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HEFORSHE Vol. 2

femme culture
HEFORSHE Vol. 2
The UN’s HeForShe is a solidarity campaign that looks to advance gender equality. femme culture is a fledgling record label and London-based DIY collective that, since 2016, has been doing the same in music. Once again here they come together for a compilation that raises money for the HeForShe x UN Women charity which aims to bring educational programs to various female populations around the world and create safe online spaces for women. It’s an important cause and a fittingly essential selection of music that spans club, ambient and techno and exudes quality and invention from start to finish. Big names bookend the 14-track offering, with Lone serving up his trademark glistening melodic house, but Nick Hoppner switches things up with eight minutes of beatless, springtime field recordings and blissful synth contours to close things out. In between is a vital and varied mix of rhythms, from the zoned out and deep electro of Klein Zage to churning mechanical beatdown of Rupert Clervaux. Hyperdriven drums and shimmering pads from Nightwave and cavernous 140bpm explorations from owwwls keeps things constantly on the move and one of the real standouts is femme culture’s own Elkka with ‘D Flaw’, a bumping gqom-tinged house track that’s worth your cash alone.
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