Who doesn’t need upliftment right now? My great friend, DJ Basura, the Philippine Guillotine, hit us with this classic mix from years back and we’re glad he did. If you missed Filipino Folkways the first time here’s your chance to play catchup on these exuberant and obscure records. Balahibo, Cora Adajar and the Mammals, Vilma Valera, Boy Mondragon, Tirso Cruz III and more… all fire! Bravo Basura!
Regular readers will notice we dig international music, especially of the forgotten, funky, soulful, and psych variety. We’ve covered Sinn Sithamouth and other pioneering artists who’ve been criminally overlooked for various (and sometimes, terribly regrettable) reasons. Our good bud DJ Basura has put together an assortment of lost grooves from the Philippines, all culled from glorious, crackly vinyl– lots of breaks, lots of fuzz, and endearing covers. Based on these effusive selections, hopefully more of the same is afoot. Some words from Basura on his fantastic new mix below.
Says Basura: “This mix was inspired by labels seeking to unearth good ‘world music’, like Folkways (now Smithsonian Folkways) and Sublime Frequencies. Ranging from a wide variety of genres including rock, pop, garage, soul, disco, funk, jazz, psych, & Filipino folk dance mainly from the 60’s-80’s (There’s even a surf song and a couple of James Brown covers, amongst others on here!), my goal was to simply shed some light on music made in the Philippines from the past. It’s not an actual ‘mix’ as what most would consider a ‘mix’ to be these days (it’s neither completely beat matched nor made specifically for the dance floor, though you can certainly groove to most of it), this is a collection/compilation more than anything else. This is just an inkling of what seems to be a mainly untapped resource (the past history of Filipino music). Hopefully this could lead to more awesome Filipino compilations/mixes that I put out.”
DJ Basura, Missingtoof superstar and Bay Area busy-body, gave NERDTORIOUS his brand new mix, Beats & Bleeps Vol.1, for heads to enjoy. Flying Lotus, DOOM, Harmonic 313, Quinoline Yellow, AND Schooly D? It all works as Basura irons out any hints of awkwardness throughout its 18-songs. The selections lean more towards hip-hop and downtempo than his other works, but it’s equally fun, equally smooth as the electro mixes he’s most known for. Dude’s versatile, so check him and his mix for some bump (and bleeps) in your trunk. Thanks Brosura!
1. DOOM- Lightworks
2. Reminder- On Rooftops
3. Cool Kids- Action Figures
4. Push Button Objects- Lxp Bitches
5. Sixtoo- Boxcutter Emporium Pt.2
6. Harmonic 313- Word Problems
7. Schooly D- P.S.K. What Does It Mean?
8. Flying Lotus- $tunt
9. Secret Frequency Crew-Holographic Moon Owls
10. Chris De Luca & Peabird- What The Fuck I Got To Say
11. Dabrye- Piano
12. Flowchart- Fast Forward Remix
13. Freescha- Come Good
14. Mantronix- Get Stupid Fresh Vol.1
15. Autophonic- Mechanics
16. T La Rock- It’s Yours
17. Quinoline Yellow- Sheepdip
18. Lexaunculpt- Strangelove Offline