Emerging Filipino boy band JBK and pop-rock band Fifth Dynamics independently released their debut albums more than a year after winning the grand champion trophies of the singing competition, Dreams Get Real: The Search For The Next OPM Star—an annual talent search mounted by popular gentleman’s brand, McJim Classic Leather.
JBK’s self-titled album and Fifth Dynamics’ Pogi Kame feature fresh tracks that cater to a broad base of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) listeners.
“We waited for over a year for the completion of our first album. But the time we spent in recording and polishing each track was all worth it,” says Bryan del Rosario of JBK. Completing the boy-band group are Joshua Bulot and Kim Lawrenz Ordonio.
Del Rosario, who was a finalist in “Nasaan Ka Mr. Pastillas?” a dating search in ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime, believes that his group’s first recording exemplifies the current sound of OPM.
JBK’s album has 10 tracks—five original songs and their M1s. It opens with the feel-good song “Para Kang” composed by Jojo Panaligan, followed by their social media and radio hits “Damang-Dama” composed by Ong and “Anong Meron Ka” by Urie Tesorio.
The recording likewise showcases Del Rosario’s melancholic original song “Letting You Go,” which promises to become a huge hit. The final track is “Sumayaw-Sayaw,” another composition of composer arranger Jonathan Ong.
“We are privileged to have worked with Sir Jonathan Ong in our first album. He did not only arrange our songs but he also allowed us to interpret two of his beautiful compositions,” says Bulot.
JBK was discovered after the group won the McJim Classic Leather’s Dreams Get Real Season 1 talent search. It has since launched a string of notable singles that include the radio hits “Anong Meron Ka” and the viral song “Damang-Dama,” which has so far gained over 1.2 million views on Facebook. “Damang-Dama” later on became the official single of Camella Homes.
Meanwhile, Fifth Dynamics’ independently released album Pogi Kame will definitely delight every OPM band lover.
“All the tracks in our album reflect what we are as a band—makulit and fun-loving. I am so sure magugustuhan ito ng bawat Pinoy lalo na yung mahihilig sa banda,” relates Mark Cordovales, the vocalist of Fifth Dynamics.
Fifth Dynamics made a mark on radio listeners with their playful type of music and certified hits in “Anyare,” which was composed by Cordovales, Chris Cahilig, and Angelo Katindig, and their carrier single “Pogi Kame,” composed by Nirro de Leon and Aldrin Pampolina.
Additional tracks in the album include Panaligan’s “Hala,” the catchy novelty song “Amor” by Eric Cabahug, and the group’s collaboration with Neo Domingo titled “Kaching-Kaching,” also by Ong.
Composed of Cordovales (vocals), Peter Leyva (lead guitar), Kelvin Bendijo (bass guitar), Wence Escabas (rhythm guitar), and Aldrin Condat (drums), the band’s debut album “Pogi Kame” is presented by Lumina Homes and McJim Classic Leather.
Totally cool, unpretentious, and relatable, Fifth Dynamics aspires to bring the fun back to Pinoy music in the tradition of Eraserheads, Kamikazee, and Parokya Ni Edgar.
“Ang lakas maka-LSS ng mga kanta namin sa album. Pinoy na Pinoy ang flavor kaya tiyak na uulit-ulitin mo,” adds Cordovales, a former The Voice of The Philippines Season 1 finalist.
JBK and Pogi Kame are now available in various digital music stores including Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, and Amazon. It is scheduled for release in Odyssey and Astrovision/ Astroplus record bars this month.