Kerem Akdag talks us through five records which have shaped his sound ahead of his first live performance in London tonight.
Since his first EP release in 2013 – which saw support from the likes of Detroit Swindle and Dubfire – Turkish producer Kerem Akdag been cementing his position in the realm of melodic, soulful and groove-led house.
His latest offering comes as the fifth official release of Dimensions Recordings – the newly-conceived brainchild of the Croatian festival. Akdag’s self-titled debut full length is the label’s first foray into LP format; over eight tracks he showcases the breadth of his interest and talent, traversing hazy jazz, percussive rhythms, trippy synths and vibrant keys. Having already garnered the attention of Gilles Peterson, this LP marks Kerem Akdag as a bright talent we should all keep an eye on. It’s a dreamy piece of music that we look forward to hearing in the sunshine – this is one for festival sunrises, and sunsets.
To celebrate the release of the LP, Dimensions Recordings takeover brand new space The Glove That Fits for a free party on Friday March 9th. The Hackney venue promises an intimate capacity of just 80 and a strong sound system. Join the Dimensions family and Kerem Akdag for a listening session, followed by the first in a new monthly party for the Dimensions DJ Directory.
In celebration of the release of his debut album, and ahead of his performance at The Glove That Fits and later Dimensions Festival, we asked rising star Kerem Akdag to talk us through five of the records that have helped define his sound.
THEO PARRISH – CHEMISTRY
When I was 17 I was hanging around a studio, and this song came on. I was a strictly beatmaker back then but when I heard this song it gave me the goosebumps it was like J Dilla in a house beat, so I can say that this track got me started making house music.
SLUM VILLAGE – TAINTED
The song where I discovered Dwele and J Dilla! It was the start of my dragging drums and live instrumentals, also the chords are so mesmerising. I really fell in love with this one.
DWELE – WITHOUT YOU
Dwele is a huge inspiration to me, his vocal lines, use of brass instruments and his chords. This track has it all.
D’ANGELO – SPANISH JOINT
Voodoo is one of my favourite albums, when I wrote my first track it was heavily inspired by this one. The rhythm is so on point.
STEVIE WONDER – TOO HIGH
My father is a huge Motown fan and when I was growing up he would play Stevie Wonder and sing in falsetto, when I started to discover more and more of the Motown era I would ask my father for more, he would always say that Stevie Wonder was very special and very different, ahead of his time. And I think he is right. This track is so unique it’s one of my main sources of inspiration.