Tuesday, January 15, 2013

EXCITING NEWS!!!   PRE-ORDER for the Pop yeh yeh Compilation CD is available now! 

"Pop Yeh Yeh - Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia 1964-1970: Vol. 1" 

  Official release is next Tuesday, Jan 22!

Here, and other various sites around the web: 


(Also, a VINYL edition will be released later in 2013) 

Here's a sneak peek at the cover! 

Press Release Notes from Sublime Frequencies

"Until now, for some unknown reason, the psychedelic rock movement in Singapore and Malaysia, aka Pop Yeh Yeh, has never been given the worldwide attention it deserves. This compilation -- Pop Yeh Yeh - Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia 1964-1970: Vol. 1 -- is the first of its kind to focus solely on the Malay rock groups of this region. The Pop Yeh Yeh era, which took place roughly between the years of 1964 to 1970, coincided with the rapid modernization happening at the time in Singapore and Malaysia. Sublime Frequencies has already released many incredible compilations from neighboring Indonesia, so it's about time that the Malaysian groups got some attention! Pop Yeh Yeh artists instinctively cross-pollinated electric sounds of the West with Malay melodies, and added their own local poetic voice to the lyrics they wrote -- sung in Malay and sometimes Bawean. The Pop Yeh Yeh musicians started out playing in styles inspired by Western groups like The Beatles and Cliff Richard, but they eventually succeeded in creating a sound all their own -- a sound that is not only accessible to the Western ear, but also retains an undeniable Malay personality. Nearly eight years in the making, this compilation was exhaustively researched and compiled by Carl Hamm and features 26 classic tracks of the very best bands and singers from Singapore and Malaysia's Pop Yeh Yeh era, including M. OsmanOrkes NirwanaAdnan OthmanA. HalimRoziah Latiff and The JayhawkersJ. ShamHasnah HaronZaleha Hamid, and many more. This CD edition comes in a tri-fold digipak with gorgeous artwork, two 40-page booklets with insanely extensive liner notes including band/artist bios, an overview of the era, translated lyrics, and plenty of rare photos taken from vintage magazines, album covers, and the artists' own personal collections."


  1. is this cd/lp will release by any local M'sia distro?

    1. Hello PC kOKak - it is being released on both formats --CD & LP -- CD first (next tuesday) and then LP (later this year). There is no planned M'sian distribution yet, but if we can find someone to set that up, we will certainly send some over! Maybe I can work something out when I come back this summer. Until then, you can order it from the US (sublimefrequencies/forcedexposure or amazon) or from various shops in the UK .. thanks!

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  3. Congratulations Carl, you did it!
    I revisited your blog today after a long 'absence'.