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Friday, October 06, 2023

Playback: BLASTER – My Kosmik Island Disk

12/10/2022 02:01:35 PM

In the last few years, Blaster Silonga emerged as one of the most popular names in the local music industry. Once a Music Hero, the son of Allan Mitchell Silonga – known to his peers and fans of K24/7 and Daddy's Home as Daddy A – became a vital member of a band we all know as IV of Spades. Eventually, the quartet-turned-trio went on hiatus to pursue their respective endeavors in the same circle and has tremendously grown.

Fast forward to 2022, Unique Salonga already made a name for himself as a multi-faceted artist; Zild Benitez created music that can really claim as his own (two albums, in fact); Badjao became involved in various projects such as Dugdugpak and Party Pace; and the leaves Blaster to build Imajin as the premier home base for the East – and My Kosmik Island Disk as his brainchild of sorts. 

I never got to really hear the news about My Kosmik Island Disk as I came late to his music video launch four months ago. I did not even know that MKID would be the name of his album, and the formal opening came just six weeks later. Could they be less aggressive in pushing themselves to the moon? It looks like that but make no mistake about the product; it's just as good as Blaster can offer now.

My Kosmik Island Disk is like a space journey to the worlds where Disco pop, Japanese rock, Manila Sound, David Bowie, Radiohead, Desert Island, and all the crafts and names that make Blaster's creative vision that exists in harmony. 

Although there were a couple of 2-track song sets here which set the listening pleasure to songs like O Kay Ganda and Magunaw Man Ang Mundo incomplete without their instrumental counterparts like Armonya and Prelude in Eb Major. All in all, these arrangements were seemingly executed with a steady pacing and an explosive finish. 

If anyone from the critics said My Kosmik Island is a 'no skip' album, believe them: this record was like a 37-minute room for escapism. It was like eating a chopsuey that has been well-done in the actual cooking and presentation from the pan.

For a psychedelic-sounding album, saying My Kosmik Island Disk as 'out of this world' would be an understatement. The various influx of sounds created out of Blaster's scattered mind, plus the year-long process that he and his Celestial Klownz went through, has reached its first destination.

Oh, my goodness. It's hard to imagine how a 24-year-old singer-songwriter like Blaster Silonga, one of the most bizarre yet unique creatives I met, put all of the musical stuff along with his crew.

The Verdict: 9.3/10

Author: slickmaster | © 2023 The SlickMaster's Files

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