Record stores and clubs around the world are shut, and opportunities to find new music out in the wild have been ripped from under our feet as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While hearing new music played out by your favourite DJs will have to be put on hold due to these unprecedented circumstances, it’s never been easier, or more important, to support the artists and labels putting out EPs, albums and compilations in the midst of all the madness.
With tour cancellations and festival postponements leaving many members of the international electronic music community out of pocket, Bandcamp has become an even more vital platform for supporting the music you love, with 80% of all sales from the online music store going directly to artists and labels. In March, the platform announced it would be waiving its revenue share for all sales for one day, and on Friday 20th, took no cut from purchases made. In total, $4.3 million was spent on music over the course of 24 hours, all going straight to the creators. Throughout lockdown, Bandcamp continued to waive their fees on the first Friday of every month up to July, as well as on 19th June (Juneteenth), when the platform donated 100% of its profits to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund. Last month, it was announced that a fee-free "Bandcamp Friday" would take place on the first Friday of each month for the rest of 2020.
In this series, Selections, we’re inviting DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their Bandcamp collections. In lieu of opportunities to discover new records on the dancefloor, Selections – along with radio shows and mixes – will give you the chance to nab sounds from the crates of tastemakers, and support the artists behind them while you’re at it. Win-win, right?
This week, Julianna Barwick flags up 10 newly added gems in her collection, spanning celestial electronics, frenetic beats and languid hip-hop. The Los Angeles-based, Louisiana-born artist released her fourth album ‘Healing Is A Miracle’ earlier this month via Ninja Tune, expanding her distinct choral ambient style to incorporate collaborations with the likes of Mary Lattimore, Sigur Ros’ Jónsi and Nosaj Thing. The collection retains the mesmerising atmospheres Barwick has become so adept at creating over the past decade and a half, but further embraces pop structures and emotional assertion, resulting in her most striking work to date. As her Selections show, Barwick’s tastes are vast and varied, and much like ‘Healing Is A Miracle’ does, they emphasise the tenderness that can be found amid intensity, and the boldness that can be felt from even the most gentle of sounds.
Check out Julianna Barwick’s Selections below, and buy ‘Healing Is A Miracle’ here.