LA-based musician Free The Robots has come through with a brand new project titled Datu. He celebrates and reconnects with his Filipino roots on this project, as colonisation, changing cultural attitudes and ways of thinking has left him disconnected.
With Datu, he brings a rhythmic and percussion-heavy sound that hits hard and most importantly sounds personal. “Maranao” kicks the album off with chopped vocals and drumming throughout that gives this project an energetic, tribal tone. This can be heard on tracks like “Tunog sa Lasang” and “Manisi Song,” with their heavy percussion and drumming throughout that is backed by great vocals too. You can definitely hear the LA beat scene vibe and influence on this album too, with tracks like “Manisi Song” and “Kulilal” having off-kilter and unique beat arrangements. The true tribal and mystical tone of this album as a whole is what makes it a great listen, and you can tell through the raw, heavy tone of the music, how personal this album is to him. It’s a terrific release, truly and I hope to hear more from the talented producer in the future.
Listen to Free The Robots’ new album Datu below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support!