A renowned newcomer in the Indonesian jazz music scene has recently made a comeback with his new extended play. That newcomer, of course, is Ardhito Pramono, who started his jazz career in 2017, gaining popularity in 2018 with his hit single “Bitterlove”. First started out as a YouTube singer, he is now a recording artist under Sony Music Indonesia, well known for being an all-rounder, his unique jazzy style of music, and his soothing voice.
Soul jazz quartet Prep has released their last EP in 2018, “Line by Line”, making it the second EP they released in 2018. In this EP, Prep came in with complicated lyrics that hold some personal meanings for the band. However, even with such personal lyrics, the tracks can still leave a good first impression on new listeners.
Christmas must’ve been over already, but the vibe hasn’t gone away. Thanks to Jamie Cullum’s “The Song Society Playlist”, the vibe isn’t going away any time soon. Consisting of Cullum’s jazzy covers of various pop songs through the years and two new tracks of his, the playlist is a perfect compilation for the holiday season.
As a timeless, insanely popular musical genre, jazz never fails to capture, soothe, and embrace the audience of a generation. But how did jazz become so popular in a big Southeast Asian country such as Indonesia, so far as to heavily influence the country’s pop music charts?