Some of you have been waiting around for this, while others don’t know what the hell’s going on. Either way, here’s something to unload for the weekend, especially if you’ve had a relationship problem, a failed courtship, are emotionally frustrated or just want to have a cathartic bass-filled experience.
Yes, Mistah NerF has just released his latest LP, “Basslines And Heartbreaks” under EDM Philippines and Kurai. It is now available on Soundcloud, and you can now grab a copy of each of the 8 tracks for free! Big thanks to the huge support by Curse & Bless:
A few weeks ago, I had created an LP that contains a lot of emotional resonance in it simply because I’m an emo kind of motherf**ker who is so damned in touch with his feelings (for better or for worse). I had sent it to EDM Philippines‘ Raven Mendoza for a proper review before releasing it for public listening and downloading on the 18th of July 2014 without even knowing what she thought of it (trust me when I say that I had continuously asked her how she felt about the entire release and no response was given, instead getting the ‘you’ll see when I’m done with it’ reply). Now that she had finished the review, here is what she thinks of the LP…
“Following the success of his first album under Beats4DJs Records, Dimas John Ong AKA Mistah Nerf is now at it again with his new LP entitled Basslines and Heartbreaks set to be released on the 18th. Listening to it the first time, you would know that Nerf is no beginner in music production.
Bass junkies would surely love the songs “Tru Rasta”, “Higher”, “Awake” and “In Lust, In Love”. But bass is not just what’s present in the EP, you could chill out with “AngelFace”, taking great samples from Fra Lippo Lippi’s “Angel”. The Ragga Twins, known best for their collaborations with Skrillex on “Ragga Bomb” and “All is Fair in Love and Brostep,” had also made an appearance in the album with the track “Tru Rasta”.
One of my favorites is “In Lust, In Love” because of its simple vocals courtesy of Fatima. I love the combination of sweet and romantic vibe cueing heavy bass drops and powerful drum beats. Another one on my list is “Higher” Feat. K Chan. It goes to show you that vocals can have a great impact to music. Not only did K Chan display exceptional talent but she also went a little further by rapping several lyrics of the song which I found extraordinary and unique.
8.5 / 10. Nerf did a great job of pumping us up with melodic tunes and rough bass with “Basslines and Heartbreaks”. We never fall short of the things that we always look for in these kind of songs. The thing is, we hear so much of these heavy bass drops that we fail to find the uniqueness in it. On a more critical perspective, I would say that the tracks were a little bit “typical” but I am not saying that they are inadequately produced. Believe me, the song is expertly done; clean and are on the right levels. It went to the proper mastering process which came out beautifully.
Hats off to Mistah Nerf for showing us his talent in music production instead of insulting people on the group (EDM Philippines DJs & Producers). Given the exclusive release on soundcloud, I had the opportunity to listen to the EP in its entirety. I highly recommend you to give “Basslines and Heartbreaks” a listen. For producers, it gives you more inspiration to strive harder and perfect your skills and for EDM lovers, synths and bass will certainly put you on a state of nirvana.
A conversation with Nerf through Facebook revealed that he derived inspiration for the entire LP from a girl he met when he went to Bulabod Festival in Puerto Galera last May.
When listening to the underlying tones of majority of the tracks, you could tell that he fell and fell HARD. Whoever you may be, we do hope you give this album a listen.
The EP will be available on July 18, Friday. You can fully download it on soundcloud; feel free to follow, like and comment. To keep you updated with what’s happening in the EDM scene of the Philippines, you can also like the facebook fan page EDM Philippines or join our group.”
Raven Mendoza Blogger EDM Philippines
ON THAT NOTE…
If you’d like a taste of the LP, here is a tease until the 18th of July arrives… Wait, that’s today! HERE YOU GO THEN, PEOPLE!
Ah, love, that ever-powerful force that knows no bounds and is often the subject matter of various forms of media. That even includes smart ass responses from 5th graders.
If there was a song that managed to capture that specific emotion effectively, it would be Roald Velden’s “Complicated.” The song itself samples a few lines from The Legend of the Seeker series, and manages to hit the perfect note with what this song is all about. I mean, every now and then we encounter a totally romantic situation wherein we just tend to complicate matters even further, right? Sometimes, it’s as simple as saying what you really feel instead of hiding behind several layers of nonchalant stoicism or stone faced blandness…
Nonetheless, this track captures that feeling perfectly. It is filled with vivid emotion which almost seems as if Roald could not contain himself any longer and just let out those feelings which have been hidden away for a long time, because he never had a chance to. “Complicated” is a track about emotional honesty and avoiding regret as long as you still have the opportunity to express what you really feel. Who knows how many nights I’ve spent listening to this track feeling downbeat and uplifted at the same time. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Skrillex, AKA Sonny Moore, has always been considered as the punk god of EDM, and his music truly reflects that. With roots that stem from a screamo-metalcore background, you can truly sense the rebellious nature that each and every track of his intends to showcase. People go nuts over his sets, with millions attending each event, and adding to that a plethora of EPs & remixes which have certainly caused some massive face melting.
Robyn, on the other hand, first came to fame back in the mid-90’s with her track “Show Me Love”, which still continues to see some rotation in the airwaves in local radio stations. Her newer work, on the other hand, have an edgier vibe to them. While still pop dance in design, they certainly show quite the maturity, which only goes to reflect Robyn’s growth as an artist as well.
When you combine the two, you get a massive track which does not skimp out on groove, emotional dramatics and a sense of aggression. Skrillex made a remix of “Dancing on My Own” which, unfortunately, never saw the light of day, except if you happened to attend some live shows by the man himself or his mentor, 12th Planet. If you haven’t heard the original track, here it is. Catchy and emotional, just the way we like it.
Nonetheless, leave it to Mistah NerF to take what was already a formed structure and build upon it even more. Some would call this a remix, others who are more technical about semantics would refer to it as a bootleg. However, with more than 8,000 plays already plus becoming a regularly featured track in MashupRadio.Com, this is one track that you should definitely check out if you haven’t already. Listen to the track with the link provided below, and grab a free download while you’re at it!
Time to rock the electronic dance music scene in the Philippines like only NerF knows how!