Jocelle Koh

Writing has always been my chosen form of expression, and has opened up opportunities for me that I could only have dreamed of. As I've grown and started moving into other mediums of expression, writing has nevertheless accompanied me, recording my most prized experiences.

Asian Pop Weekly

Zooey Wonder黃玠瑋: Wonderland (2017)

Adorned in all shades of pastel and shimmer, Zooey Wonder’s first full-length album ‘Wonderland’ intrigued me from the first moment I saw her album art. (For those of you who don’t know me, I love anything pastel and glittery!) Yet aesthetics aside, Wonder’s album has been executed with a patience and wisdom that goes beyond her young years, revealing her warmness, kindness and concern for the world around her. Indeed, her personality and use of the folktronica and ambience genres are what have made her pastel-and-shimmer visuals so apt and meaningful, while they would have otherwise gone to waste on other inane pop acts.
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Namewee黃明志: Crossover Asia亞洲通車 (2017)

I have always found Namewee to be an interesting character. He has in the past fearlessly and constantly criticised the Malaysian government through his music, dares to create works bordering on sexually explicit-yet also shows himself to be a filial son through his constant references to his mother. The Malaysian singer-songwriter-rapper particularly piqued my interest when he released his latest ‘Crossover Asia’ album which has since seen him nominated for ‘Best Male Mandarin Singer’ at the 2017 Golden Melody Awards. Given that the album has a focus on promoting harmony and cross-cultural collaborations all across Asia, it was certainly a project right up my alley.
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Ed Sheeran – Divide

When I first heard Ed Sheeran’s latest album Divide, I was just as excited and blown away as the rest of the world. Although I cannot consider myself a fan, I have always been partial to his soothing vocals and acoustic sound. The album was catchy, Ed’s words authentic, what more could you ask for? But the overwhelming response to Sheeran’s album made me suspicious. It has never been the case that I have ever been so in tune with mainstream audiences’ tastes; what has changed? So I decided to gi
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Erika劉艾立: I am Erika (2016)

There’s really something special about Erika’s voice. When I first heard of her through her first single “An Angel’s Secret” I was mesmerised. Although upon A wonderfully talented vocalist, Erika is as versatile as her voice is unique. With piercing, explosive high notes, a charmingly husky baritone and a sweet, breathy falsetto, it seems that there’s nothing this girl can’t do, rendering her an incredible asset to a music scene swamped by celebrities trained in the art of ‘fake versatility’.
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Peggy Hsu: Swing Inc (2015)

When one listens to Peggy Hsu’s music, one enters a whole new universe created note by note by Peggy herself, and her creative team of course. This time around with her latest album “Swing Inc.”, Hsu transports us back to the Swing era of the 1930s-1940s; but of course with her own unique take on the genre. This album is even more immersive than the last; Peggy’s lilting voice seems to have adopted a little of the dulcet tones of crooners such as Billie Holiday. Keeping her tone light and sweet as always, Peggy’s timbre seems a little richer this time, and I even noticed that the frequency of her melismatic singing style which was previously more relaxed as heightened in frequency, reflecting her dedication to perfecting the art of Swing music. 
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Eve Ai-Talk About Eve (2016)

Eve Ai's latest album "Talk about Eve" is exactly what its title proposes it to be. Like an intimate conversation between friends, Ai broaches a number of topics that span the themes of Love, Life and Escapism, like short anecdotes which are wispily threaded together and bound by Eve's intimate and unique vocals. Eve professed that prior to the creation of this album, she harboured a rather negative and pessimistic outlook on life before realising that love is the answer to all ill intentions and hatred. Shedding the thorny outer layer which she had previously worn in her social critique that composed her previous albums, this time Eve's latest album is a reflection of a freer, happier yet still strongly independent version of herself.
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Wang Leehom 王力宏: 心跳 heartbeat

WANG LEE HOM 王力宏 has been one of the most prominent figures in the music business for a number of years, the talented singer-songwriter penning and performing a number of evergreen hits that will forever be remembered. The talented artist is back with yet another album, full of a mix of ballads infused with a hint of Chinese culture. Tracks such as <我没有任何理由理你 I Have No Reason To Care About You> express Leehom's true feelings through the strong lyrics, rumoured to be directed at the paparazzi. He also penned some ballads, which are sung beautifully by Leehom.
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Jay Chou 周杰伦: 魔杰座 Capricorn

Features a different side of JAY CHOU 周杰伦, which includes more grungy music, which show off his famous rapping skills as well as his skilled vocals, in songs such as <花海 Flower Ocean> and <说好的幸福呢 What About The Promised Happiness>, which was a chart topper in Asia. There were other chart toppers, such as the ballad-like <给我一首歌的时间 Give Me A Song's Length Time> and the nostalgic <稻香 Rice Smell>.  All in all, Jay Chou has proven himself deserving of the title of mandopop prince, with his many skills and talents that have made him the success that he is today.
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Gary Chaw 曹格: 超级4th场 supermarket

Gary Chaw is back, with his latest album as of 2009, this time with a fresh new look, pun intended. The RnB crooner's latest album has taken on the theme of supermarkets, which may seem a little out-of-the-blue, until you listen to the track <Supermarket 超级4th场>, which seems to provide a explanation for the title of the album. Chaw compares a lover to a supermarket, in which they will always be there for their other half, and other metaphors.
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