Episode 28 – Thai Town

Our cousin and good friend Matthew arrived from Thailand last year with a stack of vintage Luk Thang 45s in relatively worn condition, being decades old and stored only in paper sleeves. While he couldn’t read the labels in Thailand’s stores, he did pick the 45s that seemed to uncannily stand out from the others, and managed to pick out plenty of gems via whatever musical antenna Matthew was gifted by Pan, god of wine and music.

So I digitized the whole set and tried to provide a fair rendering of each disc while avoiding the harsher surface noise, clicks, and scratches from the vinyl. Then, I was able to curate the best hour or so of material into this mix.

Information about some of these Luk Thang picks is available online, but many remain mysterious. My partially reconstructed tracklist shows tunes by Sangsuree Rungroj, Sayan Sanya, Winai Bundarak, and Chaloemphon Hit Donchai, but we know up to ten other unknown artists are featured. Who, for instance, is behind the cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s “J’taime Moi Non Plus”?

Whatever the answer, you can enjoy the retro vibes of Thai Town below — the first of four new episodes to be released over upcoming weeks tracing some exciting strains of sound among vintage international musics.

Stream it here or listen on iTunes.

Partial tracklist:

แสงสุรีย์ รุ่งโรจน์ (Sangsuree Rungroj) – เหมาหมด (Mixed)
สายัณห์ สัญญา (Sayan Sanya) – Unknown
สายัณห์ สัญญา (Sayan Sanya) – อดีตรักสาวเดิมบาง (Some Old Love)
สายัณห์ สัญญา (Sayan Sanya) – อย่าหลงข่าวลือ (Do Not Fall For The Rumor)
สายัณห์ สัญญา (Sayan Sanya) – คนชายแดน (Borderman)
Unknown Artist – ฉันรักฉันไม่มาก (J’taime Moi Non Plus)
เฉลิมพล ฮิตโดนใจ (Chaloemphon Hit Donchai) – วันเข้าพรรษา (Past Love Buddhist Lent Day, or Past Love Rainy Season)
เฉลิมพล ฮิตโดนใจ (Chaloemphon Hit Donchai) – วอนแม่หมั้นสาว (Won Mae Engagement Girl)
วินัย พันธุรักษ์ (Winai Bandurak) – บัวตอง (Mexican Sunflower)

Episode 6 – Wild Gems

There isn’t a 70mm film to score this with yet, but there damn well should be.

The first in our percussion-heavy Wild Gems series, this episode is an exotic time travel odyssey taking place between 1959 and 2012, visiting tons of great moments in hard funk, psych rock and groovy Latin music along its journey. Selections hail from the international psychedelic continuum, and the exploitative proto-“world music” LPs of orchestrators like Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman, among other sources like Peruvian chicha and French soundtracks.

Stream it here or listen on iTunes.

Tracklist:

Martin Denny – Temptation
John Hill – Amalthea
Ersen – Kozan Daği
Alessandro Alessandroni feat. I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni – Spiagge Azzure
Sam Spence Orchestra – Wie Ein Blitz
The Wrecking Crew (as Christopher Monte) – Giants of Bombora
Atomic Forest – Obession ’77
Resonnance – O.K. Chicago
Adventure Time – Kick It
Gérard Levecque & Claude Romat – Grey Pepper (Africadelic In Safari Mood); (Montparnasse: Africadelic’s the Name N° 2; with percussion by Black Colored Drums)
M. Ashraf (feat. A. Nayyar) – Main Hoon Play Boy
Fred Weinberg – Big Fat Woman
Bharat Karki & Party – Dancing Rope
The Aay Jays – Lal Qalander Lal
The Son of P.M. – Azava Leela (Guaracha)
Les Brown, Jr. – Drum’s Safari
Telegraph Avenue – Sungaligali
Lucía de La Cruz – Toro Mata
Marty Manning and His Orchesta – Night On Bald Mountain (from “The Twilight Zone”)
Twistin’ Kings – Congo (Part 1)
Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo – Imagination
Arthur Lyman – Jungle Fantasy
Jacques Loussier – Clara’s Jerk
Los Beltons – Cumbia Pop
Mandingo – Chant of the Virgins (Columbia: The Primeval Rhythm Of Life)
Erkin Koray – Estarabim
Troupe Majidi – Essiniya
Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects – El Mouka
Papete & Luís Lopes – Berimbalis
Manzanita y Su Conjunto – Serrano Con Orgullo