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Bangkok Community Radio comes to Saigon for two nights of sonic goodness

The specially curated line-up hints at the diverse sounds regularly played on the station’s airwaves

  • Words: Amira Waworuntu | Images: BCR
  • 23 March 2023
Bangkok Community Radio comes to Saigon for two nights of sonic goodness

On March 24 and 25, Saigon will welcome the arrival of Bangkok Community Radio (BCR) with two nights of top-quality music taking place at two different venues.

BCR was established in 2021 thanks to the coming together of the More Rice, Transport and Boiled Wonderland collectives. Since then, the station has garnered over 75 Bangkok-based artists and producers in its roster, highlighting the city's ever-growing scene.

In addition to having shows starring heavyweight names such as Red Rack Em, Hidden Spheres, Auntie Flo, Arp Frique, Locked Groove, BCR has also interviewed the likes of Craig Richards, Cinthie and Dj Bowlcut for their newly-launched editorial feature.

Last year they also curated Wonderfruit’s bright yellow Ziggurat stage to much success.

Speaking to Mixmag Asia Vietnam, BCR co-founder Brent Burns explains how the crew’s trip to Saigon is part of their efforts to develop and build many more regional connections with other parts of Southeast Asia.

“Although we’ve not billed this as a Bangkok Community Radio Takeover, all the DJs that will be performing in Saigon have a regular show on BCR,” he mentions.

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So what can the party people of Saigon expect at their upcoming gigs this weekend?

On Friday, March 24, The Lighthouse will host three stalwarts from Bangkok’s underground scene; Mumsfilibaba, Sarayu and Brent Burns himself, who will deliver a high-octane and driven evening with sets that range from house, breaks and everything in between.

Expect to indulge in neo-Italo, house, electro, breaks and club cosmic from Mumsfilibaba, who have had a busy two years playing in various European cities.

Bangkok’s More Rice Records founder, Sarayu, will also bring over his unique sound of breaks-focused music that’s guaranteed to bring serious joy to The Lighthouse’s dancefloor.

An integral part of BCR, Burns will also feature in Friday's line-up, bestowing upon dancers an array of '90s British house combined with elements of Italo, Balearic and leftfield grooves.

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The following night (Saturday, March 25) will see Le Café des Stagiaires play host to RomRom, Vell and Issasha.

Opening the night, the RomRom duo are ready to take guests on an intergalactic journey with their selection of Anatolian funk, Bollywood discotheque and ultra-rare Northern Soul gems.

Issasha’s set is definitely one not to be missed, shifting between the distinctive sounds of sunny house, electro, UK garage plus a pinch of techno here and there.

Last but certainly not least, Boiled Wonderland founder, Vell, will have dancers revelling in a diverse selection of breaks and house, with a dash of ambient, jazz and sonically dynamic soundscapes.

In addition to building networks and connections while in Saigon, Bangkok Community Radio plans of giving a taste of the sonic offerings regularly plated on its airwaves to the attendees of their gigs.

Tune into Bangkok Community Radio here.

[Via: Mixmag Asia Vietnam]

Amira Waworuntu is Mixmag Asia’s Managing Editor, follow her on Instagram.

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