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Ukrainian artists, labels and fundraising releases to support

The international music community has come together in support for Ukraine following Russia's invasion of the country on 24th February 

On Thursday, 24th February, Russia's president Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In response to this act of war, and the ensuing humanitarian crisis that has seen over a million Ukrainians displaced and forced to relocate or leave the country entirely, people have been coming together to share ways in which those affected can be best directly supported.

In the past week, there have been various DJ livestreams raising funds for Ukrainian aid organisations, while numerous venues and promoters in the UK, Ireland, Europe and beyond have been organising fundraising events and club nights raising money for humanitarian aid. You can learn more about some of these events here. DJ Mag and Night Tales will host an event on 1st April in London, raising money for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine appeal. 

On 4th March, Bandcamp Friday, the platform once again waived its own fee for 24 hours so that 100% of revenue spent on music will go toward the artists and labels. Buying music from Ukrainian artists and labels is a great way to show direct financial support. You can find a recently shared open source spreadsheet dedicated to Ukrainian artists and labels, including genre tags and Bancamp links, here

Music and culture writer Jakub Knera and Ninja Tune founder Coldcut have both shared BuyMusicClub playlist full of Bandcamp links to recent releases from Ukrainian artists. Check those out here and here

Ukrainian labels Standard Deviation and Mystictrax released a 65-track fundraiser compilation to support humanitarian organisations. Check that out here. Ukrainian label Muscut and its sub label Shukai are both donating 100% of revenue spent on their Bandcamp pages to the Savelife organisation. Ukrainian label ШЩЦ is donating 200% of its profits to Kyiv Civil Defence. 

A number of international  electronic music artists and labels have also vowed to donate at least a portion portion of their revenue from Bandcamp purchases made on Bandcamp Friday to humanitarian organisations working in Ukraine. These include: Modeselektor’s Monkeytown Records, ambient/techno label Disintegration State, jungle/drum & bass label Critical Music, Hyperdub, Shall Not Fade (who will donate 100% of proceeds to WithUkraine), Peder Mannerfelt, Orange Milk Records, Earth Trax, Sublime Retreat and more.   

Other artists and labels have promised that all revenue raised through their Bandcamp pages will go toward Ukrainian aid for the foreseeable future. These include the label and personal page of Russian artist buttechno and Polish electronic music label Mondoj.

Below you will find a number of releases, either by Ukrainian artists and labels, or by international acts raising funds for humanitarian organisations working in Ukraine. 

РАЗОМ ЗА УКРАЇНУ / TOGETHER FOR UKRAINE [Standard Deviation x Mystictrax]
Vlad Dobrovolski
‘Playbacks For Dreaming’ [Muscut]
John Object
'Together with Ukraine'
‘Kaleidoscope - Compilation of experimental music from Ukraine’ [Flaming Pines]
Bruno Duplant
'Le Jour D'après'
‘Support Ukraine - Fundraiser VA’ [U4E]
‘A Permanent Vacation Dance Therapy - Fundraiser For Ukraine’ [Permanent Vacation]
Nuke Watch
'Nuke Watch' [The Trilogy Tapes]
‘Peace For Ukraine’ [Ombra International]
‘Remixes For Refuge’ [Midnight People]
Jive Talk
‘Titiyo (MAW 12" Dub) (Jive Talk Edit)’ [Not For You Records]
'STOP THE WAR!' [Gost Zvuk]
'W snach widzę spokojny Wschód / In my dreams I see a peaceful East' [fundacjapalma]
'A Dove Has Spread Her Wings: Relief for Ukraine'
Marco Shuttle
Ivan Ave
Phil Maguire
‘Small Moves Ellie’
‘Departure’ [Fly By Night Recordings]
Slava Ukraini! (Fundraiser for Ukraine) [House Of Mythology]
Sony Synth
'Turning Point EP' [TENTŌ]
'WhyPeopleWar - Fundraiser for Ukraine vol​.​1' [whypeopledance x ledotmat musique]
'Dove' [Freerotation]
'Music For Freedom: A Fundraiser For Ukraine' [Music From Memory]