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LUK THUNG!
THE ROOTS OF THAI FUNK

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1. PLEARN PROMDAN - Farang Zeang Bong Fai
2. PLEARN PROMDAN - Koy Yung Mai Por
3. POOM PUWARIN - Tai Por Karm Bar
4. THAWAL PUKATHORN - Pu Ying Yang Nong
5. SAKSIAM PETCH-CHOMPU - Jeb Jeb Sab Sab
6. KANGWANPRAI LUKPETCH - Chan Yak Kah Mia
7. RUNGPETCH LAMSING - Ban Nork Dee Nae
8. THEPPORN PETCH-UBON - Jon Thae Nor
9. PRAIWAN LUKPETCH - Mai Eam Ruk
10. SAMAI ONWONG - Nao Nao Ron Ron
11. RUNGFAH PUPING - Puyai Lee Santana
12. SUANG SANTI - Dunb Fai Kui Gun
13. THEPPORN FETCH-UBON - Par Gun Koh
14. NOPPADOL DWANGPORN - Yaak
15. DAO BANDON - Mae Jom Kalon
16. PETCH POHTAKAM - Nong Jeoy
17. SORNPETCH PINYO - Luek Rao Dume Nom
18. SAMAI ONWONG - Ruk Thung Na

Following on from two blistering compilations of Thai funk, we turn back the clock to consider the music’s antecedents.

The term ‘Luk Thung’ is derived from a phrase that literally means ‘song of the child of the fields’.  Much of Thailand is still made up of rural and semi-rural communities, so it is, in other words, the music of the people. This form, through taking on modern elements and evolving continues to remain relevant.

That sweltering heat generates a looser vibe on this third Release of Luk Thung Music, continuing to mine the untapped grooves some of Southeast Asia’s forgotten stars who balanced traditional sounds with reedy, fuzzy, funk n roll. This limited edition third volume, The Roots of Thai Funk, is packaged in bamboo to signify its importance to Thailand where it prevalently grows, and comes with a cool fold-out poster of the record jackets to the artists on the comp, whose songs have a superior sound quality than the first volumes.
But there’s always the occasional pop to remind you where exactly these recordings came from (vinyl records), and Kangwanprai Lukpetch’s “Chan Yak Kah Mia (I Want To Kill My Wife).” They are from the rural country-sides and less populated regions of Thailand, and made for a unique twist to the overall sound, where more traditional vocal chorus’ and homemade stringed instruments, like the next sound that Beirut guy will start to incorporate into his work. Some cuts even build from traditional percussive rhythms and what could be its own region’s polka, into snaking, wanking, swanky woman-child voodoo psych (Rungfah Puping’s “Puyai Lee Santana (Chief Lee Santana)”. Solid stuff, and dare I say it “essential” to any and all interested in culling precious artifunks from Sourtheast Asia.

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