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Manila-Based Sayaw Record is Set to Spark a Movement on the Dancefloor

Manila-Based Sayaw Record is Set to Spark a Movement on the Dancefloor

Mynila Team November 12, 2020 Music & Culture

DJs Mica (UK) and Alinep, who are both luminaries of Manila’s underground electronic music community, have joined forces to launch Sayaw Records — a non-commercial electronic music label based in the Philippines.

To set their introduction in motion, they have brought together some of the country’s top electronic music producers for a 15-track compilation entitled ‘Sayawan Vol. 1’, which will be available on December 11th 2020.

Connecting listeners with today’s most exciting homegrown artists, the compilation will offer not only auditory pleasure but also an open hand for anyone who needs it. Along with their resounding debut, the music label will also be launching a Sayaw Radio Show on Z Hostel Radio, a platform where they will dive deeper into getting to know the artists on the compilation, as well as reveal the musicians they will be collaborating with in the near future.


Big Hat Gang – “Jungle Mist”

Makati-based electronic musician Mario Consunji a.k.a. Big Hat Gang specializes in atmospheric textures that gently get into one’s head. In “Jungle Mist”, his cyclical rhythm takes us to a cosmic wilderness infused with a retro-futuristic tempo. 

Gen Thalz – “Singkil (LIVE)”

Existing somewhere in the mind of Marlon B. Zoleta, Gen Thalz manifests a sonic exploration of experimental noise and techno music. Finding the calm in the chaos, “Singkil (LIVE)” sticks out with its methodical loops speckled with a soothing distortion. 

Ey Ey – “Walo”

A.A. Enriquez is a sound guy that’s had an effect on a bunch of commercials, short films, and video games, but he also makes music for himself under the alias Ey Ey. His composition for “Walo” sets out crunching electronics floating through an ethereal melodic flourish.

Abdel Aziz – “Bolt”

Standing his ground as a pioneering electronic music performer in the Philippines, Abdel Aziz’s vigor lies in his forward-thinking mindset. Producing yet again another high-powered anthem for the dance floor, “Bolt” emits an electric feeling driven by a multitude of synths.

Mica (UK) – “Working For”

Usually found at the core of a heaving crowd, Mica (UK) radiates with a lavish mix of disco and techno behind the decks. Thriving off of the groove-filled house she has built, “Working For” operates under temperate dance rhythms through a kinetic combination of dark, pulsing beats.

Tarsius – “Punk” 

With Diego Mapa on sampler and Jay Gapasin on drums, Manila-based duo Tarsius has flourished over a masterful grasp of quality electronic sound. Their latest inception “Punla” springs up with a psychedelic soundscape that grows into a throbbing sensation.

Kikoman Antonio – “Yes! Yah!”

Representing Angeles, Pampanga, veteran DJ and music producer Kikoman Antonio brings the boogie to whatever city he’s spinning at. Tracing along a pulsating beat with rhythmic vocal snippets, his most recent mix “Yes! Yah!” is tailored to sing praises.

Don Cerilo – “Excursions (DJ Tools Pts 1&2)”

Decked with a smooth mix of r&b, acid jazz, and neo-soul, Don Cerilo is always in the groove. Alluring you towards that underground house vibe, “Excursions” takes a deeper journey into the funky soundscape which sits perfectly into the compilation.

Shoyd – “High Over The Silence”

Hailing from Israel, Shoyd’s flair for progressive techno and deep house was destined to keep the dancefloor pumped up. In “High Over The Silence”, he pushes his musical boundaries with an innovative funk amidst a nocturnal vibe.

Herb Cabral – “Island Of Refuge”

A familiar fixture in Manila’s house music and techno scene, Herb Cabral’s brand of sound is ever-evolving. Hopping to “Island Refuge”, the DJ lands on a chill-infused bop abetted by waves of tectonic elements weaving in and out of the track.

Silverfilter – “Kargado”

Making his mark as a live-electronic act and a producer, you can always expect something fresh from silverfilter. Loaded with his influences around the electronic spectrum, “Kargado” carries out a euphoric rhythm that feels familiar and new at the same time.

Alieni – “Take Me”

Born and raised in Manila, Alinep finds poetry in the sonic imprint he has cultivated over the years. Yet again bringing that rhythmic underground sound, “Take Me” clutches onto rich techno thumps and cutting-edge grooves that’ll keep you up all night.

Parnassvs – “Summon Thee”

Tech trance, techno, and progressive producer Parnassvs has refined his recognisable touch to the electronic genre. Stacked with gated trance saws and fervent pulses, “Summon Thee” calls for a big room of energy, enticing people to dance it all out with him.

John Odin – “Lilith”

From world stages to intimate spaces, John Odin carries an electric love that speaks volumes. Serving a hypnotic trance and techno flair in his mix, “Lilith” hits that sweet spot of a sugary euphoria on the dance floor.

Evo Evolver – “Stay Home”

Evo Evolver is a playground-turned-musical-project created by Myke Madriaga to concentrate on his sonic experimentation. The most recent result “Stay Home” cozies up to highly atmospheric soundscapes with inexorable percussive constructions


Established in 2020, Sayaw Records was founded by DJs Mica (UK) and Alinep to give homegrown talent a platform to be heard on the global stage in electronic dance music. The record label puts their passion on record by producing releases that value individuality and originality, together with like-minded collaborators. Aiming to make their way from the tropical metropolis to international sound waves, they’re geared to move people with their music.

Cover Photo: Melissa Peritore