Saturday, 30 November 2013

Ersen's Top 5 Greatest Riffs

As any self-respecting Turkish Rock/Anadolu Pop Fan knows, When it comes to Riffs, there is only one man in the game; Ersen. He literally is as good as Led Zeppelin when it comes to RIFFING. Thankfully his greatest are all on Spotify, largely thanks to the comp that Finders Keepers put out, collating his classic singles recorded with bands like Mogöllar, Kardaslar and Üc Hur El (forgive my umlauting). Here are my top five:

5. Dostlar Beni Hatirlasin: A bass riff to start things on. Nice and chill

4. Derman Bulunmaz: Mmm a nice lite disco vibe

3. Ternek: A staple of the band Mogollar... also on their album Anadolu Pop (or Les Mogol) in an instrumental version. Extra points for being in 7/8

2. Guzele Bak Guzele: Heavvvvy. That intro is such a good sample. Fuck it I might do it myself (0% publishing-tastic). If you use the sample then credit and pay me please, just like Drake.

1. Sor Kendine: This one takes the cake. WHAT A RIFF

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Touchkeys: SICK

I must say this video is damned impressive... It sounds very very realistic on it's own, and would obviously be much harder to pick out if in a dense track. Obviously a real violin player is what you want but as all producers know, you don't always have the time/money for that luxury

There's more information on their Kickstarter page, and another couple of videos... they've reached way over what they asked for funding-wise. Once it comes to market you're looking at several hundred pounds to mod a 61-key MIDI keyboard. The possibilities are mind-bending though... think of the bonkers synth action you could have, although you need to be a bit nifty on the ivories

Saturday, 16 November 2013

My Mum in a Classic Piece of Brazilian Experimental Cinema

Weirdest blog post title ever. My mum had been on at me to put this on YouTube as she doesn't understand uploading and all that jazz. Wanted to send it round to some of her friends in Brazil (she's brazilian, me and sister were born there)... So, when she was a teenager she had a cameo in a bonkers Brazilian New Wave film called 'Meteorango Kid, Héroi Intergaláctico', directed and written by Andre Luiz Oliveira.

To be honest, the film is pretty unwatchable, but it's so cool that my mum was in it. It's especially awesome to me that the film had songs written for it by the earliest incarnation of Novos Baianos... Moraes Moreira, Galvão and Paulinho Boca De Cantor... the song plays in the opening credits, and of course it's beautiful

The poster for the film is wicked, I would absolutely KILL to have it so if any fans of the film stumble upon this and have one/know where to get one, hit me uppppp

P.S My mum is the 1st one to speak

Friday, 15 November 2013

Roly Poly Fish Heads

Jesus Christ, go to 2:18. With thanks to a selection from Mark Pritchard on Dummy magazine's website

Friday, 23 August 2013

Mind-bending Video about 12 Tone Rows

Keep up with this video if you can, the inner workings of a sophisticated musical and creative mind, namely one Victoria Hart, a self-styled 'recreational mathemusician'. Next level

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Daryl Hall. Chromeo. Watch This Shit

Oh lordy. The talkbox 'No Can Do's in the chorus are AMAZING. They even did a cover of Boz Scagg's Lowdown too (Blue-Eyed-Soul Classic)

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Binkbeats; Talented Bastard

Have always loved this classic Madlib beat... here's a jaw-droppingly good recreation by a dude on the internets. With thanks to my pal Tim for this one.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Future Of Music

Actually resides in 1963, where one young man by the name of Michiya Mihashi decided to fuse the Japanese Shamisen with Latin Jazz. Thank you DJ Muro for unearthing such madness

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Rare Optigan TV Advert

The folks over at have linked to a recent upload on YouTube of a rare TV spot for the Optigan. Apparently only two were ever made, and the uploader fortuitously found it in a batch of random film reels he bought on eBay. Check it out, it's pure Troy McClure:

Monday, 13 May 2013

An Addict's Tale

I've started to really nerd out on the vinyl front via my Instagram account recently (apologies for anyone following), and realised that one of the many record collectors I'm following had starred in a BRILLIANT video about a group of record collecting friends based in Swindon. I remember seeing it last year on the site (what used to be vinyl vulture) and it had me in histerics.

If you've ever lusted after a record and not really been able to explain why, do yourself a favour and sit down for 20 minutes with this; you won't feel alone anymore. It's funny, charming and very very British:

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Istanbul- A Record Buyer's Guide

Turkish music is amazing, especially the artists who fused the characteristic microtonal melodies/scales with rock instrumentation in the 1970s; Baris Manco being the most famous example (sorry, can't find Turkish characters on my keyboard). When I booked a short holiday to Istanbul earlier this year, I knew that i'd have to try and find some records whilst I was there. I've just come back, so just going to relay some of my experiences to help out anyone going or thinking of going over there.

First of all, as one record shop owner told me, it is now very much a trend for young turkish people to seek out these old gems, previously a pursuit of only a few savvy western collectors. So don't expect to go and find OG rarities in the flea market (at least ones in decent condition). Those days have gone.

Off the top of my head, the most sought after artists are Baris Manco, Erkin Koray, Ersen & Kardaslar*, Selda*, Mogollar, Cem Karaca, Senay, Okay Temiz and Uc Hur El. Basically everyone is looking for records by these guys, so expect them to be priced highly when seeing them on the wall of a record shop

The record shops in Istanbul are located in two distinct regions; Beyoglu and Kadikoy. 90% of first-time visitors to Istanbul will be staying in the Old City (to be close to all the mosques and old shit), so Beyoglu is a short tram ride + walk away (or just a decent walk away), whereas Kadikoy is on the Asian side so you need to get a ferry over there (very easy). Here follows a few words about each one, click the name and hopefully the approximate location will come up on google maps


This is the first area I visited. The first shop to check is near Taksim Square called:

Plakhane- It is worth mentioning at this point that Google Maps almost always shows you an incorrect location for many places in Istanbul, it took me ages to find this damn place. There was one small stack of Turkish LPs here which contained mainly chud. 45s were a bit better organised and when I showed the photo to the guy there of records I was looking for he had a root around and came up with 3 rare Erkin Koray singles, one of which was Estarabim so I grabbed it bartering him down to 50TL (about £20). Worth it, one of the best Turkish tunes there is:

Deform- This is the next nearest shop, located in the Çucukcurma district, where all the antique shops and hipster cafes are (love a good hipster cafe). Deform doesn't disappoint, with a great selection of 45s and LPs. Plenty of Ersen 45s (not the one I was after sadly) priced around the 50TL mark. The shop is really nicely decorated and has a clean modern feel. Very Retro. Also I found a cat napping in the bargain bin outside. Cute

Aslihan Pasaji- From Deform you need to head down to Galatasaray School and check out the bustling Istikal Caddesi, a huge pedestrianised (ish) thoroughfare, where you need to find Aslihan Pasaji, a two-floor book market. The easiest way to find it is finding Cicek Pasaji on Istikal, a very pretty arcade with restaurants all the way down. Go down it and follow it down to the left. When you come out of it you'll see the entrance to Aslihan Pasaji right in front of you. In fact, the first shop is right there. You'll see Rare Turkish 45s in the window of this stall. Unfortunately the guy speaks no English whatsoever and wanted to charge 75-100TL for anything, even completely battered records, so I left him to it. Next, head up to the second floor where you'll find Murgu Muzik (aka Bengi's Shop) which has plenty of good stuff. There's a massive selection of 45s, but the rare ones you need to ask for and then they'll be brought out in a smaller, manageable pile. Picked up a Senay 'Gercek Nerde' here for 25TL. Fair Price


Akmar Pasaji- This is first and nearest place to head to from the Ferry port. Easy enough to find. There are a few vinyl sellers down here, but the one you want is Zihni Muzik. They have a wall of rare LPs but everything in this shop is catalogued, so it makes for the most painless digging experience in Istanbul. I quickly found a Baris Manco 45 in there that I was looking for and they sifted it out for me fairly quickly. 40TL, not the best price for it but nevermind. They also had this for 80TL (I didn't grab it though), one of THE great Turkish dancefloor tunes:

Rainbow 45- Along with Deform, this is another pleasant shop to hang out in. They had a Baris Manco 2023 LP in there for 200TL, which is a fair price. They had none of the 45s I was after but it's definitely worth hitting up.

Zoltan Records- Further down the same street as Rainbow 45 (if you're coming out of that shop turn right), but sadly Zoltan wasn't there and hadn't been for over a week... hope he's okay! It's supposed to be a great place for Turkish music so check it out.

Vintage Records- The last of the shops in Kadikoy was a disappointment. When I walked in I was greeted with a chilly reception by the 3 people in there, looking at me like "erm, what are you doing here". The guy was helpful enough, they have rare 45s organised appropriately, but the vibe was definitely "I hate the fact that you, a tourist, are coming here to rape my country of it's records". Fair enough really- Still, picked up a Disco Fasil Vol. 1 (it has a break on it) for 15TL so I left happy.


One final mention must go to a couple of sellers on eBay who can hook it up if you get in touch with them before you go. They are both based in Istanbul. Special mention must go to turkish_record aka Mustafa. I chanced upon Uc Hur El 'Gonul Sabreyle Sabreyle' for a BIN £20 whilst I was there (I know, browsing eBay on holiday, sad) and so I got in touch and asked if I could collect it. He also sold me Mogollar 'Cigrik' for £20 too which really is a fantastic price. Copies with the picture sleeve can reach the $100 mark so I was pleased with that. Also there's vintagemoviesandposters but his prices are a bit high. He wanted to sell me the same Mogollar (admittedly with picture sleeve) for £120, which is like $200, so, umm, yeah I left it

Ok, that's your lot, hope it's of some use to anyone out there digging for Turkish Delights!

*UK label Finders Keepers have done FANTASTIC compilations of the best songs from Selda and Ersen, they are well worth owning

Monday, 15 April 2013

Nile Rodgers talking is always a good thing

I've read the book, saw the recent doc on iPlayer, all good- but this clip is really great because you get to see Nile sitting down with a guitar and playing some of his most famous riffs. It's mostly a puff piece fawning over Daft Punk (yes, they're great of course) but gloss over the ass-kissing and watch his fingers. So funky

Saturday, 23 March 2013


I'm kind of addicted to watching really bad interviews/beat-making videos of hip-hop producers on YouTube. I don't know what it is about them, it's the fact that the interviewees are usually so inarticulate, it's just kind of funny.

The endorsement ones are tough- I feel sorry for them, being plonked in front of a new machine and expecting to come up with a good beat. Recently there have been a whole crop of them for the new MPC Renaissance. Love the Shawty Redd one (he makes this lame generic trap beat) for the intro where he literally talks like a crazy person. Who does that?

Anyway, the point of this post is to showcase the best one of them all. RZA, the legendary producer behind some of Hip-Hop's most classic albums and beats with the Wu Tang Clan, makes literally THE WORST BEAT EVER to endorse the MPC wannabe Beat Thang. It's so so so so so so so bad. If the drums aren't bad enough, wait for him to add the brass... and tubular bells?!

Thanks to my pal Tim for showing me it. How we lol'd...

Friday, 22 March 2013

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Yacht Rock; "Smooth Music"

Basically, here's the spoof soap opera loosely based on the history of the smooth rock music that came to be known as Yacht Rock. I was hooked from the minute I heard the theme tune, the ultimate Yacht Rock anthem, 'Sweet Freedom' by Michael McDonald (which actually goes there and uses synthesizer steel drums on the intro).

It's chronological and kind of accurate in that it refers to the relationships between the main players in the scene; so unless you know your Loggins & Messina, Michael McDonald (and his affiliates Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Christopher Cross), Hall & Oates, Toto et al, you don't really need to see this as the jokes will be largely incomprehensible. There's even an appearance by Hall & Oates manager Gino (aka Tommy Mottola, one-time husband of Mariah Carey), immortalised in the classic 'Gino (The Manager).

I've watched quite a few of them, but picked out the best two;

Firstly the episode where Michael Jackson has a Yacht Rock epiphany by recording, essentially, a Toto song, 'Human Nature' on Thriller

Then the episode where Gino tries to poach both Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald for management. The bit where McDonald rebuffs him is actually genius

Should you wish to watch all the episodes, then go to HERE

(Apologies if i'm late on this, was introduced to it recently by a friend)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Inc. Live

Here's a little video I found via the Abeano blog of Inc. playing the song 'The Place' live

Kind of backs up what I mean about them being better live than on record. Mmn they just need more guitar shredding on their recordings, like at around 2:10 here... SWEET LICKZ

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Angelo Badalamenti Plays the Rhodes

Been working on a song today and I think the production could be really cool if it sounded similar to the Twin Peaks theme aka Falling by Julee Cruise (and Angelo Badalamenti). Surf Guitars with warm synth strings.

Was looking online to see if I could find what kind of gear was used to make the sounds in it, and came across this rather nice video of Badalamenti talking about how he and David Lynch came up with the music for the series. Thought i'd share...

Monday, 18 February 2013

2013 Ministers of the New New Super Heavy Funk

It's not even lunchtime and i've already been on iTunes to download two new exciting FUNKY albums; "No World" by L.A brothers Inc. and a new self-titled album by Jamie Lidell. You wait for a contemporary funk album, and then two of them come along at once.

Yuck, all this mention of the word 'funk' is making me feel/sound like Craig Charles, and his musically-good, banter-terrible show on 6music.

On first listen, the Lidell album is incredibly 80s. Basically, Zapp... Jam & Lewis, some vocoder jams on there, drawing instant Chromeo comparisons. The Inc. sound is more slow-burning... a mellow-modern take on 90s R&B. Mmm, zeitgeisty. Sadly, their awesome '3' EP doesn't make it onto this record in any shape or form. Go check them out live, they're infinitely better than on this record. 

(The post title is a James Brown reference, for the funk noobs)