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Universal Records is the NUMBER ONE independent record label in the Philippines. Bringing you quality music for the past 30 years, we are home to artists like: Jose Mari Chan, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Jay R, Billy Crawford, Kris Aquino, Edu Manzano, Marian Rivera, Mark Herras, Nina, Ronnie Liang, Gail Blanco, Sam Concepcion. Our band roster includes: Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Imago, Silent Sanctuary, Kenyo, Paraluman. We are equally committed to bring you exciting international releases covering various genres like pop, jazz, new age, classical, alternative, indie pop, rock, electronica, dance, r&b, and hip-hop. Name it, we definitely have it!

June 2, 2010

Undertheradar | Club 8 - The People’s Record

...For The People's Record—their seventh—the duo (Karolina Komstedt and Johan Angergård) have expanded their melodic sonic pallet with traces of Afro-pop, bossa nova, and South American jazz. The result is a warmly inviting album that's as sweet as it is cleverly composed.

Not ones to shy away from melancholy, nearly ever track is crafted with a coolly detached air—every bright instrumental flourish or lighthearted refrain tempered by Komstedt's sorrowful voice (a kissing cousin to fellow Swede Victoria Bergsman). Even when challenged by the complex instrumentation of up-tempo tracks such as "Shape Up!" or "Western Hospitality," Komstedt remains perfectly composed—the juxtaposition between singer and instrumentation lending her vocals an otherworldly resonance.

This isn't to say Angergård and Komstedt are without joy. Quite the opposite. Slyly subversive, some of their most maudlin sentiments are underscored by a newfound love for dance beats made the old-fashioned way—by an actual drummer. "We're All Going to Die" features not only pounding drums but a brass section, proving that if you've got to end it all, you might as well do so dancing. Komstedt may lament about "When friends give up on you when everyone has heard your story twice" in "My Pessimistic Heart," but its soaring chorus and minimal chord verses prove to be the best antidote to troubles. The U.S. may not be talking, but having successfully dipped into several different cultures, it's clear that Club 8 is more than capable of bringing the world to them. (www.myspace.com/club8)

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