LAFIDKI is a London-based sound/visual artist, and founder of Chinabot. LAFIDKI is the moniker of Saphy Vong, who has been releasing experimental electronic since 2008. He was born in a refugee camp in Phanat Nikhon (Thailand) to Cambodian refugee parents who fled Pol Pot's regime. He released his EP ‘Absynthax’ via Orange Milk records. He's a sound artist and conceptual collagist who performs around the world. His music is an confluence of ideas, synthesising multiple underrepresented histories, geographies, musical genres and cultural signifiers into compelling, colourful sonic material that packs contemporaneous dancefloor weight.
LAFIDKI has played at a number of international festivals: Donau Festival 2018 (Krems), VIA 2012 (Pittsburgh), Nuit blanche - French Institute 2016 (Kyoto/Japan), represented Cambodia at Tallinn Music Week. He has shared stage with Hype Williams, KXP, Tzusing, James Ferraro, Nightmares on Wax, Molly Nilsson, Andy Stott, Varg, Tropic of Cancer, Laurel Halo, Amnesia Scanner, Faka and James Holden.
Dangrek Mountains split CS (Chinabot, 2018)
Chinabot LP (Chinabot, Memory No 36 recordings, 2017)
Absynthax CS (Orange Milk records, 2012)
Split LP w/ Orphan Oliver (Jozik, Neh Owh) 2011
"THAT TECHNO-SAVVY HYPERREALIST BENT IS EMPHASIZED THROUGHOUT, MOST OFTEN WITH A SUITE OF ORGANIC SOUNDS,TEXTURAL NOVELTIES,ECSTATIC VISION OF LAYERED, PSYCHEDELIC EYE-SKRONK AND FUTURISTIC EPHEMERA."
ON SECRET DECODER
Interview on Daily Bandcamp by Tristan Bath read more
"Lafidki’s Chinabot is a high-sheen, psychedelic mish-mash, riding pulsing synths into differing J- and K-pop-like states of hyperreality. It’s tinted by regional traditions, veers into manically noisy instrumentals, and is colored by the contributions from the various guests."
Tape of the month on Tabs out Podcast read more
"multiple layers of arpeggiated synth lines, tropical warmth, and splenetic drum machine beats. The beats tend to come in out of nowhere, sounding totally raw, and juxtaposing fucking tightly with the smoothness gliding and pinging throughout the tracks"
Listed number 4th on Top 50 of 2017 on Tome to the weather machine read more
"London-based Cambodian beatmaker turned his latest record into a showcase of sorts for a broad coterie of aspiring Asian musicians. The result is an inspiring, vexing, turn-on-a-dime mix of influences, memories and throttle-held groove."
Listed on The only tracks you need to hear by Dazed and Confused read more
Review on The Quietus read more
"A stellar beginning to a new project well worth keeping an eye on as it gathers speed."