Istanbul synth-wave specialists Jakuzi are sharing their first new music in two years via the new EP Açık Bir Yara, out now through City Slang. The EP comprises two tracks: Açık Bir Yara, (produced by Jakuzi’s vocalist Kutay Soyocak and Kerem Brumend) and Hiç Işık Yok, also produced by Kutay Soyocak and Maurizio Baggio, who has previously worked with Boy Harsher, EMA, The Soft Moon and Merchandise. Both tracks give an exciting glimpse of what is next for the electro, Turkish trailblazers.
Jakuzi first gained attention back in 2017 with debut album release Fantezi Müzik, which showcased their modern underground music for the world. The record, with its themes of introspection and psychology went against what would stereotypically be expected from a male-fronted, Istanbul band. This was followed by the 2019 album Hata Payı, which addressed acceptance of gender differences, race, sexuality and most importantly, acceptance of self.
“We made a song that has a gothic and futureless mood and named it ‘Hiç Işık Yok’ after the lyrics were written. We decided to work with Maurizio Baggio as producer, and wanted to make an Italo disco song with a sampling aesthetic and percussion predominance. The song turned into a dance song with Maurizio, which made a nice contrast.” – Kutay Soyocak (Jakuzi)
About the new EP, Kutay says: “We waited to release these songs since we couldn’t predict what the future would be in the pandemic period. Then, we realised how coincidentally two pre-written songs fit our current mood. We wanted to publish our productions because we believe that they are the milestones of the periods in our lives. Before the third album, we wanted it to be a reminder that reflects this period.”
Both reflective and relevant, the elegant textures of Jakuzi’s gothic, ambient and melodic music leave us wanting more.