Arşivplak (45 mins) **** Arşivplak, meaning “records from the archives” has come out with an eleven track instrumental compilation of popular Anatolian psyche tracks, mainly from the seventies, that will be a welcome addition in any Anatolian rock dance-floor set. The tunes are disco-delightful reimaginings of old Turkish chestnuts, put through the stylistic  blender, with moog organ effects, wah guitar, funky ...

The first time I heard about Hammed Khamis was from a Turkish Sufi named Selman, who frequented a tekke in Schöneberg I sometimes went to. He didn’t mention that Hammed was a professional thief turned journalist and book author. I would get this later. Rather, he said Hammed was a fixer – someone who expedited the work of journalists wishing ...

These nine weirdly wonderful tracks put out by Bongo Joe of Azerbaijani guitar legend Rüstəm Quliyev (1969-2005) spanning the length of his career, untimely cut short by lung cancer, can sound by turns bluesy, redolent of western surf guitar or guitar-hero riffing, as in Tancor Disco. More often, however, Quliyev’s gnarled and twisted guitar playing gives expression to a kind of homegrown ...