Manila Killa Showcases Sonic Diversity in Debut EP, 1993

Manila Killa has released his first body of work.

Not even a year after he parted ways with his collaborator at Hotel Garuda, Manilla Killa has given a definitive debut EP. 1993 – so named for its Washington D.C. producer’s birth year – functions as proof that an artist shouldn’t stick to one genre in order to have a distinctive signature sound.

The seven songs comprising 1993 bounce between synth wave, indie dance, house and lo-fi hip-hop, but they all seem like Manila Killa (real name Chris Gavino). A lot of the tracklist includes vocalist features but they are bookended by the title track and”Midwinter,” the latter of which is little more than a piano melody over light ambient elements.

The most powerful song of the EP is easily”Wake Up Call” featuring Mansionair. Gavino executed the unorthodox structure of the song in such a manner that the crooning vocal neither occupies too much or too little of its arrangement that was infectious.

1993 by Manila Killa is out today on Moving Castle. Stream or download it across platforms here.

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