It’s finally here. Three years in the making, Manila Killa’s debut full-length album ‘Dusk’ arrives amidst massive anticipation from fans and industry alike. The expansive LP encompasses all the world and has come to know of Manila Killa’s diverse stylings into a cohesive work of art that accurately reflects his life journey and creative growth. The accompanying Dusk national headlining tour will be his most ambitious to date, kicking off on September 16th at the legendary Bluebird Theater in Denver, Colorado. For tickets and more info on the tour, head to www.manilakilla.com.
“Dusk is my debut album, the apex of the sound I’ve been crafting over the years. I spent a lot of time during quarantine reflecting on what I wanted out of creating a full-length album. I reached a realization that I wanted it to be a project that touched on all aspects of my inspirations and influences through dance music. The subjects and emotions I touched on consisted of heartbreak, yearning, and resolve; all things I considered throughout the creative process. I took a dance-music-driven approach to the production, reaching back to my roots and channeling the feelings I got when I first started listening to dance music. This album is something I’ve worked on my entire life and I hope that people can resonate with the ideas and energy I’ve put into it.” — Manila Killa
During his career, Manila Killa has built a sterling reputation for the immense quality and attention to detail behind all aspects of his creative output. However, to say this is the biggest project of his life would somehow still be an understatement for the emotions, time, and work put in for the final product. Dusk isn’t just a body of music, it’s quite literally a representation of who Manila Killa has become as an artist over the years, reflecting on his never-ending efforts towards perfection. The vulnerability and honesty on display showcase his most intimate thought processes, shedding light on how much of himself he’s had to put into bringing Dusk to life. This is his heart and soul, shared with the world.
Full ‘Dusk’ Tracklist:
1. Soul (intro)
2. Dusk feat. Lights
3. Never Easy feat. TRACE
4. Desire feat. MADI
5. Sleepless feat. Panama
6. Liminal Spaces
7. Dark Places feat. Kwesi
9. Best Part About You feat. EVAN GIIA
10. Heart To The Night feat. Gioli & Assia and Night Tales
11. Take Me Higher feat. Fknsyd
12. The End
Surveying the wonders of cultures from across the globe, Chris Gavino, best known as Manila Killa is a well-traveled producer inspired by his cross-continental upbringing. A now decorated producer with an expansive repertoire of accolades, Manila Killa cut his musical teeth as a high schooler in The Philippines by combining self-taught Ableton lessons with a penchant for electronic music. Guided by emotion-driven soundscapes and the connective nature of melodic dance music, Manila Killa excels at synthesizing the foundations of human passion. In 2014, he formed the successful house duo Hotel Garuda and co-founded his own independent record label Moving Castle which has since housed acts like AObeats, Slow Magic, Khamsin, and many more.
Since his departure from Hotel Garuda in 2018, Manila Killa refined his solo craft with his 2019 debut EP 1993 which garnered praise from media heavyweights like Billboard, Forbes, and Ones To Watch adding to a laundry list of critical acclaim joining tastemakers like Complex, Paper, and NYLON. With official remixes for Chvrches, The Knocks, Tegan and Sara, and performances at festivals like Firefly, Ultra Miami, Electric Zoo, 88rising’s Head in the Clouds, and more, Manila Killa is defined in equal parts as a producer, performer, and in-demand collaborator. Dedicated to the consciousness of contemporary dance music, Manila Killa is distilling years of passionate experience and expertise to unveil his debut album in the summer of 2022.
Manila Killa’s North American Dusk Tour starts off in the Southwest on September 16th at Bluebird Theater in Denver, Colorado. Performing further along in Chicago, Detroit, Massachusetts, and a stop in Toronto, Canada, Manila Killa concludes his tour as he makes the last few stops in Pennsylvania, New York, a hometown show in DC, then wrapping in Texas, followed by his two largest shows, The Fox in Oakland, and wrapping in Los Angeles at the Novo. For the full tour schedule, see below:
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ALWZ SNNY Makes Major Festival Debut At Moonrise
DJ and producer ALWZ SNNY made his major festival debut this past weekend as he opened up the main stage at Moonrise. The annual Insomniac event is held at Pimlico Raceway in Baltimore, Maryland, and attracts tens of thousands of fans from across the country. Some of the headliners this year included Tiesto, Rezz, and Excision.
The atmosphere inside the festival gates was electric, with three massive stages; Stellar Stage, Lunar Stage, and the Solar Tent. Stunning visuals were projected across the venue, and lasers were shooting as far as the eyes could see; other effects included CO2 and fire pyrotechnics that wowed the crowd. This was the first Moonrise Festival in 3 years due to Covid-19.
Not to our surprise, ALWZ SNNY’s fans turned out in droves as always. “Seeing the SNNY SQUAD in all their yellow & black show up early, happy, and ready to rave was incredible! I saw so many flags & totems with my face & logo on them. I know this is still just the beginning of the journey, but this was such a proud and memorable moment for me” commented ALWZ SNNY, who opened Stellar Stage.
“There is no doubt in my mind that I will be one of the headliners here in three years!”
ALWZ SNNY will be jumping back on stage at his annual SNNY NITES concert at The Original Cancun Cantina on October 21st. More details on that upcoming event will be made available soon at https://alwzsnny.com/.
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Felix Samuel, LODATO, And Quando Collab On “You Can’t Make Me Come”
Rising talents Felix Samuel, LODATO, and Quando join forces for their new release “You Can’t Make Me Come,” a dance track with a cheeky twist, out now on the NFT-fueled Purple Fly record label. Opening with groovy melodies, the listener quickly becomes tuned into the story behind the lyrics; the deep, moody basslines add color to the story behind a partner who evidently didn’t quite satisfy. “You Can’t Make Me Come” is a playful track that hits equally whether in the club or on the radio. See below for more on the artists and inspiration behind this spicy new release!
“I received this topline from the writers and was really hooked on the satirical nature of the lyrics. With a groovy drop melody and slap house edit, this is one that can be enjoyed in a club or sweating away in the gym!” — Felix Samuel
Felix Samuel has certainly made a name for himself as an up-and-coming talent from the UK. With almost 3,5M monthly listeners on Spotify for his own artist project, his unique style and catchy melodies have established him as a serious songwriter and name within the scene. His music has already been played on fan-favorite TV shows, including “Strictly Come Dancing” and “Celebs Go Dating.” Having worked with the likes of vTujamo, Jonasu, Madism, Anthony Keyrouz, Wankelmut and MACKS (former frontman of Dante Klein), as well as releasing on some of the biggest dance labels in the world; 3Beat (Universal), Onesevenmusic/Disco:wax, NCS, Perfect Havoc and Heartfeldt (Sam Feldt’s label), the sky really is the limit for this young Brit.
LODATO is an American DJ, producer, and remixer from Queens, New York. Over the past 2 years, he has become one of the most successful artists at Dance Radio in the US, having had 4 #1 Dance Radio Airplay songs. Only David Guetta, Diplo, and Joel Cory have had 4 #1’s in that same time frame. LODATO’s original single “HOME” landed itself at #1 on the US Dance Radio Chart for 3 consecutive weeks, #1 on Sirius XM’s BPM’s “Top 20 Count Down” for 4 consecutive weeks, and #1 on the Billboard Dance/Mixshow Airplay Chart. In May 2020, LODATO’s original single “Good” followed the footsteps of his previous release and also found its way to #1 in the US on Dance Radio. LODATO’s remix of Dua Lipa’s “Break My Heart” was added to rotation on all the major U.S. Dance Radio Stations and has hit #1 in North America on iHeart’s RT30 countdown. In February 2021, LODATO’s “Good Thing” again topped the charts by making its way to #1 on Dance Radio, Billboard Dance/Top 40 Mixshow Airplay Chart, and Sirius XM’s BPM’s Top 20 Count Down. Just recently, “Neon Lights” topped the Dance Radio and Billboard Dance Mixshow Airplay Charts this past July with the #1 slot.
Nicholas, aka Quando, is an up-and-coming producer from Singapore. Music has always been a huge part of Quando’s life, and he felt the need to share that passion with others. Since the release of his track “Know Us” on Hardwell’s imprint Revealed Recordings, Nicholas has become an artist you definitely have to put your eyes on. After this release, He has garnered support from artists such as Hardwell, Blasterjaxx, Maurice West, Dash Berlin, and many more. Quando crafts his music with a blend of Progressive House, Electro House, Bass House, and a touch of pop. Since his first release “Love Me Now,” Quando has been featured on various Spotify editorial playlists, most notably Party Life. With a constant release of new music, the future is looking very bright for this young talent.
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Win And Woo Reveal Long Awaited Debut Album ‘Ten Years’
Win and Woo are proud to present the biggest, most comprehensive project of their career in ‘Ten Years,‘ their debut full-length album out now. Featuring focus single “All That Motion” w/ superstar duo Louis The Child along with previously released wildly popular lead singles like “Vanilla Sky” w/ Wrabel and “Knots” feat. Blair Lee, the long-awaited project is a statement piece that defines their artistic journey over the years and the years of dedication they’ve poured into their craft.
“This album represents our entire journey working together, a journey that started ten years ago. Listening to the project in its entirety, you hear nuances of moments in our career that made us the artists we are today. The many lessons we learned along the way helped shape our music. Ten Years is a benchmark for our sound moving forward and the start of a new chapter in our lives, as humans and musicians.
Relationships with fellow artists have always been very important to us. We are very grateful to the amazing talent and new friends that chose to be a part of this project (Wrabel, Sad Alex, Saint Sinner, Geographer, Blair Lee). A special shoutout to our friend Johnny Mabie who helped co-produce the album in Joshua Tree 2020. Years ago in Chicago, we met Louis the Child and have been family ever since. Having a record with them on this project was so important to us and we are so proud of the result. Hope you enjoy the lead single “All This Motion w/ Louis the Child” and the rest of our debut album “Ten Years”. —Win and Woo
Win and Woo have long established themselves as one of dance music’s favorite duos. An uplifting project of incredible depth, Ten Years is their pièce de résistance, a mature and charismatic assortment of cohesive tracks that tell a story, their story. Blending an assortment of electronic and pop influences, the Chicago duo’s debut LP delivers a sonically diverse and entertaining project whilst maintaining the distinct Win and Woo style of feel-good music built for any stage or setting. Focus single “All That Motion,” a collaboration with peers, and Louis The Child is a summer jam waiting to be unleashed, while tracks like “Good Catch” feat. sad alex and “Lost Somewhere” further solidify their status as one of the most versatile acts in dance music. An accomplished and eclectic mix of features and collaborations are on hand throughout the LP (Saint Sinner, Geographer, and more), making Ten Years an album that has something for every musical palate. Check out the full tracklist below:
‘Ten Years’ Full Tracklist
2. Ten Years
3. All This Motion w/ Louis The Child
4. Vanilla Sky w/ Wrabel
5. Knots feat. Blair Lee
6. Lost Somewhere
7. Walk Away w/ Saint Sinner
8. Make A Move
9. Good Catch feat. sad Alex
10. Lay Low feat. Geographer