TRACK: ‘Gagawin’ – Ean Mayor

Photo: Godwin Vicente

There is no undermining the unmistakable rhythm and tasteful beatmaking standards that Up Dharma Down has demonstrated with their most recent outing, Capacities, wherein a large chunk of its sonic blueprint is nonetheless attributed to the sound that helped influenced the musicians that they are today. The noticeable nod to the ’80s, but still remaining perpendicular to the consistent impeccable songwriting penned by Armi Millare and Paul Yap, is a display of a somewhat slight shift from the previous two albums. The reason to this prelude is that said display of rhythm and beatmaking skills has just upped the ante of house music locally – coming from by no other than Ean Mayor himself. He treads an entirely different music landscape with ‘Gagawin’, an aesthetically pleasing, beat-busting techno-deep house track that sticks to the minimalist approach the genre was founded upon. There is keen attention to detail: no lavish overlayers, no clumped beats, and most definitely, not lazy-sounding. But despite its meticulousness, it does not sound stiff at all. It is driven by instinct. Thus, panning out subtly. Classy, even.

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