Greedio X December '22

30/12/2022Listen To Our Last Monthly Selection Of The Year In Our Curated Spotify Playlist

'Tis time to round off the year musically with our latest monthly selection of extraordinary new releases and discoveries from around the globe. Our curated "Greedio X December '22" Spotify playlist brings you some of our top picks from the past weeks to carry you over into the new year in style and ease the transition, wherever you may be. 

Opening on a festive note, we present US musician, scholar, curator and author Jeremiah Lockwood's bluesy one-man, one-guitar interpretation of a Chanukah classic (read more here), then line up a recently reissued song by 'revolutionary' Portuguese singer-songwriter José Afonso, follow that up with Peruvian jungle guitars by Los Zheros and a unique take on Venezuelan folk by Insólito UniVerso from their forthcoming second album on Olindo Records.

Next up, we have a track off of Rico Toto's originally 1993-released and now reissued album “Fwa Épi Sajès” fusing mind melting synthesizers and drum machines with ancient Guadeloupe Gwo-ka rhythms. Then Horace Andy shares a tune from his Adrien Sherwood-produced comeback album "Midnight Scorchers" and after that it's London's Monzanto Sound, combining different styles from the African diaspora with modern psychedelics, before Amsterdam's Ronald Langestraat provides some comic relief on "Chet Baker". 

Tel Aviv's Daniel Dor takes it from there, presenting the first innovative single from his forthcoming album on Raw Tapes, paving the way to Mancunian jazz musician and Gondwana Records founder Matthew Halsall and then taking flight on an intergalactic Middle Eastern synth orgy by French duo Guess What. Joining in the synth array is exceptional Kurdish musician Salar Salman, aka the 'Santana of Kurdistan', with a track from his eponymous album reissue on Rotterdam's Afrobotic Musicology.

Turning up the heat, we then venture on to "Sexland", a newbie from Hungary's Erik Sumo Band (read more here) and further on to the percussive "Ancestral Visions" of Nok Cultural Ensemble, a new project from Atyap (Nigerian-British) musician Edward Wakili-Hick. Ghana's King Ayisoba is next in line with a first outtake from his forthcoming album on Glitterbeat, which goes well with London-based drummer, composer and producer Tom Skinner's "The Journey" off his recent "Voices of Bishara" EP on Brownswood.

Nearing the end of our selection, we play a recently discovered track by the wonderfully weird South African rock artefact Saitana, then pay tribute to the recently deceased The Specials frontman Terry Hall and, finally, head to Jamaica for a classic by Freddie McGregor and an off-kilter holiday carol by the one-and-only Lee "Scratch" Perry.

You can preview the playlist below and stream in full via Greedio on Spotify. And with that, we sign off for 2022, while looking forward to 2023. Thank you for listening and have a good one!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom