'Y2Koustic' singers pose for a group photo at the album launch in Kemang, South Jakarta, on Wednesday (19/10). (JG Photo/Sheany)

Isyana, Fatin Cover Hit Songs From Early 2000s in New Compilation Album


OCTOBER 20, 2016

Jakarta. Isyana Sarasvati, Fatin Shidqia, The Overtunes and GAC are among young Indonesian musicians featured in "Y2Koustic," a compilation album of hit songs from the early 2000s launched in Kemang, South Jakarta, on Wednesday (19/10).

The album contains ten early 2000 hits that have become Indonesian classics, including The Groove's "Dahulu" (In the Past) and Cokelat's "Jauh" (Far Away), all newly arranged. Rachmad Husnianto, finance and commercial director of Sony Music Indonesia, said it took two years to produce the album. 

"Production wasn't easy because it involved many musicians. We want to preserve the sound of the 2000s and add new nuances to these songs in acoustic form," Rachmad said.

A number of renowned Indonesian musicians and producers took part in the selection process for the album. Inu of Numata and Stephen Santoso were among the producers involved in the acoustic arrangement of the songs.

In the 2000s, Stephen produced best-selling albums by top artists such as Sheila On 7, Padi and Audy. On Y2Koustic, Audy's 2001 hit, "Kuterimakan" (I Accept) is performed by Isyana. 

Singer Gamaliel from GAC who sang The Groove's 2001 Dahulu said that hit songs from the early 2000s have very strong character.

"We had a lot of diverse and quality musicians in the early 2000s," he said.

Singer Fatin Shidqia, who came to fame after winning the first season of X Factor Indonesia in 2013, said she is proud of being among the artists invited to the project. Fatin sings "Salahkah Aku Terlalu Mencintaimu" (Blame Me for Loving You Too Much), which was originally performed by Ratu in 2003. 

"It was a challenge for all of us to create our own versions of these hits. We are proud and grateful that we had the opportunity to cover these classics," she said. 

"We've made sure that the new singer's voice fits the songs that have been selected. We want to honor the original artists and also make sure that people will enjoy the fresh renditions. For example, we chose Rendy Pandugo to do Sheila On 7's "Sebuah Kisah Klasik" (A Classic Story) because we felt Rendy's vocals would match the song perfectly," Inu said.

Y2Koustic is now available on iTunes, Apple Music and Google Play for streaming and download and at all KFC outlets in Indonesia.