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Music Is: inch releases brand new single ‘Flags’ feat. ShiGGa Shay


Over the past few months, the world has had to come to terms with the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the general social unrest that has spread around the world like wildfire (in the case of Australia, even too literally, unfortunately). The question is – how do we respond as humans? What do we do when the world seems like it is failing us? These topical questions are incredibly thought-provoking, and they are at the core of Singaporean multidisciplinary artist and singer / songwriter, inch’s brand new single, ‘Flags’, featuring rapper ShiGGa Shay. 

On working together with ShiGGa Shay, inch comments: “He is like a younger brother to me, and we have collaborated on a number of occasions. However, this is the first time he’s jumping on a track of mine, and it feels nice to be able to share this with him.”

Flags’ initially sounds like your usual catchy art-pop tune, but upon second listen, one realises that it is a track that is loaded with passion and meaning, combining catchy hooks with deeper thoughts, and a very outspoken commentary on the current state of affairs in the world. 

How do you respond when the world is breaking your heart? Turn on the news and it’s flooded with human’s perpetual posturing, self-imagined importance, and the delusions that we have some privileged position in the universe; and an entitlement to everything. Flags signify many things, and inch cannot stop seeing them everywhere. Flags that celebrate exploration. Flags that determine occupation. Flags that stake ownership. Do we only love when own it?

An official music video of ‘Flags’ will also be released in the coming weeks. The video will showcase never seen before rehearsal footage from inch’s 2018 show, ‘No Man’s Land’, which revolved around her trip and experiences as part of 2041’s International Antarctic ClimateForce Expedition. inch is also currently working on her next full-length album with a first single slated for Q4 of 2020.

ShiGGa Shay has announced that all proceeds made from his recently released ‘S$’ mixtape in June, July and August 2020 will be donated to the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles chapter. Taking a leaf from his book, inch will also be donating all proceeds made from July, August, and  September to H.O.M.E. – the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics [“H.O.M.E.”], a Singapore-based charity dedicated to empowering and supporting migrant workers who find themselves victims of human rights violations and suffer abuse and exploitation.

Listen Flags on Spotify here. 

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