Bandcamp Day

June 5th 2020

Today, June 5th, Bandcamp once again waive their fee for all sales made through the platform, ensuring that 100% of money from sales goes directly to the artist. If you buy a new journal, subscription, t-shirt from us today we’ll donate the majority of it to Black Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter UK.

However, we recommend supporting as many Black artists and black-owned labels today as you can. Here are some of the incredible releases that have illuminated our world over the past couple of years, with a few added extras. You can find the link to buy in the corner of each individual player. Dig in and dig deep.

While you’re here, here’s a list of Anti-racism resources for white people. Please take the time to read it. Let us all fight for Black rights. Let us all do better.

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BRAT by NNAMDÏ

NNAMDI is a true star. AOTY? You better believe it.

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CRY by Niecy Blues

A mesmerising new three-song EP which veers between barely-there ambience and something altogether more soulful.

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Swim Team by Christelle Bofale

Though it consists of just 5 songs, Bofale’s Swim Team makes for a dazzling 25-minutes of music, the pick of which is ‘U Ouchea’ – a seven-minute wonder of exotic soundscapes and gorgeous vocals.

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Infinite Worlds by Vagabon

The second record from our Issue 4 cover star remains a wholly personal, beautifully considered pop record that seems to grow more with each and every listen.

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LEGACY! LEGACY! by Jamila Woods

The Chicago-based singer, songwriter and poet remains something of an enigma in the UK but her latest record deserves to span the globe. A powerful snapshot delivered with breathtaking soul.  

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The Importance Of Self Belief by McKinley Dixon

Another gem from the Citrus City label, this record from Richmond, Virginia artist McKinley Dixon is a fiercely personal, consistently inspired hip-hop collection.

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Silver Haze by Aye Nako

One of our Albums of the Year back in 2017, Aye Nako’s Silver Haze is a vivid, restless, invigorating, and important burst of 90s-tinged emo, packed full of riffs.

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Terror Management by Billy Woods

While his March-released collaboration with producer Kenny Segal won the plaudits, Woods’ icy and bleak later record is equally mesmerising, that gruff voice occasionally illuminated by inspired guest spots.

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Alone At Last by Tasha

Begins with a careful poem and ends in the grip of winter, the debut album from Chicago’s Tasha is one of the most quietly powerful releases of the last few years.

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Shamir – Cataclysm

When we first covered Shamir back in 2014 he was making startlingly good pop songs (‘I Know It’s A Good Thing‘), latest album Cataclysm is an impassioned, raucous soundtrack to the death of a butterfly. A true renegade.

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I Spent The Winter Writing Songs About Getting Better by Proper.

Heartfelt and full of empathy, Proper’s latest record also packs one hell of a punch and saw them find a home on the UK math-rockish label Big Scary Monsters.

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kiid by Mal Devisa

Simply one of the most incredible voices to ever sing a song.

“Does it kill you to know we’re all dying? It kills me to know.”

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Truly Truly by Crosslegged

We check almost every day for new music from Keba Robinson. All of her work holds its own kind of magic but this LP from 2015 gives you biggest gulp at once.

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One Trick Pony by Alfred.

A co-released between Topshelf and Citrus City, One Trick Pony is anything but; a wild, weird, wonderful collection full of crisp beats and stark contrasts.

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Devin by MANEKA

Guitarist and instrumental wizard from Speedy Ortiz, MANEKA calls in a bunch of friends for this gnarly, wild, and wonderful second record.

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Tear the Fascists Down by Plastic Miracles (Oceanator / Bartees Strange)

A special three-song release from two special artists, all money from this EP will go to the New York affiliate of Survived and Punished, “a coalition of defense campaigns and grassroots groups committed to eradicating the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the culture of violence that contributes to it.” 

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Frozen by Klein

Another slice of icy, hypnotic brilliance from the South London experimentalist.

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L’Rain by L’Rain

From the recording project of Brooklyn’s Taja Cheek, this album is a mesmerising melding of genres that takes in synths, sax, layered vocals and exquisite guitar.

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Black Origami by Jlin

The second album from Indiana producer Jlin, released in 2017, Black Origami remains a fascinating adventure, featuring guest turns from William Basinski and Holly Herndon, among others.

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Analog Fluids Of Sonic Black Holes by Moor Mother

The third album from the uniquely brilliant Moor Mother is an avant-garde and experimental through the visceral history of Black America.

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I’ll Think Of Something Better by Kenji

Released via Sports Day Records back in 2016, Kenji’s seven-song mini album is an inspired meeting of bedroom-pop and hip-hop from the Philadelphia artist.

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Mazy Fly by Spelling

A mystical and magical journey from the Bay Area songwriter, Mazy Fly is terrific and terrifying in equal measure.

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Go and buy something today:

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