LAFIDKI (Cambodia)

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LAFIDKI is a london based sound/visual artist, and founder of Chinabot, a label and platform created to change the dialogue surrounding Asian music. LAFIDKI is the moniker of Saphy Vong, who has been releasing experimental electronic since 2008, was born in a refugee camp in Phanat Nikhon (Thailand) to Cambodian refugees parents. He released  his EP’s ‘Absynthax’ via Orange Milk records.He later founded Chinabot, an asian diasporic experience. 
LAFIDKI is 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.
Chinabot is his first album and a major step for the artist, with an emphasis on sparse arrangements of digital electronics. Following 1 year of touring Asia, LAFIDKI began to incorporate influences from the evolving beat scene in the east to his organic sounds of acoustic instrumentation to create a blend of tonal and rhythmical minimalism.Chinabot is a concept album who features guest appearances from Asia.Following LAFIDKI teamed up with Ayankoko (Lao), Chunyin (Hong Kong), Samin Son (South Korea) and Ntski (Japan) to join forces on the forthcoming album Chinabot. 
LAFIDKI played international festivals VIA 2012 (Pittsburgh), Nuit blanche - French Institute 2016 (Kyoto/Japan) ,Siam Museum (Bangkok/Thailand), Sonic Moon (Hanoi/Vietnam), represented Cambodia at Tallinn Music Week.. And shared stage w/ Hype Williams, KXP, Tzusing, James Ferraro, Nightmares on wax, Molly Nilsson, Andy Stott, Varg, Tropic of Cancer, Laurel Halo, Le1f..
The Ep “Absynthax” (Orange Milk) was tape of the month on Tabs out podcast in 2013
His song “Dokkaebi” was listed on Dazed and confused Magazine in May 2017.
The album “Chinabot” was listed number 4th on Tome to the weather Machine Top 50 of 2017.
Further plans for the year include tours through Asia, and Europe, Donau Festival 2018 in Austria and Musée Guimet in Paris.


VIDEO PREMIERE: LAFIDKI – “DOKKAEBI 哥布林” (FEAT. CHUNYIN) on Secret Decoder Magazine read more

"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."




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. It centers around an erratic eight-minute epic with Samin Son, “Moto Doppel Gang 모토독 갱,” where Vong’s hyperactive synth arpeggios and happy hardcore kick drums spar Son’s groaning alien vocalisations in a retro-futurist ritual. Juxtaposing spirituality with a futuristic cityscape is a running theme on the album, such as on the erratic “Lath Kuy ឡាត់ គុយ,” produced with Dutch-Khmer artist Sophie Thekla Ek, or “Dokkaebi 哥布林” with Chunyin from Hong Kong, meshing hyper-modern with more traditional sounds."

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."