Greedio X October '22

03/11/2022Listen To Our Latest Monthly Selection Of Extraordinary Music From Around The Globe

Time moves fast. So they say. And so we feel. Welcome to the month of November and with that, we would like to present you our choice picks of the past month. Returning to our scattered notes, screenshots, likes and the plethora of promos in our inbox, we've compiled a 20-track strong Spotify playlist of our favourite releases and musical discoveries from October and, as per usual, made a valiant attempt at putting all these diverse productions into an order that kind of makes sense when listened to. That being said, here's a quick 'n' dirty rundown of what to expect these next 97 minutes.

Our "Greedio X October '22" selection kicks off with Cypriot sound artist Antonis Antoniou (Mounsieur Doumani, Trio Tekke) and a track off his current album "Throisma" (read more here), followed by Music With Soul's tropical workaholic Alex Figueira and a composition from his first original soundtrack "Maracas, Tambourines and Other Hellish Things" (read more here), iconic French producer GUTS with a track from his current full-length tribute to Afro-Cuban culture "Estrellas" (read more here) and Swiss-French four-piece KUMA with a piece from their shapeshifting jazz-led outing "Honey & Groat" (read more here).

We remain in jazzy terrain with the free-form double bass explorations of Lo'Jo bassist Kham Meslien on his LP "Fantômes... Futurs" and then the spirited musings of South African pianist Nduduzo Makhatini's "In the Spirit of Ntu", before adding a fine classic off the "Afro-Funk" best-of selection of Benin's Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou and then a new afrofuturistic track taken from the forthcoming "Mariage" LP by Senegal's Wau Wau Collectif, who dedicate the album to flute player Ousmane Bah, who sadly passed away after its completion.

Sticking to the weirder side of pop, we then hear the new single "Fixed Position" by Amsterdam-based three-piece Housepainters, which goes surprisingly well with the synth-led early '90s soundscapes of the enigmatic El Shab Arab (which we first heard of by ways of 'the algorithm' and are still trying to get more info on...if you happen to know more, please fill us in). Up next it's Lebanon's Adib Abou Antoun from his 1981 best-of album, which we juxtapose with the new-age Middle Eastern psych-rock collective Al-Qasar and an adventurous track off their current debut album "Who Are We?" on Glitterbeat, featuring American spoken word artist Jello Biafra.

Also to be found on Glitterbeat, is the 'fantastic' new album by Israeli-Persian singer Liraz titled "Roya" (read more here), who presents a lush sonic interior produced by multi-instrumentalist Uri Brauner Kinrot, who also happens to be involved in thrilling Tel Aviv four-piece Shotnez. The band just released its album "Dose A Nova" on Batov Records and can be heard in our playlist with a surf rock cover of Frank Sinatra's "Very Good Year". From there, we head to the Balkans for a cosmic guitar onslaught on "Zov Gitare" by Ansambl Mileta Petrovića, a pioneering band formed in the early '80s in the Serbian part of former Yugoslavia, before Parisian duo Montparnasse Musique share a potent serving of pan-African beats, taken from their astounding debut album "Archeology" on Real World Records.

Next, we direct our attention to Franco-Algerian singer-songwriter Souad Massi, who just released her tenth album "Sequana", produced by Justin Adams and including a magnificent track featuring English singer Piers Faccini. After that, we hear the master himself, Fela Kuti, on a recent 50th anniversary reissue of his 1972 album "Roforofo Fight", which includes the singles "Ariya" and "Shenshema", originally issued on a separate 7". Another absolute revelation was our recent discovery of the multi-talented Parisian artist Oko Ebombo, as we share the tune "Black Bowie" off his originally 2016-released EP "Naked Life" (re-released in April). In closing, we couldn't help but play another track off GUTS' "Estrellas" LP, this one featuring the one-and-only French jazz pianist Florian Pellissier. 

Click below to preview the full selection or head directly to our Greedio channel on Spotify and do leave us a heart if you dig. As a visual bonus, we decided to add the new video to "Planète" by DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson on Hot Casa Records.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom