Urban Flow

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Don't let the loose vibe of Philippine rap group Urban Flow fool you -- these guys know what they're doing. According to the album credits, Urban Flow has three members, but it's not specified whether or not they play instruments. Nonetheless, the musicianship is strong throughout the album, as is the rapping. The group mixes up its sound and the album doesn't get monotonous, as has occurred on some Philippine rap albums. "Sayang Lang" (Wasted) contains a jazzy, urban-styled piano lick and a soft, funky guitar line, over which Urban Flow lays down a loose, appealing rap, which leads to a mellifluous chorus sung by the group. The lyrics tell of a guy's disillusionment with women: A girl he loves returns to her former boyfriend because he now has a lot of money. "Somebody's Watching Me" contains fast rapping as well as singing to the chorus of the international song "Somebody's Watching Me." The melodic "Buhat" (Ever Since) is mostly sung, and features a guest female singer. Urban Flow has a good, distinctive sound.