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!
In an industry that is saturated with commercial pop music dominating the airwaves these days (not that there’s anything wrong with that), it’s always nice to have a breath of fresh air courtesy of a local act that does not bring in the usual flavor and aims to set a standard that will remain on top for a very long time. The Philippines has always been known to be a country that thrives on love songs, R&B, indie acoustic and alternative rock music, along with the occasional novelty hits, but once you hear of Curse & Bless, you’ll definitely get a taste of locally made electronic dance music that reaches international standards, especially if you’re a self-professed raver.
Comprised of Chicago-raised Jared Celemin and half-Japanese beauty Karen Toyoshima, this EDM Producer/DJ duo has been making waves in the local scene for quite some time now, especially with their brand of music. Jared has amassed quite the credentials under his belt, having opened for Steve Aoki at the Aragon Theater in Chicago, worked closely with the country’s pride and joy, Apl De Ap, and many more, thereby proving his legitimacy not just as a DJ but also a producer. Karen herself is quite the artist, being a Theater Arts major and has worked with ABS CBN for various productions, though her love for DJ-ing is what got these two together to make the kind of music that induces massive face melting and body-reverberating bass.
When one listens to them, several international producers & artists come to mind, including Skrillex, The Bloody Beetroots, Daft Punk, Justice and a ton more influences. What is even more impressive, however, is the fact that they are the brains behind what is the only (and biggest, for that matter) EDM network in the country, EDM Philippines.
Curse & Bless have also founded a collective of producers & DJs in the Philippines (of which yours truly is a part) called Kurai. This collective aims to turn the industry on its head, and it doesn’t seem to be long from now before that happens.
They are currently working on new projects, some which are actually quite large in scale and would definitely pave the way for producers & DJs like them to create an industry standard the likes of no one has ever seen. Of course, they’re also hard at work on a new EP which appropriately describes the music they make… SAVAGE.
With EDM gradually being on the rise in the Philippines, one could not think of any perfect example of who will carry the flag, but C&B is as worthy as it gets. The fire keeps burning; it’s only going to get brighter and hotter with these two around.
If you would like to know all about what they’ve got to offer, you only have to check out the link below.
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!