Various Artists - The Rough Guide To Cambodian Psychedelia (Vinyl)

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To even the most intrepid of crate diggers, laying hands on an original vinyl by Pan Ron or Ros Seresyothea is elysian imaginary. The two vocalists, along with Sin Sisamouth, were figureheads of the epochal 1960-1970s Cambodian music scene which reinvented American rock and roll in a way wonderfully its own. The Khmer Rouge's systematic dismantling of Cambodian culture was so successful that LP's from this era have only rarely survived either sequestered away by residents or smuggled out of the country with those who left. Under Pol Pot's orders, the despot's troops literally gathered up and burned every book, painting, film reel and vinyl record they could find. A history purposefully extinguished. The musicians too met grizzly end: from what we can tell Ros Seresyothea died of malnutrition in a work camp and Pan Ron mysteriously disappeared, mostly likely one of over a million people brutally murdered in 'The Killing Fields' genocide. Over the last two decades years, spirit-guided by Southern California-based band Dengue Fever, interest in vintage Cambodian sounds has spiked. A new wave of DJs, collectors and interpreters now pour over original cuts, the rarer the better, sliding them into their mixes, lovingly remastering their chalky tones and performing the music anew. This handpicked compilation is one of few stacking the shelves that features original re-issues alongside the finest re-workings by Dengue Fever themselves.

Limited Edition Vinyl + Download Card



This has some real solid material, I was a little surprised, most of it worth listening to, it will probably receive above average plays in rotation. Dengue Fever has a few gems indeed. Some of this Cambodian Psych reminds of Star Wars cantina music, very outside the box, pretty fun stuff.

By: Harvey Wallbanger



A1 Ros Seresyothea - Penh Chet Tae Bong Mouy
A2 Dengue Fever - Tip My Canoe
A3 Pan Ron - Koun K'Teuy
A4 Dengue Fever - Ghost Voice
B1 Pan Ron - Bros Ey Kov Prerl
B2 Dub Addiction - The Mighty Plan
B3 Dengue Fever - One Thousand Years Of A Tarantula


Track A1 (trad) Copyright Control. Licensed from Metal Postcard Records.
Track A2 from the album SLEEPWALKING THROUGH THE MEKONG (TT002) (Holtzman/Holtzman/Chhom/Ralicke/Smith/Williams) pub Annie Reed Music Ltd.
Track A3 (trad) Copyright Control. Licensed from Metal Postcard Records.
Track A4 from the album THE DEEPEST LAKE (TT007) (Holtzman/Holtzman/Chhom/Ralicke/Smith/Williams) pub Annie Reed Music Ltd.
Track B1 (trad) Copyright Control. Licensed from Metal Postcard Records.
Track B2 from the album DUB ADDICTION MEETS KAMPUCHEA ROCKERS UPTOWN (trad) Copyright Control. Licensed from Metal Postcard Records.
Track B3 from the album SLEEPWALKING THROUGH THE MEKONG (TT002) (Holtzman/Holtzman/Chhom/Ralicke/Smith/Williams) pub Annie Reed Music Ltd.