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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

69 Filipino songs that rocked my life in 2010s (Part 6)

01/30/2020 08:42:56 PM

It's a shame that it took me two months to finish this personal project. I initially had this in mind since late November and worked on the draft by mid-December. Anyway, here it goes... 

Ten years ago, I tried coming up with a list of my favorite songs of the decade here in this blog. Unfortunately, I ended up shelving it as I got more busy with college studies and post-disaster recovery. 

Fast-forward to present, I became a wanderer in the locality's live music scene – a  far cry from the early years where I dig more of mainstream and foreign stuff.  Though I'm not hating at all, because exciting times took place during the 2010s, with KPop sweeping the world. Of course, the Westerners are still there, and each country making their music heard further across the globe thru Spotify.

Meanwhile, several artists from the synth-pop and hip-hop managed to get across the board – not only in the locality but also in my own preferred jukebox. Here's the fifth part of my nicest-choice songs of the decade.

Zaito usually raps about comedy, rap battles, and his personal stories. The first track from his album, however, he tells the tales of the devils within everyone in the society.  

Balewala is probably the first example of how BRISOM has upped the ante of their sound since Limerence. It helped a lot that Jason Rondero (who also plays for SIlent Sanctuary) penned such a song that gotten them big in recent years. 

53. Forbidden Song #2: Kamandag (BennyBunnyBand)

Benny James Giron isn't only an eccentric-yet-energetic guy on stage; he's also one a helluva novelty songwriter who defies the boundaries in each song. Forbidden Song #2 became a staple hit in the mid-2010s – just the watered down PG version to another novelty pop predecessor. 

Surrender was the very focal point of Paranoid City's emergence in the mid-2010s. It was the carrier single off their sophomore album Metropolitan in 2017.  It turned the tide up for this uptempo synth-pop band to infuse a bit of seriousness on its lyrics, which lead them to its breakthrough year with the new album and signing to a major label.

Sadly, Surrender turned out to be their final hurrah.

55. Service Unavailable (Shadow Moses)

No one can deny it: the geeks of Shadow Moses just told the state of our nation's Internet Connection in a nutshell. The triumvirate of nerd rap put up a perfect spitfire that goes along with today's time of technology, instant gratification, and how one thing – that is already considered abasic right – has driven us humans to irk a lot when it fucks up.

56. Simmer (Ninno)

At the height of EJK and other socio-political events that brought nothing but injustices in 2016, Ninno Rodriguez made a track that has sent nothing chilling vibes and a deep-damn cryptic message. 

Well, it's another favorite from his solo act.

57. Online (Covert)

Talk about the modern way of talking to your crush, and hope he/she will flirt you in return. 

Covert is probably one of the chill bands one may ever watch in a live gig. They seemed to have the vibes of a show band, but the difference is they are playing more of originals in such an acoustic-folk alternative form. 

58. Rakista (Join The Club)

Join The Club's loudest hurrah in the decade.  Need I say more? Unless you're not a real kind of 'rakista.'

59. Para San Ang Tapang Mo? (BLKD)

 As cliché as John Arcilla's line as Heneral Luna goes, “Bayan o Sarli? Pumili ka!” 

One of BLKD's tracks serves as a slap of reality check for one's toughness and its purpose. This song is one living proof, not just of how BLKD laid the smackdown on some socio-political matters as a wordsmith, but also Uprising's discography of hard-hitting punch-to-the-gut, statements.

Apoc's album had a stretch full of the brash, in-your-face, fury of rage statement tracks like Wala Kong Pake, Sensittibo, Wala Kong Pake, and Husgado

The latter appeared to be the non-explicit among this batch. However, it didn't need to throw the proverbial F-bombs on a song that unloads all-points bulletin attacks on misjudgments and hypocrisies of this society. That, and a hint of Mariachis. 

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