Posted on May 24, 2017

Jeff Özdemir & Friends Vol.2 | Karaoke Kalk 99

Berlin-based musician and mass collaborator, Jeff Özdemir, is back with a new double vinyl and this time he’s gone for gold. With cinematographic soundscapes, thick bass lines, tangible percussion, eerie keys and charming vocals, this synergetic masterpiece treads the boundaries between jazz, Gameboy sounds, chanson, psychedelic desert, soul, minimal, seventies pop, dub, electronic and classical music with a hint of a John Carpenter-esque style to boot. Rooted in the past but spanning to the future, Jeff Özdemir & Friends vol. 2 refuses to be pigeon-holed into any one decade or genre, transcending these categories without destroying them. Through deep experimentation, Turkish-born multi-instrumentalist Özdemir and his circle of friends have managed to create their own unique sound whilst remaining changeable and varied. Much like the collaborators of the project itself, each song has its own personality drawing from the various corners of the musical universe and joining together to create a new world. The tracks oscillate between Özdemir’s solo-work, to dual collaborations, to group projects and include names such as F.S. Blumm, Andrew Pekler, Halloumi Express, Sonja Polligkeit, Benjamin Wild and Dizzy from Rotation. Drawing from their creators’ diverse backgrounds the songs incorporate multi-cultural, multi-linguistic elements including French, Japanese, Turkish and Portuguese. Despite its wide scope this double-vinyl – also available as a CD and mp3 download – and its catchy, lingering melodies is both cerebral and accessible. Jeff Özdemir & Friends vol. 2 gives you an insight into Özdemir’s world which he centres around his record store, 33rpm Store, in the heart of Berlin Kreuzberg. It is through this hub that he and his friends join together to discuss, listen to and, of course, make music. So have a peek through the window of Jeff Özdemir’s mind and enter once again into a universe of sound both familiar and entirely new…

Juliette Wallace

Posted on May 3, 2016

Jeff Özdemir – Allein mit dem Dualismus – 360° Video

Check out the 360° video by Jeff Özdemir.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015

Various Artists – Jeff Özdemir & Friends | Karaoke Kalk 82

Presented here is the next chapter in the history of Faruk Green’s keyboarder and founding member JEFF ÖZDEMIR… a compilation of soulful, pop & electronic inspired music.

Jeff Özdemir, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and owner of the “33rpm Store”, an independent record shop in Berlin Kreuzberg, also runs the label 33rpm Records with some of his musician friends.
The record store has become part of Özdemir’s own musical education, a place to experiment and discover new sounds and new bands.
Over the years, his broad exposure to different eras & genres of music has had a strong influence on what he produces.
And it’s these kinds of influences you’ll hear on this double vinyl, in the chords, rhythms, atmospheres, production styles, and sound aesthetics.

Tune in to JEFF ÖZDEMIR & FRIENDS and you’ll find a colourful mix of all decades, continents, fierce micro-grooves, tempos, genres and genders.
Released on this album are solo tracks he’s been working on for quite some time now, plus a handful of tracks done with collaborators and friends – hits Jeff is deeply in love with.

Faruk Green, Jeff Özdemir and the whole local urban music scene around them are geographically located between the German cities of Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Berlin, but the dots connect across the globe reaching all the way to Vienna, Metz, Helsinki, Istanbul, Minneapolis, Michigan and Ghana.

This compilation is an eclectic and unique album for people who like jazz-funk, indie, the German language, strings, record stores, vinyl, movie soundtracks, Moogs and pop vocals.

Sit back and enjoy the ride with JEFF ÖZDEMIR & FRIENDS. And rest assured, volume two is already being worked on as you listen.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015

Jeff Özdemir & Friends LIVE

26.02.2020 D-Berlin | Alter Roter Löwe Rein | with Periode, Désolé Léo

Posted on Jun 14, 2019

Rolf Hansen LIVE

14.11.2019 D-Berlin | ufaFabrik / Jeff Özdemir’s Live Mixtape #5
21.11.2019 D-Stuttgart | Galao
22.11.2019 D-München | Kleines Spiel
23.11.2019 D-Traunstein | Festung