Greedy for August

03/09/20Listen To Our Latest Monthly Selection Of Extraordinary Tracks From Around The Globe

"Augustus Gloop, Augustus Gloop, the great big GREEDY nincompoop," sing the Oompa Loompas in Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and we will leave it at that. It does however sum up how we felt, trying to find more and more extraordinary tracks to fill our Spotify playlist for the month of August. The search was unrelenting, but we feel confident about the picks we made.

Our "Greedy for August" selection kicks off  with Don Leisure's "Surfing USSR" beat, then venture's into a psychedelic collab between El Michels Affair and vocalist Piya Malik, who sings in Hindi about an overpowering love interest, only to be followed by Ethiopian legend Ayalew Mesfin's "Hedesh Gara Zura (She Left Across The Mountain)" and an enchanting track by Malian chanteuse Oumou Sangaré off her recent acoustic full-length. The 16 remaining tracks encompass soulful folk by Togo's Akofa Akoussah, latinesque psych by US trio Khruangbin, new-age cumbia by Bogotá's Frente Cumbiero, vintage grooves by Guinea-Bissau's Zé Manel, contemporary grooves by Guadeloupean cult artist Edmony Krater, the undeniable genius Ghana's Worlasi and Senkulive, the danceable Brazilian-Senegalese grooves of Berlin-based outfit Napalma,  the sun-kissed disco vibes of Saronde and Idd Aziz, the voodoo polyrhythms and electronic dub of Haitian six-piece Chouk Bwa with Belgian duo The Ångströmers, the Saharan Berber trance of Azu Tiwaline, the bass-heavy, futurist syncopations of AMMAR 808 and Susha, the piano-led flamenco excursions of Dorantes, the enticing, percussive vocal cocktail of Brittany's Trio Bacana, the odd, genre-bending jazz of Brussels' schroothoop, the Algerian reggae hop of Youss and, finally, the wonderful urban songscape of Lebanese jazz saxophonist and composer Toufic Farroukh.

You can stream the full playlist via the embedded player below and pick your favourites. As always, we hope you enjoy. Go ahead and give it a 'like' if you do. One love.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom