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new single Bone Union Records

Today we released a new single on Bone Union Records.

BUR 1103 – Sarp Keskiner & Kemal Begtas – Nobody Has No Time (to Listen to Music Completely)

Coming from overtly eclectic backgrounds by means of musical tastes and practices, “Nobody Has No Time (to Listen to Music Completely)” is a singular collaboration effort of two veterans of Smyrnian music scene. Recorded in 2017 and only broadcasted on Vimeo briefly before, the unreleased track suggests a unique blend, based on old school Mancunian beats resembling early 90’s, with a pinch of Mediterranean salt and a spoonful of gravy. This track shall be called and treated as a strict imposer of “Izmir sound”.

Kemal Begtaş: Irish bouzouki, bass, beats
Sarp Keskiner: electric rhythm and slide guitars

Recorded, arranged, edited and mixed by Kemal Begtas (Izmir, Turkey – 2017)

The single is released digital and available on all the download and streaming platforms. Here are the links to a few popular ones:

Bone Union Records was founded in June 2020 by Sarp Keskiner (TR) and Jan Mittendorp (NL) in order to create a ground for mutual cultural exchange. The label aims to document a neglected musical scene in Turkey not just by releasing archival material from mid-90’s to this date; but also keen on releasing brand new material from Turkish artists. Though the scope mainly consist rare recordings of local traditional blues, urban blues and gospel acts, the material varies wildly by inclusion of folk, funk, dub, noise and experimental releases, that goes way beyond the borders of conventional blues. Thus, the label supports any musical efforts to improve the chances of exchange of blues and neighboring genres between Netherlands and Turkey.

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Album The Old Ramblers out on Bone Union Records

after the first single, a few weeks ago, we now release the full album from The Old Ramblers on Bone Union Records.

BUR 1102 – The Old Ramblers – Find Me On The Road Somewhere

Located in Izmir, Turkey; since 2016, The Old Ramblers cover pre-war rural blues classics, and post-war urban blues standarts besides gospels, spirituals, work songs, edgy ragtime and bluegrass tunes with a bravado.

The album is available on all the download and streaming platforms.

The musicians are

Sarp Keskiner: Vocal, electric guitars, bass, maracas

Orhun Keskinbıçak: Harmonica

Türker Özer: Acoustic guitar

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new sub label

We started a new collaboration. Together with Sarp Keskiner from Izmir (Turkey) we founded BONE UNION RECORDS in June 2020. In order to create a ground for mutual cultural exchange, this new label aims to document a neglected musical scene in Turkey not just by releasing archival material from mid-90’s to this date; but also keen on releasing brand new material from Turkish artists. Though the scope mainly consist rare recordings of local traditional blues, urban blues and gospel acts, the material varies wildly by inclusion of folk, funk, dub, noise and experimental releases, that goes way beyond the borders of conventional blues. Thus, the label supports any musical efforts to improve the chances of exchange of blues and neighboring genres between Netherlands and Turkey.

The first two releases will be on Sarp’s own band The Old Ramblers. This week we start of with a single from the upcoming album.