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Scout Friday Picks: Lustbass

Scout Friday Picks: Lustbass

For the next few weeks of #ScoutFridayPicks, we’re putting the spotlight on the acts performing at Scout Music Fest, our birthday bash happening at August 5. We pick their brain a little, get to know them a bit more, and also to highlight artists that we love. And who else but the acts performing on our biggest event of the year?

This week we’re entering the world of Allan Malabanan, also known as Lustbass, and his jazz-inflected, soul-experimental music. The Wilderness and Chocolate Grass bassist and music producer shares a playlist of his musical influences as Lustbass, and it’s an easy playlist to love, featuring some of the team’s own personal favorites. Looking for a playlist to listen to tonight? You’ve found it.

Kayo Dot – “The Manifold Curiosity”

The perfect marriage between beauty and chaos. It’s one of the songs that molded my philosophy about how music should aspire to be more than just sounds played together, but a vessel that can take you anywhere out there.

The Mars Volta – “Cygnus… Vismund Cignus”

“Similar to Kayo Dot’s “Manifold Curiosity,” this takes you on one hell of a trip. It reminds me of the early days of Wilderness and is my favorite song to air-drum/air-guitar/air-bass to.”

Christian Scott – “Like This”

“I would have never imagined Thomas Pridgen (drummer in the Mars Volta video) playing something so mellow and with a shirt on! This video/song reminds me to be as versatile of a musician as I can be.”

The Whitest Boy Alive – “Figures”

“This song reminds me of the time I went to Japan with my bands Wilderness and Mammals to play for Japan Music Week. It was my first time playing out of the country and I had just been introduced to them. Their two albums ended up becoming my soundtrack to the whole trip.”

Led Zeppelin – “Since I’ve Been Loving You”

“Jimmy Page’s guitar solo here is my favorite guitar solo of all time.”

Chet Baker – “For All We Know”

“My go-to song when I’m feeling sad and down.”

Floetry – “Getting Late”

“This song is foreplay in musical form.”

Roy Hargrove presents the RH Factor – “The Joint”

“One of those songs that just makes me go UGH.”

BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Sam Herring – “Time Moves Slow”

“Opening for BBNG when they played here was one of my favorite experiences ever. They had just released their new album and this was one of my favorite tracks on it.”

Robert Glasper – “Twice” (?uestlove’s Twice Baked Remix)

Robert Glasper is one of the reasons I play the keys. Watching him and his band play at arm’s length was absolutely mind blowing and definitely at the top of my favorite live performances.

Erykah Badu – “Orange Moon”

“This song to me is absolutely the most beautiful song in the whole world. It reminds me of the fireplace in my bandmate’s old Baguio home. We had a lot of great (and insane) memories there.”

Catch Lustbass perform with Jessica Connelly at Scout Music Fest, happening August 5 at SM Aura Premier. Learn more here.

Images by Inez Moro


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