It was a good week for music thanks to pop star royalty Sarah Geronimo’s return, Red Velvet’s Seulgi mesmerizing solo debut, and much more.
October can mean a lot of things to different people. For some, October is Halloween season, which gives them an excuse to indulge in all things that go bump in the night. For others, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to advocate for the millions around the world who suffer from the disease. And to others, October is a reminder that we are only three months away from finishing 2022. But regardless of how you see the month, music will always be there to help soundtrack whatever adventures the coming weeks have in store for us. Here’s a round-up of some of the best new tracks of the week that are scary good.
DATI-DATI – SARAH GERONIMO
Everyone, the queen of Pinoy pop is back, bow down. Sarah Geronimo has finally made her return to music with the release of her new single, Dati-Dati. This time, the pop icon channels funk in a nearly six-minute tune of vocals, bass, and beats. It all makes for a toe-tapping musical experience.
CASE 143 – STRAY KIDS
SKZ strike again in a track and music video that showcase their creative minds. CASE 143, the lead comeback single off their MAXIDENT album, delivers their usually hard-hitting pop beats and one of their most memorable choruses to date. It’s music video, meanwhile, is a hodgepodge of creativity that sees the boys channel, among other things, cops and lovers, The Shinning, and breaking the fourth wall.
SA ULAN – NOBITA
NOBITA channels those warm and fuzzy feels in Sa Ulan, a lighthearted folk-pop track that evokes the reassuring warmth of home and romance. If you’ve ever had those moments where you want to thank that special someone for sticking by you, this song was meant for you.
PAGOD NA – JANINE BERDIN AND SAM MANGUBAT
No thoughts, just vibes is the best way to describe this collab between Janine Berdin and Sam Mangubat. Synths layered over a catchy beat help bring this song to life about being tired. It feels like the kind of track you see be played in the scene of the movie where the main character is at a crossroads at their life.
HELLO – TREASURE
TREASURE’S latest comeback, HELLO, is pure happiness wrapped up in a dance-pop track that will get you moving. It serves as a great start to the their second EP, THE SECOND CHAPTER: CHAPTER TWO.
RESBAK – GLOC 9, SHANTI DOPE, CLR, OMAR BALIW, AND PRICETAGG
Some of Pinoy rap’s brightest stars come together for a track all about rising against adversity. Set to a classic hip-hop beat, the rappers take turns spitting bars that narrate tales of starting from the bottom, facing challenges, and proving the doubters wrong.
28 REASONS – SEULGI
The moment Seulgi started 28 Reasons with “I kiss your brother,” we already knew she was going to serve with her solo debut. Seulgi channels both good and evil as she sings about not being the perfect lover. It’s like Monster’s sister in the best way possible. The accompanying mini-album of the same name is also worth a listen with particular standouts being Dead Man Runnin’ and Anywhere But Home.
TARA G! – THE JUANS
Your road trip playlist just got longer thanks to The Juans’ newest song, Tara G! Serving as the theme song for the iWantTFC series of the same name, the track channels that wanderlust and excitement of going on adventures with your friends.
UR A <STRANGER> – WILLOW
Grunge rock gets another W this 2022 now that WILLOW has finally released her latest album, <COPINGMECHANISM>. While the LP maybe on the shorter side at under 30 minutes, it’s still 11 songs of pure rock bliss.
THE LONELIEST TIME – CARLY RAE JEPSEN AND RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
If you ever wanted to know how Carly Rae Jepsen would handle a wholesome love song, you got your wish with this track. It’s both unexpected, but so good at the same time. The disco sound not only makes the song feel extremely catchy, but it complements the lovey dovey vibes to a T. Carly and Rufus Wainwright sound so good together.
I FEEL GOOD – PINK SEWAT$ AND ARTHUR MIGUEL
Pink Sweat$ brings together some of Asia’s rising artists for special remixes of his funky track I Feel Good. And featured in the EP is OPM’s very own Arthur Miguel who’s voice very much matches the sweet vibe of the track. He even sings his verse in Tagalog to give it that local flair.
EXBOX – SALEM ILESE
First, there was the PS5. And now, it’s the Xbox with salem ilese’s new track, ExBox. As part of her (MORE) Unsponsered Content, a collection of tracks that reference real world brands, ExBox is a fun pop number about video games and shading exes.
DETACHED – LYN LAPID
While Detached may start of slow, it builds up to an atmospheric chorus as Lyn Lapid uses her mesmerizing voice to sing about a flame who isn’t in the moment.
GIRLS LIKE ME DON’T CRY – THUY
Get ready for a 2000s throwback courtesy of American-Vietnamese singer Thuy with her new song girls like me don’t cry. The rising artist goes for a more pop-R&B sound in this sweet love song.
3D WOMAN – JAIME
In 3D Woman, Jaime unleashes her inner baddie for a track that exudes self-confidence. Jaime is the whole package, don’t get it twisted.
CRACKS – TRISHA DENISE
Trisha Denise knows how to pen a track that will hit you straight to the heart. And her newest single, Cracks, is no exception. In the nearly four and a half-minute song, the singer-songwriter sings about learning to accept your flaws. It’s an inspirational track that reminds the listener that their cracks don’t make them less than human. The journey ahead may be tough, but it’s not impossible.
FALL – TOOTS
OPM musician Toots brings the vibes all while getting personal in his new song Fall. His first single off his debut EP, the track has Toots sing about the struggles of getting by.
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