June 20, 2013

NEW TRACK: Moscow Olympics - "Alphonsine"

Interfaced with sonic possibilities that have nothing to do with the real world, Moscow Olympics’ new track “Alphonsine” paints dreamy, abstract images of summer escapades and nature trips in the countryside. You can actually feel the wistful sensation of otherworldly bliss from a distance, the sunny shoegazer instrumental floating and stumbling from side to side, mining hazy guitar soundscapes that imply something magical is about to happen.

NEW VIDEO: The Ringmaster - "Parallel To My Universe"

The Ringmaster finds his sanctuary yet again on sparse triphop-laden ballads carved from the relics of ‘90s icons Billy Corgan, Moby, Portishead and Bjork. On his new single “Parallel To My Universe,” the sensitive gent delivers what we’ve come to expect from him: minimalist elegiac pop shaped by electronic trickles and hypnotic strings, bending his own voice on haunting evocations of heartbreak and angst.

The best moment in the song comes when Francis felt completely defenseless to his intense emotions despite the effort to harbor a relaxed, carefree vibe. Held in dazed gasps, he could only murmur “you don’t have the right to find me” and do away with any grand gesture of melancholy to hide from the world that he’s hurting inside, bleeding in the deep as the music swells in moody calmness and lush, orchestral ambience.

June 18, 2013

NEW TRACK: Lexi Hex - "15"

When Lexi Hex dropped her debut single “15” yesterday, a surplus witch-rap opus that combines industrial gear-grind with cutesy feminist drill, the internet netherworld breath down on its neck with heavy anticipation, even going to as far as christening the Cult Shit Media muse, the next big thing. Lexi sounds like a screechy, underage chick who loves warehouse sex and bloody sect rituals, far removed from the prim and proper aura of her contemporaries. But it’s when she raps over trap beats, repetitive yowls, and synthetic noise (Kanye West’s Yeezus, anyone?) that her personality transforms into bad-assery that barely falters, ticked with a lot of weirdness that would make you scratch your head, and say “wait a minute, this joint is fuckin’ sick and legit.” We told you so. Download it here.

June 17, 2013

NEW TRACK: Grandi Oso - "Blue Ruin"

Built from glistening piano lines and subtle orchestral ornaments, Grandi Oso reveals swivel of heartbreak, brood and ambition on “Blue Ruin.” Not every band can capture such understated complexity, supplemented by some breathtaking chamber-pop arrangements that bring to mind The National and Leonard Cohen at their most downtrodden. Grandi Oso mines this time-worn template so effortlessly while allowing free flow of sparser, mind-swept moments to spread and grow diamonds all over your ears. It felt as if modern rock has gradually ascended to baroque territory, leaving room for calm and grandiosity to meet halfway and create a beautiful offspring.

June 14, 2013

NEW TRACK: KaapiN - "Taxi Taxi"

Rarely can you hear an electronic track rip through depth and menace with such radical confidence. On “Taxi Taxi,” KaapiN extract the aforementioned asset with spazz-raver sonics and sinister piano riffs plucked from the glitchy end of homemade dance music. This time though, they’re not afraid to let the beat and aggression pound on pummeling levels. While KaapiN have taken a sinister direction on most of their songs, “Taxi Taxi” retains all the weirdness and edge of its sonic fibers with post-apocalyptic approach, brewing a magnet of storming assaults suited for goth proms.

June 13, 2013

NEW TRACK: June 12 - "Big Beautiful Country"

The kind folks at Bomba Press recently unearthed an obscure kundiman gem from the ‘70s by Leyte-based folk trio, JUNE 12. “Big Beautiful Country,” a track that’s been making rounds in the internet for the past few hours, sounds breathtakingly stunning in its lazy daydream harmonies and stripped folk instrumentation. I know it’s too early to tell, but this song fits just as nicely into the Filipino music canon of undiscovered rarities. Listening to this song on repeat just makes you appreciate life even more. Download it here.

NEW TRACK: Boogie Romero - "These Thoughts"

Stuck between the indie-folk odelay of Elliott Smith and the 60’s pop of The Byrds, Boogie Romero’s new single “These Thoughts” bristles with wistful acoustic tones that roll in the warmth of the afternoon breeze, finding its solace in stripped down arrangements and mesmeric vocal harmonies. The gentle basement-folk motif and graceful whimsy play an integral part to the song’s charm, but its windswept, simple melodies carry much of its weight to the cozy, golden path. Beautiful and disarming, it merits layers upon layers of repeated listens. Stream it below:

June 12, 2013

NEW TRACK: Dash Calzado Feat. Syke and Bambu - "Prestihiyosa"

Dash Calzado assembles an all-star hiphop crew for the Independence Day tribute track “Prestihiyosa.” Produced by Pino G. Abenturero, this banging opus doesn’t shy away from the nationalist eloquence of Dash’s recent singles, displaying the kind of maturity and street-savvy brilliance that you’d expect from a celebrated hiphop veteran.

Equally great are the compelling verses delivered by some of the country’s most respected MCs, from Syke’s graceful, vintage flow to Bambu’s well-articulated hustle. Their contributions somehow propelled the track with added resonance, its meaning transcending over arena-rock guitars and amped up fuzz.

NEW TRACK: Brandon Cueto - "Feeling You"

Brandon Cueto’s “Feeling You” plucks that familiar bass-driven chill in the wee hours of the evening. With a nary a false note, he creates a sonic haven for us to get lost in, conjuring sublime moments with the smallest of  ideas. And in case you’ve heard that familiar trinket of chopped vocals, it’s actually a sample of Moonwlk’s internet smash “Choose Me," processed and smoothed out like delicious cherry on top.

NEW VIDEO: Nouvul Feat. Miki Hahn - "Hopes Up"

How can you not adore a typical romantic video rendered in neon-washed, 8bit goodness?

The official clip for Nouvul’s R&B come-on “Hopes Up,” basks in the retro vibe of ‘90s computer games, indirectly paying tribute to one’s good old childhood. As much as the treatment revolves around Jorge Wieneke seemingly focused on his computer screen, there lies the motive that got him inspired to complete the game: he needs to fight through hell and mud to save his princess, played by the lovely and svelte Miki Hahn, who in return, also sings over the actual track. It all plays out like the antithesis to the radio cult hit “Dota o ako,” minus the legit patok-jeepney mix. Watch it:

June 11, 2013

NEW VIDEO: Eyedress - "Nature Trips"

Watching all Eyedress’ music videos one at a time can keep your optic nerves crammed up at least for an entire day. For all its neon-acid glow and isolationist beauty, his videos are more than just about “quirky and interesting storylines mainly featuring hot fashionable women who are either slightly deranged or high on drugs,” as recently pointed out by this blog. It has this rare poignant quality to it that makes every details or facial expression an eventful mapping of Eyedress’ scribbled history—his loneliness and inner struggles, his broken heart removed for the public to see.

Count “Nature Trips” as another addition to Eyedress’ long list of low-budge but slick-looking vids. Helmed by Bee Eyes’ Julius Valledor, it features Idris Vicuna’s real life girlfriend, Maya Kibbel as the waifish, big-eyed muse who makes fun of herself at the camera, treasuring every moment like it’s the last. Nothing really special here, but Maya’s gawky charisma and quirks can razzle a sensitive gents’ feelings without even trying. The video looks specifically made for her, about her—an MPDG turned real life sweetheart of your dreams. Watch it below:

June 10, 2013

NEW TRACK: Kontra Tiempo - "Left"

Sculpted around the wild abandon of ‘80s post-punk, Kontra Tiempo sounds more sonically exciting and savaged than ever with new single “Left.” This time, they’re taking big-beat dramatics to impressionistic heights, copping widescreen melodies for a stab at arena gold territory. One thing noticeable about Kontra Tiempo’s newfound direction aside from adopting a more atmospheric stance is that they feel comfortable in embracing great little melancholic moments that tease listeners with heart-clutching sparkle. They write indelible hooks the way they want us to linger on heartbreak, wanting us to feel every inch of the lyrics’ misery on textbook terms.

June 7, 2013

NEW TRACK: The Geeks - "These Days"

For anyone who digs the casual intimacy of lo-fi recordings, The Geeks’ excursion to homemade indie-pop might instantly win you over. Their songs sound like it was recorded straight in the bedroom after a greasy ugly cry, allowing the carefree acoustics to seep in and calm down every few bars-- one bucket of tears after another.

It’s in this aloof kind of charm that makes people like me appreciate The Geeks. On “The View (Stalker Song),” they channel adolescent feelings with words that chug god-awful truthfulness in every heartbeat; its wistful guitars and minimal drums bared in its wimpy California glow. "It hurts that it’s over, you know,” Jam repeats and tosses off his beaten emotions down the drain. His frustrations, hopeless and intense, lingers just as you were about to freeze any attempts to revive old memories. Too bad, it would take time before you pull your ears away from its mopey sentiments.

June 6, 2013

NEW VIDEO: Similar Objects - “PASTMAYANFUTUREPRINCESS”

The video for Similar Objects’ IDM stomper “PASTMAYANFUTUREPRINCESS” contains some of the weirdest, most imaginative short filmmaking wonders this side of exotic tropicalia. Its narco-futurist, black-and-white affair blends intricately with the visual themes of the track—the mystical surrealism of natural and cosmic energies, the paranormal incursions to astral prophecies and Mayan occultism, and some images lifted from an '80s sci-fi videogame featuring a modern princess with special powers being chased by a mysterious man wearing the face of a teddy bear.

This complete acid trip is captivating in its quite possibly nonsensical sense. But stripped off its fractal plot, the video offers a beguiling entertainment that sets beauty apart from madness, brewing cinematic magic that’s bound to mystify, exasperate, and leave a bittersweet taste in the end. Watch the video below:

NEW TRACK: Halik Ni Gringo - "I'm Not Usually Like This"

Outside the fickle trend-hopping realm of indie, Halik Ni Gringo gamely throw themselves into the pits of meat and murder, blasting tortured slammers that capitalize on punk’s velocity and no-wave’s fuzzy, infectious noise. Too often, tracks lapped in the familiar sonic frenzy fail to get past its exuberance and drunkenness. But Gringo breaks this myth. Hardly 2 minutes go by in a blur. It’s all high-octane energy and pure chaotic fun from start to finish, the kind of sweaty, beer-soaked jam that your Tito would love to crank up at some ungodly weekday hour.

June 3, 2013

NEW TRACK: Read Between The Lions - "Boy On Fire"

From the outset, this catchy slab of punch-drunk power pop brings back a lot of memories in high school. Everything about it screams teen-angst boilerplate: purring guitar riffs that cling to sugar-high comforts, driving rhythms that reverberate in aching rush of elation and heartbreak, and a sticky energy indelible enough to let the listeners put their hands up in sky and scream. The only thing you need now is to lock yourself in the room, crank the volume up, and blast this soaring anthem away to drown the scarring that bleeds right through the center. There’s simply nowhere to go but inside its 4-minute euphoria.

ALBUM REVIEW: No Rome - Fantasy (2013)

When we've first featured No Rome with his early releases, “Dance With Me” and his cover of Michael Jackson's “Rock With You,” there was no sliver of a doubt that Number Line Records' prodigy is set to do remarkable things in a music confinement that's already brimming with outstanding talents.

Gone are the days when chillwave, electro-pop and other related bedroom projects find exclusivity in obscure music blogs, fading into oblivion the next week after. Now, its domain is available in wider varieties, thus catering to even the most finicky palates. But what appeals the most and what sets the best apart from the rest is when one capitalizes on a very unique style defined by his or her personal tastes. It might be a mix of influences, trends, technological innovation - all sculpted into a distinct form of its kind. And when you listen to No Rome, it sounds like a montage of your teenage years wrapped in his own twisted afterglow.

One might catalog his EP, Fantasy as K-Pop-slash-electro-slash-bubblegum-pop faddy, and it's completely fine. But that doesn't take away the fact that at first listen, it brings back nostalgic feelings of harmless firsts. Puppy love, first kiss, all these uncomplicated phases of our lives documented in a youthful, zesty take.

Fantasy opens into a mellow foray with “2k5,” a hallmark soundscape that dabs on lush pads and supple ambient flourish, setting the Asianwave tone of the record. The remaining 3 songs are signature No Rome: melodically rich and injected with youthful vibe. Splashed with skippy grooves and darted bass, “Tru Feelings” is the best track to shimmy to all night long, pumping bright colors from its woozy millennial ambition. Title-track “Fantasy” frolics into a light-hearted love song glazed with poppy bleeps and chimes. It also features samples from the hit Korean series, The Princess Hours. And then there's a swooping quality in the Zeon Gomez-assisted “Don't Let Go” that makes it the perfect closing track, with its swirly synths and slushy beats taking all the flirting to its final base.

Rome's first 'blondeelectro' offering is still raw. But time after time, many have proven that rawness does not equate to mediocrity. And so this is why even at this point, we won't be surprised if this young man wins in the next beatsmith skirmish.  B   
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ALBUM REVIEW: Nouvul - TwinFlames (2013)

Jorge Wieneke has always been vocal in coming to terms with his urban roots. Even on the left-field serration of his solo electronic project, Similar Objects, his exploration of sounds and feelings sometimes echo Timbaland’s stuttering, futuristic production style and a lot of those you hear in PBRB records—from How To Dress Well’s minimalist ambient soul to Shlohmo’s late-night grooves. So it didn’t surprise me to hear him shred his soul to pieces on a new project called Nouvul—another solo venture of his that slides into the slimy vibe of late ‘80s and early ‘90s commercial R&B.

Reinterpreting the golden years of slow jams with detached prettiness, Jorge expands his repertoire with songs that might attract mainstream listeners who aren’t drawn to the sleek, lo-fi mutations of R&B: liquid and fragmented downtempo beats, wafting electronic tones, rhythmic counterpoints and all that Miguel-meets-Gaye quirks. His debut EP TwinFlames works on this premise, hard and cold, emphasizing the searing pain and joy of adolescent relationships while beating it under a sonic sculpture. Skeptics who still can’t get pass the trendiness of its bedroom production might dismiss this record as lacking in personality, even pick on the alienating approach that shaped its muddle of washed-out soundscapes and experimental energies. But unlike the bandwagon fetishisms of most releases filed under “drugged R&B”, Jorge makes accessible jams that weave impeccably through smoke and haze.

On “TheyDreamLady” and “Wayu” Jorge breathes new life as a pillow-talking gentleman taking on slow, seductive numbers that have more bump-and-grind feel to it than contemporary bluster. And while his production often lives up to the throwback breeziness and slink of R&B records in the 90s, the songs always connect with surprising amount of staying power and emotional sticking points.

Miki Hahn, who shares her languorous sweet vocals on three tracks (“Hopes Up,” “VIP,” and “EndofDay”), sounds great on slow-burning anthems developed with darker, more atmospheric strain. Her velvety singing, stuffed with melismatic sultriness and restraint, plateaus softly as it transitions from one beat to another, never too forced to peak that easily. It makes perfect sense that Jorge is careful not to overrun Miki’s vocal affectations with his trademark fractious production. After all, the inner beauty of these tracks lies on how calm and soothing Miki’s voice is, and a clever producer should know how to exhaust such quality to fuller effect.

Over the course of half an hour, TwinFlames churns lush, spacious bedroom jams that push the limitations of R&B to narcotic stretch. Jorge’s treatment on his new record doesn’t even come close to groundbreaking, but his efforts take it a step further to soothing extremes, enticing us back for a few more rounds.  B+ 

June 1, 2013

MUST DOWNLOAD: Cerumentric - Some Of These Songs Just Doesn't Belong EP

A remastered compilation of Cerumentric’s unreleased tracks, rarities and demos from 2009-2010 is already available for download. The set features ‘80s-inspired, synth-pop shimmers that Erick Fabian wrote mainly as “studies in composition and arranging” and not for official release. But make no mistake: despite being conceived as a rarity, these leftover goodies offer a richly rewarding experience if only listeners are willing to spend time with it, with spastic, neo-energizers “Pretty Tremors” and “Southern Tagalog Bulldozers” ready to spark a revolution in the dancefloor. Download it:

MUST DOWNLOAD: Soul_brk - Terminus EP

Sadwave instrumentalist Soul_brk has dropped his debut EP, Terminus. If you dig mood-trotting sound waves from graveyards to Mars, make sure to cop this young blood's banging new collection.

May 30, 2013

NEW TRACK: Alessandra De Rossi Feat. Yan Yuzon - "Swept Away"

Not to rest on her laurels yet, actress-singer Alessandra De Rossi teams up with Yan Yuzon (Pupil, Archipelago) on a wraithlike, triphop-drenched ballad enveloping the sensual and shamanist quality of her previous work. “Swept Away,” the new single off her upcoming sophomore album shepherds her to newer, darker pastures without fully departing her comfort zone. With Alex and Yan sharing vocal duties, and the instrumental pulse stitched together by hypnotic tinkers and atmosphere, the cumulative efforts evoke a gorgeous melting of voices, crashing while complimenting each other all at the same time. Download the track here.

NEW TRACK: The Valiant Vermin Feat. Zeon - "The Mystery of Empty Space"

The Valiant Vermin knows her way round delightful pop glitter, and on her second single “The Mystery of Empty Space,” the reluctant YLG muse continues to refine her aesthetic with a slice of cosmic four-on-the-floor bliss that grabs you by the ear and sends you floating in space. Anchored by incandescent synths, analog-fetishizing textures, and warped vocals, the complete product cuts some of the finest diamond future-disco this side of obscure internethon. Download it here.

May 28, 2013

NEW TRACK: Ifrit - "Anam Kyra"

You can hear a fragile piece of humanity unravel through Ifrit Rivera’s voice. On Library Kids’ quiet chamber-folk demos “A Quiet Walk Outside” and “Clear Waters,” he pulls out all the stops to supplant the quirky and intense contrast to Ridge Tan’s invitingly warm vocals, delivering his own spectral touches with unshakable conviction.

As a solo performer, Ifrit makes use of his voice as a keening, somber instrument that renders haunting evocations of Anthony and the Johnsons or Paul Buchanan—admittedly two of his personal heroes in music. There was never a moment of restraint and moderation; only cabaret transmissions from a mournful elegy sung in confessional, spine-tingling outbursts.

“Anam Kyra,” Ifrit’s debut track finds him unearthing the ghosts of his past, trying to redeem his soul in the many layers of tension and achingly beautiful, orchestral lushness. What stands out about Ifrit is how he was able to evoke fragility even from a neo-classicist standpoint, cutting this close to the bone the moment he opens his diaphragm and lets his soulful lament invade the open air. The last two minutes of the song, is where he loosens up like a primitive shaman mantracizing otherworldly ills with a desire to seek redemption. His voice fills us with hope for better things to come, a languid mediation imbibed with the rightful amount of sadness and divinity.

NEW TRACK: Unclemullet - "Deadbeat Delinquent"

Unclemullet never sounded pleasant. But at least, it’s something that they’re good at: floundering in the dusty garage to revive the days when rock music was all about dissonance and dense feedback, making the feral kind of early ‘90s noise that bleeds into the din and screeches right through your ears. All of these are buried in the chaotic stasis of “Deadbeat Delinquent,” a banging rust-smudged noise that has found a way to deliver sonic playfulness and recklessness, without resorting to sacrifice grit over candy-gloss crossover. It’s messy, paranoid and loud: in short—uneasy listening music that will make you start losing every frame of your brain. Literally. Play this at max volume if you have the guts:

May 27, 2013

NEW TRACK: The Chopping Board - "Simple Line"

For those nocturnes who beat up their time indulging to the dreamy, lo-fi charm of bedroom pop before going to sleep, The Chopping Board’s “Simple Line” might just be a good addition to your self-curated playlist. The music from this upcoming Naga-based roamer isn’t exactly easy to digest, but its earnest pop sensibilities, fueled by isolationist guitars and sparse, electro-folk glimmer, are enough to make your heart grow a yard. Spin this on repeat:

May 25, 2013

NEW TRACK: Join The Club - "Balewalang Pag-ibig"

It’s too early to tell if Join The Club’s latest single “Balewalang Pag-ibig” would end up being a startling pop-rock masterpiece that would finally lay to rest whatever criticisms the band garnered in the past. But to be succinct and frank, they’ve managed to shed uncertainties hounding their previous material with washes of unflinching moodiness and ambition.

Bearing the bluest heartbreak ever confessed, “Balewalang Pag-ibig” feels like a product of diarist sentiments exposed in the most beautiful of ways. The banduria flourishes and introspective, lush arrangements exude timelessness that reverts back to the stylistic tendencies of John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band. But it’s the words behind the song, fleetingly alluring and captivating from start to finish, that holds everything together as it should be.

May 24, 2013

ALBUM REVIEW: KZ Tandingan - KZ Tandingan (2013)

KZ Tandingan is going through a hard time. Somebody broke her heart; you can almost feel the tension and grit of her vocal inflections as it moves from one syllable to another, recreating Adele’s uncanny ability to elicit a good ugly cry. When she opens up, “Nakakabiliw lang isipin, anong gagawin, anong gagawin sa sarili,” the world listens and bleeds, sympathetic of the emotionally devastating experience that went through and through.

There’s something beguilingly perverse about the nakedness that comes in when KZ sings, raspy and expressive, rife with its own character. She’s more than an interpreter who fakes dramatic conceit with note-perfect emotions. If in real life she’s indeed a happy person, she seems to extract the opposite on recording: one song she can be that grand dame articulating brutal confessionals of withered love with preciseness and crackle, the other she channels hopelessness with a vulnerable bluesy snarl that renders it the more heartfelt.

While the last two decades have brought along modern torch singers who have relied so much on copying the melismatic drawl of Mariah Carey and went to as far as imbibing the artificial power belting of divas Regine Velasquez and Celine Dion, none was as original and chilling as KZ Tandingan’s gritty soul, which surprisingly her producers at Star Records bankrolled on at their own (profit-making) risk.

Dressed up with organic but modern production that conveys her authenticity, KZ Tandingan’s self-titled debut album is an actual thing of beauty and pain, a straight-up commercial record riddled with soul siren feistiness, power ballad swoon, and jazzy, lighter-than-air bounce. Unlike her contemporaries, KZ’s strength lies on how she convincingly interprets these spirited songs that we can all relate to, into something bigger than life with fervor and fire. She also makes it a point to go beyond plaintive emoting, owning moments within songs word per word, sometimes struggling to move out from the emotional attachment. “Puro Laro” seems fit in this mold: a big soulful ballad that casts KZ as the scorned lover who wants to get things right. Backed with a soaring chorus that pierces the heart even further as it builds and blasts, the song challenges its listeners to hear and feel the pain her way. Same can also be said on “Bakit Lumuluha”—a wounded follow-up that for all its earnestness reveals all that can be found in every failed relationship.

Another standout, “Un-Love You” shows KZ Tandingan holding on to a confidence-joltiing weeper with a rockier edge that brings to mind Kelly Clarkson or Pink. Here, she sounds pissed at a controlled pace, but as the power chords, dramatic strings and crashing drums overlay in the chorus, you’ll notice the intensity that she interweaves into the grit, almost battling the ferociousness of every bleeding note with hint of irony and sarcasm.

Despite having the tendency to go for melodramatic overkill, the producers, headed by Jonathan Manalo, made it a point to expose KZ’s versatility as a singer, throwing in some lite-Motown twirl on “Love Love Love,” neo-bossa on “Umiibig,” and poignant piano ballad on “Scared To Death.” In another singer’s hands, this might seem like a heavy undertaking, a sugarcoated fluff lacking the emotions and attitude to pull it off. KZ proves that she can knock down these show-stopping songs and make it rather difficult for anyone to break into her level.  B+ 

May 23, 2013

NEW TRACK: The Tough Ones - "Last Oath"

It’s remarkable to hear a virtually unknown singer-songwriter capture serene beauty in a song stripped down to its essentials. On the new track “Last Oath,” Cebu-based folk troubadour Vincent James Eco serenades listeners with an exquisitely arranged folk ditty that adds a considerable amount of melancholy and breathless wonder to the mix. You could immediately feel the lush arrangements orchestrate within closed door intimacy, in which he wraps easy, soothing melodies with understated drama. And as soon as it ends, you’ll want to hit repeat and start again until you succumb to a deep sleep. Stream the track below:

NEW TRACK: No Rome Feat. Zeon - "Don't Let Go"

Deserting the effervescent club-pop spirit of “Dance With Me”—the internet crossover that landed him a spot on MTV Iggy and other Hypem blogs, No Rome recruits his brother-for-life Zeon Gomez on a retro-futurist banger rendered with unconventional sound choice and ambition. On “Don’t Let Go,” Rome has found himself locked up in the woozy downer of relationship troubles, meticulously crafting introverted dance music with his heart ripped on the paper shredder.

Exploring the fringes between experimental trappings and accessibility, Rome folds in a few more layers of Giorgio Moroder throb, heavy reverb, and droning psychedelic synths to evoke a pretty singular mix of yearning and hopelessness, but more than the stylistic overhauls that radiate in the background, the real highlight of this particular track is the songwriting, which for all its juvenilia, showed his vulnerable, emotional side.

“Time isn’t always a favor, a battle we all have to fight,” he intimates over a heavily filtered, chillwave groove that eventually slurs into washes of echoes and ambient drown. Things start to get interesting when Rome flaunts his emotions on the dancefloor with an enduring guise—drinks spilled on shirt, stomping wildly to the beat until the feeling momentarily wears out and haunts. Exploring this path might be a lucrative option, but leave it to Rome when it comes to leaving the audience wanting for more.

May 22, 2013

NEW TRACK: Spazzkid - "40 Winks" (Justin de Guzman Remix)

While Spazzkid’s “40 Winks” is a gorgeous bedroom anthem on its own, hiphop/electronica producer Justin de Guzman took the track from the far depths of the internet straight to the IDM vault, tossing the summery laid-back grooves around his own obscure constructions.

What draws me the most about Justin’s own take of the song is the transition, the slow build from unkempt electro-chill flourish to the last minute of gurgling, pulsing house thump. And somewhere midway in the clubland paradise, as JDG’s about to locate the climactic pleasures of the original, he loses it to the floor and pulls off his own idiosyncratic elements that had us salivating for more. Bring your homies and beat this track to the ground:



Justin De Guzman’s awesome take on “40 Winks” is part of Spazzkid’s Desire Remix album to be released soon. For more details visit his bandcamp page.

May 20, 2013

NEW TRACK: Farewell Fair Weather - "Rough Skies"

It’s amazing how a young, collegiate band like Farewell Fair Weather have easily earned a deified place in the local gig circuitry, based on impassioned and remarkable live performances alone. Their dexterity in combining swooping pop-jazz musicality with contemporary soul fervor, one that emphasizes raw emotions and improvisational arrangements instead of clinical technique, is commanding to say the least. But wait ‘til Mic Manalo opens her mouth and starts captivating the audience with intimated sensuality and youthful charm that could only arrive with time.

On their new track “Rough Skies,” FFW have successfully translated the smooth jazz vibe of their live performances into recording, putting their own breezy intonations to the brew. Its silken groove moves freely from one accent to another, and in a matter of minutes, cocoons into a bright-eyed improvisational earworm that you wish won’t stop.

And with all due respect to a lot of jazz musicians out there, its’ pretty refreshing to listen to the rubbery basslines, earthy drum beats, funky guitar solos and warm keyboard tones that veer towards self-indulgence, and instead provide a one-of-a-kind sparkle that suits the velvet optimism of the song. And Mimic—what can I say? She has reasserted herself as one the most promising voices in the emerging local music. Her understated, keening voice is sophisticated in its own little way, and I love that she’s more in control than ever. via ndfy.me

NEW TRACK: Against The Light x Skymarines - "Nighttime Mist"

In no less than a year, Davao-based electro-pop act, Skymarines have made a remarkable crossover from blog-pop pixie to accomplished internet star, a proof that the next wave of future big shots could be found lurking around Soundcloud, posting demos that might get a second chance on other viable platforms outside the internet. Recently, she collaborated with Cagayan De Oro’s electronic producer Against The Light on the track called “Nighttime Mist,” and as cold and haunting as the title suggests, both artists have embraced the midnight artifice of Chvrches’ dream-pop suave, lacing it with shimmering guitars that glide and soar above the ambient pulse.

But it’s Isa AƱiga’s lilting coos that pretty much gave the song its much-needed sunlight. She sings as if her voice is destined to be the world’s only centerpiece—beautiful, almost unreal, floating in wherever the gentle whirl takes it. John Uy of ATL on the other hand, holds everything together, without ever breaking. The beats and minimalist post-rock build he drops, never too empowering, are executed with just the right amount of finesse and subtlety. Download the track here.

NEW TRACK: Hello Joe - "Just A Wonder"

Of course, its’ easy to denounce Hello Joe as another fairly talented newcomer shuffled into derivative post-Britpop playground ala Arctic Monkeys or The Libertines. But with new track “Just A Wonder” in tow, Hello Joe brim at the seams with vehement energy and catchy guitar chords, and prove critics that they’ve got some hook-laden summer tunes to churn. Moreover, the songcraft displayed here—youthful and incredibly refreshing—indicates that these quirky lads have studied their lesson well and wore their influences right on the sleeves. Stream it below. via ndfy.me

May 17, 2013

NEW VIDEO: Reklamo - "Be Unique"

“Be Unique,” the bluesy punk anthem from Reklamo, now has a video that mirrors the song’s nihilist brashness. The clip takes place inside UP Diliman campus, where skater chicks, amateur bikers, and snotty punks gather for an entire day of slacker fun and trouble. If you dig (1) bunch of teenage tease flaunting their legs and side boobies, (2) bloody skating injuries and (3) rockstar cameos, then this will most definitely strike your fancy. Watch it below:

May 15, 2013

NEW TRACK: Simon's Books - "Gone On Repeat"

Like hopeless portents of withered love, “Gone On Repeat” lives on nostalgic moments that peel every remnant of heartache and pain one could hear and feel within distance. Over a piano figure and trippy backbeat, bedroom-pop dweller Simon’s Books obsess over rewinding time to capture beautiful details in his life that sadly, were gone. “There were moments that we could have kissed, there were moments gone,” he went on to reveal on the first few lines of the song, trying to find sadsack sanctuary in words and meanings, and everything in between.

May 13, 2013

NEW TRACK: Hana ACBD - "Stephen"

At a leisurely pace, Hana ACBD of Spirit Ocean toys around twee-pop experiments drowned in kitschy e-gimmicks. But when she hits the pleasure points, expect the teenage newcomer to exude a charismatic flair that allows the song to capture some emotional resonance even in its smallest details. Hana ACBD’s new single “Stephen” builds from the shimmering mood laid forth on Spirit Ocean’s best tracks, tucked with an infectious pop melody that got a little more color and style compared to her previous solo project releases.

Restrained dynamically, perhaps the most notable change in Hana is the warmth and breeze that she conveys when she sings around twinkly keyboards and synthesized horns. Her growing confidence both as singer-songwriter and producer is palpable, and on “Stephen,” you can hear her embracing artistic leaps forward, bolstered by her unique personality rustling through and through the song. Download it here.

May 10, 2013

ALBUM REVIEW: Franco - Soul Adventurer (2013)

“The world is gonna see some better days, this feeling starts within yourself today,” pours the charismatic rock icon Franco Reyes on the stirring, huge-hooked anthem “Better Days.” This time, he delivers the goods as if he’s screaming in front of the biggest stadium of the world, persuading the crowd to smell and imbibe the free-spirited optimism of what humanity has to offer. Anthems have always been big and rousing, carried with a messianic message that impacts other people’s lives. And it’s refreshing to hear Franco channel the vibe so effortlessly, like it’s almost second nature to him.

Working for or against it, Franco’s sophomore album, Soul Adventurer threads on similar waters: the kind of anthemic rock sprawl hidden under a wash of infectious sing-alongs and power chord stompers. In the case of “To Survive,” “Better Days,” “Moonset,” and “A Beautiful Diversion”—it works, and even finds the band harnessing a particularly introspective mood. However, there are times that Franco’s stadium aspirations tend to overwhelm. The ambitious gestures downplay moments where he could have been more tender and nuanced; leaving us sometimes with schmaltzy, life-affirming pronouncements quite short of sincerity.

But don’t get me wrong. Soul Adventurer is a compelling modern rock release, and delivers the sonic hugeness that we’ve come to expect from arguably one of the country’s most popular rock icons of the last 5 years. While there’s some sort of heavy-handedness in the way Franco inject his own vulnerability, you could sense from a distance that’s he’s willing to compromise between experimental and pedestrian tastes, often making songs that go beyond satisfying its core audience.

“Lover's Fire,” with its minimalist R&B inflections and slowly seductive grooves provides a refreshing undertow that can’t be shaken for weeks and months. Opener “To Survive” and “A Beautiful Diversion” could rival first single “Better Days” in terms of chart longevity and pomp, wrapping the inner workings of love, life and religion with triumphant and emotional ballast. The rest of the songs range from good to middling, executed with rockstar confidence that cuts across class and ages.  

May 9, 2013

NEW VIDEO: Deanery - "Monthlong Sundays"

Take the contemporary new wave brood of Sheila and The Insects and then mix it with raw production ethos and cockney snot. The result leads to Deanery’s new single “Monthlong Sundays”—a tightly-wound jam with clear indebtedness to the post-punk revival of the mid ‘00s. In retrospect, while bands like Interpol and Bloc Party have tore down the danceable but sensitive framework of post-punk in favor of stadium-sized ambition, Deanery still wears the same enthusiasm and grit of said bands 8 years ago, churning out dark, atmospheric anthems filled with angular guitar riffs and bouncy rhythms. via ndfy.me

May 8, 2013

NEW TRACK: Frank Ocean - "There Will Be Tears (James Ussher Remix)"

Here's the fact: remixing a Frank Ocean song, when done sloppily, is a heresy. He's the face of a music genre that thrives on the liberated junction of urbanized R&B and electronic music. But when done right, nobody will care whose song it is originally, it'll just be damn good that's going to stand on its own.

Which is the case on this remix.

James Ussher, the newest addition to the berth of Buwan Buwan Collective's artists, dotted the original with a more lavish approach. It opens with a sloshed tinker and wobbled hook, which is when you'll know this is a good song to listen to as an alternative to its more upbeat original. Layered with sparse synths and spurious glitches, it flourishes into a cathartic arrangement - just the right amount to make it the more affable, laid-back, and 'no tears' version. via Mary Christine Galang

May 7, 2013

NEW TRACK: Ourselves The Elves - "Silly Little Song"

What a beautiful song. Wrapped in delicate warmth, Ourselves The Elves’ “Silly Little Song” renders confessional fragility with a stripped down approach that delights and blooms over time. It’s obviously a poignant song steeped in vivid evocation of heartbreak, with “sadness so real that it populates the city and leaves you homeless again,” to quote Feist.

ALBUM REVIEW: KaapiN - KaapiN (2013)

With so much going on, you think Rotsanjani Mojica (synths, beats, noise, glitch) and Michael Nuesca (vocals, glockenspiel, melodic) would mess it up big time, dressing up their work with half-finished sketches and painfully shapeless hooks that hover on most post-internet records as of late. Luckily, you barely need 15 minutes running time with the new KaapiN record to fully understand how committed they are in producing glitchy, almost flawless electro-pop affair compelled with gripping ideas and processed wizardry. Instead of wasting precious time on experiments that aren’t substantial enough to hold your attention, KaapiN provides a gleaming glimpse of the possibilities and impossibilities of homemade laptronica music, adding an ethereal yet humanly dimension to an otherwise robotic hostile.

The EP opens with the two-punch knockouts “Movements” and “Taxi Taxi,” both spaced-out ambient jams layered with haunting vocal arrangements and lush, digital burbles. It’s fascinating to hear Michael’s pitched up vocals stretched to gorgeously vertiginous effect; somehow, it contributes to the esoteric earnestness of the record, which so much reminds me of Purity Ring and Grimes. The pace slows down a bit with “Freedom,” a grainy, witch house experiment built around glockenspiels, ambient samples, ghostly hushes and noise. I personally prefer not including this track on the EP, as it sounds more like unnecessary clutter than an actual song.

On a positive note, the Cebu-based IDM/glitch-pop duo picks up with “Everyone’s The Same” and gloriously marches toward vibrancy and androgyny, all at equal swing, channeling Claire Boucher’s elfish mannerisms to strangely heavenly result. Rotsanjani complements Michael’s airy vocal gymnastics just as he gamely exposes their kaleidoscopic pop sensibilities in between tension and breeze, with the desire to do something more in touch with dreams than reality. The last track, “Hear Me” surprisingly ends the cryptic chasms of KaapiN’s debut EP with a warmer, more structured indie-pop luminacy, camouflaged like the lone crossover track that alternative radio might consider playing.

All in all, KaapiN is in for some great start, with innovative sonic sketches at play. And in today’s Soundcloud era, post-internet pop landscape, they were able to embrace electronic music trends effortlessly while also shredding some layers of it, making a record so recognizably theirs that it’s hard not to get smitten by its traces of inherent charisma and oddity.  B+ 

You can stream the entire EP below via ndfy.me, and puchase the tracks on the duo's official bandcamp site.

May 5, 2013

NEW TRACK: RH Xanders Feat. Raw Mf - "(Y)our Pain"

This year, it seems that immersing to the artier, more psychedelic-leaning brood has become the tall order in local hiphop—at least to some. Most of these adventurists snarl cosmic verses on top of blurry, minimalist beats and hazy flow, sometimes collaborating with eccentric producers whose idea of hiphop is far removed from the conventions and tricks of the more mainstream groupthink. Smoking on this referential joint is RH Xanders, whose star-in-the-making single “(y)our pain” felt like he gargled acid and spitted a washed out, stream-of-consciousness drift in the way he attacks his verses.

Equally compelling is Raw Mf, who displays a better grip to his abilities, sliding effortlessly from one beat to another. With skill and artistry displayed to striking effect, RH Xanders and Raw Mf prove that there’s more to blog-era rap than experimental fetishisms.

May 2, 2013

NEW TRACK: Gaijin - "Parachutes"

It makes perfect sense that after a month-long jolt of summer heat, Gaijin’s “Parachutes” comes in, launching an explosive power-pop splash that wipes everything away in an instant. Syrupy hooks and catchy, chord progressions have always been the group’s greatest strength ever since, and on their latest track, Gaijin keep the formula at a close distance, serving up some stadium rock killer with na-na-na harmonies loosely ready for a communal sing-along.

You can tell they’re aiming to live by the moment. And with “Parachutes,” Gaijin take the fun side of making music to a higher level, treating every experience as if it’s the last barbecue party this summer.

NEW TRACK: 5Hundred Feat. Skymarines - "FMN"

On his confectionary reimagining of Craig David’s worldwide smash “Fill Me In,” 5Hundred decides to bring back ‘90s R&B slink to the post-internet future world, toying with wonky production and druggy ambiance to make the song stretch and soar to limitless bursts. Skymarines’ Isa Aniga, who lends her caramelized coo on this narco-soul joint, smothers the song with innocent sexiness and edge. Together, they explore the left-field end of commercial R&B with disjointed patchworks: deconstructing it, while still amplifying the genre’s innate qualities.

May 1, 2013

NEW TRACK: Luxe - "New Beginning" (Prod. by Conclave)

Luxe’s “New Beginning” sounds like a Charli XCX-Lykke Li mashup from last night’s bedroom rave party, with electronic producer Conclave providing a shadowy slice of midtempo banger swathed in dreamy synths, stray glitter beats and homespun digital arrangements. Despite the plethora of sonic allusions involved, Luxe’s debut track weaves through an optimist sentiment that’s just as infectious as the intimacy it sends to the listeners. Her vocal alone, without exerting too much dramatics and effort, strikes an emotional chord tailor-made for Conclave’s moody synth-pop motif: both of which have bigger picture for what post-internet pop sounds like, with eyes closed and ears dipped in headphone bliss.

April 27, 2013

20 Most Anticipated OPM Albums of 2013

Need something to look forward to this summer? Below, we’ve compiled 20 of the most anticipated OPM albums scheduled for 2013/early 2014 release. We’re planning to put up a calendar of local releases soon—EP or full-length, digital format or physical CDs, cassette tape or vinyl. But while the initiative is still on developmental stage, here’s a list that will keep every music enthusiast interested in the coming days, weeks, and months.

Child/ren of the Pilgrimage
Archaic; April 27, 2013

Summer, nostalgia, daydreaming—Child/ren of the Pilgrimage’s sonic stamp has created some of the most colorful moments in the local indie scene last year and just the thought of them releasing bunch of songs in the future, makes the giddy in me explode. And guess what? Tonight, Jep Cruz and friends will be parading their latest effort under Terno Recordings entitled Archaic, and will feature transcendent pop gems that feels in its own way beautiful and brave.



Don’t Bogart The Can...Man!
Due late 2013

The Strangeness’ indie pop alter-ego, Don’t Bogart The Can...Man! is on the process of picking the right songs for their still-untitled debut album to be released on the latter part of this year. “With Bogart, we started recording last year but we scrapped everything because we wanted to do everything by ourselves, at our own pace. Different circumstances lead to different (and hopefully better) outcomes,” Francis Cabal shares to this writer. We can’t wait for these guys to translate their sadcore shambles and yacht-rock sensibilities into recording, because based on the preview of “Fizzy Good Make Feel Nice” alone, you'd hint that these guys are up to something huge and special.



Drip
TBD

“Triphop is out,” and so Drip declared. With Beng Calma-Alcazaren and beathsmith Ian Magbanua's photos in the studio circulating on Instagram, we can’t help but gush around and get stoked, especially after learning that the duo decided to break away from the flighty, ethereal triphop vibe of their previous two albums in favor of a brand new sound.



Eyedress x Skint Eastwood
Hearing Colours (international re-release); TBD

Rumors have it that Idris Vicuna and XL Recordings, the iconic culprit behind the mainstream crossover success of indie acts Vampire Weekend, Adele, and The xx, are currently in talks of distributing the synth-pop nostalgist’s debut album, Hearing Colours. If plans push through, as confirmed by Eyedress himself, the re-release of his first international record will include 12 tracks —6 from Eyedress and 6 from Skint.



Farewell Fair Weather
Self-titled; May 8, 2013

As full-time students of UST Conservatory of Music, Farewell Fair Weather are pretty much a diversion from the classical music leanings that they continue to nurture at present time. Mic and gang channels an eclectic mix of R&B, post-rock, jazz, funk and blues, sometimes done in breathtakingly improvisational strut. Good news is that finally, we’ll be hearing their songs on recording, as they embark on releasing an all-original composition via Artiste Connect. If you want to help these kids to put up their debut album soon, feel free to click here.



Flying Ipis
TBD

Aside from their fun and feisty take on riot grrrl punk, what I’m most excited about Flying Ipis’ debut record is that Gaijan Production Squad—Raimund Marasigan, Jesse Grinter, and Shinji Tanaka—took up their producer role seriously on the fearless feminists’ new album. Few months ago, the trio of producers/sound lab experts served as instrument to Yen Constantino’s transformation from confessional pop-rock darling to a confident, classy alt star with a great material to take pride of.



KZ Tandingan
KZ Tandingan; May 2013

Her stellar rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life” and Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” at The X Factor Philippines live shows was definitely hard to ignore. And judging her television performances, KZ Tandingan could come off as a quirky, confident talent with a voice so brassy and soulful; it could cast a spell on you. The 21-year old Digos native is set to release her debut album under Star Records, and before you dismiss anything that has to do with her label, better think twice. In-house producer Jonathan Manalo told this writer that KZ’s team is cooking an all-original material for the young lass, making sure that it veers away from the formulaic Teleserye balladry that her contemporaries are known for.



Library Kids
Due August/September 2013

There were plenty of local Soundcloud demos to go around last year, but nothing sounds as beautifully rustic and warm as Library Kids’ live recording of “A Quiet Walk Outside”—a modern reimagining of Simon and Garfunkel that reeks of rich, pastoral melodies and gorgeous harmonies. It’s great to hear that the indie-folk duo is currently finishing new songs for their upcoming EP, which according to Ridge Tan himself, will be “comprised of 6 songs.”



Munro
TBD

It doesn’t seem fair to make a roundup of the most exciting releases of 2013 without mentioning Armi Millare’s solo venture. Yes, you heard it right: the Up Dharma Down muse will be unleashing her singer-songwriter shamanisms as the Koto-plucking, ambient-soul banshee, Munro. No dates have been confirmed yet as regards to her new record, but just recently, Armi debuted new songs from her upcoming project at the Toe Live In Manila concert.



Nouvul
Twin Flames, due May 2013

Outside Similar Objects, Jorge Wieneke has successfully displayed his urban chops with new solo project, Nouvul. Inspired by ‘90s New Jack Swing, R&B Slow Jams, and the current wave of PBR&B introduced by the likes of The Weeknd and How To Dress Well, Nouvul’s debut EP, Twin Flames is expected to drop sometime soon, featuring tracks such as the smooth-as-Frappe banger “Daydream Lady” and the Miki Hahn-assisted “VIP.”



The Purplechickens
Halang, due late 2013

Art-rock foursome The Purplechickens will be holed up in the studio real soon to finish their 3rd album, tentatively titled, Halang. Aldus Santos told Vandals that the entire album is being produced by Kakoy Legaspi, and will feature songs written in the local vernacular. The Manox frontman also cited Bobby Balingit and The Wuds as inspiration, and went on to divulge that the influence was more on the “subject matter and content,” and not the sound.



No Rome
Due May 2013

First introduced into the cyberspace with the earworm spinster “Dance With Me,” Rome Gomez is currently working on new songs for his debut album to be released this May. As of press time, the young glo-fi producer is involved on several projects under the Young Liquid Gang posse, collaborating with upcoming indie acts such as Spirit Ocean and Soul_brk.



Pulso
TBD

We had too much post-rock music for the last two years that releasing another one in the similarly veined trope could get a beating from people who have gotten tired of the same old formula. Despite this, Terno Recordings is persistent as ever in building up post/math-rock darlings Pulso as one of the genre’s most promising acts, geared on supporting the release of their debut album to be released sometime this year.



Radioactive Sago Project
TBD

Hailed as one of the best OPM albums of the last decade, 2007’s Tangina mo! Ang Daming Nagugutom sa Mundo Fashionista ka pa rin showed Sago’s subversive, vaudevillian punk ambition at its most genre-defying mold, coming off more as an entertaining record that dares to poke fun at our capitalist excesses and greed rather than a spectacle of socio-political drama that leans on the preachy side. Toti Dalmacion hinted on his twitter account the possibility of RASP releasing their fourth album this year. It’s been 6 years, and despite the last album being a tough act to follow, we’re kinda sure that they’ll be doing yet another sweeping, all-embracing huge record set to break our expectations.



Slow Hello
TBD

Yeah, you heard it right. Slow Hello will soon be unfurling their charming indie-pop songs from its original lo-fi incarnations. Their debut album is almost finished, and will feature old favorites such as “Cold Turkey.”



Sheila and The Insects
TBD

Now signed to Lilystars Records, veteran post-punk act Sheila and The Insects have recently toured inside and outside the country to promote their first single “Pretty Loser.” No details have been circulated as of the moment regarding their upcoming releases, but we’re a hundred percent sure it’s gonna kick ass, the way their last album Flowerfish did, 8 years ago.



The Strange Creatures
Due December 2013

Every so often, stars align and a new band comes out from nowhere, releasing a stellar debut single that’s so relatable and goddamn good, the next thing you need to know is the exact date of when they’ll be releasing all the songs stored in the hidden treasure throve. If developments are to be considered, it looks like The Strange Creatures are right on track, busy on writing, practicing and recording the songs that will fill up their upcoming album. Jon Tamayo of TSC hinted that they’ll be releasing their debut album either December of this year or early next year, but we’re positive that they’ll finish everything on time.



The Strangeness
Due late 2013

“We're gunning for around 13 tracks, and going all-out alt-country this time around, less garage rock more roots music. We've already road-tested a few songs live,” Francis Cabal shares to Vandals in a recent chat. If new songs at gigs are to be considered, The Strangeness’ follow-up to the critically acclaimed EP, Jesus Camp might lean towards a more intimate Americana route with influences ranging from Johnny Cash to Uncle Tupelo.



Womb
May 10, 2013

This summer has had its share of promising debuts, and Womb is most likely one of those hotly anticipated bands slated to release their new album, Anesthesiac in a few weeks’ time. If you dig chillout, triphop, and downtempo electronica, then better mark your calendars as this trio from Cebu launches the goods this May 10!



Uela
TBD
With acclaimed R&B/pop producer Dan Gil on board, expect Uela Basco’s solo record to drop like a smooth, baby-making banger meant to soundtrack your lonely nights, whether you’re alone in your room or in the club. Early this year, the soul crooner teased us with “Love is What You Do”—a brand new track featuring Artstrong and Rye, inarguably two of the most exciting urban acts that we have now.



Yolanda Moon
TBD

While nothing has leaked yet from Yolanda Moon’s camp, we’re a hundred and one percent sure that their debut album under Toti Dalmacion’s Terno Recordings will rock and ripple the cosmopolitan tides soon, at least based from what I’ve heard of, from the early incarnation of their songs at their Soundcloud page. And mind you, songs like “Path,” “73” and “Small Talk” are enough to attest to their strength as a band, with their enchanting take on indie rock ready to explode and swivel at beautifully understated twists and turns.


We wanna hear which OPM Albums to be released this 2013 are you most excited about. Join our poll here.

April 26, 2013

NEW TRACK: DJ Joey Santos - "Sunset Waves"

DJ Joey Santos rides on post-chillwave phenom with the breezy infectiousness of a yacht harbor cruise in the Pacific. His debut single “Sunset Waves” is more heart than feel, steering us into a coastal love affair that eventually dissolves into pixelated memories.

What’s more remarkable is how effortlessly Joey constructs Cali-surf grooves and Gallic synths around patches of a heartbreak lament. And when he mantracizes his feelings, “Missing the way that you look, have you forgotten?”—it felt like he wants to get lost in the middle of the ocean and stay there for weeks, trying to recall the heartbreaking encounter while his mind is off to some distant club thump, pouring his weary heart on the disco floor. Download the track here.

April 24, 2013

NEW VIDEO: June Marieezy x Pasta Groove - "Align" (Sune Campaign)

At some point, the fashion and music realm has to meet at an intersection, rubbing each other’s expertise to one another. So it doesn’t come across as little surprise when Tropical clothing line, Sune commissioned eccentric urban producer Pasta Groove and R&B singer June Marieezy collab track “Align” as the music for their latest video campaign. Renowned Spanish model Fatima Rabago graced the video as the lovely muse snuggling at the pool and pretty much every corner of the house, styled like a classy damsel you’ll fall in love with, in an instant. Watch the video below:

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