After their first single “Küçük Kız” in 2015, last year the duo of Semih Yanyalı and Can Kınalıkaya a.k.a. 089 released their debut LP carrying their own name.
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This is the second album of a Turkish rock trio Acaipademler, who generally like to use very important and famous lyrics from the Anatolian and world literature. And they don’t care about album covers, so we used a substitute.
Three years after her debut, Asena Akan – one of the few jazz singers in the scene – released her second album named “Golden Heart”. First video off the album comes for the first song on the record: “You Broke My Soul But”.
After just a single in 2015, Cihan Mürtezaoğlu finally released an album called “Bitsin Bu Delilik” last year, which shows his much more than just a singer-songwriter – he’s a very talented arranger and composer too.
A very precious guitar album from Efe Demiral. We know him as a guitarist in many projects and bands from İstanbul, but with this record he gives us a work which is hard to find in today’s musical landscape.
Second album from the remarkable Turkish singer Gaye Su Akyol shows she’s still going her own way. Influenced by classical Turkish music, she develops it with a modern understanding but without distorting the essence of it.
Kalben’s story seems like a fairy tale. Coming up from the alternative scene, in 2016 – with the album carrying her own name – she appeared on all top lists not only in the indie circuit, but also in mainstream area.
M4NM is one of the most important hip hop collectives in the country, with approximately 20 musicians and 40 releases since the beginning in 2009.
Their eighth year brought a compilation called “0008”, which gives you an idea about the alternative hip hop scene of Turkey.
One year later after her first official full-length, which appeared in our Best of 2015, Nilipek. released a remix album filled with reworks of her songs by many musicians from around here.
Good news was something rare in Turkey last year, but No Land’s first album “Aramızda” is an exception. I’m not even trying to be objective this time. For me this one is the best album of 2016.
This is one of the most exciting album on this list also because it’s coming from a band which was silent for the last 9 years. These three people are living in seperate parts of the world, which makes their meetings always exciting.
As the title “Funkbook” suggests, what you hear is actually what you feel! Legendary jazz musician Ender Focan on guitar and Şallıel Bros. on saxes with some other great musicians.
Pilot was planning to release an official album last year, then at some point they decided to simply share their songs on YouTube. “Damar” is a “progressive arabesque cover project”, full of famous iconic songs of Turkish music.
I think Reptilians From Andromeda are more famous in the US and UK compared to their status in Turkey. Appropriately to the their name, the band’s music does sound really like coming from another planet.
One of the greatest releases of 2016 came from İstanbul’s Selim Saraçoğlu. He had been cooking those songs for quite long. But if you only taste them, you’ll understand this kind of music needs a long long time to ripen.
Very impressive third album named “Mutlu Melankolik” from one of the most amazing singer-songwriters in the Turkish scene, Şirin Soysal. With some jazz influences in her singing, Şirin Soysal is a totally singular figure and a real treat for explorers of Turkish music.
Yiğit Seferoğlu released two EPs and a single last year, which made a total of 10 songs. All of them – just great. You can start with the four-track “Karadelikte Bir Martı”, released in spring.
Yok Öyle Kararlı Şeyler, also known as YÖKŞ, are one of a few alternative rock bands in Turkey whose audience and prestige has been growing with every consecutive release. And it’s also true about their new effort, “Beklenen”.