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Review of Kismet

Kismet

Kolektif Istanbul

Trikont

Rating: ★★★★

Since their debut as Kolektif Istanbul, Krivoto (which came out nearing the peak of the Balkan hype in 2008), the...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Silence

Silence

Coşkun Karademir, Tord Gustavsen, Derya Türkan & Ömer Arslan

Kalan Müzik

Rating: ★★★★

A master of the traditional Turkish long-neck lutes, Coşkun Karademir has released several remarkably adventurous recordings. With The Secret Ensemble...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Tülay German & François Rabbath

Tülay German & François Rabbath

Tülay German & François Rabbath

Zehra

Rating: ★★★

Vocalist Tülay German cut her teeth as a jazz singer in Istanbul nightclubs in the early 60s before bursting onto...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Âlem

Âlem

Altɪn Gün

ATO Records/Glitterbeat Records

Rating: ★★★

While Amsterdam-based sextet Altin Gün are known as 21st-century purveyors of Turkish psych-folk, their last album, Yol, released in February...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Anatolian Dances

Anatolian Dances

Dem Trio

Felmay

Rating: ★★★

It is interesting to see and hear how Turkish wedding dances have changed over the years. From slow and decorous...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Assolist

Assolist

Efruze

Doğan Music

Rating: ★★★

These sentimental tracks come from the golden, pre-Arabesk, age of Turkish gazinos, venues where mixed crowds would come, eat and...

Reviewed in issue October/2021

Review of Norwegian Oud

Norwegian Oud

Yinon Muallem & Guy Mintus | Yinon Muallem

Top of the World

Galileo Music

Rating: ★★★★

Conceived and recorded throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Norwegian Oud is the latest album from oud player, percussionist, and composer Yinon...

Reviewed in issue October/2021

Review of I May Never See You Again

I May Never See You Again

Saba Alizadeh

30M Records

Rating: ★★★★

This is another stupendous release from the emergent 30M Records. Kamancheh player Saba Alizadeh’s second solo album is an introspective,...

Reviewed in issue October/2021

Review of Habibi Funk 015: An Eclectic Selection of Music from the Arab World, Part 2

Habibi Funk 015: An Eclectic Selection of Music from the Arab World, Part 2

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Habibi Funk Records

Rating: ★★★★

As the comprehensive and beautifully produced sleeve notes make clear, this compilation of 13 jaw-droppingly funky tracks from the Middle...

Reviewed in issue Aug/Sep/2021

Review of Hanin: Field Recordings in Syria 2008-2009

Hanin: Field Recordings in Syria 2008-2009

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Worlds Within Worlds

Rating: ★★★★★

Compiled by Spanish musician and filmmaker Michel Gasco between 2008 and 2009, this collection of field recordings spans a period...

Reviewed in issue Aug/Sep/2021

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