GRUP SES BEATS
Varyete is the brainchild of Istanbul's beatmaker extraordinaire Grup Ses and Cologne-based electric saz player Elektro Hafız. Travelling from Anatolian psychedelics to playful beats, dirty electronics and hip hop the album is an adventurous ride of genre-bending music.
The opening track, Mega Hafıza 2, is based around Elektro Hafızs strong psychedelic chops on the electric saz, backed up by Grup Ses raw, neck-stepping beats. Gargaratakes things even deeper featuring an exploration into Tuvan throat singing, laying over a driving rhythm section and an atonal saz chord. Across the first side of the album, the duo take forays into soundscapes, psych, acid and electronics with remixes from Berlins producer Onofon and Istanbuls acclaimed hip hop producer and MC Da Poet adding yet more layers.
Being a prolific crate digger and a sampling whiz, Grup Ses is armed with the perfect source material for Varyete. He sits at the controls for B side, kicking off with a Grup Ses classic Atardamar Operasyonu, which has been on heavy rotation on Istanbuls dancefloors, finally sees its release here. The track is a hard-bodied hip-hop smash infused with arabesque melodies. Re Ya Hat features one of the only vocal performances on the album courtesy of Istanbul natives Roadside_Picnic, who deliver menacing double-time bars over a doomy beat. Grup Ses manages to tip-the-hat to the styles of yesteryear and gaze into the future while maintaining an immediately recognisable individual style. Grup Ses Meets Salah Ragab in Spacetime sees the producer flip a sample from the Egyptian jazz musician Salah Ragab into an astral facing drum workout. Varyete finishes off with Telesafir 2, dramatic strings droned out with distortion effects to leave the listener in a state of wonder.