Armenia’s greatest living musician and the acknowledged master of the double-reeded duduk, with its unique, mournful sound. ‘Without doubt one of the most beautiful and soulful recordings I have ever heard,’ says Brian Eno.
The dastardly Sukebe, back from pornotopia with a model-actress-singer on each arm. Grooving, late-70s disco, with giddy strings and orgasmic syndrums; a PG Mercer and Arlen, early-80s style and fashion.
Cicadas, dragonflies and other insects boogie down live and direct from Laos, Thailand and Burma.
Masterful playing of the qin zither, in China considered the most noble of instruments, as if tracing the shapes and meanings of silence.
Delicate, quietly profound 1959-60 chamber recordings of old masters, on a dozen instruments, notably the guqin zither, the pipa lute and the xiao flute.
Playing the xun, an ancient ocarina, the xiao, a vertical flute, and the qin zither, half the time with ‘amateur’ ensemble or zheng zither accompaniment. A last exponent in 1996, haunting and poised, dead now.
Traditional and popular pieces for drums, xiao and dizi flutes, banhu fiddle, sheng mouth organ, yangkin hammered zither, pipa lute, and xun ocarina (an instrument at least 7,000 years old).
Buddhist hymns and chants, with ritual percussion.
Featuring vintage sides by Po Sein (one of the giants of early Burmese music and theatre), vocal and harp music from 1929, ‘modern songs with electric guitar’, and unique Burmese pop songs with piano.
Folk music of searing lyricism and breathtaking complexity — a work-song in four parts, rare early liturgical chant, and numerous toasting songs, with masterfully handled dissonance and improvisation.
Traditional Islamic folk music from China, with Arabic, Persian, and Turkish influences: Kazakh, Uyghur, Kirgiz and Mongol Erut musicians on stringed instruments like topchar, komuz, rushtar, rawab, tchang.
Infectious songs and rootical instrumentals — the fifth SF album presenting Laurent ‘Kink Gong’ Jeanneau’s amazing documentation of the vanishing indigenous music of the rural Asian frontiers.
Proper gatefold-sleeve heavy-vinyl repress for this legendary slab of Japanese psych, prog and groove magic.
Limited, gatefold LP version of the first SF CD release in 2003: droning beat pop, early Orkes Melayu songs, Batak Tapanuli, traditional Minang, and rare folk drama from the Indonesian island, from cassettes.
Gong, angklung and gender wayang under the direction of Anak Agung Gede Mandera.
The stunning minimalist metallica of the gong orchestras of the Champasak and Attapeu provinces of Laos, recorded between 2003 and 2007 by Sublime Frequencies collaborator Laurent Jeanneau.