Inigo Pascual has released a Deluxe version of his “Options” album under Tarsier Records, featuring fresh collaborations with a variety of notable artists from Manila, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Bay Area. The Deluxe compiles the original tracklist alongside all of the various alternate versions from the past two years, with the exciting addition of four brand new, never-before-heard remixes from an up-and-coming clique of producers and artists based in Singapore.
Released last June, “Options the Album” allowed Inigo to showcase Original Pilipino Music (OPM) on the international stage via 12 original tracks that he worked on with seasoned composers and Grammy-nominated producers since early 2019.
“Options Deluxe” expands the pop star’s partnership with local and international acts through a ‘Volume 2’ that centers on new interpretations of the “Options” tracks led by the carrier single, a remix of “First Impressions” by Yuan Estrada and Dave Anonuevo.
“The remix tries to capture the feelings of a person you’re trying to get to know more. With the catchy beat and the samba type percussion, it will get you to groove more to it,” said Yuan, who added a verse to the track to highlight how first impressions pull someone in.
Singapore-based Filipino producer Dave recruited Yuan—the son of actors Janice de Belen and John Estrada—to create a different version of the song, immediately jumping in to do the project after he heard the latter’s first few drafts. “After adding some of my sparkles, we made a banger of a remix,” Dave said.
Aside from the “First Impressions” remix, “Options Deluxe” also features Dave’s take on “Always” with a feature from fellow Singapore-based Filipino artist Tonie Enriquez, who drops a call and answer sing-song rap stanza in response to Inigo’s verse. Producer jimmy_thegoat adds his own flair to “Love U Right” by giving it a darker sound using a piano and bass forward elements, while a new version of “Not Him” features vocals from UTCPLUS8, who turns the song into a duet with his own lyrics and harmonies.
Previously released alternate versions of Inigo’s songs included in “Options Deluxe” are Tarsier Records’ label head Moophs’ house remix of “Options,” the medley “Catching One Lemonade” with Fil-Am R&B sensations Jeremy Passion and Gabe Bondoc, San Diego based DJ/Producer Dennis Blaze’s hip-hop remix of “Catching Feelings” (featuring a sizzling verse from Bay Area Fil-Am rapper Ruby Ibarra who just graced the cover of New York Times magazine), and a Hawaiian take on “Catching Feelings,” remixed by Grammy-nominated reggae producer Bimwala and rounded out with a feel-good verse from legendary reggae artist J Boog, who adds his own meaning and flavor to the song.
Stream Inigo’s “Options Deluxe” album, out now on various digital music platforms. For updates, follow Tarsier Records on various social media accounts @tarsierrecords.