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Manila funk maestro Parallel Uno launches 'Analog Heaven' from earthy home studio

Formerly known as Pasta Groove, the revered producer leads broadcast of homegrown world music

  • Samantha Nicole
  • 12 February 2021
Manila funk maestro Parallel Uno launches 'Analog Heaven' from earthy home studio

Everything Paolo Garcia touches turns into gold. Perhaps it’s how he took his deep-seated roots instilled by his legendary father, Hotdog bassist, Dennis Garcia to greater heights. Perhaps it’s his wealth of knowledge and a sincerely infinite amount of cool encapsulated in his massive record collection and original productions.

Having released scintillating albums and LPs like The Distinktive Sound of Pasta Groove, D’wata [Terno Recordinds] and Kometa [Dub Temple Records], along with producing countless collaborations with Filipino artists, his former moniker, Pasta Groove easily found its pedestal.

Broadcasting from home

Now, the local jazz, soul and funk savant welcomes 2021 with a new name, Parallel Uno. Along with it, a whole bag of fresh music to indulge in. After announcing reworks of his father’s band’s Filipino disco classics, Garcia started a new series called, “Analog Heaven” — his very own Tiny Desk version of homegrown world music broadcasting from his studio, a couple of hours away from Manila.

“The idea was: After a year of my household having zero visitors because of the pandemic, I decided to invite some of my favorite musician friends for a live audio/video recording. Doing it for the spirit!” he quips.

Audience can expect more episodes to come, with a fresh one uploaded recently via his IGTV, Facebook and YouTube.

“First episode featured Jiireh Calo who just returned to the Philippines from Berklee. Next up we're featuring Project Yazz, a local group that has surely been slept on for a while. God willing, I can keep churning out videos maybe once or twice a month,” Garcia explains.

[Images via Paolo Garcia, UNKNWN and Dub Temple Records]

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