Our listening playlist returns with five great tracks, old and new, from artists who have recently been on the Songlines radar.
Porter – ‘Huitzil’
Words from editor-in-chief Simon Broughton: “I was just at the EXIB Música in Evora, Portugal where I was shown an extraordinary video of the Mexican band Porter. The song is called ‘Huitzil’ which sounds like it might be Aztec or something, but my Mexican colleague didn’t know anything about the extraordinary costumes or imagery.”
Moddi – ‘Punk Prayer’
From the forthcoming album Unsongs by the Norwegian singer-songwriter Moddi, this is a version of Pussy Riot’s ‘Punk Prayer’ song. Moddi’s album is a collection of songs he’s gathered from around the world from artists who have been censored, exiled, imprisoned and even murdered. Unsongs is released in September and Moddi will be performing at the Oslo World Music Festival in November.
Abraham Brody – ‘Teka Saulė’
Abraham Brody is a young and talented violinist who creates innovative organic compositions based on the music of his Lithuanian ancestors. He is to record his debut album later this year.
Vula Viel – ‘Yes Yaa Yaa’
Taken from the quintet’s debut album, this track highlights everything great about Vula Viel (Good is Good). Led by classically-trained percussionist Bex Burch, the group’s blend of electronica and Ghanaian Dagaare xylophone grooves have impressed audiences around the country.
Os Apolos – ‘Ilyne’
‘Ilyne’ by Os Apolos is one of the fascinating tracks taken from Analog Africa’s new compilation Space Echo – The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed. The new collection is another to add to the record label’s enthusiastic exploration of the music of South America and Africa.