Grup Ses & Elektro Hafiz


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Zel Zele

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‘Varyete’ is a collaborative album from producer extraordinaire Grup Ses, one of the leading heads of Istanbul’s beats scene and Cologne-based electric-saz player Elektro Hafiz. Travelling from deep Anatolian psychedelic grooves to dirty electronics, playful beats and hip hop, ‘Varyete’ is an adventurous ride of genre-bending music.

The opening track, “Mega Hafiza 2”, is based around Elektro Hafiz’s strong psychedelic chops on the electric saz, backed up by Grup Ses’ raw, neckstepping beats. “Gargara” takes things even deeper featuring an exploration into Tuvan throat singing, laying over a driving rhythm section and an atonal saz chord. Across the first side of the album, the duo take forays into soundscapes, psych, acid and electronics with remixes from Berlin’s producer Onofon and Istanbul’s acclaimed hip hop producer and MC Da Poet adding yet more layers.

Being a prolific crate digger and a sampling whiz, Grup Ses is armed with the perfect source material for ‘Varyete’. He sits at the controls for B side, kicking off with a Grup Ses classic “Atardamar Operasyonu”, which has been on heavy rotation on Istanbul’s dancefloors and finally sees its release here. The track is a hard-bodied hip-hop smash infused with arabesque melodies. “Re Ya Hat” features one of the only vocal performances on the album courtesy of Istanbul natives Roadside Picnic, who deliver menacing double-time bars over a doomy beat.

Grup Ses manages to tip-the-hat to the styles of yesteryear and gaze into the future while maintaining an immediately recognisable individual style. “Grup Ses Meets Salah Ragab in Spacetime” sees the producer flip a sample from the Egyptian jazz musician Salah Ragab into an astral facing drum workout. ‘Varyete’ finishes off with “Telesafir 2”, dramatic strings droned out with distortion effects to leave the listener in a state of wonder.


Elektro Hafiz - Mega Hafıza 2 (with Grup Ses)
Elektro Hafiz – Gargara
Elektro Hafiz - Mega Hafıza 2 (Grup Ses Acid Cut)
Elektro Hafiz - Aralık /
Elektro Hafiz - Yarım Pansiyon (with Grup Ses)
Elektro Hafiz - Ağar (Onofon Remix)
Elektro Hafiz - Yarım Pansiyon (Da Poet Remix)
Grup Ses - Atardamar Operasyonu
RSPC - Ya Hat (Grup Ses Remix)
Grup Ses - Paran Yetmez
Grup Ses - Analog Şeytan (VIP Mix)
Grup Ses - Grup Ses Meets Salah Ragab In Spacetime
Grup Ses - Büyüleyici Part 4
Grup Ses - MMH Extended Edit
Grup Ses - Telesafir 2

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