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Genre: Compilation / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 2008-12-15 at sublime frequencies

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      05.01.2012 21:02
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      Doesn't quite live up to expectations

      It's been a while since I've reviewed a Sublime Frequencies release, so I'll just give you a bit of background info. Sublime Frequencies is a Seattle based label that puts together predominantly Asian and Arab world compilations, a fair share of them are recorded from radio stations, giving you a feel for the music, which is quite often now a bit outdated.

      Radio Thailand huh, well the album cover looks pretty cool but does the music match? Too many times Sublime Frequencies fail to hit The second track "21st century perspiration" pretty much answers that question, whether it's one song or a melange of several I'm not quite sure, I'd bet on the latter and if that's the case then it's wonderfully mixed in that old form of just switching the station from one to the other. The track is too weird to describe, take a pinch of The Offspring, a sprinkling of Mc Hammer and mix it in a big Asian musical stir fry.

      My theory about different artists on different tracks certainly turns out to be correct, moving through the rest of the album tracks flit between artists as whoever controls the radio moves the nozzle or presses seek. Whoever created the tracks sometimes does it a bit too quick for my liking (as usual there's more or less no info on this release as to who the real artists may be or who put together the compilation)

      Different tracks feature different radio stations from different parts of the country, North Eastern Frequencies having a notable Indian flavour. This 2CD album has a real collection of music, especially considering tracks are quite long and usually include at least 3 pieces of music interspersed with oddities such as news pieces in Thai or English and occasionally funky adverts.

      Like most stuff Sublime Frequencies release, it's pretty odd stuff, I have to say that the neither the end of the 1st cd or the 2nd cd are quite as pleasing as the enticing "21st century perspiration" lead me to believe but it's not a bad effort and there's definitely some mad tunes to saviour.


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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Lam Barometer
    2 21st Century Perspiration
    3 543 Years Ahead of You
    4 Northeastern Provincial Frequencies
    5 Tourism Past the Medium Wave
    6 Isan Immortal
    7 Torrential Nostalgia
    8 Pad Pen Pinh
    9 Rao Rao
    10 Mak Mak Darkie
    11 Dongrek Apparitions

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 Giant Catfish Fry
    2 Krung Thep Marketing
    3 Space Station Hilltops
    4 Blow-Dried Pop Collage
    5 Folk DJ's Armed with Technology
    6 End of the News
    7 Rubber of High Quality
    8 Oddities in Humidity
    9 Welcome to the World of Music
    10 Tropic Audio Ephemera
    11 Outer-Periphery Splash
    12 Amplitude Massage and Beyond

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