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PREMIERE: ALEXTBH – “NO SPACE”

Introducing Malaysia’s queer pop icon.

Malaysian queer pop icon alextbh wears beige outfit
Malaysian queer pop icon alextbh wears beige outfit

On first listen, the music of alextbh sounds soaked in freedom. We’re talking warm weather R&B-tinged pop, inflected with funk and strong Troye Sivan vibes.

But as an openly gay artist living proudly in his queer identity in Malaysia, the 21-year-old Kuala Lumpur-native is taking daily risks releasing music in a society where the government are still publicly unaccepting towards the LGBTQ community.

Not that this has deterred his swift ascent to stardom status in any way shape or form – the singer has already amassed over 10 million Spotify streams since his debut in 2016. And his latest release “no space” is a testimony to his talent – all sultry guitar riffs and earworm chorus. We’re seeing palm trees and stolen moments.

“I wrote this song after a hookup one night,” alextbh explains. “The premise is pretty much ‘I wanted sex, I got it, I loved the feeling of it, and I want to share it.’ It’s liberating — both sexually and in writing. I went to Denmark fully prepared to make some sadboy shit, so it’s funny that this song came out of that trip. I guess every artist needs a bit of fun Scandi-pop in their repertoire.

Listen to “no space” below…

Malaysian queer pop icon alextbh wears beige clothes
Malaysian queer pop icon alextbh wears beige clothes
Photography
Daniel Adams
Words
Maybelle Morgan
PREMIERE: ALEXTBH – “NO SPACE”

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