This compilation delves deep into the Thailand’s musical archives, presenting a broad range of vintage sounds that underline the country’s status as one of South East Asia's musical hot spots. As Soundway’s entry point into the Asian music world, the record offers a unique vantage point to the most experimental period in Thai musical history, reflecting the outcome of a twentieth century journey from Thai classical to Luk Krung and Luk Thung – music that incorporated western influences such as jazz, surf guitar, ballroom and even Latin and African. The music maps changing social demographics, the movement of people, culture and language from countryside to city and all during a period when the record labels were at their most experimental.

Chaweewan Dumern