LABEL: Animist, NL
Format: 10″ Vinyl (45 RPM) ／ ANIMIST-002
ARTIST: Apichat Pakwan
TITLE: E-Ong Muan Sun
Pongsapon Upani: khaen
Artit Krajangsree: phin
Olivier Schreuder: electronics, percussion, composition, production
Angkanang Pimwankum: percussion
Mastering: Ivo Statinski
Record cover design: Tran Ngoc Binh & Olivier Schreuder
A1. E-Ong Muan Sun
A2. Infinite Dub 1
A3. Infinite Dub 2
A4. Infinite Dub 3
B1. Yang Farang Dub
B2. Infinite Dub 4
B3. Infinite Dub 5
B4. Infinite Dub 6
E-Ong Muan Sun means ‘Delicious Nutritious Banana’ in the Esan/Lao language, and E-Ong being a specific kind of banana that contains much more Vitmain C than others. It symbolizes the musical quality Apichat Pakwan intents to deliver with their music.
The release of the second 10” single E-Ong Muan Sun is celebrated at a Rebel Up Soundclash party on 14 July 2017 in OCCII, Amsterdam.
The vinyl record contains a main version on the A- Side, and a dub version on the B-Side, continuing the concept of the first 10” Angkanang.
But the second 10” offers DJ’s & collectors of vinyl something quite unique and unusual: 6 infinite loops cut into the vinyl, based on the dub version of the record, encouraging to get creative with the distinctive sound of Apichat Pakwan.
The single already got picked up by BBC Radio, and raving reviews by leading DJ’s worldwide:
“Sick” – FaltyDL (Brooklyn, USA)
“Feeling that dub” – Jacques Renault (Brooklyn DJ)
“Top quality” – DJ Paul T (Potato Head, Bali)
“This is f*cking excellent” – Tim ‘Love’ Lee (USA)
“Very enticing on the ears” – Aimee Lawrence (Barcelona/Ibiza)
“Love this..” – Tom Psychemagic (Cosmic Forest)
“Oh my, right in feelings. I love it! Straight into my collection. Thank you” – Ponty Mython (Vilnius)
“Weirdo Dub Mania, belter in every way – 5 out of 5” – The Cyclist (UK)
“This is dope” – Daniel Drumz (Poland)
“Interesting, like the drum sounds and groove, and it has loads of personality.” – James Fox (London, UK)
“De muzikanten van Apichat Pakwan kennen de traditionele Thaise muziek zo goed dat ze als geen ander in staat zijn om er een moderne draai aan te geven. Er ontstaat een bedwelmende groove die even vanzelfsprekend als exotisch klinkt.”
“The musicians of Apichat Pakwan know the traditional Thai music so well they are capable like no one else to give it a modern twist. The intoxicating groove they create sounds equally logical and exotic.” – Job De Wit (We Are Public, Oor, DJ Broadcast – NL)
A blend of Thai / Lao music, dub, hiphop & electro
Apichat Pakwan is a group of musicians from Thailand & The Netherlands. They make what they call Esantronics – a hybrid mix of molam (folkmusic of the ethnic Lao, of whom the largest population is living in Esan, another name for Northeast-Thailand), dub, hiphop & electro.
Unique about Apichat Pakwan is their mix of very traditional instruments with innovative live electronics, consisting of both digital and analog synthesis and signal processing, and fieldrecordings.
They play original Esan repertory as well as their own new interpretations and compositions, all on a bass-heavy dub foundation – a combination which seems to blend very organically.
The group was formed in Thailand by Olivier Schreuder (Amsterdam, 1980), who has been making new forms of electronic & Asian music for many years. He met the other musicians in the city of Khon Kaen, Thailand while studying the local traditional music & instruments.
The Thai musicians of the group are known as the most talented molam musicians of the new generation in Thailand: Pongsapon Upani (1991) & Artit Krajangsree (1989).
They are not only considered experts of the traditional repertory, but are also well-respected innovators of the genre who mix new technologies with the original acoustic instruments of Lao folkmusic. Furthermore, Pongsapon is the regular kaen-player (mouthorgan that is the main instrument in molam) of legendary artists Chaweewan Dumnern & Angkanang Khunchai, and a gifted molam-singer himself.
Named after last-mentioned molam-diva, Apichat Pakwan is completed by Thai percussion-player Angkanang Pimwankum (1992), with her 25 years the youngest member of the group.