Songs: unknown* + Halo Halo Man
Recorded at The Great Hall's BLK BOX (Long Winter 4.4), February 19, 2016.
Once again, the last live set at Long Winter was one of the event's key discoveries, with fresh sounds wrapped up in a late-night dance party. There was actually a familiar face up front, as I recognized Alexander The from his work with Times Neue Roman and Santa Guerilla. There's a direct sonic link from that latter group, which mixed Philippine kulintang sounds with hip-hop (and was an element in the origin story of Pantayo). Formally listed as a trio, the group was appearing on stage alongside HATAW, adding dance moves and backing vox. That meant there was quite a musical range here, incorporating gong grooves, hip-hop loops (including an ace Mulatu Astatke sample), R&B vibes and some straight-up rockin' out. Very exciting stuff — word is that the band's album is dropping next month, so keep an eye out for some excitement when that happens.
[This season's Long Winter will conclude over two nights at The Great Hall on March 18th and 19th, 2016.]
* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!