This song epitomizes the meaning of the word "suwabe". This neo-soul single obliges both qualm and conviction, intertwined through his despondent verses summarily echoing in his sophisticated R&B hooks.
"More than Friends" - 24kGldn
24kGldn will most likely prove that this is classic is way too ahead of its time. And now it could set its ultimate destiny of becoming a hit on Tiktok.
If TWICE is gonna do the caroling at the house, not only can they have all my money, they can also have the whole house!
The dance moves to this reassuring and empowering tune is simply malandi.
This is a song that can brighten the darkest of days. Munimuni channels their inner Ebe Dancel on this one.
Skusta Clee does his best ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID impression with this one. Keep gettin' 'dem checks brotha, 'cause you sure as hell deserve it.
"Magdamag" - Imeh Beats Baby (from Fresh Finds Philippines: Best of 2021)
The beats and the production seem to help the message of the song occupy the space around you, like it's hugging you.
Oddly enough, this song that revolves around the night sounds so perfect with your morning coffee when you wake up.
A reasonably okay cover of the Anne-Marie and Niall Horan original.
To understand the magnitude of this song about our dearest frontliners, here's the rest of the lineup: Lea Salonga, Zsa-Zsa Padilla, Martin & Pops, Lani Misalucha, Noel Cabangon, Piolo Pascual, Bamboo, Ely Buendia, Rico Blanco, Erik Santos, Christian Bautista, Jed Madela, Nyoy Volante, Angeline Quinto, KZ Tandingan, Morissette, Klarisse, Janine Berdin, Sam Concepcion, and Lara Maigue.
Who's ready for another doo-wop-flavored falsetto-core song, only this time it's from neighbor Singapore?
"DAMI" - Lua$
On the surface this sounds like another hip-hop track about imaginary haters, but the more you go deeper, you get that feel that this is more about a talented 19-year old's vulnerabilities and insecurities.
"Tablan" - Gloc-9 and Assembly Generals
From the Assembly Generals: "Ang 'Tablan' ay produkto ng pagsasanib-pwersa nina Gloc-9 at ng Assembly Generals (Paolo 'Switchtrik' Toledo, Nicole 'Peaceful Gemini' Leonar, Raimund Marasigan and Raymund Punzalan). Isang pagsasamang nabuo habang nagba-bike sa UP, at isang kantang nagsimula sa isang simpleng linya: 'Hindi ako tinatablan.' Ang konsepto ay umiikot sa pagkatibay ng loob, pagkatatag, at pagpapatuloy ng sariling galaw, sa gitna ng mga patamang binabato ng buhay - mula sa mga nakakasugat na salita, hangga't sa pagbubugbog sa sarling kumpiyansa." The track is every bit as solid as any track involving Gloc and the Assembly Generals could possibly be.