"Lafidki is London-based Cambodian expat Saphy Vong, a musician and artist with a strong focus on shifting and expanding the “dialogue surrounding Asian music” — a goal he pursues generally but in particular through his imprint Chinabot. From their collective description: “In 2017, a digital diaspora community, a multi-disciplinary label and network of Asian artists decided to cooperate on a new way to collect and promote exciting Asian music . . . In the most literal sense: we want to make a new stereo-type.” Vong’s early life in a refugee camp underscores his focus and that perspective seems animated across his work, reflecting a larger “experience” that the whole network explores and supports. Read the rest of their mission statement here.
It’s through Chinabot and a pair of American labels, We Be Friends and Memory No. 36 Recordings, that Lafidki offers his debut long-player — named Chinabot, actually. The audio influences here seem to some extent derived from his experience of expanding studio capacity, though he also cites the “emerging beat scene in the east” and fully half of the album seems formed at least partially in collaboration with contributors from all across East Asia: Ayankoko (Lao), Chunyin (Hong Kong), Samin Son (South Korea) and Ntski (Japan). That techno-savvy hyperrealist bent is emphasized throughout, most often with a suite of organic sounds and textural novelties. For his collaboration with Chunyin, “Dokkaebi 哥布林,” Vong produced a homemade accompaniment that doubles down on that bent with an ecstatic vision of layered, psychedelic eye-skronk and futuristic ephemera.
Look for Chinabot digitally in June and on vinyl in September via the labels above. " Via Decoder Magazine