Istanbul’s producer extraordinaire Grup Ses and Cologne-based electric-saz player Elektro Hafız get together for Varyete. Travelling from deep Anatolian psychedelic grooves to dirty electronics, playful beats and hip hop, Varyete is an adventurous ride of genre-bending music.
The opening track, ‘Mega Hafıza 2’, is based around Elektro Hafız’s strong psychedelic chops on the electric saz, backed up by Grup Ses’ raw, neck-stepping beats. ‘Gargara’ takes things even deeper featuring an exploration into Tuvan throat singing, laying over a driving rhythm section and an atonal saz chord. Across the first side of the album, the duo take forays into soundscapes, psych, acid and electronics with remixes from Berlin’s producer Onofon and Istanbul’s acclaimed hip hop producer and MC Da Poet adding yet more layers.
Being a prolific crate digger and a sampling whiz, Grup Ses is armed with the perfect source material for Varyete. He sits at the controls for B side, kicking off with a Grup Ses classic ‘Atardamar Operasyonu’, which has been on heavy rotation on Istanbul’s dancefloors, finally sees its release here. The track is a hard-bodied hip-hop smash infused with arabesque melodies. ‘Re Ya Hat’... more
released July 5, 2019
Tobias Kreusler: Synth Bass (Mega Hafıza 2, Yarım Pansiyon)
Sebastian Pathé: Drums, Bongo (Mega Hafıza 2, Yarım Pansiyon)
Grup Ses: Mix & additional production (Mega Hafıza 2, Aralık, Yarım Pansiyon)
Ahmet Türk: Mix (Ya Hat)
Art & Design: Bora Başkan
Mastered by Beau Thomas