Monday, March 7, 2016

Recording: DATU

Artist: DATU

Songs: unknown* + Halo Halo Man

Recorded at The Great Hall's BLK BOX (Long Winter 4.4), February 19, 2016.

DATU - unknown

DATU - Halo Halo Man

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!

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