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Radio Pyongyang: Commie Funk And Agit Pop From The Hermit Kingdom

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Genre: R&B & Soul - Soul / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 2005-09-19 at Forced Exposure

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      21.03.2010 20:52
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      A crazy compilation that's worth a listen

      This is definitely one of Sublime Frequencies best albums, certainly one of the most revealing. Radio Pyongyang: Commie Funk and Agit Pop From the Hermit Kingdom doesn't fail to live up to expectations, it gives the listener an interesting insight into music in North Korea, something which is pretty damn hard to get hold of.

      I had no idea what to expect really but I knew it would be slightly bizarre, the album has 8 tracks which tend to be mixes of various songs with some radio broadcasts thrown in for good measure. The album was compiled by a traveller to North Korea who catches live marching performances, TV programmes, rare CD releases and blends it all together wonderfully.

      A large part of the album rather obviously and expectedly praises the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, the heart of this praise are booming Stalinist chants that sound like the type of thing you'd expect to hear in the Soviet Union 50 years ago, instrumental ballads that seem more at place in a cowboy film are supported with strong romantic female vocals.

      There's a bit of opera, a bit of croony Japanese style karaoke and of course the ubiquitous children's song "Start Em' Young" which seems to be interspersed with marching and sounds a bit like Manga Winnie the Pooh joins the army, the melody is totally bizarre it speeds up and slows down at completely unexpected times and kicks you in the balls with weirdness when you don't expect it.

      The commie funk late on in the album, is jolly stuff and surprisingly easy to dance too! If you picture Abba going to a Chinese takeaway whilst James Brown looks over them from heaven - you're kind of close to the outcome of the track "Commie Funk"

      If everyone had a copy of this at home, no one would ever take drugs - it's probably the oddest compilation ever made and very fresh to the ears (unless you're unfortunate enough to live in Pyongyang of course)

      1 Motherland Megamix
      2 New Model Army
      3 Numbers Game
      4 Pride of the Nation
      5 Start 'Em Young
      6 Arirang
      7 Commie Funk
      8 Motherland Redux

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Motherland Megamix
      2 New Model Army
      3 Numbers Game
      4 Pride of the Nation
      5 Start 'Em Young
      6 Arirang
      7 Commie Funk
      8 Motherland Redux