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Intro of sorts, this blog is just a look at the past, present & future of the assorted music released by bands & artists in the Philippines & the numerous ones based outside the motherland...from Rock, Reggae, Alternative, Folk, Indiepop, Electronica, New Wave, Goth, Punk, etc. Well, some did ask me, why do I have to call it POP...'my music is this and that and it's anything but' you might say...well, click here for the reason. Anyway, turn up the volume!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sama na!...Take Out some Chillitees...

About mid last year I received this great looking promotional Limited Edition MP3 Digital Release from a band named Chillitees. If you see the packaging/artwork you would think the same way as me...well, it made me hungry and I ended up literally buying some take out Chinese food before listening to it!

The MP3 EP has 7 songs...all of them in Tagalog. The band plays an exceptional blend of soul/pop and acid jazz-sounding beats....with an added spice of 70's era OPM jazz coolness. It also helps that the singer, Uela Basco, has a voice that sounds like a refreshing cool breeze on a damn hot April day. You will probably be humming some of the songs for days.

The band started around 2001/2002 and is made up of individual members who are also part of other bands or played with other bands in Manila...from Sun Valley Crew, Kulay, Sound, Cambio, If Disco Is A Crime, Forgetting Luna, Murder Of Crows, Helen, Twisted Halo, Etc.
To be honest with you I've never had the pleasure to hear all these bands (most of them anyway...especially the indie bands). But together as Chillitees they have great sounding songs leaving most of their assorted influences by the door and creating something different for this release. The band members are : Uela Basco (vocals), Dan Gil (guitars), Ryan Armamento (flute +vocals), Gino Cruz (vintage keys), Jon Jon Jose (bass), Jon Padilla (guitars), Tim De Ramos (drums) and Paolo Lim (drums).

Prior to the release of their debut album, the band also invited their fans late last year to download the music elements of their song "Sama Na" and asked them to make their own remix. The winning mix of the song will be included in the band's forthcoming album...

...and around February of this year the band independently released their debut album called "Extra Rice"...and included two of the winning remixed songs on the album (It was a TIE!). Anyway, you can get a copy of their album directly from the band. Please check out the details on their official website here.

Chillitees - Take Out MP3 EP
(Business card type CDR/Self released/2005/PH)

Sample some of their songs and go buy their album..

1. Sama Na
2. Tanong
3. Parang Bula (Liquid Spot Live Mix)
4. Ex (Studio Live Version)
5. Nagsasawa Ka Na Ba?
6. Sumayaw
7. Sumayaw (DJ Patch Hustle Vox Mix)

Also check out the freebie mp3 demos
that they posted on their website and email the band and say "Thank You"!


At April 25, 2006 8:33 PM, Anonymous biduy said...

Naks! Hanep ang mga sounds ah. Any news about Circus Band, Sampaguita, and Florante? Maybe you can "history" us with how it all started. With the likes of Fred Panopyo and E. Perigrina. And don't forget Boy Camara ala Elton John, circa early 70s. news about Radio stations too, like RJ and UW
would be great. Keep up the good work!

At May 02, 2006 9:32 PM, Anonymous antonette said...

whoah. this is chillitees? i should've gone seen them when they had a gig in guijo. astig.

At May 04, 2006 1:18 PM, Blogger ourpeboritp!o!p! said...

Glad you like the music of Chilitees. Yes watch their
gigs and buy their album!

At May 04, 2006 1:26 PM, Blogger ourpeboritp!o!p! said...

there are some great websites about those classic bands and artists...check them out first because they have extensive info about the pioneers of Pinoyrock!
but do visit this blog again!


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