BODUR arrives with debut EP ÖZ
Today – 7th June – London-born, Turkish-Sri-Lanken musician BODUR releases her debut 3-track EP
single ‘ÖZ’ via PACE.
Translated from Turkish, ÖZ means ‘self’, reflecting the concept that sees BODUR
zoom into particular stages of people’s lives that are particularly transformative. Spanning over 3 tracks, she effortlessly weaves through themes of youth, growth, and rebirth, offering a political and personal project. The EP captures three stages of transformation that document a journey of self-acceptance aimed to inspire South Asian and Middle Eastern women plagued by battles of identity.
ÖZ presents a sound that sits within BODUR’s own alternative realm of electronic music which can only be described as mesmerising, sensual and powerful.
Having launched in April, BODUR took listeners on a poetic journey with ‘GORGEOUS’, which explored what it means for her to belong to multiple cultures.
She followed up with most recent release, ‘DON’T BEAT THE SWEET OUT OF MY BOY’ alongside long-term friend Denzel Himself, an ode to the grip toxic masculinity can hold over young men. Both releases have earned co-signs from Colors, Wonderland, CRACK, HYPEBEAST, Jyoty, Jasmine Takhar to make an immediate statement. BODUR
formed a creative relationship with model and director Jade O’Belle who directed videos for ‘GORGEOUS’ and new video ‘MUMMY’ that aligns with the EP’s release.
The usage of mirrors throughout Jade’s work is a symbol of reflection, self-image, gaze and perspective – along with warm
tones of orange and red – to highlight the concepts of the project.
BODUR is here to channel natural virtuosity into an exploration of self. The North West London native harnesses a pioneering sound that embraces her dual heritage and layered identities. BODUR’s creative process has shaped her as an artist, inspiring a generation of South Asian and Middle Eastern women
across the UK through her authentic sonic and visual aesthetic. Influenced by artists such as FKA twigs and Flying Lotus, she glides between experimental-Pop and Electronic to fuse a pioneering sound.
Whether learning to play traditional Turkish instrument, the oud, or hosting her monthly residency for Balamii radio, BODUR continues experimenting with music as freely as possible.
Next month (6th July) BODUR will perform cuts from the EP in her first live performance at the Roundhouse. Further plans for new music are already on the horizon making for an exciting time for BODUR and her evolving audience.
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