There’s something about Space-Ta that makes him distinct from the other artists I’ve listened to.
Well, first of all, he’s quite mysterious as he hasn’t revealed his identity yet. Second, he continues to carve his own niche in the music scene with his upcoming album, “Flight of the White Rekusasu.”
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On November 18, multi-genre artist Space-Ta held an exclusive listening party for his new record, which is set to release on streaming platforms soon.
Instantly, at the first listen to the new album, it feels like Space-Ta has taken and transported us into different dimensions. Now, I may not know what the future looks like, but I can picture “Flight of the White Rekusasu” as the anthem of many lightyears ahead because what he has created is ambitious and something out-of-the-ordinary (in a really good way, though!).
The first track in the album, which is aptly titled “Safe,” is a perfect opener. The track brims with elements of techno, yet, it still has a distinct sound. It sets the right tone for the whole album as the track is just infectious.
His sound continues to be surrounded with great mystique from “Did I Did It Ryt,” “Down You Go,” “Mother,” and down to the last track “Headbanging at the Lobby of the Heartbreaking Hotel.” Perhaps, the song that fascinates me the most is “Breathe.” With its slow rhythm, the track gives off a melancholic mood, which makes it hauntingly beautiful.
Of course, Space-Ta’s signature sound of incorporating Filipino street culture is also present in “Flight of the White Rekusasu,” particularly “Kaninong Kama ‘To?” and “Fuck With The Bass.”
The track “Kaninong Kama ‘To?” is one catchy song. It has an old school rhythm, yet, the track still sounds so modern and fresh. The drum groove and synth from the intro to the end are what make the song perfect for street parties. And no kidding, but the first thing that came to my mind when I heard “Kaninong kama ‘to? / Linggong-linggo” is the image of my mother telling me to wake up early and make my bed during weekends.
“Fuck With The Bass,” on the other hand, generates a Filipino swagger vibe. Although repetitive, the track is backed by trance-like electronics and futuristic elements that still display the distinct street culture sound of the country. Indeed, “Fuck With The Bass” takes us into the streets and shows us the whole shebang of street culture.
“Flight of the White Rekusasu” is Space-Ta’s defining moment, that is for sure. It’s a breath of fresh air as it offers a fresh sound to the Philippine music scene. The album is proof that he’s not afraid to experiment with different sounds, and albeit dipping his toes on different genres, it still takes us into the journey through Space Ta’s creative mind. His dedication to his craft is what makes him so ahead of his time.
Before “Flight of the White Rekusasu,” Space-Ta has been in the Philippine music scene for more than a few years now. The elusive multi-genre artist has already gained traction in Japan with his song “Merry Christmas From My Bed” in 2019. He had also released other tracks throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including “You Look So Fuckin’ Empty Without Me,” “Sa Piling Mo,” and “Fantasy.”
Apart from this, his music trajectory also extends as he served as a producer and collaborated with different artists around the globe.
While there’s no release date yet for “Flight of the White Rekusasu,” listen to some of Space-Ta’s previously released singles here or here to get a glimpse of what awaits you in the new album! /Lora Reyes
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