We fell under the spell of psych-pop group Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek and their irresistible and transcendent mixture of influences and genres, from Anatolian roots music and 70’s jazz to early prog rock and funk. Fronted by incredibly talented singer and multi-instrumentalist Derya Yıldırım, and with members hailing from Turkey, Germany, France and Great Britain, they released their mesmerizing and powerful debut album Kar Yağar last May and we can't put it down. So we're over the moon they've put together this month's wonderful mixtape. Strap in and take a trip into their world of influences.
Özdemir Erdoğan – Uzun İnce Bir Yoldayım [Yonca]
Ahmed Fakroun – La Ya Hob [PMG]
Gülden Karaböcek – Dur Dinle Sevgilim [Elenor]
Nico Fidenco – Space Bossa [Digitmovies]
Formatia Albatros – Dans Turcesc [Eurostar / Casa de discuri Stîngă]
Elektro Dschungel – Jatasiri
Joxaren – Kjo Unaz
Gilli – Tidligt Op [disco:wax]
Hamid El Shaeri – Ayonha [Habibi Funk Records]
Teta Lando – Muato Wa N’Gingila [N'Gola]
Zafer Dilek – Çarşambayı Sel Aldı [Yonca]
Morcheeba – Blue Chair [PIAS Recordings / G&G Records / Echo]
Mabel Matiz – Oyle Kolaysa [Zoom / Doğan Music Company]
There’s less than one week to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.
Performing Thursday 9th November at De Helling, curated by Jerusalem In My Heart
Photo: As Human Pattern
French collective Oiseaux-Tempête, the core duo of Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul, released AL-‘AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams) earlier this year and we fell completely for the album. Partly recorded in Beirut last year, it radiates and reflects its cultural diversity and social and political atmosphere. Euphoric and tumultuous, beautiful and urgent, enigmatic and emotive, their rich soundscapes also draw from their improvisational energy and genres aplenty, from post-rock and free-jazz to Arabic music and electronica. Today Frédéric and Stéphane tell us which three acts they’re most excited to see at the festival.
“So hard to pick up three names in this killer line-up! We could have chosen the 12hours drone feat. Jessica Moss, Yann Gourdon, Lea Bertucci, Ashtoreth… – Dälek – Linda Sharrock – Matana Roberts – or Alanis Obomsawin performing ‘Bush Lady’… These are three acts we might be in the audience shaking heads:
“Theses guys get everything a power-trio should be: direct and ecstatic, loud and graceful. Their last album ‘Ardor’, recorded by the mighty Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart) is a total blast! We will miss their tour in France in the upcoming weeks so we are delighted to be able to see them live at Le Guess Who?!”
Performing Sunday 12th November at EKKO, curated by Perfume Genius
“Behind the cure and poison oriented moniker and sometimes harsh sound, Margaret Chardiet questions the link between body, flesh and feelings. It can be creepy, dark and scary, but it speaks also about hope and light hidden in the human nature. We definitely won’t miss the fury and anger on stage, as we follow carefully her work recently.”
Performing Thursday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg
“The Lybian legendary crooner and multi-instrumentist Ahmed Fakroun meets the psychedelic vibes of Dutch-Turkish Altin Gün. Prepare yourself to dance.”
Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And stay tuned for more artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.