Greedio X November '21

02/12/2021Listen To Our Latest Monthly Selection Of 20 Extraordinary Tracks From Around The Globe

Welcome to December! And with that we look back once more, as we bring you our latest selection of extraordinary tracks from the past month. Our brand new "Greedio X November '21" Spotify playlist spans the globe and presents 20 musical discoveries, both old and new,  made in the past weeks with the hope of entertaining, inspiring or simply introducing our listeners to what we consider 'best music'.

Our current selection is inspired by the increasing global state of anxiety and exhaustion, facing yet another pandemic wave and thus "Waves", a track off the originally 1966-released cult classic album "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog" by US folk-pop singer Norma Tanega, gets things going, followed by the recently released track "Yeter" (transl. 'enough') by the captivating London two-piece Kit Sebastian. Next up is the wonderful "Pé na estrada" (transl. 'hit the road') by Brazilian child prodigy Valéria, recorded and released in 1983 and reissued in 2020 by Berlin imprint Notes On A Journey, which paves the way for Spanish singer Silvia's "Me Vas Cantidad", also originally released in 1983 and now reissued on Venezuelan producer, DJ and record collector Trujillo's "Ritmo Fantasía" compilation via Soundway Records. We then transition to the absolutely gorgeous, meditative and over nine-minute-long track "Christine" by the cross-cultural and cross-generational Owiny Sigoma Band, who match up well with the essential Black Fire Records reissue of Ghanaian master percussionist Okyerema Asante, now available on Strut and the blazing "Holder Rytme" by Oslo's Flammer Dance Band on Lyskestrekk, before Normandy's Cannibale up the tempo and steal the show with "Life Is Dead".

Taking a short breather with French-Romanian composer, conductor and violinist Vladimir Cosma's "Sirba" (off the 1972 soundtrack to "Le Grand Blond Avec Une Chaussure Noire"), we first go 'synth' behind the funky new Eastern sounds of Dutch producer Arp Frique and a 2017 Habibi Funk reissue of Egyptian pop outfit Al Massrieen,  and then 'down under' behind unique and enigmatic Malayan/Australian artist Leong Lau's "Late Night Flyer". Returning to Ghana, we hear a phenomenal Kalita Records reissue of boogie/burger highlife of Wilson Boateng's impossible-to-find 1988 track "Mabre Agu" (which you can see him performing live below), followed by the equally uplifting, ultra-rare, mid 80s-released Zouk track "Tabala Mouv" and the Afrobeat-tinged Turbotito and Ragz dance rework of Indian vocalist Arundhati Bhaumik's "Kaga Bole Mera", now re-released on the "Naya Beat Volume 1: South Asian Dance and Electronic Music 1983-1992" compilation.

Leading into the final quarter of our selection is the invigorating "Amazon Stroll" by Jackson Conti, a collaboration between producer extraordinnaire Madlib and Azymuth drummer Ivan "Mamão" Conti, bridging the gap to Berlin-based Hungarian producer and trained keyboarder Àbáse's Afro-Brazilian explorations, to be found on his brilliant, recently unveiled debut album "Laroyê". Moving ahead, we dive even deeper into African polyrhythms, starting with San Sebastián-based masterminds Reykjavik606 and then right onto the dancefloor with a hard-hitting, footwork-ish remix by Leeds-based producer Spooky-J (Nyege Nyege, Nihiloxica) of Kinshasa's 25-piece musical collective Kasai Allstars. Last but not least and bringing the selection to a mesmerising close is a dreamy yet equally potent remix by Owiny Sigoma Band drummer Tom Skinner, aka Hello Skinny, of Belgian avant-rock formation Aksak Maboul's "Un Caïd". Blast it!

We now invite you to listen to the entire playlist via our Greedio channel on Spotify and would love to hear what you think. Feel free to leave us a heart if you dig and, most importantly, stay sane!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom