On Wax: Oldu O Zaman – Sigarasi Yaldizli / Mastika

Istanbul based trio Oldu O Zaman are preparing their debut 45 on Bongo Joe.

The crew pay tribute to the golden age of Anatolian psychedelic music and adding their own world influences and hazy touches of electronics, Oldu O Zaman join the likes of Altın Gün, Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek and Lalalar in releasing via the Geneva based label (who also have a record shop).

Cansu Ak, Tolga Horasanlı and Mehmet Koray Erol first came together as Oldu O Zaman in 2019. Initially releasing music via Turkish label Avrupa Müzik, their newest tracks see them interpreting older picks from Turkey.

Two traditional songs get reimaginings: Sigarası Yaldızlı, a famous tavern song, takes a dark turn, powered by hypnotic bass, a killer guitar hook and Cansu Ak’s brooding vocals.

With something of a lighter, almost club friendly touch, the second track Mastika is a new take on the well-known Turkish gypsy song of the same name.



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