Featuring: Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation, USA), Benjamin Escoriza (Radio Tarifa, Spain), Kalaf (Buraka Som Sistema, Portugal), Jim Barr (Portishead Band, UK), Blanquito Man & DJ Napoles (USA), MC Sultana (Turkey), Marina Celeste (France)...
- 10th Album by Up, Bustle & Out: Double CD album: CD 1 Vocal versions, CD2 Dub versions
- Record Labels: Collision - Worldwide, Kalan - Turkey, 18 Chulos - Spain, V2 Hellas - Greece
- Release Date: September 2007
- Contains music recorded in Bristol - England, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, France, USA & Jamaica
Track Listing CD 1
CD2 contains dub version of every above mentioned track
- River Song with Rob Garza ( Thievery Corporation, USA)
- Ben Seni Sevdugumi with Benjamin Escoriza ( Radio Tarifa, Spain)
- Breaking Codes with Kalaf (Portugal)
- Giden Gitti
- Anda Luz with Benjamin Escoriza (Radio Tarifa, Spain)
- Yol Turkusu
- Hidjaz Ask... intro
- Hidaj Ask with Engin Arslan (Turkey)
- Orthodox Gold with MC Sultana (Turkey) & Mark Underhill (England)
- Blue Night with Blanquito Man (USA)
- Bosporus Moon
- Remote Corners
- Istanbul's Secrets with DJ Napoles (USA)
- Silence's Brink
- Steppe Ouverte with Marina Celeste (France)
featured vocalist is Turkey's celebrated film actress-singer, Sevval Sam
. Sevval is the singing star of Fatih Akin
's new film Edge of Heaven, collecting awards at Cannes Film Festival this year. As a singer, Sevval Sam became recognised after acting (and singing) in a Black Sea region production, in particular a song called Ben Seni Sevdugumi with Kazim Koyuncu. Up, Bustle & Out restructured this song, expanded the lyrical story, and invited the 4-times Grammy nominated band Radio Tarifa to feature. Radio Tarifa
's dynamic vocalist Benjamin Escoriza
performs on several of the album's most mysterious and reaching songs.
Portishead's double bass player Jim Barr brings a powerful and haunting depth; sexy warmth to these Eastern-inspired chords. Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation opens the album with vocals and floating sitar melodies. Blanquito Man from Nueva York's Latin Massive (Control Machete and Celso Pina) also toasts up a Brooklyn vocal vibe dedicated to the aura of a Blue Night and a strange wind. Portugal's revered Afro-poet, Kalaf, explores the hidden meanings and ways of Breaking Codes from long journeys, confused information and signals that are only visible in the half-lights of life. The wooden harmonics of the Flamenco guitar, played by Cuffy 'El Guapo' give the album its dream-like beauty. And the Turkish Black Sea violinist, Neriman Gunes (Kardes Turkuler), layers Arabic riffs that feel other-worldly, at times deep and gliding, others piercing and distant, making you look over your shoulder.
Istanbul's Secrets is a wonderful achievement, a world music album like no other: truly global, experimental, original, cultured and fun. No other artist in today's uncertain music environment are bring an international arena together like this, made possible only by the kindness of our sponsors:
The 15 songs follow interesting structures, Eastern chord sequences, and challenging movements and rhythms. The lyrics have been translated in to many languages by professionals to keep the feelings true and direct. The imaginative photography and graphics are by the published French photographer, Emmanuel Georges
, and Mexican illustrator, Marie Dupre
provides the witty and creative double-page illustrations.
Up, Bustle & Out bring Istanbul's Secrets to the world and at a time when Istanbul will be the City of Culture 2010, linking the East to the West and bridging a historically strategic-polemic gap. Songs like Anda Luz make Andalucia come alive in front of you "as if you were an eagle, as if you were a swordfish, as if you were a secret". And the secrets of Istanbul are found somewhere lurking in lyrics like "precious earrings, stone and metal on the wind sing, the cypress tress bend in the wind, they hover like angels, ships passing like oil on tears, wind and souls are her only guest..."
Contacts in the music industry, film directors like Antonio Chavarrias, Peter Sollett, Lynn Fainchtein and responses from early radio features, such as Charlie Gillett's 'Sounds of the World' and 'Lounge FM', Istanbul have tipped this album as a remarkable achievement.
Written by Rupert Mould, writer, arranger, producer, musician from UB&O