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Vancouver R&B duo Manila Grey are again with a splashy new music video for his or her tune “Island Baby (Maarte).” The observe is the lead single off Paradise Rising’s sophomore compilation EP, semilucent 2.
The sister label to 88rising, Paradise Rising launched last 12 months to empower and assist Filipino artists. The new EP—the second installment to semilucent, the compilation album launched July 2020—options tracks from a new crop of homegrown and diasporic talent, together with Manila Killa, Steven Peregrina, Daze, Curtismith, CA Christian Alexander, Yuna, and naturally, the Island Boys themselves. It arrives to coincide with Filipino American History Month.
The “Island Baby (Maarte)” begins off with Manila Grey getting a haircut and lecture from their tito—who has the traditional Filipino setup of a Santo Niño shrine—before heading out to a celebration and photoshoot. Directed by Brock Newman and Manila Grey’s Soliven, the visuals feature all the Filipino-Canadian duo’s staples: unique automobiles, stunning girls, and limitless swag.
Helmed by Manila Grey’s go-to producer azel north, the observe is an unflappable vibe that includes a lithe acoustic guitar lick, jittery R&B drums, and Neeko and Soliven’s candy nothings about the alternative intercourse.
“The Manila Grey sound is distinct, and we definitely wanted to bring a new vibe to semilucent,” the boys say in a statement. “In ‘Island Baby,’ we show love to all the beautiful women in our lives, women who represent the vibrancy and class of our culture, both in our home city Vancouver. Maarte is slang for high maintenance in Filipino, but it actually means artsy. We just wanted to flip that narrative into something fun, while showcasing the art and the grace. All the strong women in our lives have high standards, sometimes you need that energy, you know? Like, go ahead, it’s all good, feel yourself.”
Peep the “Island Baby” video above, and take a look at the remainder of semilucent 2 under.