TRACK REVIEW: koi. – Balingkinitan

Written by Elijah P. Dancehall’s time in the 2020s may be at its last legs with the rise of jersey club and drill still taking over the race of hip-hop’s production trends, koi takes it a step further by implementing a twist to it: sung wholly in Tagalog. Well, for the entirety of afrobeat and […]

TRACK REVIEW: Illest Morena – Slow Burn

Written by Elijah P. Illest Morena has the entire archipelago on the grip of her nails. Starting out slow and calculated in singles like “LOML” and “Faded (Raw)”, both of which propelled her to pop stardom. Her material doesn’t simmer down, but rather the generous giving of heat continues to burn all towering r&b pop […]

EP REVIEW: Jikamarie – L0VER G!RL

Written by Elijah P. Jikamarie’s career in the music industry has reached another landmark. Ever since releasing a stellar debut single “Lutang” causing the internet to go head over heels during the lockdown. This immediately positions herself as a must-see act live, especially when Jika and company have opened for arena pop legends Coldplay for […]

TFL’s THE 23 FILIPINO TRACKS OF 2023

Every year, something monumental happens in the music scene, whether it would be an army of alt-kids taking over a mall show, a rapper taking over the country by storm on Tiktok or a DIY venue at the verge of crumbling after two shoegaze bands. Genres have multiplied into bubbles, ecosystems emerge as newer venues […]

EP REVIEW: MAKI – TANONG

Written by Elijah P. Tarsier Records’ Maki ticks a lot of boxes for the casual pop r&b stan. Think of Jonas Brothers adopting Zack Tabudlo’s falsettos and the result of that amalgamation is the young singer-songwriter himself. After earning a fair amount of virality throughout Spotify playlists and movie soundtracks earlier in the year, the […]

TRACK REVIEW: RB Slatt – Pahna

Written by Elijah P. RB Slatt is part of the vanguard of young r&b/electronic/rap producers blowing things out of the water with their string of singles and remix that are influenced by several internet genres from the 2020s. Lambasted by the mainstream hip hop community for their looks and execution, RB Slatt could care less […]

ALBUM REVIEW: Kelady – BABAE

Written by Louis Pelingen In the first track, “Diaspora,” Kelady’s grandmother emphasizes the connections within the family. The track “We could separate but for me no separation I don’t like… If we separate we are dead already no more.” further imparts that message passed down from grandmother to grandchild. It’s a message that comes applicable […]

TRACK REVIEW: kyleaux ft. Never Paco – angel

Written by Elijah P. Makati’s prodigies kyleaux and Never Paco rep the 25hearts banner in a hazy collaborative track titled “angel”. After being filtered in webcams and IG love stories, the duo worked on a track that envisions a purple house show with smoke machines and contemporary r&b—dousing in cloudy production and vocal layers that […]

TRACK REVIEW: Peej – Islands

Written by Elijah P. Paulo Alampay also known as Peej, is a singer/songwriter and collaborator of many downtempo/pop folk artists. He’s had his fair share of exposure and delightful releases on streaming platforms as well. After several singles and an abundant number of collaborations here and there, he’s released a New Year present for fans […]

TRACK REVIEW: PLAYERTWO – THAT’S MY BABY

Written by Louis Pelingen  If there is one word that may perfectly describe PLAYERTWO’s artistic progression so far, it may have to be the word: flexible. From just a few singles that were put out last year, this 3-member boyband hailing from Davao comprised of Ivo Impreso, Wave P, and Luke April has already presented […]