Eastern Margins Compilation Celebrates Southeast Asian Club Music

The compilation is a reimagining of dance genres by Redline Legends

Left: Founders of Eastern Margins Project. Photo by Humothy.
Right: Album Cover of Redline Legends, 2021

The new collection will feature artists from the region who work with dance genre compositions, creating “mutations of the HI-NRG electronic club.” These styles include Indonesia’s Funcot, Vietnam’s Vinahouse, Filipino Budots, and similar styles. The field recordings and sounds of traffic jams in Kuala Lumpur are organically woven into the Redline Legends album selection.

The musical project and label Eastern Margins organizes events and promotes artists from the East and Southeast Asian diaspora in London and beyond. The creators said of the release: “These sounds are incubated in red-light districts, tourist traps and internet cafes. Often overlooked as too lo-fi or crude by international club scenes, these genres have had space and time to mutate into distinct forms, pulling their DNA from everywhere. Redline Legends is our mission to celebrate these sounds—to showcase them in their pure emotional glory.”

The Eastern Margins project is available on NTS radio and live in social media accounts.

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