Sublime Frequencies Communiqué

Sublime Frequencies Communiqué


25 April 2012

Hayvanlar Alemi Tour Dates Spring 2012 / Tour 7"

Hayvanlar Alemi Live Dates 2012


05 May - Lausanne (CH) Le Bourg
08 May - Milan (IT) Lo-Fi (w/Sir Richard Bishop)
10 May - Geneva (CH) Le Cave 12 à L'Ecurie
16 May - Paris (FR) Les Instants Chavires
18 May - Berlin (DE) Koplos Festival
19 May - Aarhus (DK) Pop Revo Festival

Booking for Hayvanlar Alemi, please contact:

There will be a limited edition tour 7" single
Yekermo Sew 7"

SF 070 EP


14 April 2012

Out Now: CD version SF060 - Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974

This is the CD version of the out-of-print 2LP. The long-awaited foray into the Vietnamese rock, pop and soul sound of the late 1960s and early 1970s is finally here. Saigon Rock & Soul delivers the goods international retro collectors have been searching for in vain for many years -- and it delivers beyond belief. Every song is a mini-masterpiece, be it heavy acid-rock psychedelia, horn- and guitar-drenched funk grooves, or gripping soul ballads reflective of life during wartime. The tracks that form this collection cut a window into a rich musical Vietnamese music scene that has long been obscured, and for the most part, forgotten. As the scope of electrified Vietnamese music from the 1960s and 1970s begins to be revealed, it becomes evident that this was among the heaviest and most eclectic musical scenes of Southeast Asia at the time. These songs tell of war, love and what war does to love. All of them were recorded in makeshift studios and even U.S. army facilities while the Vietnam War raged -- and were issued by a handful of Saigon record companies on vinyl 45s and reel or cassette tapes. Westernized forms of music in Vietnam had appeared during the latter 19th century, and especially during the early 20th century, under the influence of the French colonizers. Tan Nhac (trans. "modern music") always incorporated both domestic and international sounds, and continued to develop alongside Western musical trends. During the 1960s and 1970s, pulp ballads were being recorded by leading crooners of the time who alternated between modern and traditional forms of regional music. When the electric guitar hit the streets of Saigon, Vietnamese renditions of contemporary instrumental trends such as surf-rock, beat and twist soon emerged, followed by some pretty deep soul sounds inspired by Motown radio hits as well as funk grooves brought on by James Brown and his contemporaries. By the mid-1960s, Vietnam had been ravaged by war for years. American G.I.s had become a standard fixture in Saigon, as did many of the cultural artifacts they brought with them. This certainly included the music. The sounds of rock and roll dominated the radio waves, and Saigon nightclubs were teeming with new sounds. Musically, The Shadows and The Ventures soon gave way to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as an enthusiastic set of young Vietnamese rockers signed on to the lifestyle, always eager to hear the latest musical trends the G.I.s would bring in on LP or tape. This era saw the birth of a vibrant rock scene, yet rock music and anything that came close was commonly referred to as "soul" in the Vietnamese genre-listings. Like many cultures in Asia, Vietnamese music is recorded, marketed, listened to and disposed of in a relatively quick manner. This level of advanced ephemera ensures a degree of difficulty when trying to unearth and discover cultural histories. Literally, most of the music heard here has been brought back from the dead. Artists featured include some of Vietnam's most popular at the time: Elvis Phuong,Hung CuongMai Lei HuyenLe ThuThai ThanhGiao LinhMai Lei Huyen and the CBC Band. Features 70 minutes of classic original recordings compiled by Mark Gergis with extensive liner notes.


02 April 2012

ERKIN KORAY San Francisco In Store Meet & Greet / Record Signing

  • Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 3:00pm until 4:00pm

Aquarius Records & Sublime Frequencies are pleased to present legendary Turkish musician
ERKIN KORAY in person at AQ records, SF.

In his first and only promotional event within America to date, Mr Koray will be visiting Aquarius HQ to meet fans, and sign copies of his recent Sublime Frequencies release Meçhul – Singles & Rarities. 

This is a rare and unique opportunity to meet the true godfather of Turkish rock and psychedelia - an iconic guitar hero and songwriting genius with a voice of gold, who has carved out his legend across the last five decades. 

Erkin Koray was responsible for founding his country's first rock and roll group in 1957. Forging western sounds with his own inimitable musical mastery, he self-produced singles and LPs throughout the 1960s and 1970s that shook and altered Turkish society.
Erkin didn't stop at rock and roll. Over time, he began to find inspiration in folk sounds from Turkey's Anatolian interior, and radio broadcasts received from Egypt and Lebanon. He looked to the east from his west-leaning Istanbul perch, and began incorporating these sounds into his own work. This amalgamation was as unprecedented and unorthodox in Istanbul at the time as rock and roll itself had been in the 1950s. The resulting hybrid sound ignited what became known as the Arabesque music movement in Turkey – which continues to this day.

While Erkin has recorded and performed tirelessly throughout the years, both as a solo artist, and with the powerful groups he formed, his extensive back catalogue only began to be explored by the international community in the 1990s.

He is now recognized as one of the foremost global leaders of psychedelic, folk rock, pop and balladry. His music has stood the test of time more than many of his western contemporaries and influences have managed to, and his prolific work ethic has not ceased. He continues to live and breathe music, performing epic concerts, and continuously plotting new recordings and strategies. His vision and integrity, coupled with his pronounced world views and inherent musical greatness, have made him the unique and magnificent living legend he is today.

After years of bootlegged reissues on the market, Koray has been engaged in a decade-long battle to win back the rights to his own music both within Turkey and internationally. 

In 2011, Sublime Frequencies worked together with Mr. Koray to present Meçhul – Singles & Rarities (SF067), compiled by Mark Gergis and culled from the personal archives of Erkin Koray. It stands as the first collection of its kind, authorized and approved by the artist himself. 

The album features tracks that have been previously unheard and/or unavailable in the west. Ranging from the sublime to the surreal, these tracks offer an essential glimpse into the extensive repertoire of the great Erkin Koray.

Aquarious Records
1055 Valencia Street  San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-2272