Thailand offers some of Asia's most pulsating sounds - contemporary music abounds within the country, from highly regarded local artists and bands. Record stores are filled with lukthung - the central region 'country' music - as well as Thai girl and boy bands competing with their western and Japanese counterparts. However, it's the sounds of morlam from an area that very few visitors venture to - Isaan, in the northeast - that is the hotbed of Thai music. Morlam, in its modern form, is rhythmically powerful and vocally dynamic and is popular throughout Thailand. All these styles of music and more can be heard on this album, the vast majority available outside Thailand for the first time.
'It's grave, comic and oddly relaxing to listen to.' The Independent