Review: Berlin based Underyourskin are back, following up some fantastic released by the likes of Zigan Aldi, Sander and Kyrill & Redford in recent times. It is now over to Ali Kuru, the Leng Records affiliated producer and DJ from Turkey - who will cast a spell on you with the Beyhude EP. From the title track with its exotic Middle Eastern aesthetics, and hazy "Ahval" which will have you cosmic travelling across the dancefloor via this esoteric epic - it will appeal to fans of grooves on Crosstown Rebels. Finally, bear witness to the evocative deepness of "Hizab", a hypnotic tech house journey filled with yet more elements of the desert, plus traditional instruments channeled through a modern electronic framework.
Review: Ali Kuru took a decision some years ago not to seek publicity, preferring instead to let his music speak for itself. Egzotik, his long awaited debut album, seems to have a fair few stories to tell. Smothered in evocative field recordings made around his home city of Istanbul, the album is notable for fusing exotic Persian instrumentation with grooves and sounds more readily associated with cosmic disco, krautrock, dub, Balearica and Detroit beatdown. On paper, it's an unusual combination that should sound forced or contrived. In reality, it's a brilliant example of an artist with a singular artistic vision achieving his goals. Put it this way: it's amongst the most inspired and enjoyable debut albums we've heard this year.
Review: Turkey's Ali Kuru specialises in slow, textured and deep beats with sultry, exotic overtones. His forthcoming LP "Egzotik" has elements of the type of noirish Mediterranean vibes peddled by Guy Gerber or David August. Here we have a selection of remixes of mainly album tracks. First up Italian cosmic legend Daniele Baldelli and Dario Piana team up for a killer electronic body music remix of "Ashoka". Next, Craig Bratley delivers a moody, minimal rework of "Zurna", "Return To Paradise" is turned into a traditional clippety-clop clap-along by Nicola Cruz and lastly "Lost Bedouin", reworked by Peter Power, recalls a million 90s chillout rooms.
Review: Turkish producer Ali Kuru is now some ten years into his recording career. While he's yet to receive serious attention, there's some undoubted gold to be found amongst his bulging discography. This first outing for the ever-reliable Leng imprint is arguably one of his strongest EP's to date, and once again showcases his Balearic-minded blends of traditional Turkish instrumentation, dub disco grooves, and downtempo nous. "Luna" is particularly fine, with exotic Turkish sounds gently unfurling over a warm, deep and dubby groove. He raises the tempo a little on "Araf", with fluttering flutes and Middle Eastern vocal snippets riding a metronomic groove built around reclaimed samba percussion and foreboding bass.
Review: We delve into the undergound sound of Leszno here, as Poland's Exotic Refreshment serve up Chapter 4 in their 'Time Traveler' compilation series - pretty impressive given that Chapter 1 only landed in May! With 13 cuts coming mostly from up-and-coming artists (Badin Brothers, Luca Bacchetii and Red Axes being better-known exceptions), it's quite a wide-ranging selection, but generally speaking we move inexorably from slow-moving, experimental deep house cuts like Ulises's 'Pewunguen' and Dandara's 'Y Bot', to more overtly floor-friendly jams, often - as in the case of Enoo Napa's 'The Eclipse', Shimza's 'All Alone' and Mozaik's 'Clerka' - with a proggy/melodic twist.