September 29, 2016

Kerem Akdag blesses us with some flavorsome jazz with his new release, the Loungin’ EP.  Self-proclaimed “Turkey’s most soulful”, the EP provides a taste of modern jazz ranging in various tempos and melodies, similar to the productions and silky vocals of London based Tom Micsh and Jordan Rakei.

Loungin’ is a set of four exquisitely produced tracks, which merge well together to create a pleasing mix for times where loungin’ is necessary. The premiered track, ‘Steppin Out’, has a funky broken beat sound similar to 2000Black and an enchanting vibraphone reminiscent of jazz-funk pioneers Bobby Hutcherson and Roy Ayers.

Elsewhere on the EP, ‘Get There’ toys between tempos from jazzy to broken beat snares, hits and kicks. Title track ‘Loungin” is finely crafted to perfection. You can hear an earlier sketch of Kerem’s tune, titled as ‘Loungiiin’, posted around a year ago. This number still retains its bossanova-like rhythmic ad-libs but has been highly refined and revised; a perfect addition to the EP. ‘Whatever’, a fusion of soul and digitally influenced sound, has a similar resonance to early Star Trek/N.E.R.D productions and makes a great accompaniment to any mellow, chilled playlists and mixes.

Kerem is someone to watch out for, having already received attention from Lefto, Osunlade and recently part of an improvisational jam with the Yussef Kamaal Trio. He keeps us on our toes with a myriad of styles which establish no particular genre, but embodies soul at its rawest nonetheless.

Loungin’ is out now on Darker Than Wax and available for purchase here

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