Greedio X July '22

03/08/2022Listen To Our Latest Monthly Selection Of 20 Extraordinary Tracks From Around The Globe

Sun is shining and so are we, as we present you our latest monthly selection of extraordinary tracks from around the globe for Greedio. As per usual, we compiled our favourite releases and musical discoveries of the past month in a comprehensive Spotify playlist for you to stream ad libitum. Our top picks from the month of July cover a lot of ground and styles, but we made sure to put them in an order that makes sense from a listening standpoint and we do hope that you enjoy throughout the month of August and beyond.

Our "Greedio X July '22" selection kicks of with an unusual collaborative album project by Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré (who just released his wonderful album "Les Racines") and Texan trio Khruangbin, a tribute to Vieux's late father, the legendary Ali Farka Touré, and follows that up with a new track by singular Malian quintet BKO off their riveting new album "Djine Bora" (read more here). Next up is Ghanaian xylophone master Isaac Birituro and Leeds-based singer-songwriter Sonny Johns aka The Rail Abandon, who just released their sophomore longplayer "Small Small" and can be heard collaborating with Ghanaian powerhouse vocalist Wiyaala, before we transition to Malawi behind the Madalitso Band. Venturing into "The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah", we then hear a near 13-minute track by the 'Etsako Super Star' from the Nigerian Edo State, fusing dance music with local folk and highlife styles, imbued with Islamic values. After that, we hear Kadef Agbi's "Diva of Deva Loka", an otherworldly jazz-rock album recorded in Montreal, infused with Moroccan Gnawa and avant-garde soundscapes and orchestrated by New York's Devin Brahja Waldman. 

Colombian-Japanese art-pop duo Flash Amazonas take it from there with the first DIY bolero-psych experiment off their forthcoming album "uva-uva", leading over into a wonky tune by Singapore's Golden Mile Band, taken from the superb "Sounds of Lecak Vol. 1" compilation of soulful funk and psych from the Malay archipelago (read more here) and then some new vibrations by versatile Tel Aviv-based quartet Shotnez from their upcoming album "Dose of Nova". After that it's the moody psychedelic slow-burn funk of world traveling DJ and producer Charlie Wilder, aka Captain Planet, collaborating with his younger brother, the guitar player, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Taj Bethel on "Mirage", followed by the tropical grooves and hypnotic rthythms of Amsterdam outfit Cavolo Nero, taken from their self-titled debut EP. We then direct our undivided attention to Finish trumpeter Ilkka Arola and his Sound Tagine, presenting an imaginative and adventurous blend of folk, jazz and electronic sounds on "Blue & Golden", before we hop on London-based experimental composer Tasos Stamou's synth-led retro-"Balkan Express" (read more here) and visit a jaw-dropping collaboration between fellow London-based producer Tom Calvert, better know as Redinho, and young Greek pop singer-songwriter Σtella, titled "up and away". 

Entering the last stretch of our selection, we join in the tremendous rallying cry/wake-up call of southwest German Balkan big beats outfit Äl Jawala with Murmusica on remix duties and then catch "Somali Fire" on a new production by Afghan-born/Hamburg-based producer Farhot and Japanese-German producer Samon Kawamura flipping Somalia's Sharero Band & Faadumo Qassun. After that, we go dub on a track taken from iconic producer Adrian Sherwood's forthcoming and far-reaching "Dub No Frontiers" album, then hear the master Horace Andy himself on "Feverish", taken from his forthcoming Sherwood-produced "Midnight Scorchers" LP, before San Juan-born and L.A.-based musician Pachyman takes us "Towards the Mountain". In closing, we feast on "Piano Diablo", a choice track by Igor Zhukovsky & Romeo Miussky, aka "the multi-instrumentalist production duo, and rhythm core of The Soul Surfers." 

Click below to preview the full selection or head directly to our Greedio channel on Spotify. You can also watch the official companion video to Horace Andy's "Feverish" below. He will be performing live in Frankfurt this Sunday, August 7th, backed by a host of local soundsystems. Find the official event listing here

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom