Compilations reminded us of the heydays of cassettes and mixtapes. They served as a curated buffet to give you the best an era has to offer. While compilations have lost their popularity in the mainstream as releases, the format clung on stubbornly in the DIY scene. Perhaps it is its function in documentation that, while the former does not need, the latter emphasizes.
It has been close to two decades that Kuching (Malaysia) has been producing such documentation. Previous releases such as Kuching Unsigned or Miaow City Attack! (Vol 1 and 2) are currently highly sought after as they still play a role in capturing the music from the underground. Consider them generational love letters from its time and place, which emerged as a historical artifact for those who cared.
Rumah Panjai continues this tradition through their latest offering: Rumah Panjai Compilation Volume 2. The collectively run DIY hardcore punk space partners up with Bandat Records, a recently established record store (owned and run by proponents of the DIY scene themselves) for this release. The compilation features ten bands from Kuching and beyond, contributing 20 tracks for your ringgit’s worth. The CD album unites the mixture of genres that made the city’s musical landscape today to serve, just like the compilations that appeared before them, as a documentation of its time and place. Don’t miss this cultural artefact in the making!
The compilation will be released on 15 May 2021 and is now open for pre-orders.