Donations can feel like a drop in the ocean when it comes to affecting real, systemic change. With all that’s happening on the global stage, you’d be forgiven for looking out the window and expecting the world to be aflame. But what can you do, right? Does your contribution really make a difference?
The ongoing fight for racial equality to the Covid-19 pandemic, some incredible initiatives have emerged of late. It all counts, whether you’re fundraising via livestream, donating to bail funds, participating in peaceful protest, writing to your local MP, or even engaging in potentially awkward conversations with that bigoted uncle. Apathy is a luxury only the most privileged of us can enjoy, so even if it feels somewhat in vain, we ought to do what we can to make a difference. For want of a phrase that doesn’t make this sound like a Tesco advert, every little helps.
Bandcamp have been waiving their fees on a 24-hour basis, and today marks the fourth occasion they’re doing so. Initially conceived to help combat the loss of touring income for artists, it has since paved the way for compilations where proceeds are earmarked for charitable donation. To help navigate these waters, we rounded up several standout contributions.
A meeting of minds as Live From Earth Klub and Gabber Eleganza‘s Never Sleep imprint combine for a 22-track compilation. White-knuckle dancefloor ordnance in the upper echelons of BPM, with a brief tender moment from Mechatok saved for the end.
Who’s on it: Casual Gabberz, Minimal Violence, Machine Woman, Lizzitsky, Clouds, Powell, Gabber Eleganza
Josh Cheon’s Dark Entries imprint garnered a reputation for reissuing the finest esoteric, DIY dance music the ’80s had to offer. Having broadened their horizons to release contemporary music from local artists, Lost & Found Vol. 1 combines the best of both words over 10 tracks.
Who’s on it: Bézier, Bill Converse, Doc Sleep, Mystic Bill, Borusiade, Group Rhoda, Sepehr, Patrick Cowley, Maxx Mann, Magnus II
Where’s the money going: All proceeds will be split between the artists and Black Trans Lives Matter Youth Fund
BANK Records NYC pop their compilation cherry with a keeper. Discordant electronics, ominous, decaying soundscapes and volatile techno at its noisiest, all loaded with a fuck-off irreverence that is quintessential BANK.
Who’s on it: Bookworms, E-Saggila, Via App, Nick Klein, Entro Senestre
Where’s the money going: All proceeds will be donated to The McHale Rose Family Support Fund
Who’s on it: SHYBOI, CCL, Low Jack, DJ Bone, Physical Therapy, BEARCAT, Special Request, Surgeon, DJ Python
Where’s the money going: All proceeds will be donated to Equality For Flatbush
Towhead Recordings with another sizeable assemblage of tri-state heat. Complete with club structures, house, footwork and techno, it’s fitting that proceeds give back to the African American communities responsbile for originating those sounds.
Who’s on it: Bergsonist, MoMA Ready, Kush Jones, AceMo, J. Albert
A verdant garden of conscious-expanding electronics and leftfield dancefloor manoeuvres. If this is a window into what we can expect from Traumgarten‘s newly-formed label, they have our undivided attention.
Who’s on it: Dazion, Pasiphae, Bergsonist, Nick Klein, Gamma Intel, Violet, Anatolian Weapons
In the face of industry whitewashing, HAUS of ALTR reclaim techno’s black heritage to celebrate the “future of Black electronic music, and as the music as it exist in its current state.” Too Black, Too Strong.
Who’s on it: AceMo, DJ SWISHA, FAUZIA, Galcher Lustwerk, Russell E. L. Butler