The Istanbul-based downtempo DJ/producer Menachem 26 has released a brand-new EP, entitled “530 Years”.
Consisting of four tracks, the “530 Years” EP is a noteworthy addition to the artist’s spectacular run of captivating releases and follows his 2021 remix for ITAI’s “Jacob’s Ladder”. The artist’s new EP includes two originals, “Sevilla 1492” and “Istanbul 2022”, along with two remixes from Sobek and Daniele Di Martino both of whom have breathed new life into the track “Istanbul 2022” with their expert sound.
In his musical journey under the alias Menachem 26, the artist focuses on the Sephardic culture that he inherits from his ancestors, especially from his late grandfather. Menachem 26's new work is based on the journey of his ancestors from Andalusia to the lands of Ottoman and the year 2022 marks the 530th anniversary of this journey, according to a social media post by the artist himself. Having started to release his productions under the Menachem 26 project in 2018, the artist has been crafting an impressive discography which includes belters like “Nem”, “Anka”, “Klob Yasemin”, “Calexico” and “Kumkapi Blues”, among others.
Menachem 26, Sobek and Daniele Di Martino played at Istanbul’s Klein Phönix as part of the release celebration party on April 29. The other acts at the party were Umutbooy and the Harabe Records founder Anatolian Sessions.
Check the “530 Years” EP out below.