Today, Bandcamp and over 400 label and artists will donate 100% of their proceeds to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), in support of anti-Trump efforts. Check out the complete list of labels and artists here. Unfortunately, the Bandcamp server is currently overloaded with user traffic, so you might have trouble streaming music on the site. Here’s a list of ten dope records we think you should purchase to get the ball rolling.
1. Georgia Anne Muldrow – A Thoughtiverse Unmarred
This album is hip-hop gold: socially woke, conscious expanding, soul-sampling rap for self-determined minds.
2. Christian Scott – Stretch Music (Introducing Elena Pinderhughes)
Trumpeter and composer Christian Scott’s music comes out of a long tradition of jazz, split between his homes of New Orleans and Harlem. His most recent effort, Stretch Music, is a phenomenally bold continuation of that tradition–eager to embrace unfamiliar ground and contort the form in new and exciting ways.
3. Quincy Vidal – Utopia|LDZ
NYC hip-hop duo Quincy Vidal have been dropping straight fire since 2010’s Cookin’ In Brooklyn. This two-part double album, à la Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, features some of their best material to date and guest spots from Starchild and Gabriel Garzon-Montano.
4. Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland – Black Is Beautiful
UK lo-fi pop partners Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland (who’ve both independently collaborated with Arca) released Black Is Beautiful via Hyperdub in 2012. The record, which features a lovely cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s vintage classic “Baby,” got a vinyl release for the first time this past November.
5. Jamila Woods – The Truth About Dolls
Jamilia Woods’ 2016 LP HEAVN was a standout record, an essential documentation of an African-American woman’s experience. But there’s power in her first record, The Truth About Dolls, as well–a bare, often a capella spoken word collection.
6. Mal Devisa – Kiid
Bass-playing, tenor sax wielding, powerhouse vocalist Mal Devisa is a personal favorite of mine. Her debut LP Kiid is a simple yet profound piece of music that’s sure to send shivers down your spine.
7. Zack Sekoff – Remnants of a Winter Sun
L.A. producer and multi-instrumentalist Zack Sekoff dropped this gem at the beginning of last year. It’s a highly underrated record from a low-key incredibly talented dude.
8. Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Jardín
French-Columbian soul styling funk producer Gabriel Garzón-Montano released his debut album via Stones Throw last week. It’s a doozy, quite certainly one of the year’s best so far.
9. William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classic 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Nigerian electronic-funk innovator William Onyeabor passed away on January 16 of this year. Commemorate the legend with Luaka Bop’s career retrospective, Who Is William Onyeabor?.
10. Mr Twin Sister – Mr Twin Sister
New York acid funk band Mr Twin Sister (fka Twin Sister) are as good as it gets, and their debut self-titled is nothing less than magical.