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Album: Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia
# Song Title   Time
1)    Give Me One Kiss - Dara Chom Chan
2)    Don't Speak - Pan Ron
3)    Jombang Jet - Pan Ron
4)    Flowers in the Pond - Ros Sereysothea
5)    Shave Your Beard - Ros Sereysothea
6)    I Will Marry You - Pan Ron
7)    I Want to Shout - Ros Sereysothea
8)    Jasmine Girl - Pan Ron/Sinn Sisamouth
9)    I Want to Be Your Lover - Pan Ron
10)    Hope to Meet You
11)    Snaeha - Pan Ron
12)    I Will Starve Myself to Death - Ros Sereysothea
13)    [Untitled] - Pan Ron
14)    Cold Sky - Ros Sereysothea
 

Album: Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia
# Song Title   Time
1)    Give Me One Kiss - Dara Chom Chan
2)    Don't Speak - Pan Ron
3)    Jombang Jet - Pan Ron
4)    Flowers in the Pond - Ros Sereysothea
5)    Shave Your Beard - Ros Sereysothea
6)    I Will Marry You - Pan Ron
7)    I Want to Shout - Ros Sereysothea
8)    Jasmine Girl - Pan Ron/Sinn Sisamouth
9)    I Want to Be Your Lover - Pan Ron
10)    Hope to Meet You
11)    Snaeha - Pan Ron
12)    I Will Starve Myself to Death - Ros Sereysothea
13)    [Untitled] - Pan Ron
14)    Cold Sky - Ros Sereysothea
 
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  • Liner Note Author: John Pirozzi.
  • The band Dengue Fever have managed to build a career out of their obsession with Cambodian pop music of the 1960s and '70s, and with this compilation, they've generously allowed fans to sample their treasure trove of rare recordings, rescued from battered cassettes brought back from visits to Southeast Asia. While the Sublime Frequencies label has been releasing fascinating compilations of Asian pop from this time period, the music on Electric Cambodia: 14 Rare Gems from Cambodia's Past more closely walks a middle ground between the distinct melodic and vocal style of traditional Cambodian music and the insistent rhythms and electric instrumentation of Western pop and rock; instead of suggesting Asian folk music with some American pop added to the mix, these tunes tend to offer a more equal fusion of the two styles, and the creative and cultural mashups result in some inspired combinations. Highlights include the bright, kinetic sound of Ros Sereysothea's "I Want to Shout" (complete with a killer guitar solo), the assured R&B shuffle of "Shave Your Beard" from the same act, "Give Me One Kiss" by Dara Chom Chan, which recalls an Asian girl group backed by a ska band, and several cuts from Pan Ron, including the polished but driving garage rock of "Don't Speak," some heavily rhythmic psychedelia with "Jombang Jet," an appropriately melodramatic cover of Sonny Bono's "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" dubbed "Snaeha," and an untitled number that features some deadly fuzztone riffs Link Wray would admire. This music is wild and energetic fun, though it's also a document of a short-lived era in Cambodian history that came to an end with the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, whose efforts to rid the nation of modern Western influences led to the death of nearly all the artists represented on this disc. If there's a tragedy lurking behind this music, at least Electric Cambodia allows a wider audience to hear this remarkable music, and you don't have to be a collector of cross-cultural oddities to enjoy it. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (p.85) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Fourteen singles offer listeners access to the euphoric sounds that Khmer teenagers danced to in the halcyon time before the despot Pol Pot turned the country into killing fields in 1975."
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