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First Listen:
Gizmo Varillas

London-based singer-songwriter Gizmo Varillas is joined by legendary drummer Tony Allen on new single ‘Saving Grace’.

Musical director for Fela Kuti’s band Africa ’70, and most recently heard playing with Damon Albarn (Blur), Paul Simonon (The Clash), and Simon Tong (The Verve) in The Good, the Bad & The Queen, legendary drummer Tony Allen joins Gizmo Varillas on his new single ‘Saving Grace’.

A musical journey beginning with a distorted flute that rises into driving rhythm guitars and then pulsates with Tony’s Afrobeat drums, the journey moves swiftly along the narrative bassline while Gizmo’s softly worded story plays out along the horizon.

Talking about the song, Gizmo explains, “I collaborated with one my heroes. Growing up I’d listen to his music a lot and even to this day I am in awe of the rhythms and music he’s created throughout his career “.

Having just completed a UK tour with Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Gizmo Varillas will play his only London headline show on November 26th at Camden Assembly (Tickets available here).

Words by Luke Pettican

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