This week marks an important time in US history.
Juneteenth – historically known as Jubilee Day, Black Independence Day or Emancipation Day – is now officially recognised as a federal holiday in the States, as Joe Biden signed the bill into law earlier this week (18 June). The holiday is set to take place on Saturday (19 June) and to mark the occasion, Bandcamp has launched its second annual Juneteenth fundraiser. Today, the platform will donate its share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, an American legal firm fighting for racial justice.
To coincide with the platform’s initiative, we asked Natalie Maddix, co-founder and creative director of House Gospel Choir, to select 10 dance tracks from Black artists to buy on Bandcamp today. “I rely on my friends a lot to play me new stuff, especially my DJ, Harrsn, and Black Bandcamp (now known as Black Artist Database),” she says. This list, as Maddix puts it, contains “some classics, some new, all dope and available to purchase or pre-order on Bandcamp this Juneteenth!”
LSDXOXO has emerged from the underground to lead the way for the Black Techno Revolution. Having just dropped Mutant Exotic as part of the Dedicated 2 Disrespect EP on XL Recordings, the 12-inch is already sold out on Bandcamp and rightly so! Expect to hear more of LSDXOXO on dancefloors all summer long!
Shygirl’s Tasty sounds like it’s been sent back in time from ravers of the future as an example of what we can expect. After building up a cult following online and now scoring rave reviews with this release, immerse yourself in Shygirl’s world as she’s about to take over.
Koko ft. Mista SilvaKaren Nyame KG
Dubbed the Goddess of Rhythm, Karen Nyame KG pulls inspiration from right across global and diasporic club music and continues to inspire, working with Red Bull Music to run production workshops and introduce a new generation of women to music tech. She’s also presented on so many radio stations. If you haven’t heard her already, where have you been?
Love Will Wait (Karyendasoul Remix)Jackie Queens
Zimbabwean-born and South African-based songwriter and vocalist Jackie Queens refuses to be just a featured artist or unnamed voice in house music and set up her own label Bae Electronica. She runs projects like GIRLS and #WomenOfHouse to provide a platform to artists that, if ever heard, are often unseen.
2 Far Gone (Vocal Mix) ft. Katy BMoses Boyd
Moses Boyd effortlessly fuses jazz, grime and Afrobeats with the sounds of London’s underground, so it’s no wonder he’s previously won Mobo & Jazz FM awards and been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize. 2 Far Gone is the perfect blend of his incredible musicality with classic smooth vocals from Katy B.
Got Me BurninWaajeed
Detroit’s Wajeed has been releasing inventive and genre-defying music since the 90s. If there were any good things to come out of 2020, this Acts of Love mixtape is not only a great listen but all profits go to Underground Music Academy – a Detroit-based community music hub, which aims to build the future leaders of independent electronic music.
The First NightDemuir
Love the concept and journey that Toronto’s Demuir takes us on with 3 Nights in Egypt, designed as an intimate conversation between the DJ and those dancers losing themselves in the music by creatively chopping samples in four different ways. If you want to hear the Fourth Night, you have to follow the breadcrumbs over to Demuir’s Patreon.