方的文化特色。

黑金雙碟。體現復古情懷及現代樂音

方大同成立全新音樂廠牌賦音樂,並在2016年中推出廠牌旗下首張黑金雙碟原創大碟,也是個人第九張錄音室專輯《JTW西遊記》。在這次雙碟20首原創專輯中,可以發現多文化、多語言、多種樂風、與多方藝人合作帶來一次無框架的音樂旅程。雙CD新專輯分黑碟與金碟,在金碟GOLD部分偏向經典復古情懷,而在黑碟BALCK部分則是帶有現代摩登樂音氛圍。

20首新曲。強勢收錄與六組藝人合作創作

在《JTW西遊記》專輯當中,找來許多藝人一起合作。從第二波的愛戀單曲< 無所謂> 與華語天后-張靚穎的深情對唱、與樂壇天王-王力宏一同飆玩的、< 味道 > 找來韓國矚目新星音Zion.T及Crush合作、來自蒙古在世界音樂佔有一席之地的-杭蓋樂團一同打造的驚喜作品< 醉 >、新生代R&B女聲-王詩安增添復古韻味的< All Night >、英倫樂壇的華語女歌手Fifi Rong一同演繹跨越距離的情歌< Run From Your Love >。


歌曲介紹

< 悟空 >
早在14年前方大同就創作出<悟空>的Demo,靈感來自於他從小最喜歡的中國古典四大名著之一「西遊記」,這首歌更是當時他向許多唱片公司毛遂自薦的demo裡的五首歌其中之一。濃烈的低音節奏貫穿整首歌、帶著一點電子、搖滾、嘻哈的音樂風格,但歌詞的意境卻有著無限禪意,這首歌曲更遠從紐約邀請到曾與 Kayne West合作Yeezus專輯,也曾與J. Cole 合作 Born Sinner成功創下美國白金銷量專輯的紐約靈歌合唱團「The Blessed Choir」,超過30人的編制創造出<悟空>歌曲裡浩大的空間感與豐富性,打造這首現代音樂史詩。

< 無所謂 feat. 張靚穎 >
之前幫靚穎製作過歌曲,因此認識,在準備無所謂這首男女合唱歌曲時心中的不二人選就是靚穎。很快答應請求的靚穎,跟著大同一起詮釋這首簡單直接的情歌,一首講述兩個人在一起,可以面對所有的困難、所有挑戰、所有難關的歌曲。以節奏藍調為基底,緩緩吹吐著愛戀語句,一層層堆疊著,兩人在歌曲中激起令人驚喜的情愛火花,有著超乎預期的化學反應。

< FLOW feat. 王力宏 >
在大同準備新專輯JTW西遊記之時,終於找到一首十分適合彼此的歌曲。這首兩人共同合作的,在創作及錄製的過程十分順利迅速,可說是處於一種非常自然的狀態之下,完成了這首打破侷限及框架的驚嘆新作。透過方大同與王力宏一起創作、一起唱,在歌曲裡呈現出他們對音樂的熱情、以及他們的友誼。力宏表示:「FLOW這首歌,聽起來是一個很簡單的流動,但在這簡單的水面底下很有深度。像一個海,FLOW就像水面的簡單波動,但其實水面下是很深的,富有很多的音樂造詣、及許多涵義。」整體構思及段落安排都非常新鮮不同,當中更是加入許多中國傳統樂器像是:馬頭琴、四胡、二胡、冬不拉等,再加上各式R&B、Hip-Hop、Gospel、Rock等元素,完美體現JTW西遊記專輯主題-中西融合

< 聽 >
與音樂共舞、從世界截取靈感,< 聽 > 融合了多種音樂元素,包括R&B、嘻哈、弦樂、流行、搖滾⋯⋯,象徵了方大同多面向的音樂風格,也代表了他面對世界時源源不絕的音樂靈感。這首單曲在編曲上游刃有餘的悠遊於各種音樂元素中,而方大同的歌聲則與各種樂器合唱般的呼應著,特別在弦樂部份,更是請到曾與Modonna, Bee Gees, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Dionne Warwick, Brain McNight…等人合作過、同時也是葛萊美獎提名人Bill Meyers 特別跨刀。

< 放不過自己 >
這首歌是整張專輯的歌曲當中,最晚完成的一首,當初大同想要創作出一首能在面對傷痛或遺憾之時,依舊能夠撫慰人心的歌曲,於是就有了這首抒情單曲的誕生。方大同長年的創作好夥伴C君,兩人在音樂創作路程上一同打造出許多出色的作品,而很多年來C君都一直希望能幫大同寫給一首慢歌的詞的他,都苦無機會。久等了多年之後,在這張專輯當中在遇上了<放不過自己>這首歌曲,大同覺得終於是時候可以讓C君好好發揮一首慢歌了! <放不過自己>一開始的Demo是以鋼琴為主軸所創作的,但為了打造出富有濃厚電影感的音樂氣氛,改以弦樂做為編曲主軸。這首歌曲,特別再次邀請到曾與Madonna, Bee Gees, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Dionne Warwick, Brain McNight…等人合作過、同時也是葛萊美獎提名人Bill Meyers一起完成。

< 很不低調 >
很低調,永遠不出聲的人,但其實他們做的事情也是很重要的,很努力很認真的在自己的崗位上做到極致,都是對社會有貢獻的無名英雄,這也是這首歌曲的創作靈感。就算那個事情很微小,看似不重要,但其實每個環節都是相扣的,因為這件事情做好了,才能讓所有事情都順利。大同也想用「很不低調」這首歌向大同從小到大的老師們致敬,在寫這首歌的時候就有在想也是為了他們而寫,老師們也是很刻苦很努力的在做好自己的事情,也是很不低調。這首歌曲的弦樂部分,請到了大同自己非常喜歡的弦樂編曲家Larry Gold,這位大師的風格非常適合黑人音樂、嘻哈、R&B、靈魂樂,也做出了許多經典的作品。

< 味道 feat. Zion.T & Crush >
新作當中,更請來大同一直也很欣賞的兩位韓國男歌手 Zion.T & Crush一同合作< 味道 >這首歌曲。Zion.T這位拿下韓國音樂大獎”最佳R&B & 靈魂樂專輯”、Mnet亞洲音樂大獎“最佳男歌手”...等多項獎肯定的大勢男歌手,以及新生代節奏藍調新星Crush,與大同一起跨國跨語言完美闡釋這首充滿新穎節奏。

< Run From Your Love feat. Fifi Rong >
這首歌曲的創作靈感其實是來自於 Will Smith 的電影作品”全民超人>”,在電影中男女主角原來都是超人,而兩人綿延3000多年的感情,不管怎麼樣到了最後就是注定會走在一起。雖然是一部喜劇作品,卻給了大同不同的靈感,創作出這樣一首充滿濃濃愛意的歌曲。為了打造出歌曲的氣氛,特別邀請到在英國發展,製作獨立電子音樂的上海女孩Fifi Rong一起合作。有了帶著迷幻氣息的女聲 Fifi Rong加入,讓這首歌染上一種跨越距離超越時空的特殊情懷。

< All Night feat. 王詩安 >
收錄在金碟GOLD的< All Night >是一首有著復古韻味、帶有70年代Disco曲風的作品,特地邀請新生代R&B女聲王詩安一起合作,唱出讓人忍不住想要Dance All Night的歡愉時光。

< 醉 feat. 杭蓋 >
杭蓋是大同一直都非常喜歡的蒙古樂隊,而他們在世界音樂上也有相當出現的表現。在這次中西結合的概念專輯裡,非常適合與杭蓋一起合作。當熱情豪放的蒙古族人碰上冷靜慢熱的大同,兩組人的共通點卻是同樣熱愛著音樂,這首歌曲創作以“醉”作為出發,想要表達的是沈醉在音樂裡,醉於音樂的那種感受。在這首曲式結構新穎的作品裡,我們可以聽見三種語言的演繹以及多種樂器像是鼓、薩克斯風、喇叭、馬頭琴、四胡、二胡...等的和諧演出。

< As I Do >
這是一首經典的Soul、R&B曲風的歌曲,也是在新專輯「JTW 西遊記」中可以找到的你所熟悉的方大同風格。聽著這首歌,輕快的旋律,就像走在海邊,微風拂過,滿溢著浪漫的幸福感。如果說 <好不容易> 是一首結婚歌曲,那 < As I Do > 就是一首求婚歌曲!在製作期間,第一次編曲完,大同總覺得不太滿意,索性最後整首全部重新編曲,再多花了超過一個星期的時間重新製作,得以完成這首浪漫的求婚歌曲。

< Ring Finger >
這首歌曲其實是作品<好不容易>的續集,當初在創作<好不容易>是因為當時身邊有很多朋友接連地結婚,幸福感滿溢的當下因此有了 <好不容易>的出現。但就在時間過了幾年之後,陸續聽到一些朋友之間感情不忠貞的狀況,因此有感而發寫了 這首歌曲,提醒每一個無名指戴著戒指的人們,對於感情需要保持忠誠。

< 夢蝴蝶 >
這首歌曲源自於大同在聽一些梁祝的作品時,想到了夢蝴蝶這個主題,在詞的創作上面找來長期合作的名作詞人「周耀輝」打造夢蝴蝶這首歌的主題。在輕柔的氣氛之下,有著自在明亮的節奏推送,意境十分迷人。

< LOVE YOU SO MUCH >
這首歌約在11年前完成,當時是一首全英文的作品。而在寫完的瞬間大同覺得非常的滿意甚至覺得有點驕傲自己完成了這樣的一首歌曲,向來很少會寫完歌有這樣的感覺,所以這首歌對他來說算是很特別的。11年後,再度拿出這首歌,大同一直想改編成中文歌,最終成為這首有中文及英文的版本。

< 黑夜 >
大同十分擅長的neo-soul 的曲風,也是大家熟悉的。這是另一首找來C君創作歌詞的作品,整首歌曲有著穿越黑夜夢境的感受。

完整曲目:

JTW 西遊記 – 黑碟(BLACK ALBUM)

01. 悟空
02. Flow (feat. 王力宏)
03. 聽
04. 味道 (feat. Zion.T & Crush)
05. Ring Finger
06. NMW
07. 笑開
08. 夢蝴蝶
09. Love You So Much
10. 醉 (feat. 杭蓋)
11. 悟空(2003 demo)bonus track

JTW 西遊記 – 金碟(GOLD ALBUM)
01. All Night (feat. 王詩安)
02. Right Girl
03. Run From Your Love (feat. Fifi Rong)
04. 煩
05. Once
06. 無所謂 (feat. 張靚穎)
07. 黑夜
08. 很不低調
09. 放不過自己
10. As I Do
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A look back, a look forward
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 styles. This spirit is fully displayed in the Black album.

Inspired by the Monkey King from the classical Chinese novel Journey to the West, Wu Kong (Track 1) is not only an ode to the hero but also the singer-songwriter's autobiography of his music journey. Introduced by haunting harmonization and aggressive synth sounds, the chic bass guitar-driven song evokes the dramatic vibe of "Dangerous World." Khalil successfully depicts himself as the modern version of the bold hero through a unique blend of hip-hop, rock and electronic music.

Crafted by Khalil and Leehom Wang, Flow (Track 2) shows the fusion spirit with its clever instrumentation. Featuring traditional Chinese musical instruments, jazz drum beats and catchy piano chords, it becomes a special fusion of R&B and hip-hop. Joined by powerful guitar tunes, the song suddenly turns rock and creates an intense Chinese opera mood in the bridge. Collaborating with Mongolian folk rock group Hanggai Band, Khalil impressively combines Mongolian rock and blues rock in "Drunk" (Track 10). Sung by the band's husky vocalist, the forceful horsehead fiddle opening vividly depicts the strong atmosphere of Mongolian grasslands and scenes of people drinking happily. The vigorous melody simmers down as Khalil's soothing vocals appear in the bridge. Despite their dramatic style differences, all parts are well connected thanks to Khalil's amazing music arrangement.

Journey to the West is a musical exhibition of popular genres of different periods. The classic Gold album is based on funk and soul styles of the 70s. All Night (Track 1) is a retro disco-based jam but Khalil's soulful R&B groove can still be found in the song. Following the blues number "Annoyance" (Track 4) with a bit of Motown flavor, the album fully enters the Motown era with Once (Track 5), which features 70s-style synth sounds, choral harmonization and Stevie Wonder's trademark chord progression. "HBDD" (Track 8) is another amazing retro disco jam chilled with funky grooves. Khalil's blues guitar solo performance pushes the song to a new climax.

The Black album carries various modern and innovative tracks. Besides notable R&B-based songs like Wu Kong and Flow, it also features the rising genres of neo soul and PBR&B. Ring Finger (Track 5), a follow-up to the wedding-themed love song "Not So Easy" from 15, reminds people to have faith in their marriages. Preluded by an eerie synth opening which hints at an alarming marital situation, the spirited EDM jam vividly conveys a man's complex feelings about marriage. The upbeat tunes calm down in the acoustic guitar-accompanied middle eight where the protagonist reflects on his cheating. Though the dreamy outro bars do not link up well with the rhythmic melody due to the sudden change of style, they interestingly echo the creepy introduction. NMW (Track 6) and "Smile" (Track 7) are also notable PBR&B tracks.

Fans always want something new from Khalil. However, when he really tries to explore the frontier of music, there are those who complain and want their "Soulboy" back. It's true that his music has turned funkier and more rock since 15, but his soulful groove has never changed. Though the album's experimentalism may disappoint some, Journey to the West is a ground-breaking release that leads the C-pop scene to a new era while looking back to the golden days of popular music in the 70s.

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