In his home country of Malaysia, being openly gay and expressing your queer identity is not something that is taken lightly. With a government that has been outspokenly against the LGBTQ community, it can be a hostile environment for the marginalised community, however alextbh is an artist who boldly embodies his queer identity and is using his art to build acceptance and strength.
"[I'm] very excited to see people reacting to 'still mine'; to me pushing the queer POC narrative. We exist, we get heartbroken, and we expect to have songs that reflect just that," says alextbh of his latest track, the stunningly executed R&B wonder that is "still mine".
Dripping with laid-back beats that seem to have been plucked from an early Millenium R&B track whilst a deep, funk-speckled bass glitters in the background, "still mine" glimmers with lust and longing.
alextbh's vocals are glossy and glow with pop-infused promise, akin to that of an early Justin Timberlake (we're talking "Rock Your Body" era), and act as an example of alextbh confidently embodying his position as a rising star with a voice to make change.
Ultimately, "still mine" is a subtle, but important act of resistance and strength from this outstanding and determined 21-year-old. It's also an absolute banger.