Naber kankalar? Tatil nasildi? Ours was grand! Anyway, Max’ll be heading off to Istanbul this week to visit family, see friends, and of course dig up some more goodies for your listening pleasure down in An Sibin. So for the next few weeks The Public Records will be receiving some special updates from the field while our very own BudgetWax, Mr. Brett Keller’ll hold down the fort stateside. Things should get interesting…

Now before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s begin. The album selected for this week is Erkin Koray’s illa Ki (1983). Erkin Koray is the big baba of Turkish rock’n’roll. He is credited as being the first person to rock the pazar in Turkey with his band in the late 1950s by covering Elvis Presley and Fats Domino as well as by going electric early in the game. He was one of the first to have long hair (for which he was stabbed once), mix eastern and western styles, and home school his daughter. He was buddies with John Lennon. He’s cool.

The album, illa Ki, is a great mix of psych rock and Anatolian funk folk and doesn’t sound dated at all. You will hear both western and eastern instrumentation and rhythm with all sorts of effects thrown in. My favorite track on the album Deli Kadin* (Crazy Woman) is a no joke 4/4 stomper while the jam Tek Basina* (Alone) will have you wanting to be hit with a sea breeze on a warm night (not that you wouldn’t want to be).

This is a solid album by one of the pioneers of the modernization of Anatolian music; a massive range of variety in and of itself and a genre we will be delving into over the next month. Welcome back.

*All the tracks on the album are easily enjoyed and are even more so with a cold bottle** of pinot grigio by Nobilissima.

**That’s right. A bottle. Live a little…