Harikalar Diyari (Wonderland) – Ilhan Ersahin / EP 12″


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Wonderland grew out of the Istanbul scene, Ersahin working with the gypsy clarinet master Husnu Senlenderici. The governing concept was to apply similar tactics to those used by the Gotan Project, when they set out to electronicise the tango of Buenos Aires. This record was originally released only in Turkey. It features the Turkish pop star Nil Karaibrahimgil (who was still comparatively unknown at the time of recording), and Dilara Sakpinar, who was only 14 in ’02, and now books bands for the newly-opened Istanbul version of Nublu, as well as singing with the alternative band 123. The recordings feature Matt Penman on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums. This is the most folk-attuned album of the five, layering ethnic instrumentation from the Eastern European and Arabic world onto propulsive housey beats. Zithery cascades (qanun or cimbalom?) dodge around wild clarinet figures. There’s an Egyptian lushness to the string orchestrations, and a sinister London griminess in the basslines.