Happy International Women’s Day.
It’s been over a hundred years of the annual IWD celebration, which was first held in 1911, but the fight is never over. Today is one of celebration and amplification. Around the world, women from all walks of life face different challenges – but the fight is unified with one goal: gender equality and greater representation for women.
We’re using this day to support the charities and organisations that are working towards creating a better future for women. To do this, we’ve compiled a roundup of Bandcamp compilations that are spotlighting women in dance music or donating proceeds towards women-focused charities. Spend today buying music made by women, whilst supporting communities of women.
Radiant Love IWD Comp Vol 2Various artists
Berlin-based imprint Radiant Love returns with another vital IWD charity compilation. It follows a well-received first volume, which was released back in 2020. This time around, artists such as Mary Lake and Maara join label affiliates like Roza Terenzi, D. Tiffany and Bliss Inc. on the 13-track project, which oscillates between blissed out and straight-up euphoric tunes. All proceeds from the compilation go to charities working with queer people of colour, refugees and sex workers in Berlin.
Following the success of Everybody Cares – a tribute concert that honoured the legacy of Elliott Smith – La Blogotheque, My Favourite Elliott Smith Song podcast and Francis Lung put together this compilation to raise money for a host of LGBTQ+ and women-focused charities. With contributions from Real Estate’s Martin Courtney, Kevin Devine, Blaenavon and more, this charming collection of songs speaks to Smith’s introspective style of work – and all for an important cause.
Isolation Compilation + ZineYoung Women's Music Project
Support this Oxford-based educational charity who build inclusive and productive spaces for young women to make music and develop their creativity. This is a compilation they released in the summer of 2020, for which they’ve brought together the artists who have come through the scheme. Moments of dreamy R&B, outsider pop, psychedelic folk and beyond created by rising talents who have been nurtured by this unique organisation.
Released for IWD last year, this 20-strong compilation brings together artists from leftfield electronic, folk, ambient and more in aid of Sisters Uncut, a feminist group taking action to defend domestic violence services. With musicians such as Loraine James, A’Bear, Loula Yorke, Natalia Beylis involved, MWXIWD is a celebration of music made by womxn, much like the Resonance FM radio show it takes its name from.
HeForShe x femme culture Vol. 3femme culture
Femme Culture’s annual whip-round of dance music’s most adventurous party-starters has become an essential purchase each International Women’s Day. Raising funds for United Nations Women, producers like Yazzus, Elkka, IMOGEN, Violet and S-Type have all submitted irresistible bangers to the project. Loudly putting the fun into fundraising.
Women of the World CompilationInner Ocean Records
Alberta-based Inner Ocean Records presents the Women of the World Compilation, a project that celebrates women producers from around the globe. Including tracks from the likes of Southpaw, Fishdoll and India on da Track, this mixtape touches on lo-fi hip-hop, snarling trap, laidback house and more. All proceeds from sales will go to Oakland Elizabeth House, an organisation that offers women with children who have endured poverty, abuse and addiction the tools to rebuild their lives, as well as Dignity – a homelessness charity.
Source of NurtureChroma
The Chroma collective – founded by Ladin Awad, June Canedo and Sienna Fekete – have published the second instalment of its Source of Nurture series, which aims to amplify artists who are women of colour and to support undocumented and immigrant communities. This volume features a link-up between former Crack Magazine cover star KeiyaA with Blvck Spvde, Moor Mother, Ikonika, Suzi Analogue, MHYSA and loads more. Proceeds will go towards supporting migrant workers in Lebanon, plant-based care for Black individuals, the Indigenous community and a documentary project. Head to Chroma’s Bandcamp page to purchase.
SOS Music Vol. 1Various artists
LA collective Sisters of Sound have teamed up with DUBLAB and Berlin’s !K7 for this forward-thinking 14-track compilation. Club-ready techno, breaks-y goodness, syncopated rhythms and more serene, spacious cuts unite to create an eclectic compilation with a range of flavours. Hit the purchase button here.
chalochalo via The Jazz Diaries
Buy this collection of music by artists from South Asia and the diaspora, and make a contribution to the Human Rights Law Network and Zindagi Trust – two organisations which are crucial to improving the lives of women and girls in the region. From the shoegaze-y fuzz of Nabihah Iqbal to the downtempo bliss of Sulk Station, these are gorgeous, expansive sounds.
Music, Awareness & Solidarity w/ Rojava Revolutionfemale:pressure
With a focus on community, representation and inclusivity, Berlin-based arts network female:pressure enlisted a line-up of experimental producers to raise money and awareness for the women of the Rojavan Revolution. Inside you’ll find powerful spoken word pieces, bubbling techno and dark, misty ambient, all expressions of solidarity with the affected region. Though released in 2016, the conflict in Rojava is an ongoing issue that is worthy of support.