Earlier this summer, Ghost Capital put out a killer mixtape via Aquarium Drunkard, which featured this absolutely beautiful gem from an earlier compilation of field recordings from Indonesia, Street Music of Java. Street Music was released in 1990 on Original Recordings, and unfortunately all the artists have been left anonymous, but the tracks are all quite excellent. The greatest track by far though, is the first of two titled “Kuda Lumping,” Javanese for a traditional dance depicting horsemen. The songs rattles away at an effervescent pace which, with a short run time, makes the bubblegum melodies that much sweeter for their fleetingness. The buzzing budget guitar, spattering tabla and clattering tamourine are all killer, but the vocals are the real knock-out. Total gem. Love it.
Unknown Artist (Java), “Kuda Lumping”