Californian-Cambodian rock sextet, Dengue Fever, who are currently in their home studio recording their follow-up to Cannibal Courtship (2011), have launched their own record label – Tuk Tuk Records.
The label will be distributed via MRI in the United States and Canada and Proper Distribution throughout the rest of the world. The first releases to be made available from Tuk Tuk Records will be the bands long out-of-print self-titled debut (2003) and their follow-up, Escape from Dragon House (2005). Each release will be expanded into a deluxe edition with rare and unreleased bonus tracks from the band’s archive.
The group’s early material focused largely on a musically conscious replication of famous Khmer hits from the prosperous era of pre-Pol Pot Cambodia, such as ‘Chnam Oum’ (I’m Sixteen) and ‘Touk Bong Om Skat’ (Tip My Canoe). Cambodia was most certainly shining brightly in the 60s, with its pleasure-seeking, insouciant citizens completely unaware of the country’s impending rapid decline from prosperity into complete havoc.
Artists such as Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Sereysothea, both once an embodiment of all that was vibrant and sensational in 1960s Cambodia, were brought back to life through Dengue Fever’s lead singer Chomn Nimol’s beautifully executed vocals and the genuine appreciation and excitement demonstrated throughout the group.
To find out more about Khmer Rock, take a look at our blog from earlier in the year here. Part two is on its way soon!