Berkane Sol founder Geiom has supplied us with by far the most daring mixtape in our series to date. Putting together a selection of Middle Eastern music, it’s something a little different to say the least!
Digging into his personal collection, Geiom has sourced his favourite selection of music from the Middle East, mainly drawing for tunes from Iran and Turkey with a few coming from Afghanistan and Egypt. The mix gets pretty lo-fi in places, but that only stands as testament to the immense amount of effort and care put into the mix as Geiom lifted tunes from cassettes, old CDs and 7 inch vinyl with the music dating as far back as the 1920s! Nicknamed the “Nazar” mix (the Turkish lucky eye), it’s not our usual style of mixtape but it’s definitely an engrossing listen and a really interesting look into some of Geiom’s influences and alternative musical passions.
We always offer our DJs full creative control of the mixes that they supply us with, as it makes for really interesting results and this is a prime example of those interesting results. Geiom took that concept and went in hard with it, creating something fascinating to listen to and for that I’ve got mad respect.
What approach have you taken for this mix?
I chose the Middle East as the theme, then decided to limit myself to music mainly from Iran and Turkey, with a couple of exceptions from Afghanistan and Egypt.
The mix demonstrates some of the amazing melodic and rhythmic characteristics of Middle Eastern music, and shows how adaptable these can be – Giti’s ‘Molanah’ turns into a hazy space-jazz epic, Rana Alagoz’s ‘Dugun Alayi’ sounds like early ska, the Afghans crank up some eerie Three-Six Mafia style synth action, and Alireza Mashayekhi is in a totally abstract world of electronic sound sculpture.
Overall, this music is psychedelic, emotive, spooky, funky, sometimes all of these things at once.
Thanks Hossein from our local Persian shop for the Farsi translations!
Which track or mix is your personal favourite?
Its hard to say but the Monir Vakili song ‘To Bio’ never fails to move me.
What did you do the mix on?
The tracks are all from various formats: LP’s, 7″s, Cassettes and CD’s, so I recorded them all and sequenced them digitally.
1. Bulent Ersoy – Saman Akip Gider
2. Sayat – Unknown
3. Javad Yasari – Raheh Khato
4. Serap Multu – Bir Ruzgardir
5. Giti – Molanah
6. Om Khaltoum – Faat el Maad
7. Rana Alagoz – Dugun Alayi
8. Googoosh – Kouch Mi Ad
9. Yasar Ozel – Cozmek Elimde Degli
10. Monir Vakili – To Bio
11. Belkis Akkale – Siyah Percemlerin
12. Erkan Dedeoglu – Hicaz Pesrev
13. Erol Buyukburc – Muhur Gozlum
14. Alireza Mashayekhi – Mithra op.90