Jensen And The Flips were looking sharp and tonsorially spiffy when they officially launched the music video for their new single “BDYTLK” and why not? The band held the event at the Net Quad, BGC branch of their fashion/grooming sponsors Felipe and Sons Barberdashery.

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The Flips’ Fitz Manto and Head Flip Jensen Gomez feelin’ fly at Felipe And Sons, BGC, March 2. photo by Francis Reyes

Their collective mien aided in giving a sophisticated air to their funk/soul/r&b sound but, perhaps more importantly, cast them as perfect visual foils for the models present in the music video itself: the contestants for Philippines Next Top Model: High Street. 

While the lyrics of “BDYTLK” are about physical intimacy–yes, ‘body talk’ in case you didn’t realise it–the video itself avoids potential gratuity in favour of a straightforward naughty-free fashion show-type treatment. The Watch below:

MV and PNTM director Mike Sandejas–known for his acclaimed indie films Tulad Ng Dati and Dinig Sana Kita— intentionally made things simple and fun. “I told the band not to hold their instruments and actually, it was the models/contestants who had to do a bit more work: they had to memorise the lyrics and lip-sync.” It is also an homage of sorts to the late George Michael’s video for “Freedom ’90.” Philippines Next Top Model will be aired on TV5 starting March 21.

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L-r: Choi Padilla, Mel Roño, Carlo Maraingan,Sam Valenia, and Jensen Gomez of The Flips with director Mike Sandejas in Felipe And Sons Barberdashery. photo by Francis Reyes

For the launch, the band’s previous music videos for “Slow” and “Dangerous” were also shown along with Felipe And Sons grooming advice visuals also starring the Flips. The venue’s close quarters could not accommodate a full band set-up so the attendees were treated to intimate sets from the brilliant acoustic pop band Alasmedya, Reese Lansangan, and a dj set from Vapors.

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Alasmedya: Jack Majadas, JR Reo, Sean Cedro, and Camilo Sabigan showcased stunning harmonies. photo by Lee Caces
Ignacio Cuyegkeng aka Vapors is half of Tandems 91 who collaborated with the Flips during Tagaytay Art Beat 2
Ignacio Cuyegkeng aka Vapors is half of Tandems 91 who collaborated with the Flips during Tagaytay Art Beat 2. photo by Lee Caces
Reese Lansangan ended her set with a pair of duets with Jensen Gomez including "Maybe"
Reese Lansangan ended her set with a pair of duets with Jensen Gomez including “Maybe”. photo by Lee Caces

A clear highlight of the evening–aside from the “BDYTLK” video screening– was an emotional live rendition of “Maybe”, the collaborative single between Reese and head Flip Jensen Gomez. The duo played together at the end of Reese’s set.

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Jensen Gomez and Reese Lansangan harmonize live on “Maybe” photo by Francis Reyes
"LansOmez" anyone?
“LansOmez” anyone? photo by Francis Reyes

Fans of Reese and Gomez were visibly giddy and gently ribbed the duo with cries of “Lansomez!” which the pair graciously received with good humour. The Flips ended the night with their own set.

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