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MALAYSIAN ARTIST ALEXTBH DEBUTS NEW SINGLE “BETWEEN”

Alextbh – Between Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

88RISING ‘ASIA RISING FOREVER‘ PERFORMANCE DEBUTED LAST WEEK, PAPER / CLUB Q GUEST DJ THIS WEEK

DEBUT EP, THE CHASE, DUE OUT
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“meet alextbh, Malaysia’s first queer pop star” – i-D
“…R&B-inflected, adventurous pop music. His songs are smart, left-of-center, and explicitly honest” – PAPER
“breaking barriers with his adventurous pop music.” – V Magazine
“his music is not only an outlet for him to express himself, but also a platform to promote equality and fight for change.” – Bustle
“a rising star with a voice to make change.” – The Line of Best Fit
“electric R&B wrapped in liquid pop gold.” – EARMILK
“vocals-heavy R&B…tackles the complexities of love versus lust – Flaunt
“alextbh lovingly crafts bedroom R&B-pop with just the slightest edge of gentle melancholy” – Billboard
“sounds soaked in freedom. We’re talking warm weather R&B-tinged pop, inflected with funk” – Wonderland

Today, Malaysian artist alextbh has debuted a brand new single titled “Between.” Listen to the song everywhere now here + watch the lyric video here, which Alex produced and animated himself.

STREAM
“Between” + Lyric Video
“Moments” + Official Video
“superstore”
“no space”
“walls” + lyric video
“still mine” + video
Spotify
Apple Music

A dark pop/R&B track showcasing Alex’s slick production work and piercing melodies, “Between” is the latest track to see a release from his upcoming debut EPThe Chase, set for a June 12 release via EMPIRE. A skilled songwriter and producer, much of The Chase is self-written and produced and marks the culmination of a breakout year for the rising artist, whose single releases have amassed 50 million+ global streams.

On “Between,” Alex notes: “I wanted to see how comfortable I could be with my sexuality in my songwriting. It feels empowering to write something explicit in a physical context and I guess it’s something I should explore more often. Queer bodies are human bodies and there’s nothing wrong with trying to frame that intimate moment and showcase it.”

Last week, Alex was a featured performer on 88rising’s online music festival ASIA RISING FOREVER celebrating Asian talent from across the globe, which drew love from outlets like NMEHYPEBEAST, and Billboard. This week, Alex was invited by PAPER to guest DJ on their curated night of Club Quarantine, a Zoom party inspiring strength in the queer and queer-allied community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Alex was also featured on an episode of BBC’s Music Life this spring alongside Yuna and mxmtoon.

“Between” follows previous single, “Moments,” which EARMILK coined “electric R&B wrapped in liquid pop gold,” while Billboard described it as “a smooth and hypnotic electro-R&B escape.” The track was released alongside a stunning official video. Watch/listen everywhere now here“Moments” follows December single “superstore,” a sultry downtempo track that sparked love from outlets like FLAUNT and Billboard, and he performed the track in a live session for MTV Asia as their April 2020 Spotlight Artist.

On the live side, Alex has already shared stages with the likes of KhalidSevdaliza, and Jess Connelly, and most recently joined Yuna as direct support on her European tour. He has also played festivals such as Good Vibes Festival in Malaysia, Laneway Festival in Singapore, and Lalala Festival in Indonesia, and is confirmed to play Jakarta’s We The Fest 2020.

Running off a string of successful single releases, including early track “Stoop So Low,” which has garnered 20 million+ streams alone, Alex is poised for a big year. Singles “still mine” “walls,” “no space,” have also landed Alex multiple covers on Spotify Malaysia’s ‘New Music Friday‘ playlist, as well as the latest cover for “Moments” below:

Proudly queer, the Kuala Lumpur native is an anomaly among a highly conservative Malaysian society where the government has outwardly condemned the LGBTQ community. For Alex, music is not only an outlet for resistance but a platform to incite change.

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