The Leng Pleng Gig Guide is this week bursting at the seams with quality live music and DJ events. A great weekend of music in Phnom Penh will lead up to the opening day of the inaugural Dontrey Chub Met Music Festival in Siem Reap on Monday. Check out the gig guide below to find out what's happening around the traps.
Roxane Dumont at her old favourite haunt, Slur Bar
Roxane Dumont is currently back in town for a brief visit. The smiling singer-songwriter from Belgium has a personality that inspires audiences to fall in love with her wherever she goes. Roxane energetically performs her own personal style of music on a flamenco guitar - the resulting style is by turns Latin, gypsy and rock'n'roll. See Roxane host the Top Banana open mic tonight (Thursday) in Phnom Penh and look out for her performances around Cambodia over the next few weeks.
A number of cool musicians will be visiting Phnom Penh this coming weekend. S. Gatsi is a rock performer and original songwriter from Harare, Zimbabwe. On Friday night, he will join Italian troubadour Robin Narciso for an evening of acoustic music at Sharky Bar. Meanwhile, a few streets away at Sundance Inn & Saloon, Kyle Lamb and Smokey Allen will regale the expat crowd with some authentic country sounds. Singer-songwriter Lamb, from Vancouver Island, Canada, has been recording music since 2007.
Meta House continues to schedule interesting, alternative and original live music events on a regular basis. This Friday, Klaus Legal (from France) will be performing 'industrial music for eyes and ears... using controllers, lights and photosensitive synthesizers'. As a rule-of-thumb, if I don't know what it is, who the stated influences are (Esplendor Geometrico, Pan Sonic, Sudden Infant), and it's at Meta House... then it must be something very cool and worth going along to!
Long-time Phnom Penh sonic agitator Professor Kinski will be playing a live set at Cloud in Phnom Penh on Saturday. The landscape of the Cambodian music scene would look very different without the irrepressible producer, DJ, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jan 'Kinski' Mueller. Jan has produced a wealth of original, Cambodian-influenced, music with his band Dub Addiction as well as playing with Bob Passion & The Schkoots and Psychotic Reactions and many other projects. Revellers at Cloud on Saturday may well be treated to a rendition of one of his excellent Cambodian Space Project remixes – check out the link below for a preview.
Monday the 15th February is the official opening day of Dontrey Chub Met – a new music festival kicking off in Siem Reap. Organiser Ian Croft of 60 Road Studios has brought together an impressive roster of international and local acts – headlined by the first live performance of the band Dengue Fever in Cambodia in almost three years. The action begins on Monday with an early-evening show by Master Kong Nay at King's Road Angkor and local expat band Soul Gypsies at the nearby Hard Rock Cafe. On Tuesday, five Cambodian rock acts will compete at a special battle-of-the-bands concert at the X-Bar. Wednesday evening sees not only the big Dengue Fever show at FCC Angkor but also a second concert at Golden City with The Kampot Playboys and The Jumping Jacks performing. Dontrey Chub Met will continue in Siem Reap until the 20th February – check out next week's wrap for more details and hit the festival website for full information.
Monday the 15th also sees the release of a new recording by Phnom Penh-based electronica experts Audio Mainline. Soma Remixed is a re-imagining of last year's Soma EP – featuring sublimely hypnotic grooves and sultry vocals. Check out the video below for a preview.
Whatever you're up to over the next few days... stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!