Recommended Listening / Music History
It seems like a lot of people are turning their attention towards Southeast Asia as of late, and I don’t blame them at all. Over the last few years there have been a grip of great compilations released by labels such as Sublime Frequencies, that have focused on anything from regional folk music of Vietnam to psychedelic pop rock of Iraq. The Cambodian Rocks series played a heavy party in introducing a lot of this music to the West as well.
Grabbing whatever I can get my hands on, I am glad to see the attention coming from those that will dig a little deeper and find the funkier side of things, not to say there wasn’t already coincidental “funk” pieces on these comps. Mike 2600 + yours truly released a mixtape last year focusing on all things SE Asian. You can download that here, with all donations going towards the Cambodian youth outreach program, Tiny Toones.
Now with that said, Egon of the Stones Throw / Now Again labels has continued his on going NPR series “Funk Archaeology” with a closer examination of the southerer/easterer island system of Indonesia. In the feature there are 5 great choices that lean towards the funkier/psych side of things. There is also minor talk of a new compilation, Those Shocking Shaking Days, coming out early 2011. Super excited to hear that and I hope you enjoy this.
To listen to the NPR feature, you must learn.