The Modern Beats of Istanbul

Various Artists – The Sex, the City, The Music: Istanbul

Various Artists – The Sex, the City, The Music: Istanbul (Petrol Records Petrol 036, 2005)

The artists featured in this compilation represent the contemporary face of Turkish music. Some of them are based in Turkey, others are expatriates.

Two of the most captivating are Aziza A and Sultana. Both artists combine Turkish music with hip hop and electronica. Other artists featured include Mercan Dede, who is based in Montreal; the trance-like sounds of Wax Poetic and Oojami; and the dub reggae of Brooklyn Funk Essentials.

This album demonstrates how you can combine modern dance grooves with traditional instruments in a way that is refreshing and highly creative.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.