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.
Gamelan of Java - LP released in Japan in 1978
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