10 Fresh Tunes to Listen to This October
Update your playlist with the latest from Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and the Radioactive Sago Project.
(SPOT.ph) This month’s music mix puts together Britney Spears’ club anthem, Katy Perry’s retro house single, MGMT’s trippy track, Lorde’s rich release, and Jhameel’s snappy single. Plus, rock with local favorites Pedicab, Radioactive Sago Project, and Gracenote, while getting to know the fresh group Cheats and BuwanBuwan’s Bin5.
Song: "Work Bitch"
Artist: Britney Spears
The single has been getting mixed reviews, but we have to admit - nobody can say "Work Bitch" and own it like pop princess Britney Spears. This dance-pop release is set to be a club favorite with its thumping beats and superb synths.
Fun fact: "Work Bitch" is a collaborative work of Spears, will.i.am, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Otto Jettman.
Pedicab’s latest single features the band's good old spunk and humor. With crazy guitars and colossal synths, this is exactly the kind of tune you would want blasting out of your speakers.
Fun fact: "Insekto" is off the band’s EP titled Kaya Mo Mag-Sando?
Song: "Cool Song No. 2"
"Cool Song No. 2" is off the duo’s self-titled album, which was released just last month. Here, MGMT captures listeners with highly psychedelic tunes and an ultra-trippy music video. Press play and see for yourself.
Fun fact: The music video was directed by Isaiah Seret and stars Michael K. Williams (The Wire and Boardwalk Empire).
Song: "Hoy Emilio"
Artist: Radioactive Sago Project
Jazz-rock band Radioactive Sago Project joined in celebrating the life and legacy of Andres Bonifacio in the recent Rock Supremo. In this single, the band challenges history with thought-provoking questions like, "Pero bakit isa lang ang kalansay? / Ano ang kulang sa salaysay?"
Fun fact: "Hoy Emilio" is off Rock Ed Philippines and Ballet Philippines’ Rock Supremo compilation, which also features Peryodiko, Tarsius, and Rico Blanco, to name a few.
Song: "Walking on Air"
Artist: Katy Perry
Pop songstress Katy Perry dishes out a dance-y single that will take you back to the club scene of the ’90s. In "Walking on Air," Perry’s vocals are just as catchy as those irresistible house beats.
Fun fact: "Walking on Air" is off Prism, Perry’s latest album set to come out on October 22.
Song: "Newspaper Girl"
Get sucked into the feel-good vibe of this single from new group, Cheats (Jim Bacarro, Saab Magalona, Candy Gamos, Cholo Hermosa, Mau Torralba, Jesse Grinter, Manny Tanglao, and Enzo Hermosa). With sweet melodies and light vocals, "Newspaper Girl" could be your new chill-out music.
Fun fact: "Newspaper Girl" is featured in Hide and Seek, a short film by Samantha Lee for Preview Magazine.
Song: "Tennis Court"
Sixteen-year-old Lorde of New Zealand is well on her way to conquering the music scene. "Tennis Court" combines smart songwriting, addicting dubstep hooks, and Lorde’s pure vocals. If you love "Royals" and "Team," there's no reason not to dig this tune.
Fun fact: Lorde, a.k.a. Ella Yelich-O’Connor, released a new album titled Pure Heroine on September 30.
Song: "Stop Stop"
Off the group’s debut album First Movement is "Stop Stop," an edgy rock track that doubles as an invitation to dance. Hear the prominent influence of Paramore in this release, too.
Fun fact: Gracenote is Eunice Jorge (lead vocalist), Chen Pangan (guitar and backup vocal), Jazz Jorge (bassist), and EJ Pichay (drums).
Solo artist Jhameel has released one feisty track, again showing his musical experimentation. Be reminded of Michael Jackson with his vocals, but get a sense of something fresh with this independent artist’s unique genre.
Fun fact: Jhameel plays every single instrument in all of his songs.
BuwanBuwan Collective’s Bin5 has released bincinco, a free-to-download digital album featuring enchanting electro compositions. Listen to "scndrl" and get lost in its ethereal feel and lush tunes.
Fun fact: BuwanBuwan is "a Pinoy beatmakers and electronic musicians collective."