10 Fresh Tunes to Listen to This September

This month, check out some local releases sure to become favorites courtesy of Up Dharma Down, Kate Torralba, Flying Ipis, Ang Bandang Shirley, and Urbandub.


(SPOT.ph) Welcome the "ber" months with a fresh playlist. Here, we bring you Arctic Monkeys' trippy track, Cage the Elephant’s psychedelic rock release, Two Door Cinema Club’s Madeon-produced single, St. Lucia’s ’80s-inspired tune, and Jakubi’s hip hop-rock-funk composition. Plus, hear local releases sure to become favorites courtesy of Up Dharma Down, Kate Torralba, Flying Ipis, Ang Bandang Shirley, and Urbandub.






Song: "Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?"

Artist: Arctic Monkeys

The Sheffield band’s latest single is one trippy and looming tune with a cheeky music video to boot. In the video, frontman Alex Turner ditches his bandmates for a failed booty call attempt. Listen closely for a refreshing R&B feel.

Fun fact: AM, Arctic Monkeys' next LP, came out September 9.





Song: "Luna"

Artist: Up Dharma Down

Terno band Up Dharma Down recently launched their music video for "Luna," a chill and delicate track with exquisite instrumentation and vocals. Watch for that standout, groovy bass, too.

Fun fact: Among the band’s favorite artists are The Blue Nile, Tears for Fears, The Cure, Minus the Bear, and Sigur Ros.





Song: "Come a Little Closer"

Artist: Cage the Elephant

The Kentucky rock band is back with their latest single "Come a Little Closer," an irresistible, loop-worthy tune featuring Matt Shultz’s more laidback vocals. Here, the band sounds a bit more psychedelic in contrast to their earlier punk rock releases.

Fun fact: Cage the Elephant’s latest album titled Melophobia drops October 8.






Song: "Pictures"

Artist: Kate Torralba

"Pictures," off designer/singer-songwriter Kate Torralba’s forthcoming album, is a playful-sounding ditty with in-your-face lyrics.  We can't help but get lost in that whimsical piano.

Fun fact: Long Overdue, Kate Torralba’s forthcoming album, is out September 28.






Song: "Changing of the Seasons"

Artist: Two Door Cinema Club

The Irish indie-rock trio just released a Madeon-produced single. The dance-y record, with pretty straightforward lyrics, still features the sonic guitars for which TDCC is known.

Fun fact: TDCC is set to perform in Manila on November 26.





Song: "Past Is Past, Bitch!"

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Artist: Flying Ipis

Off the local rock act’s new album Give Ipis a Chance is "Past Is Past, Bitch!" You’ll love the attitude of this punk rock release paired with a kick-ass music video featuring Dong Abay, Raimund Marasigan, Myrene Academia, and Yael Yuzon.

Fun fact: Deng Garcia (vocals), Ymi Sy (guitar/backup vocals), Iris Jumao-as (bass), and Gaki (drums/backup vocals) make up Flying Ipis.





Song: "Elevate"

Artist: St. Lucia

Jean-Philip Grobler, also known as St. Lucia, is out with another crowd pleaser. "Elevate" is a rich, dreamy, synth-pop track with an entrancing ’80s vibe.

Fun fact: When the Night, St. Lucia's forthcoming album, drops October 8.





Song: "Polygonal Graphs"

Artist: Ang Bandang Shirley

The latest from the local post-pop band contrasts piercing guitars and sugary vocals, creating a rocking yet feel-good masterpiece.

Fun fact: "Polygonal Graphs" is off the band's latest album titled Tama Na Ang Drama.






Song: "Can't Afford It All"

Artist: Jakubi

We can’t stop listening to Melbourne group Jakubi’s "Can’t Afford It All," a catchy fusion of hip hop, rock, and funk elements. The single’s unique formula makes the band an act to watch for.

Fun fact: Jerome (vocals/keys/talk box), Robert (guitar/keys/drums), Jesse (drums/guitar), Addam (guitar/keys), and Jacob (bass/moog) make up Jakubi.


Song: "Never Will I Forget"

Artist: Urbandub

"Never Will I Forget" does not disappoint-bringing listeners Urbandub’s well-loved rock sound and melancholic lyricism. The intensity of the guitars is at par with the emotional appeal of the words effectively interpreted by frontman Gabby Alipe.

Fun fact: September 20 marks the Esoteric album launch at Teatrino Greenhills.

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