Anatolian psychedelia meets ritualistic rave on “Kaybola”, the second album by Turkish trio Islandman, released via Danish imprint, Music For Dreams.


Fusing hypnotic guitar melodies, cross-continental field recordings and bubbling shamanic rhythms, Kaybola exhibits the Turkish trio’s original brand of spiritually guided, global electronica.

Meaning ‘to get lost to find a new way’, Kaybola is the genesis of a number of months on the road, touring, hopping from festival to festival including, Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) and Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand. Led by multi-instrumentalist & producer, Tolga Böyük, performing alongside Eralp Güven (percussion) and Erdem Başer (guitars), Islandman’s distinct sound draws on a rich pool of influences across the 70’s psychedelic music scene in Turkey including, Eden Ahbez, Can Kozlu, Okay Temiz and Baba Zula.

Islandman - Kaybola

After discovering and diving into the musical multiverse of hip-hop, Afrobeat, Indian classical and balearic dance, Böyük released his debut album as Islandman Rest In Space, an international melding of global psycho-electronic beats, exploring themes of fictional dreamscapes and cosmic futures.

On Kaybola, Böyük dives deeper, traversing Reich-like minimalism, balearic trance and West African drumming to create a distinctly tight, dub inflected, shamanic dance sound.

Lead single “Dimitro” kicks off the record. Its half-time, middle eastern-inspired 808 bounce layered beneath Bulgarian wedding song vocal samples forms a heady mix of drone-like tribal house. Featuring Ibiza veteran, DJ Pippi, Sem Você’s funk-tipped bass groove meets psychedelic four to the floor pulse takes centre stage, before Copenema, a Brazilian/Danish group’s hypnotic chants transport you to Café del Mar at the height of mid 80s Balearic house.

Elsewhere, Anatlolian horn arrangements, Tuvan throat singing and tripped-out dub fx glisten across minimalist synth melodies and Pink Floyd-esque guitar lines on tracks “Sahara”, “Island Dub”, and “Jambo Maro” whilst Danish label mates The Swan & The Lake & Langkilde, infuse deft jazz instrumentation with French electro-house vocal samples on Lumiere.

NMR (photo: press Islandman)