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Şinanay / French Disko

by Kit Sebastian

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Şinanay 03:56
French Disko 03:38


Towards the end of 2021 and fresh off the back of releasing their second album, ‘Melodi', Kit Sebastian recorded their first Lagniappe Session for the much-respected audio journal, Aquarium Drunkard. Taking the momentum of the album campaign and channelling it into a covers project, the band reimagined Turkish pop sensation Sezen Aksu and avant Londoners, Stereolab in their own unique style. Having originally been an exclusive for Aquarium Drunkard, the EP is now seeing its commercial release.

Sezen Aksu is one of the band's favourite Turkish singers / songwriters, inspiring them through her effortless mix of different genres, playful lyrics and captivating vocals. The original version of ‘Şinanay’ is a beautiful example of late 80’s Turkish disco pop. The lyrics belong to an important Turkish poet, Melih Cevdet Anday, who talks about the ferry that goes to Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands carrying and bringing together different segments and races of society. Kit Sebastian transformed the song into something more delicate and smoother, with a Brazilian inspired rhythm on guitar and jazz piano lines.

As fans of Stereolab and having drawn regular comparison since the release of their debut album, 'French Disko’ stood out as an interesting piece of music to cover. The deadpan intensity of the original is a hard-to-produce effect and Stereolab achieved it so well. So, they thought: how would Stereolab sound if they revisited it? The result was dark guitar lines, loud, Latin percussion, and J.S Bach inspired synths. La Resistance!


released April 1, 2022


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Kit Sebastian London, UK

Kit Sebastian is a duo formed in London by Kit Martin and Merve Erdem, spread between Turkey and France. Their music is a meeting point of different genres from Anatolian Psychedelia and Brazilian Tropicalia to 60’s European pop and American jazz.


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