more from
Disco Gecko Recordings
We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Last Train to Lhasa

by Banco de Gaia

supported by
The Inexpressible Sound Archive
The Inexpressible Sound Archive thumbnail
The Inexpressible Sound Archive One of those rare ethno albums that isn't a cheesy cringe fest. A timeless milestone that is still as relevant as it was 25 years ago. Favorite track: China (Clouds not Mountains).
davert123 thumbnail
davert123 The whole 3 CDs are fantastic. It was my introduction to Toby and I fell in love with is music as soon as I listened to last train. I still love last train but Kincajou sees to have grown into my soul over the years. I've bought three copies of the CD album so its great I can at last keep a copy electronically. Favorite track: Kincajou (Duck! Asteroid).
v9l9 thumbnail
v9l9 Such a timeless masterpiece, so many emotions...
colin stephen
colin stephen thumbnail
colin stephen because it's a classic
Peter Lennox
Peter Lennox thumbnail
Peter Lennox I fondly remember experimenting with rendering this into ambisonic 3-d, over 8speakers at the Ambisonix dance nights. Think I'll try it again over our 24 speaker rig
Ethan Shvartzman
Ethan Shvartzman thumbnail
Ethan Shvartzman Brings back WONDERFUL memories of discovering electronic music scene in the 90s in the bay area. Plus it's my favorite blend of ethno-techno and in general I just love Toby's work. Favorite track: Last Train to Lhasa.
  • Streaming + Download

    Immediate download of 15-track album in your choice of format. Download comes with choice of artwork files.
    Purchasable with gift card

      £7 GBP  or more


  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Also includes immediate download of 16-track album in your choice of format.

    *NB. Please note the physical album only comes with tracks 1-7 and 9-11. 8 and 12-16 are only available online.*
    ships out within 3 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      £10 GBP or more 


Kuos 06:56
Amber 07:34
Kincajou 06:48
White Paint 06:05
Eagle 07:31


One of the all time classics of modern electronica, Last Train to Lhasa is an incredible sonic journey whose globally inspired, groove infested soundscapes helped to form the blueprint for much of today's global electronica.

Following the success of his debut album Maya and a European tour with Transglobal Underground, Toby Marks travelled the world collecting inspirations. He joined The Tibet Support Group, and as a response to the decision to build the Qingzang railway between the cities of Xining and the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, in 1995 Marks recorded a 12-minute long track with looped Tibetan chants. This track inspired the creation of the whole album.

As a political statement, Last Train to Lhasa's subtle grace is an effective and eloquent way to express the tragic destruction of Tibetan culture in the face of Chinese occupation. But the strength of the listening experience will keep you coming back, regardless of your stance on the issue. The two-disc set jumps from choppy, Goa-style trance (Kuos) to blue-room chill tunes (China), the chugging locomotive techno of Last Train to Lhasa to the pan-cultural rhythmic stew of Kincajou and the burbling Orient-meets-the-Orb synthesizer textures of 887.

This re-release comes with updated artwork and 5 bonus tracks only available online, with Eagle having never been released before.


released June 21, 1995

Original front cover illustration - A Sin
Original design - Atomic Baby
New edition artwork - Dave Whitehead

Producer - Andy Guthrie , Toby Marks
Written - Toby Marks
Produced at Gighouse, Leamington.
Pre- and post-production at World Bank.


all rights reserved



Banco de Gaia Somerset

Welcome to the strange and wonderful world of Banco de Gaia


contact / help

Contact Banco de Gaia

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this album or account

Banco de Gaia recommends:

If you like Banco de Gaia, you may also like: