Review: Turkish producer Tolga Boyuk aka Islandman released his brilliant Agit EP almost two years ago, but it's still worthy of some remixes so here we are. In fact, he releases two remix packs of the EP, with this first one seeing great remixes by Berlin's M.Rux (HHV/YNFND) who delivers a drifting and balearic version of the title track, while fellow Istanbul producer Anatolian Sessions (Art Vibes/Ready Mix) certainly delivers the standout here - with his emotive and ethereal deep house perspective. For those of you who did not check out his Rest In Space LP which came out on the label last year, it was terrific - do yourself a favour and check it out now!
Review: Those who dig around Bandcamp for inspiration may have come across Islandman, a Turkish producer and multi-instrumentalist dedicated to jaunty Balearic fusions of summery styles and sounds. Rest In Space marks his first release for an established label - Kenneth Bager's fine Music For Dreams imprint - and offers the perfect introduction to his seductive sonic world. The ten instrumental cuts included are colourful and attractive, with the Istanbul native wrapping jazzy guitar solos, whistling synthesizer melodies and Persian melodies around a variety of gentle, sun-soaked grooves. There are occasional nods towards drowsy new age ambience, dub and Pat Metheny style jazz-funk fusion, but for the most part it's a sparkling and humid affair.
Review: Danish chillout label Music For Dreams wakes up to a new year in Kaybola, a place somewhere to be found in Turkish artist Islandman. It follows his Rest In Space LP on the label in 2018 and presents an interpretation of cultural and traditional sounds within a context of club electronics and sentimentality. Taking inspiration from a place of exotica that could come from sub-continental archipelago or a landlocked mass near the dead sea, a temperature of atmospheres make their way across the album, from sunny more relaxing days in "Sahara", to venturing deep inside the medina of "Sumeru". There's the bohemian clubs in "Dimitro", and for the best views find the rolling hills of "Kaybola".
Review: Chillout hero, Kenneth Bager (aka Dr. Baker & The Kenneth Bager Experience) is a man on a mission - running his Music For Dreams label and forever searching for, and releasing, the finest downtempo beats on the international Balearic scene. His Sunset Sessions series is hugely popular, and here we have the fifth instalment. Highlights of the 28 tracks(!) featured include the quirky synth pop of "Thank You Wally" by Ruf Dog, the deep acoustic tech of "Night Wind" by Islandman and the sunkissed 80s disco vibes of "So Elvissa (RunSQ mix)" by Blank & Jones feat Mike Francis.