Şatellites are at one and the same time a brilliant Tel Aviv Turkish-psyche cover band - and much more than that. Some of their catchiest songs are originals, like the first track “Big Baglama” an impossibly groovy number, with low slung, bağlama lines, augmented with some cosmic retro Roland synth work shooting off into the ether. The homage to Turkish ...

A month ago I was declared dead by the Turkish media. Literally.  An Instagram posted this bit of misinformation, and as a result I received condolences on my social media portals. It wasn’t me who died, rather arabesk soul singer Volkan Bekar, who recorded  “Yalan Dolan” on the compilation “Yeralti operation” together with Mr. L in 1996. One of the most gifted – and ...

Anadol claims to be influenced by traditional Turkish pop, “such as Anadolu rock and Arabesk music from this country where I grew up. There is a connection to Folk and also French pop or Flamenco, Middle Eastern melodies and orchestration, Greek adaptations, Kenny G. solos, American guitars.” Having said this, when it comes to her own improvisations, Anadol is miles apart from her professed affinities. Anadol ...

Islandman supplies  slick multi-layered atmospheric down-tempo electronica with an ethno touch. Featuring musicians from all over the globe, the title of the album “Godless Ceremony” gives one pause for thought. A sense of “Ceremony” to be sure – is what is missing in most European and American music, and life in general. It is also in turn what a lot of ...

It is interesting to see and hear how Turkish wedding dances have changed over the years - from slow and decorous, to high-octane “turbo folk”. These 20 tracks offer a rare glimpse of – mainly – wedding music from Anatolia before  it became infused with techno and Western disco influences. The old halays, for instance – represented here by  two shoulder to ...

These songs stem from a perilous time in Turkish history when ethnic strife between Turks, Greeks and Armenians was beginning to make itself manifest. Oddly, perhaps, the precarious mood of the day doesn’t seem to infringe on these bubbling early seventies Istanbul  meyhana (tavern) tunes. “All is well in old Stambul,” one might be seduced into thinking. At the center of this ...