After revealing societal "sharks" in “Pating sa Kadiliman,” the difficulties of this cold world with “Ligaw,” and a story of temptation and motivation through “Heist,” Bawal Clan and Owfuck drop their highly anticipated new album Ligtas, now available on various streaming platforms.
“It’s cool because we didn’t plan on making a mixtape. It’s supposed to be just one track. But we had fun and ended up making one anyway,” says Astro from Owfuck.
The album is produced by Pope Fiction and Yung Bawal, together known as Hidden Leaf Soundsystem. Yung Bawal shares how they conceptualized the beats through getting ideas from everyone involved in the project and asking each other what’s on everyone’s current playlist.
Pope Fiction also shares, “The process of creating the beats was organic. ‘Yung Bawal’ and I would sit down usually just looking for loops, keeping in mind the artists individual styles so we can properly showcase their skills. Sometimes, we would have one of them in the studio while we were making the beats and they would immediately pick from there.”
Coming from the idea of being “safe lang” (meaning, being okay and put together) in various situations, Ligtas conveys a message as collaborative as its creation process: a collection of the two groups’ ideas, thoughts, and opinions on how to navigate through today’s world and throughout one’s life without losing one’s sanity and identity.
“The whole vibe of the project is about collaborating and working together towards a common goal, overcoming whatever obstacles you come across and just getting that bag,” explains Lex Luthoor from Bawal Clan.
“The album is a reflection of both camps' energies combined. Each artist and producer involved approached this from a different angle but still meshed seamlessly. Everyone tossed in a flavor of their own to create an ear appetizing platter, served with the perfect blend of bars, beats, and grit,” adds Rjay Ty, also from Bawal Clan.
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