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Boomkat Product Review:
**AVAILABLE ON VINYL FOR THE 1ST TIME - LTD COPIES ONLY!** 'Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol.1' was the first ever Sublime Frequencies and my my is it a good one. Collecting the tracks from tapes he managed to acquire back in 1989 Alan Bishop has come up with a window into a world of pop music rarely heard by those outside of this equatorial island. I mean, it's clearly pop - the sounds you hear are very slightly related to sounds you would have heard anywhere else in 1989, but at the same time this is music from a land we have little or no connection to culturally. Just skip to the second track (which was taken from an unmarked tape so has no details) and prepare yourself for a real experience - the saturated and degraded sounds of what once was electro-pop, all cheap synths and jangling guitars. Imagine Selda dubbed to cassette tape again and again then speeded up just a little and you'll have some idea of what to expect - but the truth is in the listening and this simply has to be heard. Elsewhere we have two tracks of organ-led wavering oddness from the oddly named Pimp Rubiah and two tracks from the incredible Samsimar. It's funny because I know absolutely nothing about these artists yet some of the music here is astonishing - it surprises me that the music has never really made an impression outside of its home country. A truly groundbreaking collection of world music, you simply have to hear this compilation - just buy it!