Satiate Your “Desire” for Manila Killa’s Forthcoming Album

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Manila Killa drops the final single, “Desire,” from his forthcoming album, Dusk, along with tour dates to celebrate its release.


Chris Gavino, known by his moniker as Manila Killa, set forth his career in electronic music first as a high schooler in the Philippines self-learning Ableton. It wasn’t long before he moved on to greater things, becoming one half of Hotel Garuda in 2014 and later forming his own imprint, Moving Castle. After leaving Hotel Garuda four years later, he launched his solo career.

In 2019, Manila Killa released his 1993 EP, which garnered him fully earned attention from many in the community. He also collaborated with artists within and outside of the electronic sphere, including providing official remixes for the likes of Chvrches, The Knocks, Tegan and Sara, and others. Now, with a plethora of accolades under his belt, Manila Killa runs forward with his debut album, Dusk, and releases the last single, “Desire.”

MADI‘s airy vocals lead the introduction to “Desire.” With soft piano notes providing the backdrop to her vocals, Manila Killa sets the groundwork for an emotional journey across the single. Percussions rapidly make their way into the song, building up the same kind of anticipation fans have felt awaiting Manila Killa’s debut album. With thick pulses of synths creating a resounding thunder in the song’s drop, the producer crafts an almost sultry sound alongside the haunting nature of the song.

With “Desire,” I wanted to showcase a darker, moodier, emotional side of my production. I started with some lush piano chords which I wanted to contrast with a deeper, grittier electronic-driven drop. The pieces began to fall into place when Madi sent me the initial vocal demo she wrote over it. She wrote about leaving something very unhealthy, which can be applied to any sort of situation, whether it be a relationship or a part of life. It’s the feeling of a newfound freedom that she focused on, which translated into trusting your gut even if leaving the situation is deemed bittersweet. The song is intimate yet powerful, and I hope that everyone who listens can relate and understand what we were going for.

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With this marking the last single to be released from Dusk, the remainder of the album is set to release on July 21. Kicking off the monumental landmark in his solo career, Manila Killa will also be on tour for Dusk starting September 16 at Bluebird Theater in Denver, Colorado. Afterward, he’ll make his way across North America, including performances in Chicago, Detroit, New York, Toronto, and more.

Check out “Desire” on Spotify or listen to the song on your favorite music streaming platform, and catch Manila Killa on his Dusk tour by grabbing tickets today via his website.

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Jillian's origin story dates back to the early 2000s as an elementary schooler listening to her parents' Eurodance CDs in their minivan. She fell fast and hard into the live EDM scene after attending Ultra 2017 as her first live music event and has been chasing her favorite DJs since, much to the detriment of her wallet as an NC native. Catch Jill shuffling with two left feet at any festival's house stage!

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