Turkish Psychedelica Night – could that be a pleonasm? It very well might, given how diverse a city Istanbul is. Literally bubbling with excitement – and tonight's line-up proves it. Tonight’s global sound system, laced with Elektro Hafiz's bouts of psych'n'roots shows that Turkish psychedelism packs a punch. And it's a delight, too. Demir Kerem Atay aka Elektro Hafiz, born and bred in Istanbul, belongs to trance and rhythmical spells the way blue mosaics belong to Saint-Sophia. His career path, with his remix dubs obsessions, is akin to that of his august predecessor Joe Strummer: politically committed, and keen to share everything. Hafiz mixes up different musical styles, displaying them like Turkish Delight in a Taksim shop. It's varied, sometimes conflicting, and perfectly yummy.
BABA ZULA feat. MAD PROFESSOR
Equally delightful: Baba ZuLa's dancefloor shamanic vibes. True legends of oriental dub – the four of them share a total 20 years of electronic music – have regularly sent a thrill down the banks of Bosphorus and elsewhere through their expert fusion of noise, electro, and traditional Turkish instruments, with a generous pinch of rebellion to top it all. Few bands know how to successfully merge wooden spoons and electronic patches, electrified saz and modified oud without setting off the strings-instruments establishment. Relentlessly indulging in futuristic imagery and 1960s get-ups, Baba ZuLa's concerts feature belly-dancers, outrageous costumes, and poetic scansion delivered with raised fists. Mischievous and hypnotic – yet never deceptive...