After leaving a mark with the release of “Catching You” a few months ago, indie duo Bajula returns with an irresistible bop that articulates what many of us are feeling over a sudden romantic high.
Blending retro-soul with lo-fi R&B instrumentation and electronic music elements, Alvin “Vertigo” Guanlao and Jolo “Frazier” Juatco deliver nostalgia with a sense of intimacy and fun on their latest track. For the first time, Frazier takes over the lead vocals with tastefully done falsettos that capture the verve of music acts like Prince or The-Dream.
Lyrics-wise, “Bad Man” deals with one of the stages of a typical relationship, embracing the idea of flirting with someone you’re interested with. “In terms of describing the actual song, Bad Man is about the internal battles of a reluctant pursuer towards a girl he likes. The theme is kind of flirty but chill in terms of the instrumentation and arrangement.”
Produced by Frazier and Vertigo, the song was initially conceived in each other’s home, and received polished recording treatment in the former’s home studio. According to the press release, “It also helps that Vertigo has technical skills and project management background, so it takes little to no learning curve when it comes to using different technologies that would help them fill in the gaps created by the pandemic.”
Vertigo shares that they’re aiming for a sexy and soulful feel in terms of arrangement and overall production. “I’m also playing around with my vocal harmonizer at that time so I tried adding some backup vocals using it, and to our surprise, it added more personality and depth to the song.”
“Bad Man” will be part of Bajula’s upcoming debut album, Sensual Dance Club. Containing 8 tracks, the 2022 record aims to bring back the “fun” in soul music, with influences that range from ‘New Jack Swing to Tom Misch, Anderson .Paak to Masego.
“Bad Man” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide.