Khidr + Ilyas

by Mehmet Aslan

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    For it’s second-release, Planisphere returns once more to the Berlin studio of Swiss-Turkish producer Mehmet Aslan, who has fast become one of the most fiercely individual and increasingly prolific emerging artists in some time.

    This three-track EP is arguably Aslan’s most-refined work to date, aiming squarely at heads-down dancefloors, riding on sophisticated and hypnotic grooves. On ‘Comme II Faut’, a minimal beat unravels Aslan’s textural, traditional samples, delivering a woozy and intoxicating atmosphere.

    Meanwhile, ‘Lobster Is Coincidence’ christens the EP with its title and a stop-start slice of unpredictable, cut-up psychedelia, utilizing obscure samples to generate esoteric funk. On the contrary, Aslan executes a tapestry of tightly-wound and no less entrancing rhythms on ‘Kakusui’, which evolves intriguingly with a subtle half-step and further echoes of Aslan’s unique musical heritage.

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    released November 7, 2019

    Written, Produced by Mehmet Aslan
    Mixed by Klas Lindblad & Mehmet Aslan At Blackhead Studios, Berlin
    Mastered by Tim Xavier, Manmade Mastering, Berlin
    Artwork: Tristesse
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Prelude 03:41


The Berlin-based Turkish-Swiss producer Mehmet Aslan has spent the past few years developing a deserved reputation as a truly esoteric and imaginative producer, drawing on his own heritage and vast record collection for labels such as Huntleys & Palmers, Dischi Autunno and his own Fleeting Wax imprint, co-founded with Miajica.

For his latest EP, due in March on Basel's Planisphere Music, Aslan delivers arguably his most detailed and intriguing production to date. Sampling Turkish singer-songwriter Deniz Tekin’s performance of the traditional Roma folk song ‘Ederlezi’, a centuries-old standard among the Romani minority.

Following an enigmatic ‘Intro’, an ambient jam with Daniel Pankau that establishes the record’s overall atmosphere (and the versatility of Aslan as a sampler able to find new sounds within older music), Aslan’s sensational and haunting flip bursts into life. Titled ‘Khidr + Ilyas’ after the two prophets who were said to come together every year to help the people, the music is equally generous to the original source, reworking Tekin’s delicate vocal performance around an almost half-stepping beat, wringing tension and intrigue out of dusty analog synthesis and distant piano.

Meanwhile, an additional instrumental’ edit adds weight and power in the 'dub' tradition.


released March 28, 2019

Guitar by Daniel Pankau On A1 And A2
Bass on A2 by Altan Sebüktekin.
Design & Artwork By Mehmet Aslan
Mixed By Klas Lindblad & Mehmet Aslan At Blackhead Studios, Berlin
Mastered By Manmade Mastering.
Planisphere Music 2019. All Rights Reserved


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Mehmet Aslan Basel, Switzerland

Mechanical Turk hailing from Switzerland with a taste for traditional folk hymns that effortlessly blend together with modern electronic rhythms.

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