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Rap artist Kiyo releases debut album

With eclectic music influences from lo-fi rap to trap, experimental hip-hop to tropical jazz, ambient electronica to bedroom pop, ‘Haranasa’ pushes boundaries with soulful samples, ingenious production techniques and captivating storytelling.

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Kiyo: Defining moment. / photograph courtesy of Dyecast Ent

Filipino underground rap artist Kiyo has released his debut full-length album, Haranasa, on the indie label Dyecast Ent.

The album features collaborations with Kiyo’s contemporaries and friends in the industry, including Shortone on the dub-meets-trap jam “Hey;” Space Moses on the jazzy but chill “G;” and YZKK on the stripped-down, laidback tune “Dantay.”

With eclectic music influences from lo-fi rap to trap, experimental hip-hop to tropical jazz, ambient electronica to bedroom pop, Haranasa pushes boundaries with soulful samples, ingenious production techniques and captivating storytelling.

It marks a defining moment for Kiyo as a prolific rapper, wordsmith and producer capable of turning the mundane into a rich source of inspiration.

He said the 15-track record navigates lyrical themes about love and its complications. It also plays around the concept of time as a storytelling device, associating its passage to a particular journey, experience or memory.

The release of Haranasa will be highlighted by an online concert on the same day. The free virtual show also marks Kiyo’s debut performance of the songs on the album. It will be available for free streaming on his official Facebook page.

Earlier this month, he released “Harana Sa Sarili,” the first single off Haranasa. The track peaked at No. 17 on YouTube’s Trending For Music chart, and earned placements on high-profile Spotify playlists such as Hip-Hop DX Asia’s Sunday Slowdown.

Haranasa is available on all streaming platforms worldwide.

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