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Nightingales And Canaries
A radiant Nagoski selection from the 30s and 40s. Christian and Jewish US immigrants from Anatolia, Istanbul and Roumelia, flirty and rocking; more aching, artful performances from Turkish Muslim women.



Cuneyt Sepetci And Orchestra Dolapdere Bahriye Ciftetellisi
Thrilling Roma music fresh from the Dolapdere district of Istanbul — classic Turkish styles besides folk songs from Albania, Macedonia, Spain — beautifully presented by A Hawk And A Hacksaw's ace label.



Shahram
The magic moments of Sharam Shabpareh, front-man of Iranian garage legends The Rebels. 'Blurting horns, evil bass grooves, cheesy organs, a thick strata of percussion going off like microwave popcorn.'



Derdiyoklar Coban Mamos
A ton of drunk people stomping about in a circle to the frenetic, overdubbed, distorted sound of electric saz, synthesized drums, cimbalom, and sheep sound effects: yep, Bengi Folk, Derdiyoklar-style.



Rabih Beaini Albidaya
RB aka Morphosis and Upperground cohorts: cello, sax, electronics; Lebanese folk, middle eastern jazz; 'tribal drums, marketplace noise, synth experiments, arpeggiated space transmissions, eerie Wu-Tang vocals.'



Salah Ragab Egyptian Jazz
Recorded in Heliopolis, Egypt, 1968-1973, with influences like Mongo Santamaria, Randy Weston, and Sun Ra (with whom Ragab toured extensively a decade later).



Turkey The Ceremony Of The Bektashi Djem
A liturgy and feast headquartered in the mountains of Antalya, with semah sacred dancing and sung poetry accompanied on the saz lute. Six instrumentalists, two vocal lineups here: from 2004 and 2011.



Ramesh
'In 1970s Tehran, the classically-trained Ramesh played the serious, quiet marquesa against Googoosh’s languorous pop princess.' Vintage Iranian pop from rare singles: lutes, goblet drums, brass, strings, synths.





Tisheh O Risheh Funk, Psychedelia And Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation
A third helping — rockers like the Rebels, but more winningly the Googoosh girls, sweet-tough, tough-sweet. Gypsy fiddles and shimmering disco strings, crime-jazz piano and Abba knock-offs...



Erkin Koray Elektronik Turkuler
His first album proper (following a collection of singles), and his best, from 1974. Bunalim and Baris Manco bassist Ahmet Guvenc rocking steady beneath EK's moody baritone and electric-baglama riff-outs.



Abbass Mehrpouya Soul Raga: Anthology
Selected from several singles and one LP issued between 1968-76. The lachrymose flute and organ dirges of his early work, shading into his signature, sophisticated, sumptuous, in-thing Iranian sitar-funk.