By: Paolo Benitez:
A successful road trip requires these few simple components: a car that won’t randomly die, a GPS that won’t lead you to the middle of nowhere, and a travel playlist that won’t make you toss the driver’s Ipod out of the car. Music can be your travel companion, and you don’t want to be stuck in a moving box fighting a battle over the stereo. So we took care of the music for you – just relax, turn up the volume, and don’t forget to stop and fill up on gas.
Imprinted by YSANYGO
The brother and sister duo Ysanygo are definitely not to be missed out. With colorful melodies, catchy beats and amazing vocals, their summer vibes will leave you wanting for more, and will make a fine addition to your roadtrip playlist.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yKDrwMglaI
Never Stop by Over October
Over October’s label has made its way across the Philippines since 2014. Their vibes are friendly and they most definitely give off that ‘country’ feel – great for setting the mood and accentuating all the greenery (or desert) and countryside around you.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfJo3ti_06g
Me And You by HONNE
Honne manages to do what many artists cannot – they make tracks that make you chill and party at the same time! Me and you is one of their latest synthpop songs, combining chilled out vocals with subtle elements of disco and funk, guaranteed to make you dance all the way (just be sure to wear your seatbelts).
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB4Jra4zR80
Lucky Start by FKJ & POMO
If there’s a track that you need to go straight out tripping on, it’s this one – a whole lot of funky, retro synth elements and California groove in a single package! Just imagine yourself in a lowrider or top down car and enjoy the summer sun.
Watch it here :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioA5SVVgGd4
Never Letting Go Of This Moment by Mark Redito
If you’re looking for a track to take you away to another place entirely, look no further than Mark Redito, your favorite kuya. His latest single, “Never Letting Go of this Moment” is a nostalgia invoking tune that puts you in a trance and carries you away to a land of vivid colors and imagination.
Lover Boy by Phum Vipurit
Do yourself a favor: find the nearest beach, a pair of sunglasses, and something chilled to drink. Roll down the window and enjoy the chill vibes with Phum Viphurit’s “Lover Boy” – complete with relaxing string styles and vocal harmony.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HnLRrQ3RS4
Clouds by Any Name’s Okay
Kick your feet up and lay back (maybe not in the car though) while listening to this playful and relaxing song by Any Name’s Okay. It’s just one of those songs that begs you to stop by the roadside and smell the flowers (or get ice cream if that’s your thing)!
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le4aOL2ltC8
Love ft. Syd by DEAN
This song may have been released last year, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of season. Upbeat rhythm, soulful vocalists and just the right amount of seduction will either have you swaying your hips back and forth or lip syncing to your heart’s content.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEIcjRj7S9g
All the Stars by Kendrick Lamar & SZA
Upbeat, uplifting and high up on your playlist. Since February, this track has guaranteed to keep you pumped for the whole ride – and won’t be stopping anytime soon.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQbjS0_ZfJ0
Humility by Gorillaz
In case you missed their come back, the Gorillaz are back at it again! Prepare to relive your days as a rebellious teenager, slip your shades on and head bang to the trippy beat.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5yFcdPAGv0
Another Love Song by Ne-Yo
Long rides can get boring real quick, and you’d run out of ideas on what latest song to play at some point. This 2017 song is perfectly timeless from the first moment it was played on your speakers – instantly refreshing the mode and setting the tone to all things cool, slick and electrifying.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ2rH_pp0Ig
I Can Feel It ft. H.E.R. by Goldlink
Here’s a song that goes from 0 to 100 real quick. “I Can Feel It” combines smooth gospel harmony with Goldlink’s heavy rap flow for that uplifting, hard hitting and motivational vibe.
PAOLO GABRIEL BENITEZ
A visual communications student, junior contributor Paolo is an aspiring artist, seeking to make his mark in the world of cinematography and the performance arts someday. When not dancing in the living room in the middle of the night, he functions as a perceptive young man, seeking to learn how things are the way they are and providing insight on the various issues that plague his generation. Every month, Paolo entertains Illustrado fans with Filipino music from around the world and his Gen Z bravado in LISTD – Illustrado’s music show on Facebook.
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