There’s no quicker fixer-upper than discovering new music you can vibe to. That being said, here are some proudly Filipino musicians who are releasing new songs left and right.
When everything else in life is going south, we turn to music for solace. With constraints on our movements and general way of life becoming more and more restricted, we are feeling a loss of control, just like the way we did a little over 50 years ago. To add to that, the feeling of being stuck at home because of a global pandemic doesn’t help ease the stress either.
In times like these, we look for a sense of community. And sometimes, making music and listening to music provides the comfort we need to get through the day. With that, we listed down these Filipino artists who have new songs coming out which we’re sure to press the replay button on.
Toto Sorioso – Huminga Huminahon (Sessions on Q)
This song talks about the overwhelming uncertainty life holds and needing a breather from it. Written by Toto Sorioso, an award-winning recording artist, and arranged by Marvin Querido, Ardie De Guzman, Junjun Perez, Angelo Rozul and Lerod Cailao, this song brings a powerful yet solemn tune for those who feel the same weight on their chests.
Ben & Ben – Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin
The song’s theme is about respecting people’s opinions and learning to listen to each other. The band shared the link to a free full studio version of the song on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram last June 12 to celebrate independence day, saying “Para sa Pilipinas (For the Philippines).”
No Rome, Beabadoobee, Jay Som – Hurry Home
Three Filipino artists in the international music scene team up to create a sleek new song called Hurry Home. The song is about fleeting feelings and an existing problem with a person, in the hopes of making it work.
Benedict Cua – ‘Di Namalayan
‘Di Namalayan, written by TJ Monterde, is inspired by “a story of a guy who has developed a profound affection towards someone who he often sees during commute,” Benedict Cua revealed in an interview with Megastyle. Coming this June 18 on Spotify, this is Benedict’s debut single.
Ericka Jane – Always The Same
Filipino-Danish Ericka Jane is a rising Copenhagen-based pop star that has streamed more than 25 million across her singles, including the hits Better Off, Bad Like You, and Favorite Lie. Her latest song, Always The Same, touches on being comfortable in the dating world. According to MCA Music, Ericka Jane will be releasing an upcoming EP called Hard To Fake It, with the in-depth narrative of perfectionism, insecurity, and perception in the youth.
Hailee Steinfeld – Half Written Story
Half Written Story is the first installment of Hailee Steinfeld’s two-part project. The tracklist includes five empowering songs, including Wrong Direction and lead single, I Love You’s. “This project is a collection of songs that are so special to me and I’m incredibly proud of,” Hailee shares, “this is the first body of work I’ve put out since my debut project in 2016 and I can’t wait for everyone to hear these new songs.” In a video conference with Hailee, she expresses her gratitude to her Filipino fans, saying how she’ll never forget feeling like a queen when she first visited the country.
Aloura – Secret
Featured in last week’s Spotify playlist for New Music Friday PH, Aloura’s latest single, Secret, plays on the idea of modern dating and wanting their private relationship to go public, for social media to see.
Black Eyed Peas – No Mañana
No Mañana is Apl de Ap’s latest music video with Black Eyed Peas, featuring Dominican artist El Alfa. A catchy dance-bop, which translates to No Tomorrow in English, you can watch the energetic music video here.
DJ Joey Santos – Flat Curver
In a party mood? Check out DJ Joey Santos’ recent track, Flat Curver.“It’s a take on Zoom parties, Facebook and Instagram Live DJ sets, and the general low-fidelity nature of live-streamed performances compared to a real-world in-person experience,” Joey said, according to The Rest is Noise. He continues, “It may not be as satisfying as getting lost on the dance floor with your mates, but it’s the next best thing we have right now while we fight this virus around the world.”