Krom are a band from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, who play a kind of blend of traditional Khmer with a delta blues sound. The band features songwriter, guitarist, vocalist Christopher Minko with Khmer vocalsits and sisters, Sophea and Sopheak Chamroeun, with help from including Jimmy 'B' on slide guitar. Neon Dark, the band's second album, is a 12 song, bilingual album, in English and Khmer. 10 of the songs are originals written by Christopher Minko, working with co-writer and vocalist, Sophea Chamroeun. Two of the tracks feature the master of Mekong Delta Blues Kong Nay, on chapei and vocals, along with vocalists Sophea Chamroeun and Sopheak Chamroeun. The album is produced by Sarin Chhuon. Listen to samples of all tracks.
1. Creation of Krom (feat. Master Kong Nay) 2. The Haunted 3. Rain 4. Passion 5. 7 Years Old 6. Night Moods 7. The Wire 8. Fractured Fragrance 9. Sadness 10. Life and Music 11. Down Sukhumvit Road 12. Dancing With Krom (feat. Master Kong Nay)
Terb Oun Modoung Thlai Bon Marn
12 tracks of modern ramvong (circular dance) and Khmer roots styles from some of the best singers. Ouen Sreymom, Meas Sok Sophear, Chhom Chorpom, Soun Chantha, Chhoun Sovan Chhay, Rin Saveth, Youn Sopheap, Him Sivorn, Noy Vanneth, Phan Sophat and Chhoeun Odom. Click here to email for availability
Another excellent compilation of some of Cambodia's finest singers in a Cambodian modern roots feel. 12 tracks, artists are Youn Sopheap, So Song Vicha, Rin Saveth, Chhoeun Odom, Phan Sophat, Oeun Sreymom, Soun Chantha, Shhoun Sovan Chhay, Him Sivorn and Ith Srey Pin. Click here to email for availability
Kon Seang Hut Chay
12 track compilation of Khmer roots / pop from some of the main artists. Modern ramvong, cha cha cha and other styles.Some of the songs are covers of Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Sereysothea. Artists are Chhoeun Odom, Noy Vanneth, Ouk Narim, Phan Sophat, Youn Sopheap, So Song Vicha, Nay Platin, Chhom Chorpom, Chhoun Sovan Chhay, Him Sivorn, Oeun Sreymorn, Soun Chantha and Soeur Sotheara. Click here to email for availability
Are Kor Bun Leap Ta Pear Nay Krim
10 track compilation with some great young singers tackling old 60s and 70s classics and modern day ramvong. Artists are Sok Pisey, Oeun Sreymom, Pao Bunja Pich, 4 Stars, Heng Bun Leap, Noy Vanneth and Nay Krim. Click here to email for availability
KRO KVAM AND OTHERS
Remix Khmer Surin
Compilation of Kro Kvam and other popular Khmer Surin artists. Khmer Surin people are living in Thailand, but ethnically are Cambodian, and in recent years there has been a movement to popularize and update their traditional music. Click here to email for availability
Khmer Surin Vol. 44
Excellent 11 track compilation of some of the biggest stars from the Khmer Surin scene. Similar to Thai morlam or lukthung, but less glossy. A great way to discover this fascinating music. Tracks 1,2,4,7 Song Saeng, track 3 by Song Saeng and Daorong, track 4 Phim Pha, tracks 6 and 9 sung by Sman Chhai, track 8 by Sam Keat and track 10 by Yot Roth. Click here to email for availability
KONG KOY, NAM VAN, SORIN
Khmer Surin Music Rock Kong Kuy
Excellent album of Khmer surin rock roots from the Thai / Cambodian border. Three singers, two female and one male in jaunty upbeat songs, similar to Thai morlam. Western instruments, keyboards, drum machines, but all played and sounding distinctively Khmer with great looping rapid fire vocals. Click here to email for availability
BUN HOEUR, DAORONG
Khmer Surin Music Vol. 59
Very rootsy Khmer surin music, this one with more local instruments, such as the tro (violin) plenty of whoooos and brrrrrrs in the vocals, both male and female. Recommended. Click here to email for availability
PHIRUN, NAM VAN, THANIN
Khmer Surin Music Vol. 62
Mix of upbeat rootsy Khmer tunes mostly from male singers, and slower plaintive ballads, similar to Thai lukthung including from the outstanding female singer Nam Van. Great fun and good blend of traditional and modern.
SMAN CHHAI & PHIM PHA
Khmer Surin Vol. 56
Music from Siem Reap and the surrounding area close to the Thai border, Khmer Surin music originated with the Khmer communities of present day northeast Thailand. Sman Chhai and Phim Pha are two artists currently helping to keep this lively roots country style alive. The Cambodian version of kantrum music with similarities to morlam. Mix of slow and fast tracks. Click here to email for availability
Khmer Surin Vol. 61
Excellent album of very rootsy Khmer surin music, with that reggaeish feel of Thai morlam, this one with plenty of local flavours. Male and female vocals, mostly upbeat.
KOLAPEN & JAO YEAY
Khmer Surin vol. 63
Excellent male and female Khmer Surin singers, music from the border of Cambodia and Thailand, and the Cambodian version of kantrum music. Modern roots music, great vocals, mix of indigenous and western instruments. Click here to email for availability
AH SEUR, JAO YEAY, CHORATH
Khmer Surin Music Vol. 66
The most modern Khmer Surin music you'll ever here, as rootsy Khmer sounds and vocals meet hip hop, scratchy rhythms, reggae and more. Elsewhere are more regular Khmer Surin style tunes, performed with great energy. Click here to email for availability
Keo Sarath Vol. 4
Excellent album of modern ramvong and ramkbach, or Cambodian folk music. Ramvong is a slow dance style, and ramkbach is similar to Thai lukthung. You can hear these styles throughout Cambodia and are popular at weddings. Keo Sarath is one of the top crooners. Click here to email for availability
Excellent compilation from one of Cambodia's best singers. Similar to Thai lukthung, sentimental ballads with local flavours. Brilliantly sung. Click here to email for availability
HIM SIVORN, NOY VANNET
Him Sivorn is one of Cambodia's most loved singers. She was born in 1970 in Ba Phnom village in Prey Veang province. She shot to fame by winning a singing contest in 1989, and her voice has been compared to the great Ros Sereysothea. Noy Vannet was born in 1964, and is one of the top singers of ramvong, ramkbach, cha cha cha and other styles. If you like Thai lukthung, chances are you'll like this. Distinctly Cambodian with some western influences, fantastic vocals and instrumentation. Mostly slow, plaintive ballads. 10 tracks. Click here to email for availability
Great album of modern rootsy Khmer pop. Female and male vocal performances with tro (two stringed fiddle) and traditional percussion instrumentation plus keyboards and other western instruments. This CD is of modern ramvong and ramkbach music, the popular Cambodian circular dance style. Ramvong has faster rhythms than ramkbach, which has some similarities to Thai lukthung music in its slow plaintive emotional melodies.
NOY VANNETH, TOUCH SREYNICH
For more than two decades Noy Vanneth has been a top singer of many styles from pop to ramvong, and cha cha. On this album he mainly sings a dance ramvong style. Touch Sreynich was born in 1980 and grew up in a musical family singing Khmer traditional music. She can also sing other styles from pop to ramvong. She has a wonderful voice particularly suited to the Khmer ramvong ballads. She was shot in Phnom Penh in 2003 a tragedy she is still recovering from. This CD is a mixture of pop and some very rootsy local music, brilliantly performed by two leading singers.
HIM SIVORN, SOS MACH
Molis Root Palin
Excellent CD of modern ramvong. Slow and up-tempo songs similar to Thai lukthung and morlam. The singing is fantastic, full of Asian ornamentation. Sos Mach is the son of a singer of the same name who was a well known singer in the 1960s. His son is carrying forward his legacy. Him Sivorn meanwhile has never sounded better.
HIM SIVORN, NOY VANNETH
Tom Noy Maj Kear
Two of Cambodia best current singers of roots music together on a brilliant CD. The music is ramvong,lam lao, and other local folk styles mixed in varying degrees with western instrumentation, but without losing its Khmer essence.