Darker and more dance-oriented than many of the other releases in this Petrol series, Sex, the City, the Music: Istanbul represents some of the music that's coming out of Turkey (an exception being the Brooklyn Funk Essentials' reggae-inspired "Istanbul Twilight," which really doesn't fit with anything else on the album). Most of the tracks, if they include vocals, are in Turkish, with most of the vocalists choosing a more Eastern chanting as opposed to Western-style melodies. As Turkey has always been a meeting point of cultures, there are also diverse influences found in its music, though being that The Sex, the City, the Music: Istanbul is more of a club-themed record, these influences aren't necessarily documented as well as they might be.
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AllMusic Review by Marisa Brown