Our first review for the new year comes through with this dope new release from the Philippines. Recognized as the man behind the first ever DJ produced album in the Philippines, DJ Arbie Won has played an integral part on shaping the sound of the local Hiphop scene around Manila. He made his production debut way back in 1996 with the release of his group The Urban Flow with their debut album, and since that time has notched up a stack of local acolades for various projects, including placing as a finalist in both the 1999 and 2000 Philippine DMC's.
Arbie Won's most recent album 'United Freestyles vol.3' Pushes the envelope once again, this time collaborating with local talents Nyko Maka, Nimbus 9, Beng Calma of Drip and a bunch of others artists. On speaking about the album, Arbie Won states "I had the idea of trying to be more behind the scenes and just get different artists on the record. Each song holds its own, each song has it's own style, each tempo is not the same tempo throughout the album and lyrically everybody's not talking about the same thing. I produce, scratch, conceptualize and write some of the lyrics".
This 45 is the lead single from the new album. 'Trapper Keeper' is a fresh uptempo jam, featuring some nice lyrics from Analog MC. It's built from a nice jazz loop layered with some fierce drums that really propell that track along at a nice pace.
The flip side 'I Originate' would have to be my pick of the two. It's a dope solid Hip Hop joint with an infectious groove. The name of the sample escapes me as I have heard it used before, although Arbie Won successfully slices it up really uniquely and to very nice effect. The rapper Miscellaneous has got a nice flow and good cadence making his raps pleasing to the ear. It's actually a really nicely rounded jam and I'm looking forward to trying this one out infront of a dancefloor.
This strictly limited 45 release (300 were presssed) also includes unlimited streaming of the new album 'United Freestyles Vol.3' via the free Bandcamp app.