Welcome to Indonesia, where music often comes laden with culture and laced with intricacy. There is a lot of eclectic music to discover in the country of 270 million, you just need to know where to look — and that's the mission of Dead Pepaya.
'Bunga Elektronika Vol. 1' is a doublesider series by Dead Pepaya, a joint initiative by Pepaya Records’ Aldo Ersan and Dead Records’ Aditya Prayoga and Catra Darusman. The Indonesian imprints both operate in the alternative end of Indonesia's esoteric electronic music scene.
For the first instalment of Bunga Elektronika, they feature Fyahman, a Jakarta-based music geek who relishes in obscurity, and Xin Lie, a punk in the truest sense of the term from Bandung.
Clashing the two artists together yields exactly what one would expect — a heavy combination of rakish rave tools. The duo navigates through the world of percussions from “the internet to the traditional Sundanese performance art showcasing a group of horsemen".
The title, Bunga Elektronika, is inspired by 'Seblak-Seblak (Bunga Elektronika)' from Gombloh & Lemon Tree's Anno '69 group.
“By focussing on Indonesian local talents, this series aims at bringing obscure electronic pieces to life,” says Dead Pepaya of the new series.
Bunga Elektronika follows in the footsteps of a previous compilation by Dead Papaya called ‘Moda Ekuator’ which showcased the uncharted rhythms of Indonesia’s post-club electronic music by the local alternative dance and experimental scene.
Bunga Elektronika Vol. 1 was released March 21, 2021. Purchase it here.