Shot by Kevin Cayuca
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The Pharmer’s Guide to Higher Ground is a hip-hop project conceptualized by MC’s Liquid, Skarm, Flexx and Lloyd. In this age where visual illustrations and juxtaposed figures of speech maintain a certain vital role in crafting modern underground hip-hop music, the Pharm introduce themselves as such group utilizing these elements. The 14-track album is a sketchpad of lyrical approaches stylized by each member’s own characteristics in spitting out mind-trip bars that reveal their own animated worlds, cryptic messages and bizarre thoughts. Backed up by hazardous headnod beats from 3 of the Pharm’s members (along with production from producers, Ill Primitivo and DJ Fresh-Lee) and surreal album art designed by abstract visual artist Sloj, this album promises a rejuvenating feeling in Philippine underground hip-hop; simply put, it is something fresh and relevant to look forward to. New Perspectives is here to introduce new gutter science for essential underground listeners in 2012. Meet..The Pharm.
MDK through the lens of Jolo Salvador. Thank you for these shots.
More dusted beats coming your way from Sloj and Fred. As you can see in the video, everyone in the room could hardly contain their excitement in witnessing the collaboration begin to truly take form. Fred’s bluesy guitar solos meshed seamlessly with Sloj’s sliced up and addictive droning beats; it was great to see our performers enjoy the session as much as we enjoyed documenting it. While there are some things worth bitching about and debating on (our antiquated NAIA Terminal 1 Airport, the way Manny Pacquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez yesterday), there’s no questioning the quality of sound this duo has produced for all of us to watch and listen to. This wicked collaboration is also available for you to download in case you want to hear the full, 14-minute version as well as the video edit; either choice, we highly recommend it.
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One of the most exciting aspects of musical improvisation is knowing when the musicians find their groove. First-time collaborations are a lot like learning to ride a bike: wobbly and a bit cautious at the beginning, but then they start picking up some serious steam once a sense of familiarity is established. With Sloj on the MPC and Fred Sandoval on the guitar, they really began hitting their stride with this particular jam and left our jaws dropped. In fact, we could no longer contain our approval during the jam, as you can probably hear when you watch the video.
We highly recommend you download the full, uncut version of this jam by clicking on the link below.
Another lethal dose of Hip-Hop music last Wednesday night at B-Side as this Subflex event showcased the some of the country’s most progressive personalities and ensembles. The night featured performances by Miscellaneous, Skarm (with Lloyd from the Pharm), Protege, MDK, members of the Fliptop Battle League and the rest of the Ampon crew as well as sets from Caliph8 and Pasta Groove, among others. Here are a few photos to give you an idea of how the night went:
For more photos from this wonderful night of tight beats and improvisations, you can check out our Facebook page. As an added bonus, we’re also sharing with you audio snippets from some of the artists that performed that night. Just click on the link at the bottom of the page. We hope to see you at the next SubFlex event, happening next month at the same venue!
This shoot happened around early September, late Sunday afternoon. The weather that day had been gloomy but had yet to rain at that point. When Sloj had finished setting up his gear and began scratching, the downpour of rain and thunder soon followed. The result is a perfect blend of beats and an improvised, natural sound that highlighted our weekend that was slowly winding down. (The title of this post is from one of our favorites artist’s song. Too good to pass up.) We hope this is a highlight of your long weekend that is about to begin.