Music from the beautiful country of Thailand has always been captivating to me. Ever since I’ve been discovering older, funk and disco albums, I have been enamored by the crazy vocals and percussive grooves that are accompanied by gorgeous phin leads that provide a soulful touch to the music as a whole. Soonthorn Chairatanachot was born 16th May 1938 in the town of Sarakham in the north-eastern district of Isan, and passed away on 10th January 2004. He had an enormous passion for music, something which translated brilliantly through radio shows and stellar vocal performances. DIY Disco Molam : Rarities From The Khaen Sang Label is a project that is compiled by Maft Sai & Chris Menist and it is a wonderful, psychedelic musical experience.
These tracks were supposedly widely popular around the time of their original release in the late 60s or early 70s, but never recently saw the light of day until today. With 10 tracks of incredibly dense guitar-centric music, Soonthorn is able to create a genuine, psychedelic listening experience. Utilising eerie delayed guitar and piercing Farfisa-style organ, as well as gloopy drum and bass, the tracks are diverse in tone and are able to captivate with their stunning and dance-heavy grooves. It’s just amazing being able to immerse yourself in Molam music in this way, with a dance-heavy tone that makes it such a fun listen as well.
Listen to Soonthorn Chairatanachot’s collection of 45s titled DIY Disco Molam : Rarities From The Khaen Sang Label and don’t forget to support! Released via Zudrangma Records.