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Onur Ozer


Turkey's Onur Ozer is a prime example of the unusual cultural ties linking his home country and Germany. While based in Istanbul, he records for Berlin's Vakant label and is most often found on stages across Germany and Western Europe. Ozer's musical style is fittingly internationalist: At the core of his sound are the dynamic rhythmic sensibility and otherworldly sonics of 21st century minimal house and techno, whose adherents are spread across Europe and the Americas. Indeed, his single biggest influence is probably the psychedelic minimalism of Chile's Ricardo Villalobos, but where Villalobos so often looks to traditional Chilean music for inspiration, Ozer draws upon Turkish folk music, lacing his long, shape-shifting tracks with horns, reeds and exotic (to Western ears, anyway) percussion. Flowing as though borne along strange trade-winds, Ozer's music offers the best kind of globalization.
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