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Hercules and Love Affair

Hercules & Love Affair began in New York City as a project of American DJ Andy Butler, and consists of a rotating cast of members well known for their house, disco, techno and nu-disco tracks. They were founded following Butler’s collaboration with Anohni,the hit single “Blind”, which then led to the band’s production of two more albums: Blue Songs and The Feast of the Broken Heart. They’ve performed at countless festivals, including London’s Meltdown Festival, Lovebox Festival, and Thailand’s Wonderfruit Festival.

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LouisAhhh

A New Yorker in Paris, RAAR label boss Louisahhh is an international artist and DJ whose global success straddles the world of techno, industrial, pop, and punk. Armed with songs that cover the gamut from love, kink, and BDSM, to addiction, surrender, and death, in Louisahhh, punk has found its new heroine. Louisahhh’s latest single ‘Feral Rhythm’ was released last September 6, 2019 on RAAR, and her eagerly anticipated debut LP is expected in early 2020.

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Joey Abando

The Boyfriends are a musical group from Manila who were originally composed of Joey Abando, Gary Ariola, Bob Guzman, and Artie Ilacad. Their heyday was in the 1970s as a leading exponent of the Manila Sound, with pop and disco harmonies reminiscent of the Bee Gees — their hits include “Dahil Mahal Kita” and “Sumayaw, Sumunod,” which have become OPM classics transcending generations. Joey now performs with his own band, as the original voice of Boyfriends, and continues to play their hit songs, since the band split up in the ‘80s.

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Big Hat Gang

Big Hat Gang is an electronic music producer whose live performances use synth modules to stream cyclical rhythms inspired by the electronica, synthwave, and minimal genres. 5 (2016) and How I Am At Home (2017) are first releases that exhibit an affinity towards such. He continues to work on live sets by performing at venues that host more experimental events, such as XX XX (Elephant Party), Limbo, and Today X Future (BLITZ). The recently released Spacer (2019), under Offshore Music, is a tribute to the “spacey” rock/disco genres.

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Similarobjects

Jorge Juan B. Wieneke aka similarobjects is an electronic music educator and producer from Metro Manila, Philippines. Seeking to aurally express the junction of technology, video games, and art by utilizing the theoretical frameworks of polystylism, spirituality, and esoterics, Similarobjects reaches into the depths of the modern-day with older, almost forgotten cultural lenses. Creating balanced soundscapes that fluctuate between our day’s chaos and the distant, hypnotic cries of nature, similarobjects is a constant effort to unite the now with an imagined spiritual past.

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Adrianne

Born and raised in Manila, Adrianne’s first introduction to electronic music was through XX XX’s Elephant Party. She went from being a club regular to resident DJ in the only queer house/techno party in the city. Her style stems from classic ‘90s vocal house to high energy sexy techno, creating fast-beat, high-tempo adrenaline on the dance floor. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, she strives to give a nod to the early ‘90s queer house scene, which was all about the feeling of liberation, love, and safety in the hidden spaces of the city.

Then there is Elephant Party resident and techno queen, Dignos. Her unapologetic style, mixed with a penchant for playing dark dance tracks, makes her stand out as one to watch. Manila is lucky to have Dignos taking the reins and pushing the envelope.

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Dignos

Born and raised in Manila, Adrianne’s first introduction to electronic music was through XX XX’s Elephant Party. She went from being a club regular to resident DJ in the only queer house/techno party in the city. Her style stems from classic ‘90s vocal house to high energy sexy techno, creating fast-beat, high-tempo adrenaline on the dance floor. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, she strives to give a nod to the early ‘90s queer house scene, which was all about the feeling of liberation, love, and safety in the hidden spaces of the city.

Then there is Elephant Party resident and techno queen, Dignos. Her unapologetic style, mixed with a penchant for playing dark dance tracks, makes her stand out as one to watch. Manila is lucky to have Dignos taking the reins and pushing the envelope.

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Badkiss

Music is what feelings sound like, they say, and Badkiss has felt all types of ways about life, music, and dance; about being free and letting your truth shine. Her selections are representations of where she’s at on her personal journey through the music universe, which she has been fortunate to share with the Manila scene over the past 15 years. She has also taken her sound international, having been spotted playing at Tony Touch’s Funkbox in NYC, MdcL’s CHURCH in LA, Louis Vuitton events in Hong Kong, LeBaron in Shanghai (2019), and the TRUNK Hotel in Tokyo (2019).

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Arbie Won

Arbie Won has played an integral part in shaping the sound of the local hip-hop scene. Whether doing DJ gigs around the metro, or in the studio collaborating with other artists. DJ Arbie Won has obeyed one general rule in his music career that has spanned over a decade: Keepin’ it fresh. He has come a long way from his mobile days and house parties (although he still does those), and is now all set to drop his new album, Untitled Freestyle vol. 3, featuring collaborations with Nyko Maca, Nimbus 9, Beng Calma of Drip, and other surprise artists.

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