By Aida Rashid
Ego by Margasatwa
Margasatwa’s Ego is apparently only a curtain-raiser to their upcoming album where vocalist Kimal gets to flex his Zainal Abidin-like pipes on the band’s debut release.
STUCK WITH YOU by LUNADIRA
If ‘Forever Is Not Our Thing’ got you crying, ‘STUCK WITH YOU’ will get you vibing to its light-trap beats and relatable lyrics.
Delta Wing by Kyoto Protocol
The first single taken from their album The Pen Is Mightier, ‘Delta Wing’ pops the champagne for the album’s campaign. Some fans claimed that the track may sound like a ‘goodbye’ song, but if it’s true, I’m going to give them a call and ask them to stop.
One I Love by BATE
BATE went international after signing up with the same label that manages Harry Styles and Niall Horan. The song blew up globally, with now at 9 million Spotify plays and counting.
Debar Lembut by Salammuzik
Through ‘Debar Lembut’, Salammuzik showed a glimpse of what they’ve been working on behind closed doors.
The Pills (I Know) by Bear Scouts
The Bears are fairly new in the scene but the 80s synthpop made so much noise with their debut single ‘The Pills (I Know)’.
Hanyut by The Impatient Sisters
If you knew The Impatient Sisters from their ‘Hey There Young Sailor’ days, this song might surprise you, because the Sisters are taking the melancholic route, bringing you out for an emotional scenic journey.
Merajuk by Orkes A Hizadin
With the success of ‘Kejayaan’ (pun not intended, maybe), Orkes A Hizadin released another song to tingle your senses and this time, it’s called ‘Merajuk’.
Make You Pay by Mas Dewangga ft Karissa, Attune, ZSYIA
Mas Dewangga produces ‘Make You Pay’ and may accidentally gave birth to a powerful Malaysian female supergroup (we would love to see this happen).
Walk The Talk by Faris Fuad & The Confederates
Faris Fuad & The Confederates is a big band hailing from Perak, led by, well, Faris Fuad, former guitarist of metalcore In Believer. Surprisingly enough, Faris’ drastic transition gave birth to their first ever hit, ‘Walk The Talk’.
Bagaikan Puteri by HACKTICK!
In many ways, HACKTICK! is a pop-punk band from Klang, but their cover of Farra’s legendary hit ‘Bagaikan Puteri’ opened up a new dimension of their genre and brand as a band.
Gita/ Malam by Bayangan
Out of all the songs in Bayangan’s Bersendirian Berhad record, which is undoubtedly one of the better records this year, the daring intro track, ‘Gita/Malam’ not only sets the tone for the album — but also put Bayangan as one of the freshest folk artists in recent times.
So Right by Kaya
Kaya has been gigging around Klang Valley for years but their debut album, finally caught the ears of the Malaysian indie alternative audience, with ‘So Right’ as its crown jewel.
LOVE by Leaism
In this era, saturated with generic and predictable folk songs, Leaism stepped up to the plate to bring you ‘LOVE’, Lea’s very own take on the feeling we’re all far too familiar with.
Wa Caya Lu by Sweetass
Sweetass ‘Wa Caya Lu’ may now be the most urban Malaysian indie anthem around.
Dermaga by SOG
The ‘Bahtera’ has finally reached its ‘Dermaga’. SOG delivers another banger of a post-hardcore track to rock the times.
Free by Dangerdisko x Q Sound
Q Sound and Dangerdisko’s teamup to produce ‘Free’ may just be one of the most productive musical collaboration this year.
Lovesick by Midnight Fusic
Midnight Fusic’s 80s pop hit ‘Lovesick’ has been played for over 400,000 times on Spotify.
Immunity by Prasasti
Prasasti’s Immunity is the start of a promising alternative rock career for the newly-formed band.
Untuk Mereka Yang Tidak Berpeluwang by Pasca Sini
‘Untuk Mereka Yang Tidak Berpeluwang’ is one of the celebrated tracks in Pasca Sini’s debut EP – and the one that captured everyone’s attention.
Suria by Hujan
Hujan may not have promoted the track online, but alongside ‘Perindu Kalbu’, ‘Suria’ showed more of Hujan’s wit and experience.
Make it On Me by NYK ft Airliftz
Like him or hate him, NYK’s ‘Make It On Me’ featuring Airliftz is now a popular bop with over 460,000 plays on Spotify.