06 June, 2007

..porn funk..

'uskadar' - mustafa ozkent

the other week, i was on one of my regular musical foraging expeditions. and what is a musical foraging expedition, i hear you ask. well, it's where i go shopping in search of some music, but with no particular artist or albums in mind.
usually end up in tower records in shibuya - mainly because i'm lazy & can't be arsed to walk much further and it's got 6 floors of music (or is it 7 and there are loads of cheap(ish) imported magazines)

anyway, i went straight to the rock/pop floor (as you do) and wandered around approaching various listening posts with my ears.
and i was very uninspired.
couldn't find anything that slapped me round the face and said BUY ME!
nothing wowed my ears.

so, i thought i would try something different & went up to the world/jazz/blues floor.

wandered around that floor for a while, and found myself getting drawn to funk musicians.
now, i do like a little bit of funk in my life, but i am quite picky about it. there are *so* many types of funk (have a look here at what wikipedia has to say about it)
as i wandered around listening to the various funk musicians & types of funk, i was getting more and more confused.
and nothing was quite hitting the mark.
there is a specific type of funk i like, which i call porn funk. everytime i listen to it, i think of the 1970s and softcore porn with men with large sideburns. maybe called sven.
don't why i have that twisted image in my head - don't think i want to know.

ANYWAY - jazz funk wasn't really the right sound.
so i gave up and wandered off to the world section. i saw a turkish cd with an interesting cover (see the picture at top) and BOOM. TURKISH PORN FUNK!
and i am loving it. every time i listen to it, i am inspired to grow my hair, get bright pink fluffy cushions and wear shiny lycra (complete with matching head band)

also, as i was so impressed with mustafa's cd, bought the cd next to it on the listening post, by an artist called Selda (also turkish) she's some kind of turkish joan baez and was groundbreaking in her day (yeah, i can read liner notes) but that CD is also really too. kind of psychedelic folk rock with an eastern twang.

and how did they become to be promoted outside of their homeland? well, there's a record label that specialises in finding obscure music in obscure places - Finders Keepers Records
if you have a look on the website, you can listen to some mustafa & selda too.

go have a look. great stuff...see if you're inspired to be a 1970s porn star...



1 comment:

Dave said...

A nice source for good (albeit slightly less exotic or era-authentic) porn funk is Chris Joss' stuff. Tracks made in the 2000's that sound stolen from obscure eastern european porn productions (possibly are).