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  1. Dark wings (EP + Photo Album) Dark wings (EP + Photo Album) Yang Yu Teng (Singer)
    Embracing darkness
    October 31, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    When YU made his debut in the summer of 2020, he was a nearly unknown newcomer. Since then, a starring role in the hit Taiwan series We Best Love – which also featured his song "Blue Lover" – has turned him into one of the most anticipated new names in Taiwan pop. YU's second EP Dark Wings arrives over a year after his first EP. He works with the same core production team led by producer Howie Chou, but this time he wrote the lyrics for both songs on the EP. If My Night Has Nothing To Do evokes blue feelings, then Dark Wings brings out the feelings of darkness. The EP's two songs call upon the doubts, fears, loneliness, rebellion and uneasiness YU felt in the past as a youth who left Japan... [read more]
  2. The Voyage The Voyage Karen Mok (Singer)
    Her never-ending voyage of love
    September 30, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Two decades after Golden Flower, C-pop diva Karen Mok finally presents her new Cantonese album – The Voyage – to record her remarkable stories and emotions throughout her 28-year-long music journey. Last year, Karen swept charts and awards with the hit Cantonese digital single "Breathing is Hazardous," for which a rooftop live version is included in this album. She brings new modern woman insights in the 2021 version of "A Woman for All Seasons," which is again written by Wyman Wong. After 21 years, women still long for love, but they're also much more confident and independent now: "Even if you can't meet the right person, you're still a good woman. Doggedly go shop, eat, and sleep." She... [read more]
  3. It's OK To Be Sad It's OK To Be Sad Janice Vidal (Singer)
    Embracing negativity
    May 28, 2021 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    There are a lot of great Cantopop singers in Hong Kong, but Janice Vidal's songs always hit differently. Janice comforts our wounded soul with nine healing pieces in It's OK To Be Sad. The song title says it all – It's OK To Be Sad (Track 1). Janice encourages us to not neglect our emotions, and to embrace the negativity in ourselves: "It's ok to be sad, it's ok to lose your mind. Life is not a childhood fantasy, sometimes it appears to have no mercy." With Janice's gentle timbre on top of a lighthearted melody, the empowering It's OK To Be Sad heals hearts with a calming ambience that makes you want to take it easy on everything. Apart from It's OK To Be Sad, Wyman Wong also wrote lyrics... [read more]
  4. U (Regular Version) U (Regular Version) Jasper Liu (Singer)
    A kind of all-rounder
    September 30, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Having joined different TV programs in Taiwan, mainland China and Korea, Jasper Liu has become one of the hottest stars in Asia in recent years. We all agree that he is a promising actor and a good entertainer, but do you know he also sings pretty well? Jasper sings four different love stories in his solo debut album Ü, bringing you on an emotional rollercoaster of feelings, from heart-fluttering to wrenching. Upbeat and lighthearted title single U (Track 1) is the typical type of sweet and romantic tune about wanting to be with U every day: "Every day, U, U, hold hands with you. I just want you, you, no matter where I go." This song totally fits the actor's usual bright and cheerful image,... [read more]
  5. NEW WORLD (2CD Edition) NEW WORLD (2CD Edition) Hua Chenyu (Singer)
    The musical world of Hua Chenyu
    August 28, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    While I'd known about Hua Chenyu since the 2013 Super Boy competition, I didn't truly take notice of him until his appearance on Singer 2018. Up until then, I had seen him on some variety shows, and been impressed by his performances here and there when they popped up via YouTube's algorithm, but I didn't actively seek out his music. That all changed when Hua showed up in Week 4 of Singer 2018 with a dramatically electrifying performance of "Wukong," a rebellious rap-rock anthem written in the name of the Monkey King. He finished second on Singer 2018 after delivering one memorable stage after another, all of which I've rewatched too many times. Returning to Singer 2020 this year, he became... [read more]
  6. Sparrow Sparrow Li Rong Hao (Singer)
    Small but strong, fragile but tenacious
    July 31, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    If I have to choose ten best C-pop albums of the past decade, Li Ronghao's 2018 hit Ear would definitely be on my list. After a two-year wait, the top Chinese singer-songwriter finally blesses our ears with another self-written, self-produced, self-arranged and self-mixed record Sparrow! Sparrow revolves around the different relationships and emotions we encounter in everyday life, accompanied by Li's signature band-sound music. "Sparrow" (Track 1) caught my ear with just the first verse. The title single uses a "sparrow" to reflect on humanity – being "small but strong, fragile but tenacious" while living in this busy, ever-changing world. When listening to this song, I really get the... [read more]
  7. MAJOR IN MINOR MAJOR IN MINOR Terence Lam (Singer)
    Major talent in Cantopop
    June 1, 2020 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    If you're one of those C-pop lovers who looks over the credits whenever you listen to a song, Terence Lam (Lam Ka Him) would not sound unfamiliar. Pakho Chau's "One Step Closer," JW's breakout hit "Contradictory Life," JW and James Wu's duet "So It's Because We're Deeply in Love," Yoga Lin's "Vulnerable," Joey Yung's "Science of Heart"… These are just some of Terence Lam's long list of credited tracks. The Cantopop songwriter now shows us more of his music talent in his singing debut. What's so special about Terence Lam is not merely his composing skills, but also his vocal timbre that reminds me of 90s and early 2000s Hong Kong singers. Free of overly polished vocal techniques, his unique,... [read more]
  8. The Untamed Original Soundtrack (OST) (China Version) The Untamed Original Soundtrack (OST) (China Version) TV Series Soundtrack | Xiao Zhan | Wang Yi Bo
    The Music of The Untamed
    April 30, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Good things come to those who wait. And by good things, I mean The Untamed soundtrack which I finally got my hands on last month. Though well over half a year has passed since The Untamed's broadcast in that summer of 2019, one simply does not forget about this drama. I could make a very long list of all the things great about this Chinese period fantasy series, and high up among those reasons would be the music. The Untamed's beautiful score was created by composer and pianist Lin Hai, who fuses classical Chinese instruments and traditional styles into an RPG-worthy collection of epic battle songs and delicate, evocative numbers. Notably, music itself plays a role in the story of The... [read more]
  9. Feanna 17+ Feanna 17+ Wong Shuk Man (Singer)
    Rising super voice of Cantopop
    June 25, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Feanna Wong Shuk Man, who just graduated from high school this year, is considered one of Hong Kong's rising singers in recent years. Young as she may be, she impresses listeners with her pure and distinctive tone, even during live performances. She recently gathered her digital releases to officially present her first album, Feanna 17+! Feanna first stepped into stardom with "We Almost Fly" (Track 8), the theme song of the Hong Kong movie She Remembers, He Forgets, which won Best Original Film Song at the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards. As a singer and student, she cheers for public exam takers again in her 2019 single "We Can Make It" (Track 3), which is also written by "We Almost Fly"... [read more]
  10. #osnrap #osnrap OSN (Singer)
    #osnrap #hiphopdiscovery
    May 31, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Though I am not a huge fan of hip-hop, I came across rapper OSN and his debut release #osnrap recently, and I gotta say, I really love it! His songs are not about fame, money or girls. He reflects on and writes about his life experiences. For those who are not so into the genre, this epic album may change your mind. OSN is most famous for producing and performing rap ballads. His hit singles Without You (Track 1) and Why You Gonna Lie (Track 3) have gained about three million views on YouTube in just three months. The mixing and switching of languages in his lyrics never sounds incongruent. His highly rated title track Without You (Track 1) has really nice lyrics: "Cuz me without you it... [read more]
  11. Dear Monster (EP) Dear Monster (EP) Aaron Yan (Singer)
    Greet the monster in our hearts
    October 2, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    The 2000s Taiwan boy band Fahrenheit is probably a familiar name to most fans of Mandopop. After parting ways, Aaron Yan was the first member to go solo with his first release The Next Me. Unlike many idols, Aaron is known for his frank and honest personality as he publicly comments on political issues and even his relationship with other Fahrenheit members. The singer creates the new album Dear Monster under the concept of "REAL AARON" to share his thoughts to every listener. Most people tend to get used to things that happen around us in everyday life. As days go by, we gradually forget how to think and how to express; we don't want to be special, we just follow. We hide our unique selves... [read more]
  12. The World Sings Danny Chan The World Sings Danny Chan Hong Kong Various Artists
    Oh Danny Boy
    September 30, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    If he was alive, September 7, 2018, would have been Danny Chan's 60th birthday. Though the legendary singer has long left us, his many hit songs remain as classic representatives of eighties Hong Kong music and Cantopop ballads. To commemorate Danny's 60th birthday, Universal Music launched a special project that included a memorial concert and the tribute album The World Sings Danny Chan produced by veteran Alan Tsui. The album begins with Alan Tam's version of "Cherish Today" (Track 1) and the classic encouraging line of "Put down your worries / Please cherish today." The original song is probably the best example of how Danny's music blended traditional "xiao diao" melody with a... [read more]
  13. Modern Tragedy Modern Tragedy Joanna Wang (Singer)
    Slice-of-life drama in pop rock jams
    August 31, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Joanna Wang swept many awards as a newcomer with her first album in 2008. Though her debut became a massive hit, she frankly stated that the whole album was designed and created under "business considerations" and not what she really wanted. Starting from her second album Joanna & Wang Ruo-lin, she has expressed her own style of music on her own terms. Modern Tragedy is Joanna's latest album with songs all written and composed by the singer-songwriter. It was my first time listening to her and the tracklist attracted me with its funny long titles. As Joanna puts it, every sad story has its value; we just have to embrace it. Let's enjoy some 90s pop rock in her new album! Modern Tragedy... [read more]
  14. Nobody Island Nobody Island everfor (Singer)
    In search of lost times
    July 31, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    The retro trend has grown substantially in everything from fashion to furniture, and the craze for vintage nostalgia has also hit the Taiwan music scene. To develop a fresh retro sound, indie band Freckles' guitarist Sue Wei An has spent years experimenting with different styles, such as garage, nu disco, dub, ska and chill-out music. The musician showcases his pioneering spirit in Nobody Island released under the name of his new band Everfor, which includes his brother Sue Wei Bo on bass, Heartones' Du Yi Xiu on guitar and former FLUX member Li Liang Ying on drums. Inspired by his hometown of Tamsui in New Taipei City, the album captures the relaxing mood of the seaside city. Strumming the... [read more]
  15. Moments Moments Bianca Wu (Singer)
    The new sounds of jazz
    May 31, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Jazz has been slow to go mainstream in the pop-influenced music industry. The development of jazz encounters even greater obstacles in Hong Kong due to the musical tastes of local listeners. Though many Hong Kong singers, like Jacky Cheung and William So, have attempted to explore jazz, none of them seriously turned the groovy music into their own style. Well aware of the public's traditional views on jazz as old-fashioned music, Bianca Wu has made substantial headway in reinvigorating the jazz genre and introducing it to the Cantopop scene. In her 16th album Moments, the Canto-jazz pioneer finds a fresh approach to jazz by incorporating different musical sounds. "Sapphire Bowl" (Track 1)... [read more]
  16. FIAO TE HAO FIAO TE HAO Tiger Hu (Singer)
    Tiger Hu's new R&B landscape
    May 9, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Tiger Hu was hailed as the "little prince of R&B" when he debuted the hot album Wen Wu Shuang Quan at the age of 19. Though the singer-songwriter has explored many new sounds, he has never abandoned his R&B roots. By introducing the most up-to-date music styles, the musician again reshapes his R&B landscape with the album Fiao Te Hao. The title Fiao Te Hao means "don't be too good" in Shanghainese. The Shanghai-born singer-songwriter uses this slang to express his attitude towards life: stay hungry and strive for a better future. This insistent spirit is reflected in the title jam Fiao Te Hao (Track 2), an innovative fusion of retro disco, trap and EDM that shows the singer's aggression in... [read more]
  17. INNER VOICE (EP) INNER VOICE (EP) Tang Siu Hau (Singer)
    Heart-to-hearts
    February 23, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    What comes to your mind when you think of Tang Siu Hau? The singing competition The Voice or the theme song "Half a Cup of Water" from the 2010 TVB sitcom Some Day? It's hard to think of a third thing to represent Siu Hau because she was always underrated during her five years under TVB. After joining Vicky Fung and Victor Tse's Frenzi Music in 2015, her talents were discovered through various surprising singles including "Elegance and Vulgarity" and "Strength and Weakness." Taking audiences away from the depressive world of her debut EP, the mini-album Inner Voice explores the power of communication in mutual understanding and self-discovery. The first plug "Mixed" (Track 1) continues her... [read more]
  18. Luna (2CD) Luna (2CD) AGA (Singer)
    Songs for nighttime loners
    January 31, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Sleepless nights may feel lonely, but they're the perfect time for introspection for people like AGA. Drawing from various genres like jazz, rock and hip-hop, the groovy musician's album Luna eloquently expresses the feeling of loneliness through stories of different lonely people and guides listeners to reconnect with their inner souls. The lead track 3AM (Track 1) creates a tranquil midnight with a very rich 90s R&B flavor. On top of a quiet piano melody fused with catchy drumbeats, the singer-songwriter sings about the internal conflict of a girl who struggles to break up with her lover. Rapper Ghost Style comforts the girl with his deep and gentle voice, which perfectly suits the smooth... [read more]
  19. C AllStar 2017 Live (2DVD + 2CD) C AllStar 2017 Live (2DVD + 2CD) C AllStar (Singer)
    Music and society
    January 22, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    While new groups keep popping up in Hong Kong, few of them can stand firm in the mainstream music world like C AllStar. Thanks to their compelling a cappella skills and realistic yet experimental music style, the vocal quartet quickly found a seat among numerous pop groups and rock bands in the Cantopop scene. However, the habitual collaboration between the four members has gradually become a comfort zone that stifles their creativity. Before going solo to find breakthroughs in their music careers, the C AllStar members inspire thinking about the future of Hong Kong and Cantopop in their farewell concert. Starting from the bossa nova debut song iSing to the EDM-style "Music Colony," C... [read more]
  20. Size 9 (Limited Edition) Size 9 (Limited Edition) Jan Lamb (Singer)
    Hoping for the best for Hong Kong
    November 28, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    The frustration with Hong Kong's stressful lifestyle and stagnant music market has been growing in the city. By taking on various music genres, Jan Lamb revitalizes the monotonous Cantopop scene, and sends messages of hope and encouragement through the album Size 9. Cantopop enjoyed widespread popularity in Asia during the 1980s and 1990s, and the early 2000s also saw the successful emergence of superstars Joey Yung, Eason Chan and Twins. However, the industry started to decline in the recent decade as local listeners turned to more popular music from Taiwan and Korea. Hong Kong songwriters and singers also produced Mandarin songs to expand their markets. Hoping that the industry can revive... [read more]
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