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ARTIST
TITLE
Elmi Tut (Hold My Hand)
FORMAT
7"

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SYL 012EP SYL 012EP
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RELEASE DATE
10/16/2020

Following their sublime 2019 collaboration, Sakla Beni (SYL 006EP), production king Kutiman and Turkish songstress Melike Şahin reunite on Anatolian psych anthem, "Elmi Tut (Hold My Hand)". And a simple revival this is not. The Turkish and Middle Eastern psych sound of Erkin Koray, Baris Manco, Selda Bağcan, Omar Khorshid, and Aris San is brought bang up to date with swathes of hallucinatory synths, filtered basslines, hard-as-nail drum breaks, and Kutiman's magic touch. Having met in Istanbul in 2017, Şahin and Kutiman rapidly developed a beautiful chemistry. Şahin's striking voice inspired Kutiman to create a genuine yet modern Anatolian psych sound and the resulting 2019 single, "Sakla Beni", became a global hit, championed by BBC Radio 6 Music's Lauren Laverne. Meanwhile, the modern Anatolian sounds of bands such as the Netherlands-based Altın Gün and the contemporary Middle Eastern-influenced psych of Khruangbin, have taken the world by storm. Kutiman and Şahin's follow-up is destined to win even more hearts. For fans of: Altin Gun, Khrunagbin, Adrian Younge , El Michels Affair, Badbadnotgood.