Meet these three new beatmakers at the BuwanBuwan Collective’s Bakunawa gig

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November 15 will witness the 28th Bakunawa event of the eclectic BuwanBuwan Collective, a musical collective of different electronic artists. As a revival of past events, the beatmaker group aims to foster an environment where playfulness the free reign that comes without the fear of judgement is the dominant mood.

Since 2012, regular Bakunawa jams have served as training grounds for BuwanBuwan’s artists and initiation gigs of new members.

Now rising with the moon, the latest Bakunawa iteration themed “Parousia” after the Greek word connoting presence, arrivals, comings and goings, and anticipation ushers in three new beatmakers whose grooves are sure to keep the mythical snake dancing in the moonlight: lui., J LVL, and [ justo ].

As his name suggests, J LVL draws much inspiration from video games. As an artist hailing from a generation that grew up on video game storytelling, his piano-driven tracks are almost ballad-like, dancing between polar emotions like wistfulness and daring. R&B influences accent high tempos juxtaposed against shifting minor and major chords reminiscent of Owl City or Porter Robinson.

lui., meanwhile, combines suave and playfulness and brings a new twist to the classic techniques of chopping and sampling, with textures evoking nature sounds, vocal tracks from pop music, and progressions that tell a story. His sound dribbles between dark and edgy to loungey and jazzy, inspired by the hip-hop instrumentals of J. Dilla and Nujabes.

[ justo ] is the most lowkey of the three. His jazzy sound with wooden, tribal, and indigenous-inspired percussion textures creates an aural and ethereal feel, perfect for lounging with friends on a roof deck, sipping light drinks at sunset. Muted rhythm tracks also add a sense of mischief.

Joining them are veterans LIKE ANIMALS, similarobjects, BIN5, and Bruder. The sonic spectacle is completed with visuals projected around the venue’s walls, spliced together by animation duo the Gifkids featuring art by multimedia studio Helium3.

Bakunawa 28: Parousia lights the night up at November 15, 9PM at XX:XX, La Fuerza Plaza, 1231 Chino Roces, Makati. For more details, visit the event page.

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