We’re diving into the month of November with a fresh serving of New For You! Here, we put a spotlight on new artists in the local music scene regardless of genre, platform, label, or popularity. So whether you’re into pop, funk, RnB, hip-hop, rock, or anything under the sun, we’ve got you covered!
It’s simple: you make music, we share it. ... Every other Wednesday.
This week, we’re featuring some artists from O/C Records because they’ve come up with some really good stuff lately!
Martin Riggs started out as a busker on the streets of P. Noval in Manila, and has since been an advocate of street performances through his project #StreetGigsNiMartinRiggs. He's known for his witty play on lyrics and amazing guitar skills that weave intricate stories of life, the joys of love, and the pains of heartbreak, which is is highly evident in his debut single “Langit at Dagat.”
Listen to it here:
Not only is he a great storyteller, but he also sings about social issues and uses his platform to support worthy causes. If you’re interested in his music, you’ll find him on Spotify, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Bita and the Botflies
We thought we knew all about rock music, until we heard Bita and the Botflies. Their signature distorted guitar work and songs that are a a big slap of reality, this five-piece doesn’t exactly fit the mold, but that’s what makes them extraordinary. With unapologetic, twisted lyrics accompanied that are somehow balanced out with amazing grooves, Bita and the Botflies is taking the game and making it their own. They recently released the music video for their hit single “Peklat Cream,” a haunting tune about domestic violence.
We’ve written about this funk soul artist a few times before, and it’s probably because his music brings a whole different meaning to the word "groove." However, Earl also has the ability to dig deep into your soul with his words, especially with his newest offering “Punas Luha.”
Listen to the tear-jerker here:
Many blessings have come his way ever since Callalily frontman Kean Cipriano brought O/C Records to life, as he has been growing in more ways than one—as a labelhead, a musician, an actor, and now, a father of two. He has since released several singles as a solo act, including the thought-provoking “Tangina.” We have a feeling you’ll relate to this track, so have a listen:
Fun fact: this song was actually composed by O/C artist, Martin Riggs! If you’re interested in the music from Kean’s solo project, check them out on Spotify, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates!
Halina is one of the newest additions to the growing family of Odd Creatures, which is fitting because this group formed by lead vocalist Divino Dayacap is definitely one of a kind. Their music is a refreshing shift into a sound distinct of older Filipino times, as evidenced by their latest offerings “Kwarto Waltz” and “Ukay Tamis,” with the former taking on a faster pace with a few unexpected elements that somehow work with the vocalist’s subdued voice, while the latter will make you want to embrace a loved into slow dance.
Listen to "Ukay Tamis" below:
There are a lot more amazing artists in the growing O/C Records family to watch out for, but we'll end the list here for now.
This has been another short and sweet serving of music that may or may not be New For You! Make sure to check these artists out!
If you're curious about our previous serving, click here.
Are there any other artists that you'd like featured here? Tell us in the comments!
A Filipina born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Alyssa always has a story to tell. She is a writer by day, singer on occasion, ballerina by heart, and forever a musical theatre enthusiast. When she's not immersing herself in her Spotify playlists, you'll find her training to be a triathlete or being a full-time cool tita to her 9 nephews and nieces.