You Are Istanbul is High Above The Ground's compilation series to show the world the beauty of Istanbul dance scene
The world is having troublesome days, so does Istanbul. Istanbul is not only struggling with political crisis but there's a cultural decay and also people are stepping away from the nightlife. But you know what ? Istanbul is still here, still strong and you can still hear the dance music rising from the hills of Istanbul.
Istanbul based label High Above the Ground (HATG)'s new series "You Are Istanbul" aiming to promote the sounds from Istanbul outside Turkey and aims to build an awareness about the Turkish dance music scene. To proceed this goal HATG gathered 5 artists for the first compilation of "You Are Istanbul : Koray T, Eren Erdol, Gadi Mitrani, Coşkun Akmeric feat. Soyut Boyut.
Originally from Izmir and DJing for over 15 years house and tech house flavoured Koray T is a milestone for the Istanbul music scene. With his track Colorful World on this compilation, Koray T takes us to a deep yet groovy world.
Living in Barcelona, founder of the Istanbul based label Petra Digital, house lover Eren Erdol, gives us his track "Hold on To Love". Carrying influences both from Chicago and UK House, Eren Erdol's tune carries the element of 90's house music.
Having released a 12'' progressive house release called "Key of Stillness" from Kompakt's sublabel KX and included in compilations of Kompakt, Istanbul born and based Gadi Mitrani is not only an established producer but also a very known DJ. With his track "Drifter" in the compilation, Gadi creates a multi layered atmosphere with amazing use of pads and drifts around the elements of progressive and ethnic house.
Shifting through ethnic and minimal house, Coşkun Akmeric is a subtle representative of Istanbul's music scene. Having released his latest EP, techy flavoured "All Kinds" from German based Reduced Records, Coşkun teamed up with the amazing improv electronic/jazz trio Soyut Boyut which consists of Sarp Maden, Engin Recepoğulları and Ediz Hafızoğlu and created a mix inbetween ethnic and tech house. "Slow Burning" is a journey of strings and electronic rhythms through the wilderness.
Four different touch, four diverse approach, one unique city. From the lovers/resisters of Istanbul to the world: You Are Istanbul