Listen to this incredible mix of obscure psychedelic Turkish folk from Melbourne DJ Mondo Loco. This is what he has to say:
“I have been a long time collector of Turkish music, vinyl and cassettes since the age of 13, Only recently after having one of my “I can’t be fucked with records anymore!” moments I decided to begin the soul searching journey of listening to hundreds of cassettes I grew up with so I can tape the best songs off ‘em and put them onto a mixtape aka Mixcloud.
I chose to stick with one of my favorite labels for Part ONE of this series “Uzelli” not just because they have just released their own “best of” compilation but because all of the songs I’ve chosen have a special connection to me, they are songs we danced to as kids in my cousin’s house in Westmeadows, songs our mothers cried to and songs our fathers drank to.
We journey through Psychedelic wah wah electric baglama, synth folk rhythms, beat poetry, Traditional folk music. Untouched and unheard of from a westerners ear until now…..
From the home dubbed intro of my mother teaching my elder cousin words to “Turk Oglu, Turkum ben” to the Death chant poem of Cem Karaca’s controversial and banned poetry in 33 Kursun in our outro. I hope you enjoy TERRIFIC TAPES FROM TURKEY – PART 1. TURBO FOLK.”
Peace and love,
SERHAN ALI (MONDO LOCO)
PART 2 – TERRIFIC TAPES FROM TURKEY – DISCO – FUNK – SOUL – DUE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL.
1 – intro- Orhan Gencebey, Ozgur Imam & Turhaniye Ali – (home recording – 1982) Türkum ben! (I’m a Turk!)
2- AYSE YAVUZ – GAFLET UYKUSU
3- ZOR BEYLER – HEP BERABER
4 – MUSTAFA ASIKSES – MUHABBET
5 – GULCAN OPEL – YAZ DOSTUM
6 – YURTSEVEN KARDESLER – DIM DARILDIM
7 – SABAHAT AKKIRAZ – KATIPLER OTURMUS
8 – ERKIN KORAY – ANLADIN MI
9 – YURTSEVEN KARDESLER – SELAM KARADENIZ
10 – ALI RIZA GÜNDOGDU – SIRINDIR RIZE ÇAYI
11- SABAHAT AKKIRAZ – DEM GELDI
12- YURTSEVEN KARDESLER – MASSALLAH
13 – MUSTAFA ACIKSES – DUGUN
14 – ZEKI MUREN – ESMERIM
15 – ALI RIZA GÜNDOGDU – PARMAGINDA YUZUKLER
16 – BEDRI AYSELI – NARINNE
17 – BEDRI AYSELI – NUREY
18 – ALI RIZA GÜNDOGDU – OY YAYLALAR YAYLALAR
19 – YURTSEVEN KARDESLER – HUDAYA (ENSTRUMENTAL)
20 – YURTSEVEN KARDESLER- DOM DOM KURSUNU
21 – CEM KARACA – 33 KURSUN (OUTRO POEM)
Mondo Loco is Djing alongside Turkish psych legends Baba Zula at the Nightcat in Melbourne on Friday 17th of March. More info here.