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Radio Thailand – “Transmissions From The Tropical Kingdom ” – [Sublime Frequencies]

Thurston Hunger   6/1/2006   CD, International

A divine disc duel between the riches that Alavarius B has
snarred and the even richer Porest plunder. Jamaican jazz
gets jerky in the smorgasounds here, plus more of that wham
bam thank you Molam which Master Gergis introduced us to.
His side ends with a great wavering prayer/lament. He even
works in the original “Tui Tui Tui” popularized to KFJC fans
via Neung Phak. DJ patter and chatter gets scrambled into
the mix, served up along with Catfish Fry and other fermented
shrimps of sounds. Somehow the Thai melodies tend to make
both the cheapest keyboard and the oldest khene sound regal.
Those melodies here get to stretch out, despite the fact that
this is on the radio collage series of Sublime Frequencies.
There are some spectacular jump cuts, still many pieces get
a solid 2 or more minutes uninterrupted. Even so there are
moments plenty, like the drone chanting at the beginning of
“The End of the News” where you want a section to sustain
longer. A lot of range here, strange range…from very odd
doo-wop, to jungle, to gamelan, to phone dedications, to
hyper-reverbed slices of dialogue. I’m sure more than one
show will end with the way Master Bishop chose to conclude
his contribution. Gracious and unearthly! Sonic Thai sticks
to the roof of your mind… -Thurston Hunger

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