Best Albums of 2017
selected by Emir Aksoy

Ağaçkakan <BR> “A Naşkvit”

Ağaçkakan
“A Naşkvit”

It is very exciting to witness Ağaçkakan’s steps from a closer perspective. He is one of the most promising rap writers/singers of Turkey and his last album “A Naşkvit” is full of 12 great hip hop songs. I believe we will hear more great tunes from him as he always finds a way to make a step further, if it is only possible.

♪♫ Listen: “Lüzumsuz” + album stream

Ağaçkakan on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Alike Places <BR> “Room” EP

Alike Places
“Room” EP

Alike Places is a duo of great musicians from Turkey: Lara di Lara and Levni. That’s a great combination. Levni’s powerful music and Lara di Lara’s beautiful voice create the ultimate contemporary music, of course with some Turkish flavors in it. You will love that 6-song EP.

♪♫ Listen: “Room” + album stream

Alike Places on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Bubituzak <BR> “Boyutlar”

Bubituzak
“Boyutlar”

Bubituzak are keeping their rock’n roll fist always high on the air. This time, in their second official LP, they have more Mediteranian influences in their music, and it is really easy to find yourself shaking your head while listening to “Boyutlar”.

♪♫ Listen: “Ateş Olsan” + album stream

Bubituzak on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Çağıl Kaya <BR> “Şimdilik Her Şey Yolunda” LP

Çağıl Kaya
“Şimdilik Her Şey Yolunda” LP

I have mentioned Çağıl Kaya‘s great second album on beehype before. She is one of the most striking jazz musicians from Turkey both with her singing and composing style. There are many great musicians on “Şimdilik Her Şey Yolunda”, and many beautifully arranged songs.

♪♫ Listen: “Ne Zaman Ölsem” + album stream

Çağıl Kaya on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Çağrı Sertel <BR> “Instant”

Çağrı Sertel
“Instant”

Instant is a very special jazz album. You will not only hear compositions by Çağrı Sertel – one of the greatest pianist in Turkey. On “Instant”, you will also hear some of the best musicians in town: Volkan Hürsever, Volkan Öktem, Sarp Maden, Çağ Erçağ, Engin Recepoğulları.

♪♫ Listen: “Juno” + album stream

Çağrı Sertel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Can Kazaz <BR> “Ben Sizden Kaçtım”

Can Kazaz
“Ben Sizden Kaçtım”

With his naive voice and very clear but not simple songs, Can Kazaz keeps on telling stories of his own. When you think about Turkish singer-songwriters, Can will be in top 5 that comes to your mind. In “Ben Sizden Kaçtım”, he collected 9 beautiful songs, very well recorded and arranged, which makes this album timeless.

♪♫ Listen: “Bir Ben Kalsam” + album stream

Can Kazaz on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Ceyl’an Ertem <BR> “Yine de Amin”

Ceyl’an Ertem
“Yine de Amin”

“Yine de Amin” is the 5th record of Ceyl’an Ertem, and I can say for me that is the best album of the year. Recording techniques, songs, lyrics, arrangements, musicians, soul of the album… Everything just stays where it is supposed to. And I should add that with her singing style, productivity and creativity, Ceyl’an is among the best female musicians in Turkey.

♪♫ Listen:”Nilüfer” + album stream

Ceyl’an Ertem on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Deniz Tekin <BR> “Kozakuluçka”

Deniz Tekin
“Kozakuluçka”

“Kozakuluçka” is another album that I have mentioned before on beehype. Here is singer-songwriter Deniz Tekin and another very good collection of songs from the last year. Deniz has her own voice color which softens you while you are listening, and her songs tell us stories from all of our daily life.

♪♫ Listen: “Bende Bir Problem Var” + album stream

Deniz Tekin on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Eskiz <BR> “Beterin Beteri Var”

Eskiz
“Beterin Beteri Var”

If you love rock’n roll, you must meet with Eskiz and their new album “Beterin Beteri Var” – if you haven’t met them already. They are making powerful songs as a trio, and they can control your emotions. Let’s say they rule your anger!

♪♫ Listen: “Deliriyorum” + album stream

Eskiz on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Evrencan Gündüz <BR> “Evrencan ve Uzaylılar” EP

Evrencan Gündüz
“Evrencan ve Uzaylılar” EP

Evrencan is a very talented guitarist and singer from the young generation. He has been uploading new videos onto his YouTube channel for a long time and gained a great audience. Close to the end of 2017, he released his first EP named “Evrencan ve Uzaylılar” and I can say that whatever your general musical taste is, you will like him.

♪♫ Listen: “Zordu Aslında” + album stream

Evrencan Gündüz on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Ezhel <BR> “Müptezhel”

Ezhel
“Müptezhel”

“Müptezhel” is one of the most spoken about album of the year. That’s Ezhel’s first studio album, but he has a large fanbase already. He makes American-sounding hip hop with very powerful background and lyrics, and just a bit too much of autotune. But I can recommend his songs, his energy and his style. If you like hip-hop, you will love this album!

♪♫ Listen: “Şehrimin Tadı” + album stream

Ezhel on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Gevende <BR> “Kırınardı”

Gevende
“Kırınardı”

It’s hard to define Gevende’s music, but in those progressive and very well arranged songs they will take your soul from one point to another without you noticing it. After “Sen Balık Değilsin ki” (2011) they released a soundtrack album and also a concert record. But in “Kırınardı”, we can find new material which amazed all of us.

♪♫ Listen: “Vertigo” + album stream

Gevende on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Hediye Güven <BR> “On Bir Mevsim”

Hediye Güven
“On Bir Mevsim”

It took five years to hear another album from Hediye Güven, but it was worth the wait. On “On Bir Mevsim”, she keeps her very characteristic pop-jazz style without imitating any of her previous works. Prepeare yourself for a beautiful 9-track journey.

♪♫ Listen: “Akıllar Sağır” + album stream

Hediye Güven on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Lara Di Lara <BR> “Hazineler İçindesin”

Lara Di Lara
“Hazineler İçindesin”

We know Dilara Sakpınar from many other projects, especially from the band 123. But in her own solo project named Lara di Lara, she is creating magical things in a very original way. Her second solo album “Hazineler İçindesin” is one of the most powerful albums of year for me.

♪♫ Listen: “Sıradan Dediğin” + album stream

Lara Di Lara on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Loradeniz <BR> “Mara” EP

Loradeniz
“Mara” EP

Loradeniz is one of the names that I have mentioned before on beehype. And I can easily say that with “Mara” EP, she has produced one of the most original pieces of this year. If you like forward-thinking electronic music, you will love Loradeniz’s dreamy songs.

♪♫ Listen: “Rem” + album stream

Loradeniz on Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram.

Nilipek. <BR> “Döngü”

Nilipek.
“Döngü”

After her debut album “Sabah” in 2015 and a remix album of “Sabah” in 2016, Nilipek came with another album full of new songs. On “Döngü”, you can find a wide variety of genres among these pieces, but they all have a common point: a naive voice of Nilipek. This album will decrease your stress level.

♪♫ Listen: “Şeytan” + album stream

Nilipek. on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Orkun Tüzel <BR> “Gelecek Senindir”

Orkun Tüzel
“Gelecek Senindir”

After 7 long years since his debut album “Mono”, Orkun Tüzel shows that he is still one of the most original songwriters in the Turkish scene. There are some songs that his followers already know, but there are some new ones as well. I believe his albums will be among the treasures from the past some decades later.

♪♫ Listen: “Hayranlık” + album stream

Orkun Tüzel on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Pilgrim’s Paradox <BR> “Sunset Odyssey” EP

Pilgrim’s Paradox
“Sunset Odyssey” EP

If you like hard rock tunes, blues and rock’n roll feeling, you will like Pilgrim’s Paradox’s 4-song first EP “Sunset Odyssey”! Guitar, bass, drums and vocals are far from the cliché coward tones of mainstream music, which gives you that powerful sound. You feel like you are listening a rock standard album with today’s vision.

♪♫ Listen: “Black Widow Woman” + album stream

Pilgrim’s Paradox on Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Puik’s Journey <BR> “Dive In”

Puik’s Journey
“Dive In”

I can easily say that Puik’s Journey’s “Dive In” is one of the most original pieces on this list. It is hard to define the genre of this album, as you can find different style and different effects in each of the songs. It also makes that album easily accepted and universal.

♪♫ Listen: “Recurring” + album stream

Puik’s Journey on Soundcloud, Facebook.

Reverie Falls on All <BR> “Clouds in our Room”

Reverie Falls on All
“Clouds in our Room”

A lot of experience and know-how are hidden in this album by Reverie Falls on All, which is one of the most striking electronic pieces of the year. Another one also came from them in a recent EP named “Stellar Stream”. We are lucky to have them around here.

♪♫ Listen: “Night Soars Through Your…” + album stream

RFOA on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, www.

Saian & K”st <BR> “Otonom Piyade: Hal ve Gidiş Sıfır”

Saian & K”st
“Otonom Piyade: Hal ve Gidiş Sıfır”

This duo is a very good example of Turkish protest hip-hop music. They’ve got great production, and the stories they tell are striking. Recently, they also released an EP named “Otonom Piyade – Malenkof!”, which like a sequel to “Otonom Piyade: Hal ve Gidiş Sıfır”.

♪♫ Listen: “Gari” + album stream

Saian on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
K”st on Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram.

Şenceylik <BR> “Çok Karışık” EP

Şenceylik
“Çok Karışık” EP

Çok Karışık” is the name of the debut EP of a very strong voiced young woman, Eda Sena Şenceylan. It is such a powerful EP that hard to believe this is the first job of her. You will find 5 songs recorded and arranged in a very professional way and two of them have some guest stars inside.

♪♫ Listen: “Kağıt Kesiği” + album stream

Şenceylik on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Senem Demircioğlu & İklim Tamkan <BR> “İlk Atlas”

Senem Demircioğlu & İklim Tamkan
“İlk Atlas”

Two very powerful musicians from classical western music école, this time Senem Demircioğlu and İklim Tamkan recorded an album together. “İlk Atlas” has been released by Ada Music and it’s waiting to take a well-deserved place in collectors’ archives.

♪♫ Listen: “Sevmiyorum Seni” + album stream

Senem Demircioğlu on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, www.
İklim Tamkan on Facebook, Twitter, www.

Tayis Yıldızcı <BR> “Chronicle” EP

Tayis Yıldızcı
“Chronicle” EP

With numerous concerts around İstanbul, we got used to see her on stage with different projects. But this time we can experience Tayis’ compositions on an EP. All of them tell their stories in different ways and moods. And she does know how to tell a story in the most impressive way.

♪♫ Listen: “Chronicle” + album stream

Tayis Yıldızcı on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

The Away Days <BR> “Dreamed at Dawn”

The Away Days
“Dreamed at Dawn”

After many EPs and singles in last few years, The Away Days finally released an LP full of their dreamy songs. I feel proud of them whenever I listen to their works because they are playing many concerts outside of Turkey, and this way have more chances to represent the Turkish scene.

♪♫ Listen: “White Whale” + album stream

The Away Days on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Tuğçe Kurtiş <BR> “Songs for my Grandmother” EP

Tuğçe Kurtiş
“Songs for my Grandmother” EP

After a two-year break, Tuğçe Kurtiş released another EP with 3 songs named “Songs for my Grandmother”. As it is obvious from its name, she chose some Turkish classics loved by her grandmother. And she recreated them in a very universal way – all of them sound like a fresh hit.

♪♫ Listen: “Yıldızların Altında” + album stream

Tuğçe Kurtiş on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Tuğçe Şenoğul <BR> “Gölgelerine”

Tuğçe Şenoğul
“Gölgelerine”

I’ve been waiting for a long long time for this material, and now I can say that it was worth the wait. “Gölgelerine” has a very unique and dark sound, and Tuğçe’s voice and her way of singing are very charismatic. Every song has another character, but the overall feeling is both powerful and gloomy. It is one of the most unique pieces among this year’s releases.

♪♫ Listen: “Bıraktığın İzler” + album stream

Tuğçe Şenoğul on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Various Artists <BR> “Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu”

Various Artists
“Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu”

Please say hi to my list’s only compilation. Although it doesn’t have any new songs in it, this album is very important because it shows psychedelic and progressive Anatolian rock of the past. I should say thank you to one of the oldest music company in Turkey, Uzelli, and add some more thanks for Kornelia Binicewicz who was the curator of this archive project.

♪♫ Listen: “Bu Ellerden Göçüp” + album stream

Uzelli on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Yarkın Duo <BR> “One”

Yarkın Duo
“One”

Nağme and Baturay Yarkın are two music siblings from a very musician family. Nağme – the sister – is playing classical kemençe or İstanbul kemençesi while her little brother Baturay plays piano. Their compositions are powerful, and their playing style is fascinating. I can recommend you to keep this album in your archives.

♪♫ Listen: “Medcezir” + album stream

Yarkın Duo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Yolda <BR> “Mai”

Yolda
“Mai”

Yolda released their first album “Mai” in 2017 and it is full of beautiful songs. We can label it as alternative but at the same time it is not so insuitable for mainstream music listeners either. It is simply very catchy, for everyone. And a well-arranged brass section augments their sound.

♪♫ Listen: “Mai” + album stream

Yolda on Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram, www.