Halal Cool JAn Ottoman Excursion
In Don's words: "I got into Turkish music around about 2006 when Egon (ex-Stones Throw) put out a Turkish Funk podcast showcasing artists like Baris Manco, Erkin Koray & Selda. The musical rabbit hole led me to discover re-releases on labels like Finders Keepers, and I've been hooked ever since. It's hard to find original pressings of Turkish music in the UK, so when my cousin landed a job in Istanbul, it was the perfect opportunity to make a bunch of trips there, armed with a portable turntable, hunting for dusty records. I made these tracks a few years ago now, but they've found a perfect home now with Excursions."
For 'An Ottoman Excursion' we head straight in with the neck-snapping drums and epic riffs of 'Visne Nektari', before the synth-led 'Derbent's Groove' breezes triumphantly into motion. For the flip, we nicely drop the pace a little to do the 'Turkish Duck Walk', before the humidity of the 'Fernebache Heat' raises up the tempo to close out the set. 4 chops. 8 minutes of Turkish Psych-Funk vibes. 45rpm 7" vinyl pressure. Limited copies only. No sleeping.