If you have been a regular reader of this site, we have been reviewing this talented man’s music for some time. We are talking about Güneş Alpman aka Alpman, a talented multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ from Istanbul, Turkey. He’s released a bunch of forty fives and a slew of tracks that have run the gamut from Turkish funk and psychedelica to surf rock, minimalist electronica and disco among others. His consistent output of music and work ethic are a testament to the person he is. I am honored to call this individual my friend. He has turned me on to more Turkish psych and funk artists and records that I could ever be capable of discovering. For that I am eternally grateful. I asked Alpman to put together a mix of some of his favorite Turkish tracks for Flea Market Funk. Here is what he had to say about it:
I just wanted to do this mix of almost classical Turkish funk and psychedelic songs exclusive to Flea Market Funk. But I must say this is just top of the iceberg. Expect more to come.. most of these songs are the songs I grew up with, so it’s a bit special for me in a way.
Tracklist for Alpman’s Turkish Essentials:
Mazhar & Fuat – Adimiz Miskindir
Umit Tokcan – Uryan Geldim
Ozdemir Erdogan – Uzun Ince Bir Yoldayım
Baris Manco – Binboganın Kızı
L.S.D. Orkestrası – Dönmeyen Sevgili
Selda – Ince Ince Bir Kar Yağar
Selçuk Alagöz – Malabadi Köprüsü
Tülay German – Burçak Tarlası
Mustafa Ozkent – Burçak Tarlası
Dönüşüm – Güle Oynaya
Arif Sağ – Osman Pehlivan
This volume, as Alpman has said, is just the tip of the iceberg, as we have several more volumes planned in this Essentials series. If Turkish music is new to you, or perhaps you have heard some of these sampled or on a compilation, or maybe you have never heard any of these incredible tracks at all. Here’s your chance to open your mind and ears to some truly moving sides from Turkey. Free your mind and your ass will follow. Thanks to Alpman for blessing us with this mix and we are already looking forward to the next volume in the Essentials series.
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Download the mix here.