As the influence of psychedelia crept into the music scene it seemed that every two-bit band was mining the east for sounds to make their music seem more exotic. However it was the reverse influence that sometimes seems to have produced the best results; as the western music crept into the east, mixing with local folk traditions to produce some extraordinary results.

Erkin Koray - Elektronik Türküler
Koray is sometimes referred to as the father of Turkish rock music, he had a natural flair for mixing Turkey's bountiful folk music with rock touches from the West. Koray's natural taltent shines through all his work, with a strong voice and more
than accomplished guitar work marking all his albums. His second album is a wonderful mixture of psychedelic sounding instrumentals and Turkish language vocals with some nods to his later progressive work. Koray was scrutinized at first in his home country for his use of Turkish vocals but this work is reported to have been quite influential on a number of bands at the time and would lead to a number of others embracing the practice. He certainly didn't receive much stateside acclaim at the time of its release but with wider availability now people are beginning to take notice.

[MP3] Erkin Koray - Karlý Daðlar
[MP3] Erkin Koray - Ýnat

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Selda Bagcan - Selda
If Erkin Koray was one of the most influential male figures in Turkish pop from the 60's and 70's then Selda is easily his female counterpart. This album has fetched high collector's prices for some time and for good reason. It's mixture
of folk, heavily progressive guitar and Selda's soaring voice are beyond comparison. Following political imprisoment for a few years Selda finally bought back the rights to her music, allowing its wider distribution outside of Turkey. This album has become notable of late for a rather sizeable sample that turns up in the recently released Oh No album, in fact some tracks from Koray also get the sample treatment on that one. This album is definitely a must for fans of the Turkish scene.

[MP3] Selda Bagcan - Ince Ince
[MP3] Selda Bagcan - Yaylalar

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posted by dissensous at 9:30:00 AM


Blogger Bennett said...

Another great post! I heard Ince Ince when the reissue of Selda's album came out and put it on a mix for several friends. To a one, they all scratched their heads when it started, but everybody's asked who she was and where to find the album. That first riff always gets me, too!

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, interesting stuff. But I don't think they managed to catch the sheer energy of 60's music.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Three Repute said...

i enjoy your blog as i do a nice cup of turkish coffee (a lot).

5:38 PM  
Blogger parallelliott said...

i agree with you, i think--i enjoy the eastern appropriation of the western aesthetic more so than the opposite.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Oh this rocks. Oh No (a beat junkie on Stones Throw Records) sampled Yaylalar... hadn't heard the original 'til now. Kick ass!

7:26 PM  
Blogger brad rose said...

that selda album is one of my favorite records ever. absolutely brilliant. edip akbayram is another favorite. there's a 2CD set of his on shadoks that is essential. the mustafa ozkent lp on finders keepers is pretty damn great too.

great post!

8:35 AM  
Anonymous renea said...

Increible el temazo del Selda Bagcan..."Yaylalar" ....GRACIAS ..GRACIAS POR ESTE REGALO
He encontrado esta version en

un saludo amigo desde Altea-Alicante/spain

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Little Tiny Fish said...

I picked up that Selda album earlier this year and it is easily one of my best purchases for 2008. Your blog has redefined my music collection. 25% of the stuff I buy these days is based on recommendations from you. Keep the fascinating tidbits coming.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous No You Rock! said...

Finders Keepers has a brilliant CD out with a Selda song on it that is just killer. Thanks for this great post on Turkish Funky Stuff!

1:20 AM  

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