piece, 'Oy Oy Emine', a traditional Turkish song interpreted in the spirit of the group: the baglama (Turkish lute) introduces the melody before a warm and dynamic rhythm section kicks in, over which Derya's superb voice jousts with wah-wah guitars and acid synthesizers. 'Oy Oy Emine' is a seduction song anyone in Turkey can sing along to, about a man's mad love for a beautiful woman called Emine. Although many versions have been
recorded, not many pop/rock groups have attempted to interpret it (one exception being Elektro Dschungel in the late '80s) and Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek offer a fresh, subtle arrangement that suits their '70s psychedelic sound. Talking psychedelia, 'Kürk' on side B brings us deeper in the band's search for slow, groovy floor-movers with stretched basslines and trippy melodies. The East-West connection Turkish bands had with Western psych-rock back in the day is just as real today with Grup Simsek's various influences, its musicians originating from Turkey, England, France, Italy and Germany. With 'Kürk''s folky theme and hairy groove, Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek prove once again that they are capable of writing original material that gives even more spirit and authenticity to their music.