Singer-Songwriter Jerika Teodorico released her newest single “Downtown Disco,” an ode to the oldest street in the Philippines: Colon.
“[‘Downtown Disco’ is a] collection of stories you can dance to,” said Jerika.
While the track narrates different stories of people, the songwriter shared that these were not derived from personal experiences but were inspired by the people and place she used to pass in her daily commutes while she was still in college.
“Every Cebuano knows how it feels to have a love-hate relationship with probably Cebu City’s most iconic street,” stated a press statement on the song’s release.
The track features Jerika’s smooth vocals as she weaves through melodic verses and anthemic hooks that people will surely love most especially during live performances.
A timely release as well, as “Downtown Disco” is partly inspired by Jerika’s all-time favorite song “Dancing Queen” by ABBA (the Swedish pop royalty broke the internet in the last week as it announced that it would be releasing its first album in 40 years).
The writing and production for “Downtown Disco” started around 2017, when Jerika chanced upon an advertisement which featured a “disco song that reminded me so much of ABBA” but with a prominent rhythm guitar riff. This inspired the songwriter to create the track—fans of Jerika know well of her fondness of writing and singing songs with an acoustic guitar.
Jerika originally envisioned the four-minute disco-folk track to be a straight-up ABBA homage, but it was eventually shaped into a more modern, relatable sound by co-producer Anjelo Calinawan.
“This was achieved by incorporating reverb on the drums, bright synths, and a ‘barely-there’ bass track that’s ‘equal parts Macarena and 1989-era Taylor Swift’ into the arrangement.”
For Anjelo, the track stands out because of Jerika’s talent as a guitarist.
“What makes it a truly Jerika track, though... is the unique way she plays the [acoustic guitar]. That’s what sets it apart from the usual disco pop and synth-wave songs we’re used to hearing nowadays.”
“Downtown Disco” was recorded by Erwin Batucan in Room Eleven Recording Studio. All other instruments were recorded and programmed by Calinawan, who also mixed and mastered the track. “Downtown Disco” is executive produced by Jude Gitamondoc and distributed under Vispop record label Kadasig.
Listen to “Downtown Disco” by Jerika Teodorico now available on all digital streaming platforms. (LQ3 with PR)