May 7th, 2010 by John

Where Diger Rokwell’s prior releases, The Earthhead and Digstrumentals, were a sprawling mass of samples from across the globe and genres, Digerbodia: remixes and beats from the Khmer Kingdom, finds him focusing and refining those ideas on the music from the Khmer Kingdom of Cambodia. The first chapter in a series of “beat tourism” beat tapes; these 7 tracks are built on samples unearthed on a journey in Cambodia.Featuring such standout tracks as “Mother Mekong” – a blissful melodic trip hop journey down Cambodia’s mother river, and “Phnom Penh Pressure” – a hip hop flavoured remix of Sinn Sisamouth – Cambodia’s King of golden age popular music.

Inspired by the golden age of Cambodian popular music, the work of artists including Sinn Sisamouth, Ros Sereysothea and Pen Ron, is re-imagined as a series of hip hop, prog-hop and quasi-dub step rhythms.

Digerbodia swelters with the exotic, cosmic realms and humidity of it’s spiritual home. While it reflects the work of  MADLIB’s numerous musical forays into India, this beat tape is also an ode to those educated free thinkers, musicians, artists and countless other minority groups who were displaced or murdered by the Khmer Rouge Year Zero campaign from 1975-79.

This is also the beginning of a big year for Diger. Mid-2010 sees the release of a full-length album We are All Related – featuring Diger’s live instrumentation and heavy psyched-out overlays. Then in late 2010 there’ll be the free downloadable World Psychedelic Remix Album, constructed with sounds from all over the globe.

Digerbodia is released through The Community Records & Paper Chain. With half of the proceeds made from the EP to be donated to organizations assisting Cambodian landmine victims.

Digerbodia will be launch at The Bird on Saturday the 22nd of May with support from Mathas, Sibalance, Ill 66 and Ben M {move}. $15 will get you entry and Digerbodia beat tape. Also Diger’s new line of t-shirts, The Earthhead LP and other community merchandise will also be on sale.


Cut & Paste has a double pass to the launch to give away.

If you want to be the lucky winner all you have to do is send an email to stuff@cutandpastedvd.com

In the Subject line write: Digerbodia

Then tell us which exotic location Diger should venture to on his next international beat tourism. The most creative and inspierd response will win. The winner will be announced on Thursday 20 May.

Details and Links:

Digerbodia Launch  at The Bird

Saturday 22nd May

$15 Gets you Entry and a copy of the Digerbodia Beat tape

Diger t-Shirts and The Earthhead LP and other Community Merchandise  on sale at the event

Support from:

Mathas,Sibalance, Ill 66 and Ben M {move}

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  1. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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