Sungai (Malay for "river") Mix is Isobel D'Cruz Barnes' response to Shah Sharafi's Nile Mix, a collection of Arabic and North African hits. Sungai Mix #1' is a compilation of psych-rock, bent disco and acid folk from South East Asia, Japan, South Korea and India.
The collection explores Asian alternative music made between 1964 -1981, and asks us to consider: what are the impacts of civil war, military coups, dictatorships and colonisation on global alternative music subcultures? How have different Asian nations, in their varying responses to political turmoil and Western interference, responded to attacks on their artistic freedom? - Isobel D’Cruz