Today (20 March) Bandcamp is waiving its processing fees in order to financially support musicians affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Buying music from independent artists is always the best move, but with tours being cancelled and nightclubs closing their doors it’s especially important right now. We understand that these are strange times and many are starting to feel the economic impact but if you can, try to buy a record, some merch or even a digital download of an album today.

We surveyed our staff for 20 essential records to add to your collection. From gnarled hip-hop to transcendental techno, Belgian psych-rock to UK-bass inspired jazz, every record on this list is worth parting with some cash over, pandemic or not.

 

ShrapKnel

ShrapKnel

Curly Castro and PremRock come together for their new album as ShrapKnel, another vital addition to the new wave of grizzly, highly lyrical hip-hop coming out of the East Coast. Keep an ear out for a guest feature from underground favourite billy woods.

Every Bad

Porridge Radio

London four-piece Porridge Radio started as a DIY project but have kept one eye on stardom. Their debut album balances lo-fi production and pop-influenced songwriting with rousing effect.

Guerilla

Nazar

Angolan producer Nazar draws on the country’s civil war and his father’s memoir Memorias de Um Guerrilheiro for his atmospheric, often unsettling, new album on Hyperdub.

Superstar

Caroline Rose

Caroline Rose is a unique figure among modern singer-songwriter types. Her new album Superstar is a humorous, groove-laden tale of a character on the hunt for fame.

Noneketanu

Shht

If ever there was a time for you to get into Belgian psych-rock, it’s now. Escape from this astral plane with the second album from Ghent’s Shht.

Jungle

AceMo

To celebrate his birthday, earlier this month AceMo shared a new album, as you do. Frantic, jungle-inspired productions from one of New York’s best.

MUAs at the End of the World

Airel Zetina

Chicago-based experimental producer Ariel Zetina explores the “rhythms of putting on makeup,” and all that the process can mean. We’ve been hooked since hearing Eyeshadow Fallout in India Jordan’s mix last month as part of Caribou’s curated takeover.

A2A

Air Max '97 and AYA (A2A)

AYA and Air Max 97 unite as A2A for an EP of – what else – frantic, melt-your-speakers club music.

Cong Burn 06

Various Artists

Salford imprint Cong Burn continues to establish itself as one of the most exciting young labels around, and this new VA of psychedelic, dubbed-out house and techno is one of the crew’s best releases yet. Essential listening for fans of Call Super, Leif and Pev.

What's Tonight to Eternity

Cindy Lee

Formerly one-quarter of Women, Patrick Flegel’s releases as Cindy Lee mine a darker, more disturbed era of lo-fi for inspiration. New record What’s Tonight to Eternity sounds haunted in every sense of the term.

Workaround

Beatrice Dillon

Beatrice Dillon’s long-awaited debut album landed earlier this year. Expect minimalist electronics equally inspired by Afro-Caribbean music as much as UK club sounds.

eCZtasy

Ruf Dug

Cosmic Mancunian Ruf Dug shows off the glossy, ravey and euphoric sounds of the Casio CZ-5000 synthesiser for a release on his own Ruf Kutz imprint for the first time in four years.

Cape Cira

K-Lone

One half of the duo that runs Wisdom Teeth, K-Lone is an underground champion. His debut album lands on 24 April but you can pre-order now. Trust us, it’s worth the wait.

Scales + Measures

Facta

Wisdom Teeth’s other half, Facta returns to home turf with a three-track EP of melodic, bleeping broken beats.

Dark Matter

Moses Boyd

Drummer-turned-producer Moses Boyd enlists some of London’s best jazz musicians for an album equally inspired by Burial as bebop.

Fluids of Emotion

Eris Drew

Retro and forward-facing at once, Eris Drew’s debut EP Fluids of Emotion is a triumph packed with breaks, scratches and nods to rave history.

Resonant Body

Octo Octa

Unsurprisingly Octo Octa’s latest album, her first for new label T4T LUV NRG, bangs. Despite the fact it was made mostly in a cabin in New Hampshire, Resonant Body is the sound of the greatest rave you’ve never been to.

Curved

Batu and Lurka

Another essential slab of warped UK techno comes courtesy of Batu and Lurka’s Fringe White imprint. ‘Curved’ bumps like Bristol’s answer to French touch filter house (are we in Montpelier or Montpellier?), while the Bambounou remix strips the synths out to create a lean percussive workout.

Invisible Island

Midori Hirano

Soft, piano-based minimalism from Berlin-based composer and producer Midori Hirano.

FYAI Demos + Ditched Album

Loraine James

Loraine James’ Hyperdub debut was one of our favourite records of last year. To mark six months since its release she’s shared a bunch of demos from For You and I, plus an entire scrapped album. A true gem of the scene.

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