Bandcamp Friday Overflow
a.k.a. So much music was released that it couldn't all fit into the regular newsletter.
|Shawn Reynaldo||May 5|
After spending the past several days literally combing through hundreds of special releases that surfaced on Bandcamp last Friday, I’ve put together a breakdown of the electronic music offerings I found most intriguing. In truth, I couldn’t possibly list all of the special releases that dropped, but the completists out there might find comfort in this buyer’s guide from Resident Advisor, which is the most comprehensive list I’ve seen. (What’s wild though is that even RA’s massive list probably only scratches the surface of everything that’s out there.)
Anyways, let’s get to my picks. My absolute favorites are mixed in with the New This Week section of today’s newsletter, but everything else is here. I’ve grouped them together in some makeshift categories, and please take note that whenever possible, I’ve made sure that each link below will take you directly to the relevant release page on Bandcamp.
Several labels assembled compilations, including L.I.E.S., Optimo Music, BLTRS, Studio Barnhus, Portage Garage Sounds, Rush Hour’s No ‘Label’, Secondnature, Towhead and 2MR (whose release is available as a “name your price” download).
Many producers dug into their archives and put together collections of rare and / or previously unreleased older material, including Lone, Strategy, Surgeon, Oliver Ho (a.k.a. Broken English Club), Ikonika, Matthew Dear, DJ Nobu, Shy One, Mr. Mitch, Spencer Parker (whose ITSNOTOVER project was released digitally for the first time), Benedek, Hodge, Homemade Weapons, Lakker, ASC, DC Salas, Max D, Laurence Guy, D. Tiffany, Asquith and Secret Circuit.
Other artists presented new music in the form of releases that had been put together specifically to mark the occasion. There were releases from AceMoMA, Elysia Crampton, Cromie, Cooper Saver, Passarani, Dro Carey (who released three separate albums as Tuff Sherm, PMM and Eugene Ward), 96 Back, Grandmixxer & Scratcha DVA, Asmara, Jordan GCZ, Sarah Davachi, Ulla / Perila (who did a split release), M. Geddes Gengras, Perko, Pépe, JMII, Nightwave, Ali Berger, Liquid Earth, Al Wootton (a.k.a. Deadboy), Koehler, Fear-E, Hej Fund (who also debuted his new Open Courts project with Ana Sia), Man Power, Sinistarr, Fracture & Sam Binga, JD Twitch, FIS, Fixate, Niagara and Legowelt (who dropped something from his collaborative Zandvoort & Uilenbal project).
A few artists released recordings of previous live sets, including Hiro Kone (who also shared excerpts of a live collaboration with Roxy Farman), D.K., William Basinski & Richard Chartier, Eric Maltz and Duckett (who shares a release with an incredible 25-track battle mix from Untold).
We also saw a fresh wave of new benefit compilations. Some of the more interesting ones include:
In Order to Care is a massive, 43-track collection that was put together by R&S, with all proceeds going towards supplying NHS workers with PPE. There’s a lot of star power involved, as the compilation features new music from Peach, Special Request, Call Super, Lone, Shanti Celeste, TSVI, Barker, India Jordan, Anz and so many others.
Alone Together is a benefit compilation for Brooklyn nightspot Good Room that includes new tracks from Martyn, Kim Ann Foxman, Fort Romeau, Juan Maclean, Jex Opolis, Star Eyes and several others.
Solidarity is an effort by Canadian artists to support “the Wet’suwet’en Nation in their fight against Coastal GasLink’s movement to build a pipeline through unceded traditional territory.” The compilation features new music by Minimal Violence, Softcoresoft, D. Tiffany, Overland and others.
Ceramic Relief was assembled by Brooklyn label Ceramic to raise money for Food Bank NYC and Feeding America, and includes music from MGUN, Bookworms, Davis Galvin, 2Lanes and more.
That’s about it for my personal round-up of “more things you might find interesting from last Friday’s Bandcamp bonanza.” (Again, please remember that this is not a list of every single thing that came out, or even every single thing that I myself listened to.)
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