Various Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia; 1964-1970, Vol. 1

Various Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia; 1964-1970, Vol. 1
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With specialty labels like Pharaway Sounds, Putumayo and Soul Jazz dedicating themselves to unearthing vintage sounds from around the globe, the unifying language of music has never been more apparent. Focusing heavily on the Middle East previously, Seattle-based label Sublime Frequencies has turned its eye to Southeast Asia for Pop Yeh Yeh. Collecting 26 two-and-a-half-minute pop songs from rock's golden era, Pop Yeh Yeh shows just how quickly the British Invasion infiltrated every corner of the world. With vocals (mostly) sung in Malay, each number on this collection sounds instantly familiar and innovative, as artists like Adnan Othman & the Rhythm Boys channel the woolly/wooly vibe of the Nuggets compilations, while Zeleha Hamid & the Black Cats combine girl group innocence with surf-guitar fury and Hasnah Haron & the Spiritual 70s come off as cool and otherworldly as late decade Donovan. Packaged with two 40-page booklets, featuring extensive liner notes, bios and photos, Pop Yeh Yeh is a flawlessly delivered and executed overview of an ever-fascinating time in musical history. (Sublime Frequencies)