James Reid, Aicelle Santos and Sam Concepcion tease and please
Show biz’s most exciting singer-performers are getting a shot in the arm from prolific songwriter Jungee Marcelo and the hitmaking duo of Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana:
On top of our list this week are James Reid’s “Huwag Ka Nang Humirit,” Aicelle Santos’ “Kapangyarihan ng Pag-ibig” and Sam Concepcion’s uplifting dance floor charmer, “Teka Break”—tantalizing tracks that are guaranteed to tease and please OPM lovers.
Boosted by unshakable hooks and its sexy, dance-charged music video, Concepcion’s latest single is guaranteed to lift you out of the doldrums—and we’re not just talking about Coach Jungee’s rap segment or Sam’s catchy terpsichorean razzle, sizzle and dazzle.
Composed by Marcelo, the song encourages listeners to shake off a “bad trip’s” negative vibe and the tedium of the daily grind by learning to take everything in stride—and dancing their blues away.
‘Kapangyarihan ng Pag-ibig’
Marcelo is also behind “Kapangyarihan ng Pag-ibig,” the carrier single of theater ingenue Aicelle Santos’ long-awaited follow-up to her debut solo album, “Make Me Believe.”
Armed with a rich and ravishing alto, the lovely birthday girl sleekly maneuvers the noirish ballad’s dramatic ebbs and flows as she breathes surging-and-heaving life into the tune’s lyrical rumination and witty wordplay.
While many songstresses rely on eardrum-buzzing trills to win over Pinoy pop’s hard-to-please music lovers, the Aliw award-winning singer-actress (“Katy!,” “Rak of Aegis”) demonstrates that her theater-honed interpretive skill is just as potent as her range-shifting musicality.
Aicelle initially impresses with her provocative low-to-midrange trills as she sings about overcoming adversity and life’s uncertainties.
Then, she goes to town when she scales the song’s tricky, stratospheric notes, made more appealing by Marcelo’s enchanting use of Filipino words such as daluyong (surge or swelling) and dagundong (booming) to describe the immersive and redemptive nature of true love.
‘Huwag Ka Nang Humirit’
For his part, hot-to-trot heartthrob James Reid is also getting ready to launch his next album, “Reid Alert,” with the release of the frolicsome scorcher, “Huwag Ka Nang Humirit”—with a lot of help from the bursting hooks and riffs inventively crafted by Alfaro and Lacsamana.
Fueled by its youthful energy and a stylish video cut in the same mold as “Teka Break,” Reid’s sleek R&B single is about stubborn love that doesn’t take no for an answer—with a playful groove that JaDine’s followers won’t be able to resist!
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