On the first Friday of every month since March, Bandcamp have been waiving their revenue share to help support the many artists who have been impacted by the pandemic. There are a number of excellent recent releases on the platform, from artists, labels, collectives and more, which deserve your attention – and we’ve listed some of our top picks below.
Follow on for fresh breakbeat-driven tracks from ICEUNDERLORD, experimental club music from Fresnel Lens, forward-thinking grime instrumentals from Moscow Legend and JT The Goon, and much more.
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1. ICEUNDERLORD – UNDERLORD BREAKS 2
For the second instalment in ICEUNDERLORD’s UNDERLORD BREAKS mixtape series, the producer has unleashed a selection of breakbeat tracks which serve as excellent DJ tools to include in your sets.
2. Canblaster – Live @ IRCAM (Edits)
Canblaster has shared edits of his stellar live show at IRCAM for Pow wow from last year. The show was created using a Modular Eurorack, GR1 and OB6 with the full performance available to watch via Facebook here.
3. Nina Las Vegas – Busy (Jaymie Silk Remix)
For this remix, Nina Las Vegas enlisted the Paris-based producer and DJ, Jaymie Silk. Silk’s progressive remix of ‘Busy’ is packed with cosmic melodies, frantic percussion and bright atmospherics.
4. Fresnel Lens – EP#1
Announcing the launch of his new experimental music project, Fresnel Lens, Manchester’s Paleman has released a new 6-track EP simply titled “EP#1”. According to the Fresnel Lens Bandcamp, the improvised and experimental EP#1 is “A collection of live recordings from a custom Make Noise modular system, processed, recorded and mastered using analog equipment.”
5. Miss Jay – SOPHIE – It’s Okay To Cry Bootleg
Producer, DJ and host of the monthly show “Kick Clap” on Rewindit Music, Miss Jay, uploaded an old edit she’d created to Bandcamp of ‘It’s Okay To Cry’, with all the proceeds going to Accept Romania – a non-governmental organisation that advocates for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Romania.
6. Moscow Legend x JT The Goon – Do or Die EP (Pre-order)
Pre-orders are now open for JT The Goon and Moscow Legend’s latest offering, Do or Die EP, which is slated for release on 12th February. Playing out like the soundtrack to a futuristic kung-fu movie, the Do or Die EP darts between organic sounding flute melodies, cinematic horn stabs, synthesized basslines and more. This one’s essential for fans of grime, dubstep and drill.
7. Various Artists – CDMUSIC003 (Pre-order)
CDMUSIC003 pays homage to the tougher sounds of Chicago house and labels like Dance Mania, Underground Construction, and Cajual Records. This release sees the Club Designs collective showcase their take on the definitive sound of what the Chicago originators call ‘ghetto house’.
8. Dunman – Secret Onez (24 HRS ONLY)
Best known for his ability to flip absolutely any track or sample into a drill MC’s dream, Dunman is back with the new Secret Onez tape. Secret Onez is available for 24-hours only and features a selection of edits, remixes and originals – and enough gliding 808s and square waves to last a lifetime.
9. CLUBKELLY – 2020
Last year, CLUBKELLY shared the aptly titled ‘2020’ and now, even during 2021, the song still sounds fresh as ever. This fast-paced club track pairs bright samples with punchy speed garage rhythms and vocals.
10. Mica Levi – Ruff Dog
Combining elements of grunge and dream-pop, producer and film composer Mica Levi’s debut album, Ruff Dog, lays it on thick and heavy. If you’re into the more experimental side of music, this distorted 11-track offering is the perfect introduction to Levi’s sound.
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