Today (1 May) Bandcamp is waiving its processing fees in order to financially support musicians affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Buying music from independent artists is always the best move, but with tours being cancelled and nightclubs closing their doors, it feels even more necessary right now. We understand that these are strange times and many are feeling the economic impact, but if you’re able, try to buy a record, some merch or even a digital download of an album today.
We surveyed our staff for 30 essential records to add to your collection. From gnarled hip-hop to transcendental techno, Latin art pop to UK-bass inspired jazz, every record on this list is well worth parting with some cash over, pandemic or not.
Mas AmableDJ Python
One of New York producer Brian Piñeyro’s many guises, DJ Python’s latest full-length is a small reinvention in itself. Tilting slightly away from his signature deep dembow sound, Mas Amable is an exploration of rolling house with percussion at its core. Just remember – try to listen to it in one go, like the man himself intended.
Saturnalia 2018Collettivo Saturnalia
For those of us missing the club this weekend, Milan’s Saturnalia Festival has got us covered. Captured and edited by Milanese producer Piezo, this 25-minute binaural recording allows listeners to take an immersive trip back to the festival’s 2018 edition. Over 30 hours of reverberant bass pressure, echoing kicks and dizzying crowd noise condensed down to form a vividly immersive time capsule.
Live at The WindmillVarious
Some of the best new bands in the country cut their teeth in The Windmill, from black midi to Black Country, New Road. Here, 16 of them come together to share live recordings from the Brixton pub. All proceeds go to keeping The Windmill open post-coronavirus and local charity Brixton Soup Kitchen.
CurvedBatu 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.