If you’re looking for new perspectives and rising talents coming from the German dance music scene, look no further than Sedef Adasi. Now a resident at Munich’s famed Blitz club (listen to her , her style mixes techno and electro heat with deep cuts from Turkish and Middle Eastern music. She creates a unique vibe that can also be experienced at her regular party HAMAM Nights in her hometown at City Club Augsburg.
Considering her expertise goes far beyond the confines of monolithic techno, we asked her to show us a few of the deeper cuts that she uses to spice up her sets.
“Beyond my heavy electronic/techno sets I love to play tunes from all over the world…If you know even a little about Turkish/oriental music, you have to know these artists. have fun habibizzz.”
Sahara Band, “Habibi” (LCA Records 1983)
Jonny Rock, “Radio Morocco (Jonny Rock Edit)” (Fleeting Wax 2018)
Saada Bonaire, “More women” (Captured Tracks 2013)
Selda Bağcan ft. Boom Pam, “Yuh Yuh” (Türküola 1977)
“Selda Bagcan, one of the most important voices of Turkish protest music, was a prominent figure in the ’60s in Turkey. She made several trips to jail for singing in Kurdish or turning banned poems. She said, “There is pain, rebellion, sadness, every voice of this land…”
Breakplus, “An Atol Alien” (Mythstery 2015)
Arif Sağ, “Şu Samsunun Evleri” (Topkapı Plak 1973)
Shahara Ja, “I’m An Arabian Knight” (Central Station 1989)
Barış Manço, “Dönence” (Türküola 1981)
“Barış Manço was not only one of the most important Turkish artists and the inventor of ‘Anadolu Rock’ but also a philanthropist and good soul. What’s not to love about a guy who can make a hit out of a song titled ‘Domates, Biber, Patlıcan’ (‘Tomato, Pepper, Aubergine’)?”
Insanlar, “Kime Ne (Ricardo Villalobos Mix 1)” (Honest Jon’s 2015)
“Insanlar is one of my favorite collectives. Their name literally means ‘humankind’ in Turkish but with a deeper and more esoteric meaning. I’m a huge Baris K fan, and I love the revival of Anatolian pop and rock tunes.”
Chaim, “Ha Lalla” (Disco Halal 2017)
“Disco Halal is one of my favorite Labels. I don’t think they’ve ever released a ‘boring’ track. This one’s a recipe for goose bumps.”
Wish Key, “Orient Express” (Discomagic Records 1983)
Neşet Ertaş, “Kar Yağar Kar Üstüne (Kozmonotosman Rework)” (2016)
Ihsan Al-Munzer, “Shish Kebab” (Disco Belly Dance 1980)
Ziad Rahbani, “Mais El Rim (Hamdi RydEr Downtown Vibes Edit #2)” (2016)
Zeki Müren, “Seviyorum işte varmı diyeceğin” (Yavuz Asöcal 1988)
“Before Bowie or Prince, there was Zeki Müren. He was not only a powerful vocalist but also a songwriter, composer, entertainer and Turkey’s first gay icon.”
Published October 25, 2018.