Every Wednesday we ask a creative, artisan, or musician to share what music gets them going from dawn to dusk. This week, Darren Tan—co-founder of e-commerce music platform#vinyloftheday and the recently-opened White Label Records at Ann Siang House (together with Kurt Loy)—name his mood fixers for an entire day.
So you’ve heard Loy’s picks last week. Dig it? You may like Tan’s choices too. After all, the duo has a matching frequency in music. As a fellow DJ and vinyl buff, Tan dedicated his time to celebrate vinyl culture through audio-visual online project #vinyloftheday.
“Vinyl records attach more ‘sentimental’ value to music than digital formats such as MP3”, Tan expressed. “More fans in their late teens getting into vinyl because a lot of popular indie bands nowadays are putting out their releases on vinyl.”
Besides operating White Label Records with Loy, the offline community space is also a broadcast venue for Singapore Community Radio (SGCR). SGCR exists to champion music and creative culture in Singapore and provides the platform to help it grow and thrive. Any positive support for locally-produced projects sounds like good news to us.
“I’m a morning person… after I get my coffee in.”
“Quick hit of a beat with a touch, just a touch of that city pop magic.”
2. ‘Treehouse’—Ifan Dafydd
“Lush pads, off-kilter drums and strangely pitched vocals, brings me back to early few years of Syndicate.”
3. ‘Hey Drum’—Daphni
“This one helps me get into the groove of things and those classic rave stabs are a sign that the morning’s nearly over and it’s time to get down to business.”
“If I’m in the store in the day, I’m usually shuffling between answering emails, building decks, going through vinyl orders and talking to customers. It’s fortunate that these songs are usually in the store’s playlist.”
1. ‘My Queen Is Ada Eastman’—Sons of Kemet
“One of my favourite discoveries of last year. Led by saxophonist & clarinettist – Shabaka Hutchings, one of the more prolific personalities leading the new wave of British jazz, this band’s music is best described as high octane Afro Jazz.”
2. ‘Boards and Skins’—Henry Wu
“From another icon of the current British jazz wave, here’s a number from Henry Wu that exercises a little bit more restraint.”
3. ‘Major Stef’—iZem
“This song reminds me of Zero DB and music that came out from this future jazz record label called Fluid Ounce that were more active 2003-2008.”
“I have a deep love for classic and classic sounding house music and if it was only my choice we’ll be playing House music every night at White Label. But then again I have music ADHD.”
1. ‘Gotta Have House’—Shinichiro Yokota
“Shinichiro Yokota, together with Soichi Terada, are the Japanese house geniuses that the world never heard.”
2. ‘Blue Moon Tree’—Lone
“New off his Ambivert Tools vol.4 EP. Lone, in my opinion, is one of the top electronic producers of this era.”
3. ‘Deadlock–Pole Remaster’—Kit Clayton/Pole
“Stepping lightly into dub techno territory, this one is for the late night early morning after-after party crew. Also good for that after work ride back home after closing up the store.”