Malaysian singer Naim Daniel releases debut album, ‘Fobia’

Featuring a collaboration with ALYPH on the track ‘Biar Tuhan’

Malaysian singer Naim Daniel has released his debut album ‘Fobia’.

The record is out today (February 22) on all major streaming platforms. The nine-track release features previously released songs ‘Mainan’, the Anugerah Juara Lagu version of ‘Sumpah’ and an acoustic rendition of ‘Adakah Engkau Menungguku’.

Among the newer tracks is his joint effort with Singaporean artist ALYPH ‘Biar Tuhan’. Stream the full project below:

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‘Fobia’ is the culmination of two years of work, according to a press release. In a statement about the album, Naim Daniel said: “I’ve detailed out my thoughts and feelings about the many aspects of love and about how sometimes we are scared to lose someone we truly love. Willingly or forced to.

“I do hope that all of us could face such [a] predicament. Because everything in this life is only temporary. I understand that everyone has their own struggles, whether in their personal life or around them and all of these reflections inspired me to create [the song] ‘Fobia’.”

He also highlighted the melancholic ‘Terpisah’, which is intended as a tribute to the late father of its composer Iqie Hugh, and closing track ‘D.U.A.’ (or ‘Doa. Untuk. Aku.’), which is about his 17 years in the entertainment industry so far and the support he has received from his team, family and fans.

‘Fobia’ follows Naim Daniel’s latest single, a collaboration with Malaysian rapper Joe Flizzow titled ‘Habis Sini’ released earlier this month.

The singer – real name Muhammad Naim Daniel Bin Baharin – is also known as an actor, having worked in the industry since he was a child. He launched his music career in 2018 with the song ‘Sekali Lagi’ and has since released several singles, including his viral hits ‘Sumpah’, ‘Sembah’ and ‘Purnama’.

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Last year, Naim Daniel was nominated for the 2021 Best Southeast Asia Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards alongside Indonesia’s Lyodra, Thailand’s Ink Waruntorn, Vietnam’s K-ICM, Singapore’s JJ Lin and Filipino P-pop group SB19.

Meanwhile, ALYPH released the three-track EP ‘III/III’ last September. It includes his 2020 single ‘Adakah Kau Mendengar?’ and two other tracks – ‘Skali Lagi’ and ‘Show Me Colours’.

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