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 turning up some solid hidden 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 many 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)