Fortuna Records

13/11/2015An Independent Tel Aviv Imprint Currently Surfing The International Airwaves

Currently creating a significant stir on the international airwaves is the Tel Aviv-based Fortuna Records label. With a slew of recent vinyl re-issues promoting vibrant and somewhat forgotten grooves from all over the Middle East, the DJ crew is also deeply ingrained on the local 'party' scene in such highly relevant initiatives as the popular underground 'pop up radio bar'.

Their claim to fame was the 2014 breakthrough re-issue of the super rare Israeli album by Grazia, a magnificent off-kilter blend if drums, moogs and Turkish vocals by the eponymous 16 year-old artist.

Drawn to psychedelic sounds, from belly-dance to folk, mixed with Turkish rock and 4x4 techno gymnastics, the crew's notorious DJ sets are quite the stunner. Just check out their superb, free download "Belly Dance Disco" mix featured above, their 2013 Boiler Room session featured below (also notice the Boom Pam t-shirt in action) or, if you happen to be in Berlin, stop by their monthly residency at the Panke club in Wedding.

Most recently we were happy to see The Guardian UK pick up their scent, following Fortuna's 34-minute 'Greek Craze' mix for The Quietus, up on Mixcloud, which label boss Zach Bar described as “a spotlight shone on our favourite Greek tunes. Some of them were recorded by Israeli artists in Jaffa back in the 70s, when Greek music was dominant in the taverns and nightclubs of Israel. Other tracks are from Greece, such as the psychedelic and twisted Tsifteteli, fuelled with breaks and Farfisa madness.” Enjoy!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom