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‘Sounds of Lecak Vol.1’ encapsulates esoteric sounds of the Malay archipelago

We're giving away 3 double-pack vinyl copies of the release via TAV Records

  • Arun Ramanathan
  • 25 May 2022
‘Sounds of Lecak Vol.1’ encapsulates esoteric sounds of the Malay archipelago

Homegrown Singaporean label Kribo Records issues a singles compilation ‘Sounds of Lecak Vol.1’, to be released on vinyl in June.

The double-vinyl pack compilation is a three-way collaboration between Singaporean record store The Analog Vault’s TAV Records and Amsterdam-based label founded by members of Kikagaku Moy, Guruguru Brain — it comes loaded with twenty esoteric tracks reminiscent of Malaysia’s diverse culture and laid back attitude, with cover artwork by Singapore studio Vinylheavy.

And in support of the collaborative release, Mixmag Asia & TAV Records are giving away 3 copies of this limited vinyl release. Just head over to Mixmag Asia's Instagram to find out more.

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The story of the release starts at Kribo Records which was founded in 2017 and operated by esoteric music junkie, musician and producer, Maggot. With a keen ear for Eastern forms and variations of soul, funk, hip hop and psychedelia, Maggot has nurtured Kribo to be a label that represents the particular diverse sounds stemming from Southeast Asian, particularly, Malay, culture and influences.

Maggot’s curation of the label focuses on what he called the Sounds of Lecak, “a regional stamp on the global retro funk and soul movement, inspired by the indigenous word that can mean moist, wet, muddy or even naughty”. Some of the genres identified include Thai luk thung, molam (folk music from Thailand’s northern Issan region), afrobeat and pop yeh yeh — a genre title given to Malay rock ‘n’ roll and eventually named after The Beatles’ hit 'She Loves You (Yeah Yeah)'.

‘Sounds of Lecak Vol.1’ celebrates Maggot’s singular and niche focus on culturally entrenched music from the Malay archipelago.

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'Sounds of Lecak' will be out on June 1 and available as black or purple colour double-vinyl pack via TAV Records, Guruguru Brain and Kribo Records.

You can pre-order your copy here, head over to our Instagram to win one of three copies.

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