Just a little plug for those in Manila looking for a great place to relax and listen to some sick, unfiltered jazz. Every Monday night, Freedom bar in Anonas, Quezon City, comes alive with drummer extraordinaire sir Mar Dizon and his quartet, Akasha. Monday evening jams have been a staple at Freedom for years already, and while the lineup undergoes changes now and then, sir Mar remains the constant force that drives the music here. The quartet plays a healthy dose of well-known jazz standards such as Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island“, Horace Silver’s “Song for my Father,” Miles Davis’ “Seven Steps to Heaven” while mixing in some original compositions. The video above is an Akasha original, and a pretty damn good one at that. Listen and enjoy.
Water Gun Water Gun Sky Attack (WGWGSA) Solves A Problem Like Maria (APLM) is composed of two solo artists living in opposite ends of the planetary spectrum: WGWGSA is from Denton, Texas while the latter hails from Manila, Philippines. This collaboration, entitled Decompose, is a 6-track EP that dabbles in glitches, broken beats and intelligent dance music mixed in with dreamy vocals from APLM herself.
The Decompose EP is, in APLM’s words, “the soundtrack of a love story set during the zombie apocalypse.” Zombie theme or not, it is an effort worth listening to not only because we’re suckers for collaborative efforts that span continents, but also because tracks such as “Standstill” and the title track properly showcase both artists’ musical capabilities. A step in the right direction for electronic music fans who dug Portishead’s Third album, Homogenic and Vespertine-era Bjork and even Drip, though slightly more subdued. Download it for free HERE if you dig it.
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