Paolo Garcia, also known in Manila’s elite circle of music aficionados as Pasta Groove, and perhaps known to many more as the son of Hotdog great Dennis Garcia, just released a tribute to his dad’s music via Soundcloud.com. And it just made our morning.
Called Muling Kagat—an obvious nod to his dad and uncle Rene Garcia’s first album as the band Hotdog, Unang Kagat—the collection is composed of nine tracks which opens with a supremely cool remix of the classic “Manila.” According to Paolo, the lineup is a mix of reworked rarities from the Hotdog discography along with tunes his father produced for other artists. Dennis Garcia, Hotdog founder, Manila Sound pioneer, jingle wizard, and artist, passed away January this year.
“I hope you will always remember my father and learn to love these songs as much as the hits,” Paolo said in his Instagram, @parallel_uno.
Muling Kagat is a a breezy, easy, jazzy, brassy trip down memory lane. You know, like, unhurried drives along Dewey Boulevard, pamamasyal sa Luneta, and hanging with the tropa outside a club in 70s era Makati. Except that it’s also unmistakably not retro—it’s Manila Sound of the past and the future and, because Armi Millare sings one of the tracks, “Pandesal sa Umaga,” also of the now.
Except, of course, and we don’t know if it was an intention, she’s serving some Ella Del Rosario vibes in “Pandesal” which makes it, of all the tracks in this pre-hard copy, all-for-free release, our “TL” in the whole collection. Wink, wink. In short, lab at pers listen.
Listen to the album here: soundcloud.com
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