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By pure luck we stumbled last year upon a 45 released by the cult Sublime Frequencies label, featuring a jaw dropping psychedelic rock cover of Mulatu Astatke by Hayvanlar Alemi, a Turkish band, available exclusively through the band at their shows during their 2012 Europena tour. Thankfully a few limited copies were available through normal distribution channels and we were amongst the happy few… The version being so damn good and original, we crossed our fingers to be able to pick it for our 'Electric Afro' compilation and ended up discussing with the label, who explained to us they were doing things different than the norm, and that we should license the track directly through the band - a point of view on dealing with artists in the 20th century that we share 100% at Paris DJs! And we're also quite proud to present this rare piece of psychedelic heavy Ethio-Jazz in our 4th selection!!

About Hayvanlar Alemi :
Hayvanlar Alemi is a psychedelic folk rock band founded in Ankara. They got together in secondary school in 1999, when they were 14. Classical rock and heavy metal were big influences on teenagers in Ankara then, and they started their musical venture playing hard-and-heavy covers, but very soon self-discovered free improvisation and moved into a more avant-garde approach, and later on occasionally deployed traditional instruments, found-sound elements like live radio, and stage theatrics. They were influenced by the new folk-influenced experimental rock scene of the late 90s Istanbul, but isolated from that scene in Ankara, their sound and song-structure diverged from their contemporaries as they incorporated elements from the findings of their musical research into their sound, which included hybrid sounds of South East Asia, East and West Africa, South America and Russia, as well as Jamaican dub reggae and Californian surf. Alongside numerous self-released cdrs, Hayvanlar Alemi released their first album 'Gaga' through Ankara label 003 Records in 2006. Their second album 'Guarana Superpower', mostly culled from tracks on their cdrs from 2007 to 2009, was released by Seattle label Sublime Frequencies in 2010, followed by a cover of Mulatu Astatke’s Ethiopian instrumental piece 'Yekermo Sew' on seven inch vinyl. Following the release of Guarana Superpower, Hayvanlar Alemi opened for Group Doueh in London’s Barbican Centre and played a surprise performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival Curated by Animal Collective. Since then they have been touring routinely and presenting their music to live audiences in Western Europe. Hayvanlar Alemi consists of Özüm İtez, Işık Sarıhan, Hazar Mutgan and Gökçe Başar. As they have been separated by geographical boundaries since 2006, the band has a flexible repertoire which allows them to play in power-duo and power-trio formations as well. In the past few years, Hayvanlar Alemi mostly toured with an old-school three piece set up with drums (Sarıhan), bass (Mutgan) and electric guitar (İtez), with an emphasis on heavy psychedelic rock.


from Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland? - Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International Vol​.​4, released October 25, 2013
Ozum Itez : guitars
Işık Sarıhan : drums
Hazar Mutgan : bass

Composed by Mulatu Astatke
Published by C.R.C. Edition (ISWC T-003.366.316.9)
Recorded at Deneyevi - Istanbul
Produced by Hayvanlar Alemi 
Mixed by Hayvanlar Alemi
Mastered by Hayvanlar Alemi
© 2013 Hayvanlar Alemi


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