Loungin'

by Kerem Akdag

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Premiere on Gilles Peterson Worldwide : bit.ly/kerem-steppin-out

28th Sept : 1st Single 'Steppin' Out'
7th Oct : Ep release

Turkish artist Kerem Akdag’s combined expertise as a drummer and producer is audibly apparent in the latest DTW release, Loungin’. The multi-faceted musician skillfully modifies jazz over a fascinating range of tempos and patterns, beautifully outlining his perpetual influences of funk, soul, breaks, and hip hop. Loungin’ EP is also a reflection of Kerem striving to maintain his soul and creativity while living in the chaotic environment of Istanbul.

Kerem’s style is understated yet deeply compelling , drawing you in further with each passing track. Whatever is a smooth, low-slung hip hop starter, while Loungiiin stays true to its signature style with jazz and melodic-infused basslines. Steppin Out picks up the pace with some Afro percussions, and Get There ends powerfully with a fresh, breakbeat intro before a mellowing into an atmospheric, future-soul breakdown. Although each track is stylistically distinct, the EP is tied together by a strong human feel achieved through endless experimentation with live performance and recording techniques.

Despite his relative newcomer status, Kerem’s music has already received support from such luminaries as Osunlade, Josh Wink, Hans Thalau, Shur-I-Kan, Dubfire, Detroit Swindle Leftoand most recently, was involved in a late night improvisational jam with Henry Wu and his Youssef Kamaal Trio. The release of the Loungin’ EP cements Kerem’s reputation as Turkey’s most soulful, and one of the brightest stars on the Darker Than Wax roster

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released October 7, 2016

All tracks written and produced by Kerem Akdag
All tracks mastered by Maxx Mortimer
Artwork by the Funk Bast*rd
Text by William J & RAH

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With Darker Than Wax, the music has been reduced to its most concentrated form.
It’s pretty pure and simple really. It's basically a statement. A statement on the pervasiveness of black music and the influence it has had on countless genres.
A statement that it’s all about bringing it into the future.
A statement that music should have depth.
Expression and uninhibited creativity is the key.
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