Today we released on Bone Union Records:
Founded by Sarp Keskiner and Deniz Cuylan in 2005, Great Republic of South was born as a side studio project of respected producers, and a collective effort on creating remixes of various soundtracks composed by Keskiner, for a radio drama project displaying the chronological backlog of Turkish short stories. Both names were coming from opposite musical backgrounds as none of them had a common before; so addition of most beloved, pioneering drummers of the Turkish indie rock scene for a series of concerts to promote the album caused uproar, as the national audience chose to describe the cast as a “super group”. “Republic Radio” is composed as the anthem of the conceptual album; based on an article published by Keskiner, indicating the ongoing cultural antagonism between the “Northern” and “Southern” nations. Recorded live at Babylon, Istanbul in 2014; this track properly displays the collective power of the quartet that decided to take a permanent nap in 2016.
Sarp Keskiner: electric guitar(s), pre-recorded bass, flute and percussion
Deniz Cuylan: lap top and keyboards
Berke Can Özcan: drums, percussion
Orçun Baştürk: drums, percussion
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). 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.