As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2019.
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
- Ahmed Fakroun – La Ya Hob
- Gülden Karaböcek – Dur Dinle Sevgilim
- Nico Fidenco – Space Bossa
- Formatia Albatros – Dans Turcesc
[Eurostar / Casa de discuri Stîngă]
- Elektro Dschungel – Jatasiri
- Joxaren – Kjo Unaz
- Gilli – Tidligt Op
- Hamid El Shaeri – Ayonha
[Habibi Funk Records]
- Teta Lando – Muato Wa N’Gingila
- Zafer Dilek – Çarşambayı Sel Aldı
- Morcheeba – Blue Chair
[PIAS Recordings / G&G Records / Echo]
- Mabel Matiz – Oyle Kolaysa
[Zoom / Doğan Music Company]
- Chris Isaac – Lie To Me
- Day Zone – Ten Eight Seven
- Chris Lucey – Girl From Vernon Mountain
With just over two weeks to go until the much anticipated release of Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek’s debut album Kar Yağar, the outernational psych-pop quintet let loose another stunning single off it, ‘Dom Dom Kurşunu’.
Kar Yağar is out on May 24th through Catapulte Records
Fronted by Turkish singer and multi-instrumentalist Derya Yıldırım, and with members hailing from Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain, psych-pop quintet Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek are gearing up to release their debut album Kar Yağar. Translating as “Snow Falls”, Kar Yağar marvelously blends a mixture of influences and genres, from Anatolian roots music and 70’s jazz to early prog rock. The record, and as the press release describes, “has the dynamics of an epic journey through the Anatolian highlands where deep-rooted folk effortlessly switches to sparkly improvisation or dancy pop tracks.” Comprising original songs and instrumentals, Kar Yağar also features Turkish folk songs re-arranged by the band.
Ahead of its release on May 24th through Catapulte Records, Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek have shared a string of singles. Take a listen to the stunning and hypnotizing opening track “Üç Kız Bir Ana” and the album´s closer “Oy Oy Emine”. The latter, a cover of a traditional Turkish song, comes with a video by Agnieszka Gasiorek and Marcin Dominiak.