Social distancing getting you down? Feel like you’re beginning to fray at the edges? ‘Locked In (Isolutions)’ is a week of iso-themed content, geared towards making yet another 7 days of stay-at-home mundanity that bit more bearable…
The impact Covid-19 has had on DJs and artists reliant on gigs is well documented. Much has been said about various efforts to support those whose expected incomes vanished in a puff of smoke, but beyond the international touring artists that pull upwards of four figures per gig, many are struggling to make ends meat. At the same time, it has given rise to some great initiatives using music as a way of raising money both for those at risk and working on the frontline.
It is on that note that we highlight several compilations and releases to earmark proceeds for artists at risk of falling through the cracks, the most vulnerable, food banks, mental health organisations and emergency services under severe pressure.
Presenting 6 hours’ worth of unreleased music, Neel‘s Studio Enisslab have provided the most substantial offering to date. Curated by the Italian modular wizard, it boasts a star-studded cast with Donato Dozzy, Dj Nobu, Eva Geist, Forest Drive West, Johanna Knutsson and Varg2™ among the names featured. With 100% of proceeds will go to the Red Cross, it’s more than a worthy cause.
“In this situation we all need to look after each other and this project is a start. I wanted to reach as many people as possible to spread this message, so I started to share the idea personally with lots of artists and the response was amazing. I wanted them to take their time with whichever tools they had available at home to produce some music that reflects this time we are living in, a contribution for this special project and to portray a special message.” – Neel
Bokeh Versions gathered a total of 17 tracks, mostly cuts that had been considered for release but never found a home, for this compilation. “101% The Very Best of Outopian Sounds,” it’s littered with Bokeh family past and present, including heavy hitters like Jay Glass Dubs, Low Jack, Mars89 and Kinlaw.
“100% OF ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECT TO THE ARTISTS
To either support them or to donate to aid programmes in their local community. We think ** £5 suggested donation ** is fair – the release is pay-what-you-feel as a gesture to you, the listener, who makes these things possible.”
Our friends over at the Ransom Note challenged artists to write a track “in collaboration with another producer, musician or vocalist, remotely, in 10 days.” Compiled by assistant editor Rosie Ama Cain – who also happens to be one half of Kiara Scuro – the resulting compilation features the likes of Borusiade, Maoupa Mazzocchetti, Otik and Manfredas as 32 artists grace no fewer than 15 tracks.
“Due to the current situation we’ve increased royalties for all artists involved and, whilst the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions apply, accounting will be processed fortnightly. Profits from the compilation will also provide financial support for Ransom Note who have been heavily impacted by the halt of the events industry.”
Donating proceeds to the National Emergencies Trust and other charitable organisations, SIREN co-founder JAY and Blank Mind boss Sam Purcell seek to create unity between disparate sounds with a series of compilations. This is the first instalment.
“In our capitals and towns, silence broods under the treetops. Birds take to the high twisted branches and wonder where all the cheers and cries of humanity have gone. Inspiration now ignites itself from forgotten corners.” – Jay Duncan
High-focus experimentalism from Luxxuryproblems to Lobsta B’s donk edit of a Gigi D’Agostino classic, Mannheim’s SIRENS collective pulled out all the stops.
“In an effort to give back to our community, which has been hit hard during Covid-19, over the past month, we’ve been collecting unreleased tracks from some of our favorite musical artists. ALL of the money raised through this purchase will go to the Artist Relief Project, which was created to help artists in need during Covid-19.
Sirens Scrapyard takes form as a digital album with an A and B side. Side A takes listeners on an emotionally ambient ride and Side B celebrates high energy rave hymns.”
Okay, so this isn’t a compilation, but it’s more than worthy of inclusion. NYX, AKA our favourite all-female electronic drone choir, coming through with a three-tracker made up of musical sketches, demos and rehearsal recordings recorded between 2018 and 2019.
“Three embodied, electronic meditations by NYX and friends.
Over recent weeks we’ve been asking ourselves what we can do to help during these testing times, this is where we decided to start. As a collective who believe firmly in the healing power of music through sonic immersion, we’re pleased to share this new 3-track EP of ambient and ecstatic soundscapes. Music to go within when you can’t go out. These musical sketches, demos and rehearsal recordings were all created between 2018-19.
This release is exclusive to Bandcamp with 50% of profits being donated to The Trussell Trust, a charity that supports a network of over 1,200 food bank centres in the UK, and the Samaritans, who are providing essential mental health services during this global pandemic. The other 50% will be much-needed support for the NYX collective, helping us to keep our heads above water during this time when all of our live shows have been cancelled or postponed.”