For the third set of Excursions, we're letting off some tasty Turkish flavours.
Darkhouse Family presents 'An Ottoman Excursion'.
Halal Cool J (aka Don Leisure of Darkhouse Family) has blessed us with four cheeky edits, crafted with care, and guaranteed to create dancefloor flames. A few choice selectors have been playing these for a while (such as Lefto and Gaslamp Killer, on Boiler Room), but this is the first time these tracks have been released into the public domain.
In Don's words: "I got into Turkish music around about 2006 when Egon (ex-Stones Throw) put out a Turkish Funk podcast showcasing artists like Baris Manco, Erkin Koray & Selda. The musical rabbit hole led me to discover re-releases on labels like Finders Keepers, and I've been hooked ever since. It's hard to find original pressings of Turkish music in the UK, so when my cousin landed a job in Istanbul, it was the perfect opportunity to make a bunch of trips there, armed with a portable turntable, hunting for dusty records.
After my first visit, I formed a relationship with Deform Records owner, Ozan. He invited me back to play a few times at Arkoada, in the the Asian side of the Kadikoy district in Istanbul, DJing in the same neighbourhood the original Turkish psych legends would've hung out and performed in, back in the 1970s.
The influence of western artists fused with fuzzed-out traditional instruments and themes is something I'm still amazed by to this day, and I'm always discovering amazing Turkish records that refuel my love for this sound.
I made these tracks a few years ago now, but they've found a perfect home now with Excursions."
For 'An Ottoman Excursion' we head straight in with the neck-snapping drums and epic riffs of 'Visne Nektari', before the synth-led 'Derbent's Groove' breezes triumphantly into motion. For the flip, we nicely drop the pace a little to do the 'Turkish Duck Walk', before the humidity of the 'Fernebache Heat' raises up the tempo to close out the set.