Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2020 year-end mega-mix round-up

like many of you, most likely, i spent a lot more time at home in 2020 that in years past. this meant i had extra time to put together some sets of music for various radio programs around the world! while i promoted these on social media as they were broadcast, i realized i never linked them here for posterity, so here they are:
for radio is a foreign country, originally broadcast on resonance 104.4 fm, london 4.28.2020

"a 60-minute mix of kantruem (modern and traditional), bilingual luk thung/molam, pop/rock and sound-truck music" 
for zudrangma records / studio lam, bangkok, originally broadcast 5.4.2020

"'modern traditional' music from mainland southeast asia, including thai liké/lae-luk thung, nang talung, lao/isan molam, malay joget & dikir hulu, khmer kantruem & mahori, burmese 'mono', and vietnamese cải lương"
for discostan on nts radio, originally broadcast 8.26.2020

"an hour of music from bangkok's arab-malay scene. in these songs, we hear thai pop/rock sounds layered among rhythms, melodies and textures from throughout the muslim world. influences from malaysia, indonesia, egypt, lebanon, and india are all discernable in the mix. 
thai arab-malay acts had their heyday in the '70s and '80s entertaining cosmopolitan visitors from the ummah on "soi arab" (sukhumvit lane 3/1), and popular nightlife bands of the era have remained a staple at mosque fairs and other cultural events around the central provinces ever since. 
the selections in this set are primarily digitized from cassettes that were for sale at phrakhanong's yanavy tape & video or from various second-hand vendors around the capital."

Friday, December 4, 2020

phonsak songsaeng: hak sao ban phoen

artist: พรศักดิ์ ส่องแสง (phonsak songsaeng)
album: ฮักสาวบ้านเพิ่น (hak sao ban phoen)
01. ฮักสาวบ้านเพิ่น (hak sao ban phoen)
02. หนาวใจบ่น้อง (nao chai bo nong)
03. ฮักสาวฝั่งซ้าย (hak sao fang sai)
04. ปลายเดือนมือดำ (plai duean mue dam)
05. มันยังไม่สาย (man yang mai sai)
06. คนคือเฮา (khon khue hao)
07. รักสาวฮอริเดย์ (rak sao holiday)
08. เหมือนเดือนเคียงดาว (muean duean khiang dao)
09. หัวใจหล่น (hua chai lon)
10. ใจซื้อใจ (chai sue chai)
11. นิราศภูกระดึง (nirat phu kradueng)
12. สุขเถิดน้อง (suk thoet nong)

this week: another classic cassette from the amazing phonsak songsaeng! hailing from a farming family in udon thani, phonsak left school after grade 4 to help his parents in the field. after a short gig as a boxer, he formed his first band, champ isan, in 1981 at age 21. from his first album forward he enjoyed a string of huge hits.. this cassette from 1991 on siang siam's kritsanathep imprint features a surprising range of production styles, centering on a slightly more computerized sound than his previous tape featured here, but still quite first-rate luk thung isan (even some carabao-esque guitar leads at parts).. enjoy!