[Music] mcthfg – Korean Dub, Volume One

Though credited to Korean composer mcthfg, this release is actually a compilation featuring three of South Korea’s finest dub technicians. From the Bandcamp site:

South Korea has a vibrant, amazing group of underground artists, and this album is dedicated to them.

Tengger is Itta (Indian Harmonium, Voice and Toys) and Marqido (Synthesizer)
tengger.net

mdbrkn
mdbrkn.bandcamp.com

Kuang Program is Taehyun Choi
www.kuangprogram.net

[Music] Various Artists – V Miracle: Music for Oceans


Belarusian record label Ezhevika Records had a very impressive 2018, coming up with impressive release after impressive release of all sorts of electronic music and electropop, as they call it.

Their latest release is a compilation of indietronica, future beats and other hard-to-describe genres put together for a record whose profits will be given to SeaLegacy, a non-profit society for ocean conservation.

Learn more at www.sealegacy.org

[Music] Steppe-Scape (Stars of Eurasia) – The Great Steppe Live


Stick Men guitarist/Chapman Stick player Markus Reuter participates in a stunningly good collaboration wedding progressive rock and improvisation with music from Central Asia. Featured on this record are the following musicians:

Steppe-Scape

Namgar Lkhasaranova: vocals, yataga, khomus
Radik Tyulyush: vocals, throat-singing, igil
Angela Manukyan: vocals
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars® U8, soundscapes, musical director
Merlin Ettore: hybrid drums, arrangements for Volga, Mother River
Eugene Zolotarev: chanza, bass
Robert Yuldashev – kurai

Not a bad debut at all, especially considering what amazing talent each individual brings to this project.  Kudos to iapetus for releasing this.

[Music] คณะ เบียร์บูด/Khana Bierbood – คนแปลกหน้าจากดินแดนบูรพา​/​Strangers from the far east


This one sure as hell isn’t an ethnographic recording. It’s more along the lines of good, old-fashioned acid-psych. Start with the name of the band, for instance.  Khana Bierbood translates as Strange Brew in Thai, and you can hear the heavy cosmic vibes throughout this record.  What adds an extra notch to its cool factor is that it was produced by Go Kurosawa of Kikagaku Moyo, perhaps the best psychedelic folk band to come of Japan since Masaki Batoh’s Ghost.  I wonder what other monsters Thailand is hiding musically?