Jakuzi heating up The Shacklewell Arms

Jakuzi are heading to London for their debut UK live show.

The Istanbul-based synth-pop band, who’ve just released their debut album ‘Fantezi Müzik’, play The Shacklewell Arms on 1 June. Tickets are available here

“Jakuzi’s mission is the essence of the earliest wave bands – wanting to express to their listeners that emotional songs can still be made for dancing, and that celebration and physical expression aren’t limited to shallow or dumbed down pop music,” explains Taner Yücel (bass/synths), who formed the group with singer Kutay Soyocak.

The pair’s intention was to create a blend of Turkish pop, krautrock, post-punk, and disco that sounded different to their previous garage and punk projects.

They first made waves in their home country with the release of a few songs on cassette and Bandcamp that first connected with people in their hometown of Istanbul, before their unique synth music began gaining the attention of listeners outside Turkey.

As their music continues to reach new territories, the duo have shared the video for their current single, ‘Istediğin Gibi Kullan’, directed by Berk Cakmakci who also designed their album’s artwork.

The director explains: “The title of the song roughly translates as ‘use me as you please’. We wanted to reference that submission/dominance aspect of the lyrics in the video, but not directly. We played with that concept, didn’t want to make it self-serious or cheesy. But I also wanted to have an uncanny vibe. The performances are theatrical but subtle.

“The video also ties in with the Fantezi Müzik album cover that I shot. I like it when musicians/artists create a consistent visual world.”

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