Friday, April 10, 2009

Musiques de l'Asie Traditionnelle: Vol. 13 - Malaisie





Most of the tracks on this French produced comp are excellent, offering up a very nice musical sampling of Malaysia's diverse cultural and ethnic makeup. It's no small feat assembling a collection that attempts to cover such a broad spectrum of music - however, what really makes this record superlative imho is the Sabah and Sarawak tunes that wrap up the B side. The funky, tumbling rhythms these guys play on their gongs out there in the Borneo jungle totally delivers the cool, intense vibe you'd expect. It's a minor bummer that the tracks aren't longer - brevity does not behoove this kind of music.


2 comments:

peter said...

wow this is realy fantastic.. i've heard so little folk music from malysia, and the selections on here are amazing! only one thing, i think that the .rar may be missing track 5, and you can never have too much "percussion & gongs"! thanks!

Matt said...

hey peter! You're correct - track 5 is indeed missing, and it's a cool track too! thanks for letting me know. my apologies - i'll tidy things up.
cheers,
matt