Wax Poetic’s Istanbul is the second part in a three-part series of records from the Nublu founder and bandleader Ilhan Ersahin’s Wax Poetic project. Where Wax Poetic’s first major release saw Ersahin collaborating with Brazilian Girls, Norah Jones, N’dea Davenport and Saul Williams, Wax Poetic’s Istanbul brings Ilhan to his father’s homeland to paint his own picture of modern day Turkey — a street-art portrait that is vibrant and current, one that tosses the ‘world music’ misnomer on its head. Istanbul is the second album in a series that takes Ersahin to different countries where he collaborates with their musicians. The first record in the series was Copenhagen, and the next will be Brasil.
Wax Poetic is breaking new ground
Futuristic takes on disparate sounds from near and far
Time Out New York