Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek is a fresh and modern pop-group which combines Anatolian Folk and contemporary grooves, often contaminated by Psychedelia and progressive rock flavours. Led by Derya Yıldırım’s hypnotizing bağlama and vocals, the group draw a meaningful continuity from the Turkish folk repertoire to their original songwriting, with a strong sound identity and a dancefloor- friendly energy. Born in 2014, Grup Şimşek is an "outernational" band with members hailing from several countries – Turkey, Germany, UK, France. The line-up: DERYA YILDIRIM, talented Turkish singer and bağlama (a.k.a. saz) player ; GRETA EACOTT, British composer and drummer (G-Bop Orchestra, One Take Records) ; GRAHAM MUSHNIK and ANTONIN VOYANT, both multi-instrumentists and music wizards from French collective Catapulte Records ( Orchestre du Montplaisant, Guess What, Phat Dat). Following the release of Nem Kaldı (2017) and their first full-length album "Kar Yağar" (2019) , the band toured Europe, from small clubs to prestigious festival stages in over 10 countries, and appeared live on BBC Radio 3, France Inter, Euronews and German-French TV channel Arte's concert program. They shared the stage with artists such as Selda Bağcan or Turkish psych legends Baba Zula, and also performed at Istanbul's renowned Zorlu Club.
Canadas Preoccupations return to the post-punk, post-pandemic world with Arrangements. Their 4th studio album finds them restoring their roots with the singular, guitar driven, dissonant yet anthemic washes of intricate noise that has brought them international acclaim since their basement beginnings. For lovers of all things Bowie, Branca, Spacemen 3 and MBV, progressive punk, jangle rock and mangled goth. Arrangements sees Preoccupations finally and confidently inhabiting the dystopia that they have been carefully creating from their musical genesis. They are in a room with taped up windows, except for a tiny pinprick of light beaming from the otherworld onto the far wall, upside down and blurred, its recognizable enough to fill you with warm familiarity and nostalgia of unknown origins. Preoccupations Arrangements will be released into the world on September 9th, 2022.