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Istanbul-born, Berlin-based producer Mai’s single Jouska blends his field recordings from the gritty streets of Berlin, elements of Turkish folk music, organic percussions, groovy basslines and synth/keys improvisations. Mai meditates on the theme “the Inner Murmur’ and Jouska is completed by the hauntingly beautiful voice of Yasmeen Olya.

Jouska is an old English word for hypothetical conversations that we compulsively play out in our heads, the dialogue between two conflicting voices in our minds. The word reflects a psychological battleground where we confront our most brutal ideas. Yet this is also a point where we can deeply connect with ourselves. The conflict is what wakens the harmony and beauty.

Oceanvs Orientalis’s slow-burning groove meets Sylvia Rebecca’s ethereal spoken word style vocals, recounting the mythological tale of Adonis with a modern twist. The poem was converted from one of the first texts ever written about Adonis. Recorded live in the ancient Lycian towns of Turkey, Barbaros Uzbay plays melodious guitar riffs alongside Ahmet Baran Eskili, who embellishes the tale with the melancholy notes from his magical Kanun.

Aphrodite’s favorite mortal lover Adonis represents beauty, desire, death and resurrection in Greek mythology. Aphrodite has a foreboding dream about Adonis getting murdered by a wild boar on one of his hunting trips. She tries to prevent the inevitable by warning him, but he pays her no heed, and is killed by a wild boar. When Adonis dies in Aphrodite’s arms, her tears mix with his blood, and Adonis is transformed into an anemone flower.

Combined with Sylvia Rebecca’s theatrical and trippy storytelling of this tale, Oceanvs Orientalis’s production celebrates Turkish psychedelia while masterfully bringing ancient sounds to the dance floor.

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Kanto Records is proud to present a new member of the community. Italian producer PIERJ’s latest single The Dark Sea of Awareness is out now and a great introduction to PIERJ’s sonic world and upcoming EP White Silicon. Meditating on “the curse of this generation” as the artist describes, indicating the uncertainty, loop of indecisiveness and ambiguity of future, PIERJ is inspired by Italian opera and theatre while he weaves emotive vocals with analog synths, guitar loops, syncopated beats and dark ambient pads, bringing his fresh take on organica.

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