In Hilang, music enthusiasts explain Guba’s “honest vocals” are “blended with melodies that are enchantingly evergreen”. A “soulful” album, which makes it “a great listen even in a couple of years time to come”.
This 10-track album includes his previously released singles including the popular duet ‘You’re So Fine’ featuring Yuna and ‘You & Me’, both of which had garnered significant airplay in the local radio earning Guba the number one spot in the Hitz.FM Kota Kinabalu Borneo English Top Ten (BET 10), Hitz.FM Malaysian Top Ten (MET 10) and XFM Malaysian Top 40.
Sabahan born, Gabriel Robert, better known as Guba, signed up with indie label Laguna Music in 2011. Growing up in Sabah, Guba comfortably writes his songs in Malay as well as English, and describes his music as alternative-folk. He has wowed many with the soothing sounds from his guitar partnered with his clear, relaxing voice that cuts through to each listener, giving his songs “heartfelt emotions that creates a wonderful musical journey that is pleasant to the ears in so many occasions.” All songs on the ‘Hilang’ album were written and composed by Guba himself, a testament to his remarkable musical talent.
The production of the album involved 6 different recording engineers and 3 different recording studios. Head Producer, Jeffrey Little (Prana, Estrella, SevenCollar T-Shirt, PureVibracion), teamed up with co-producers Saiful Ridzuan (SevenCollar T-Shirt, Estrella) and Jason Voo, and together with an esteemed team of musicians, completed the album over a 1-year period. The mixing of the album was by Mohd Hafiz (Pesawat, Lab The Rat) at Tune Studios, and the Mastering of the album by Joe Gastwirt (311, Pearl Jam, Grateful Dead) in Los Angeles.
“I have to go straight in and say that Guba’s debut album Hilang is absolutely amazing. This Sabahan’s honest vocals blended with melodies that are enchantingly evergreen will make this album a great listen even in a couple of years time to come. Guba makes classic music and doesn’t ride with the trend wave. It’s that heartfelt emotions in his songs that creates a wonderful musical journey that is pleasant to the ears in so many occasions. He managed to excel in both English and Malay tracks, as well as having beautiful lyrical skills that is so rare these days. You can’t help but to think wow, this should go international! Hilang will transform your listening pleasure into serenity like no other. Guba is a brilliant addition to the music scene that makes Hilang one of the best and honest albums I have heard this year”
– Kevin Yeoh, Music Journalist.
“This album is rather beautifully produced and Guba himself is a breath of fresh air in the local singer-songwriter world…The first time I saw photos of Guba I thought this kid should be singing for an emo/metal band or something but instead he sounds like Rufus Wainwright and it's rather funny but a few shades of awesome as well. This album is soulful and I really like his duets with both girls, they're both perfect matches…”
– Ili FM, Music Observer.
All Songs Written & Composed by: Gabriel Robert
Produced by: Jeffrey Little, Jason Voo & Saiful Ridzuan
Recorded at: Greenhouse Studio, Tune Studios & Zahid Ahmad Drumworks Studio
Recorded by: Jeffrey Little, Hafiz Ahmad, Bijan Fx, Jason Voo, Tom Bollock, Saiful Ridzuan
Album Mixed by: Hafiz Ahmad @ Tune Studios
Album Mastered by: Joe Gastwirt @ Joe Gastwirt Mastering
All Songs Published by: Laguna Music
Sub-Published by: Universal Music Publishing Malaysia
Guba, signed up with indie label Laguna Music in 2011. He comfortably writes his songs in Malay as well as English, and
describes his music as alternative-folk. He has wowed many with the soothing sounds from his guitar partnered with his clear, relaxing voice, giving his songs heartfelt emotions that creates a wonderful musical journey that is pleasant to the ears in so many occasions....more