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Baris K: To The Rhythm at XOYO

137 minsRecorded at XOYO in London
Baris K

The master of cosmic disco and Turkish psychedelia joins Erol Alkan during his residency at London institution XOYO.

This committed wax-collector got his grounding in hip-hop breaks from over a decade of producing weekly shows on Istanbul’s Dinamo FM and Açık Radyo. Inspired by revolutionary Turkish rock icon Baris Manco, Baris K turned his crate-digging powers closer to home, and uncovered a treasure trove of spaced-out psych rock and hashish-stained disco. With super-sized bass lines and popping guitars, held together with spacey echoes and Turkish woodwinds, Baris has cornered a dancefloor sound that’s all his own. His Eurasia mixes have been featured on Beats In Space, Lovefingers and Paris’ D.I.R.T.Y. Sound System, and he blurs the boundaries even further with his improvised folk band Insanlar, a collaboration with saz player Cem Yildiz and a rotating group of guest artists. The band’s first single, “Kime Ne,” has been causing dancefloor goosebumps with its mixture of hypnotic tones and slow-build rhythms, and inaugurated Baris’ own Aboov! imprint. Combine that with 2011’s Istanbul 70 series on New York’s Nublu label, and a website exploring the history of Turkish music, and it’s clear that Baris’ heart is where the homeland is.

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