San Holo blessed the world last year with his aptly titled debut LP, album1. With 12 tracks in total on the release, it did an exquisite job of capturing his eclectic, unpredictable production style.
Now, just over a year later, the album’s remix package is out, once again donning a purposefully plain headline: album1 (a lot of remixes). In this case, “a lot” means 15 remixes from the likes of various line-blurring producers including Rootkit and Tails, but a standout remix comes from The Philippines’ own Manila Killa who sunk his sonic teeth into “lift me from the ground” featuring Sofie Winterson.
What San Holo started as a soothing, half-time serenade, Manila Killa finished as a gliding house music composition. Neither the original nor this remix went deep into the sound-design reaches of the future-bass San Holo is known for. Rather this was a track that displayed it’s creator’s range, and Manila Kill took the opportunity to do the same.
San Holo‘s debut album appropriately titled album1 released last year in September to an anxiously awaiting fanbase. The album was extremely well-received, and highlighted the Dutch producer’s encapsulating trap and future bass expertise. Now, just a little over one year later, album1 gets the full remix treatment in 15-track album album1 (a lot of remixes).
Album1 (a lot of remixes), released courtesy of San Holo’s own label Bitbird, boasts an eclectic underground roster of wildly talented up-and-coming acts. Notable additions include Tails‘ remix of “love (wip),” Golden Vessel‘s remix of “vestal avenue,” and Manila Killa‘s remix of “lift me from the ground.” A standout feature on the album is 17-year-old Jaron‘s breathtaking remix of “lift me from the ground.” Not yet a legal adult, Jaron was brought out by San Holo to perform his gorgeous take on the original at mega festival Coachella, followed by an appearance at Brownies & Lemonade afterparty. Stream the full remix album here.
Manila Killa is back with what will likely be the producer’s final single of the year. The track is titled “on the way,” and it is a collaboration with ilo ilo and pluko.
The track features smooth vocals that instill a sense of calm from the outset, and a delicate production backdrop with dancing synths envelope the vocals, allowing listeners to crawl into a sonic world of a subtle smooth melody.
Manila Killa speaks about the single in an official release, stating, “We write a lot of songs about heartbreak. This isn’t one of those songs. We wanted to find a cool way to bridge our three sonic worlds.” He also notes that the single came together very quickly once the trio decided to sit down and write the track.
“On the way” was born out of the three artists playing select dates together on Manila Killa’s 2019 spring and fall tours, and during their travels they had a chance to sit down and write the single.
Since its inception in 2015, 88Rising has carved out a special place in the music and arts space as the definitive voice of cutting-edge Asian culture and artistry. Championing artists from Rich Brian to Joji, Higher Brothers to Keith Ape, and more, 88Rising broke grounds when it launched the inaugural Head in the Clouds Music & Arts Festival in 2018. Now, the first Asian-centric music festival in the US returns again for its second year in the running, equipped with two times the capacity and talent.
Head in the Clouds 2019 will feature performances from 88Rising’s roster including Joji, Higher Brothers, NIKI, Rich Brian, August 08, and Dumbfoundead, as well as international acts like Jackson Wang, iKON, and DPR Live. This year’s edition of the event also welcomes an all-new stage dedicated to electronic music—hosting k?d, josh pan, Manila Killa, Y2K, Qrion, and more. Popular Asia-inspired night market 626 Market will curate food options on-site as well.
The single day, all ages event takes place August 17 in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.
General admission tickets are available for purchase here. See the full lineup below.
When it comes to musical output, it’s clear that Hotel Garuda isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Initially comprised of Manila Killa and Candleweather, the duo first became renowned for their feel-good house tunes. Then in the summer of 2018, the duo parted ways, leaving Candleweather to continue on as the face of the brand while Manila Killa pursued a solo career.
Candleweather has since completed a headlining tour as the lone face of Hotel Garuda, and recently followed his string of live performances with the release of a new single, “One Reason.” Now, Candleweather re-enters the electronic release ring to drop his debut single as both producer and vocalist on “Head In The Trees.” His vocals leave the listener wondering why he didn’t share this side of his artistry earlier. The track uses subtle electronic production techniques that skillfully position his infectious vocals alongside strumming guitar chords.
“This is my most personal song to date. I’ve made a name for myself making dance music and I want to show a side of me that hasn’t been shown before. Writing, producing and singing on this track was a challenge that I took on nervously, as I wasn’t sure if people would take me seriously as an artist until I made something that was entirely mine. ‘Head In The Trees’ is a love song that marks an important change in my life that happened about two years ago, and only now do I feel comfortable with baring this part of me to everyone else,” Candleweather said in a press release.
Masked man of cosmic creations, Slow Magic has taken on a fan-favorite from Manila Killa‘s recent 1993 album, “Wake Up Call.”
Slow Magic’s vapory, chilled-out remix stands as an organic complement to the original’s subtle, thumping electronica. Both producers are more than adept in the tricky art of creating cerebral soundscapes which compel their consumers to listen as opposed to simply hear or move to—danceable, but not authoritatively so. Slow Magic’s take plays with vocal pitch, creating a rippling effect that emulates the track’s pensive, echoing keys. Where Manila Killa’s initial offering showcases a sobering groove, Slow Magic’s is one of escapism: a palliative proposition to drift inside a soft blue dream.
Slow Magic is currently on tour across the US. The full list of dates can be found here.
1993 found its home on Manila Killa’s Moving Castle imprint, a culture hub and artist collective formed by him, AObeats, and Robokid. The EP title, he divulged, serves as Manila Killa’s personal ode to dance music; the DJ behind the mix celebrates the ever-developing space properly.
Manila Killa has released a seven-track debut EP titled 1993, and each track is a distinctive part that makes for an intriguing whole. While the thematic of the EP is undoubtedly “feel-good” music, the compilation takes twists and turns through a diverse range of genres spanning from progressive house to electro to commercial crossover-type releases. The artist writes on his Twitter that the EP is a year in the making, and it certainly displays this pre-meditation thanks to the impressive collection of tracks.
“Wake Up Call” featuring Mansionair showcases another side of Manila Killa’s production abilities. Contrasting to his usual progressive house sound, the track retains faint drum & bass elements with a mellow and flowing vocal line that create a chilled-out track with a bit of a kick.
“Run Away” enlists electro house synths that create a retro sound and transports listeners to an earlier era in the beginning of the track. The song takes a surprising twist, jumping into a drum line with repetitive vocal cuts that build back into the electro chorus.
“Skin” featuring outsideOUTSIDE takes a bass backdrop and a bouncing chime melody creating an interesting juxtaposition between heavy sonic moments and lighter ones, leaving the ears wanting for more.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
Feed Me has at last revealed the full extent of his High Street Creeps LP, which kicks off with otherworldly “Perfect Blue.” JOYRYDE returns after “AGEN WIDA” with his first tune of 2019, “IM GONE,” and San Holo picks up his guitar in his new single, “Lead Me Back.” Afrojack and Chasner have unveiled their energy-filled remix of David Guetta, Bebe Rexha and J Balvin‘s “Say My Name,” and Party Favor and graves transport listeners to a festival main stage on “Reach For Me.” Vincent‘s debut EP officially hits the airwaves today, featuring heartfelt tracks like “Can’t Help Myself” with Pauline Herr. Manila Killa returns with his seven-track 1993 EP on Moving Castle, and The Knocks celebrate the end of the week on their new “block party mix” of Blu DeTiger‘s “In My Head.” It’s been almost a year, but RAM Records king Andy C has resurfaced to bring the world “Till Dawn,” a drum & bass number that’s simultaneously funky and intense. Vicetone‘s four-track Elements EP has arrived on Monstercat, featuring songs like “Home.” David Guetta dons his Jack Back moniker for a new Toolroom Records release with Cevin Fisher, “2000 Freaks Come Out,” and Louis Futon reveals his full 14-track LP, Way Back When. In an interesting turn of events, NGHTMRE, Shaquille O’Neal, and Lil Jon share a byline on their new single, “BANG,” and Diplo flexes on a new body of work, Europa, on Mad Decent.
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
At the start of the SoundCloud’s future bass explosion, Moving Castle was putting forth some of the most intriguing takes on electronic music seen since the EDM explosion that preceded them. Created by Robokid, Manila Killa, and AOBeats, the three acts and their fellow producers built a name for themselves and have been working together for more than four years now. Starting out 2019 with a strong joint effort, the three producers have united for Robokid’s new track, “17.”
Featuring pitched-down vocals and an infectious swing, the track is a follow-up to “Survive,” Robokid’s late 2018 collab with Hotel Garuda. Confirming on Twitter that his next track was finished as well, fans can hopefully expect a year full of music from Robokid in 2019.