Music for the weekend


From WFMU’s Give the Drummer Some:

HongHongthong Daoudon  ~  “Huai Abanibi”
(Blog: StereoMono)

Good Night and Good Luk Thung
“Hongthong Daoudon is a luk thung and molam singer from northeastern part of Thailand. This late 70s-early 80s album however is in large parts Western influenced Thai funk that wouldn’t sound of place on one of the ZudRangMa compilations. The title track is a cover version of Israel’s winning contribution to the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, Izhar Cohen & Alpha Beta’s “A-Ba-Ni-Bi.” This song was apparently a huge hit in Thailand, and Monrakplengthai‘s curator Peter says he would still hear the song playing around Bangkok even today. He’s also uploaded Onuma Singsiri‘s version of the song so go listen to that as well!”  (Á Go-Gojira, at StereoMono)

RatonRahul Dev Berman  ~  “Raton Ka Raja” and “Ehsan”
(Blog: Music from the Third Floor)

“At the time of writing, tattered copies of these 2 EPs (along with an admittedly sought after single from ‘Apradh’) are up for grabs on eBay. Starting bid? A measly US$320. Call me funny, but I find that kind of ridiculous. Therefore: 2 MEGA RARE RAHUL DEV BURMAN SOUNDTRACKS! 8 PRE-RECORDED SONGS VALUED AT US$32 (MIN.) EACH! FREE FOR THE TAKING!! And take them you should, as both Raton Ka Raja and Ehsanare excellent, and as the latter includes the coolest version of “Pata Pata” ever made.”  (PC, at Music From the Third Floor)

From the Music Alliance Pact, from back in December:

Nairobi is a dub band based in Buenos Aires. Approaching dub from a diverse perspective, they create vibrant climates and fresh interpretations of the genre. This song is the first single from their second album, Wet, which was mixed at Mad Professor’s studio in London and features Roberto Pettinato on saxophone.

Tempo TantrickPsychoblabber
Tempo Tantrick is a trip hop duo from Bangalore. Their sound palette ranges from downtempo to pulsing EDM that finds a likely home in clubs open to both electronica and experimental. Psychoblabber falls squarely in the latter end of the Tempo Tantrick soundscape. The track features an irresistible, throbbing refrain reminiscent of Shiny Toy Guns.

ISRAELMetal Israel
WinterhordeThe Tenth Wave
Winterhorde is a blacker than the blackest black metal band from the north of Israel. Unfortunately, Israel’s north is pretty black right now itself with hundreds of acres of forest destroyed by the largest fire in the country’s history with a death toll of over 40. In any case, Winterhorde’s sonic path twists from symphonic melodies to sheer straight-up metal intensity, melding these two extremes with elegance and professionalism. Winterhorde will freeze your soul with its echoes of longing, darkness and unrelenting desperation. Good stuff created in a classic vein.

From February:

India Music Alliance Pact :: February 2011INDIAIndiecision
New Delhi hardcore act IAFWAY (short for “I Am Fake Who Are You”) are unlikely contenders for Indian metal glory. Still in school, the sextet can’t even legally buy drinks at the clubs where they hope to take their brand of screamo. Yet their videogame-inspired tunes bely a maturity well past their years. On Unsaturated, a track from their free debut EP, they bring together melodramatic hardcore trappings with an almost graphic novel-ish wielding of screamo à la Bring Me The Horizon.

israel Music Alliance Pact :: February 2011ISRAELMetal Israel
Blank DivinityIn Another Life
Blank Divinity is a metal band from Ashkelon, a seaside city no stranger to rocket attacks. They rightfully boast transcendence over all metal genres into their own sometimes brutal, sometimes melodic and most of the time completely shredding brand just waiting to be picked up by the right record company. Their talent is undeniable (though their occasional female vocalist is not to my taste) and I can definitely see these guys playing the major European festivals one day. Check them out.

And, while we’re on a metal tip, Orphaned Land have been in Bangalore. Read about it here – plus great black and white live photos.


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