Author: The Level

NEW RELEASE: Beatburns melt some Ice Cream hearts

By A. Akbar Local alt-rockers Beatburns have made tremendous strides over their near decade long career, and their newest reinvention sees them now signed to a major label and ready to take on the mainstream. Ice Cream is their latest single, and is one of the best local music videos we’ve ever seen, period. As the dark electro washes over frontwoman Lynn’s voice, the minimalist, artsy music video will keep your eyes glued to the screen as you’ve definitely never seen anything like this in Malaysia before. Vape clouds billow in slow-mo, and angular facepaint obscures the performers, and...

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Mock the gov, face a three-year travel ban

By The Level and FREE MALAYSIA TODAY Comment section warriors and disgruntled Malaysians everywhere beware- posting that funny status update about our governments latest fail may get you that punishment we’ve always joked about, because you might be looking at a three-year travel ban overseas. According to an Immigration Department source, the ruling was enforced several months back as part of the government’s efforts to safeguard the country’s image, as reported in The Star. “Anyone who runs down the Government or ‘memburukkan kerajaan’ in any manner will be barred from going abroad,” the source said, adding that the Immigration Department would act upon...

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DISCOVER: Talitha Tan wants you to know she’s Okay

By A. Akbar From bedroom YouTube musician to one of the hottest young acts in Malaysian pop today, Talitha Tan may be pint-sized, but give her a guitar and a mic and she’ll tower over anyone in the room. Combining jazz, indie, r&b, and pop, Talitha is a regular fixture in KL’s vibrant indie music scene, and while we’re still patiently waiting for her to drop a full EP, at least, we’ll be okay(geddit) with just enjoying the breathless crooning of her new lyric video for ‘Okay’. Produced by artist extraordinaire Darren Ashley, ‘Okay’ features a slick lyric video...

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NEW RELEASE: Up & Up by Coldplay

By A. Akbar UK rock outfit Coldplay just released their new song Up&Up, and gave fans a stellar music video to accompany it – possibly their best one in years. Taken from A Head Full of Dreams, the Up & Up music video was directed by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, featuring Oasis’ Noel Gallagher filling up an excellent guest spot with some guitar heroics, and stunning scenic clips that have hidden messages written all over them. Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams has impressed critically, boasting a different sound from its predecessor Ghost Stories which was released just...

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Foodbusters #6: Durian Cendol Shah Alam

By The Level Unless you’ve decided to swear off Facebook recently, you’d probably seen your friends‘ posts about the famous Shah Alam durian cendol in Section 24 that has durian afficionados salivating at the alluring sight of sweet yellow durian flesh and milky cendol. This particular Durian Cendol went viral on social media after Hitz.fm posted about their experience with this truly Malaysian delicacy (Take that, Singapore). Soon after, Shah Alam people started hogging up the place, which has resulted in it also being nicknamed “Durian Cendol 1 Jam”. The hype was too good for us to ignore, so...

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