juneteenth at bandcamp: 6 records you need in your life
June 18, 2021
For the second year, Bandcamp is honoring Juneteenth by donating 100% of their cut of all sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and we know your music collection has been gathering dust. So here are a few of our picks of the boldest cuts that your ears need right now.
Mykki Blanco – Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep
For an artist whose never let expectations or boundaries box them in, Mykki Blanco’s latest is full of surprises. Showcasing a more vulnerable side than the noise rap auteur has shown in the past, Mykki focuses inward. The result is the most honest record of Mykki Blanco’s career, no small feat for an artist whose bluntness has always been one of their best features.
JONCRO – Cudjoe (Maroon War)
This single from JONCRO’s forthcoming Richmond Station, is liberation personified. The Toronto punk band celebrates the Jamaican revolutionary hero with a song that builds from an explosion of noise into a hopeful coda.
Ganser – Look At The Sun
The Chicago post-punk outfit’s recent Just Look At That Sky was a revelation, and on their remix EP, the band teams up with some of the brightest lights in the scene. Highlights from Bartees Strange and Algiers bring out the best in all involved.
Moor Mother – Zami
Always on the precipice of a new muse, Moor Mother’s “Zami” has layers on layers. Moor Mother’s lines are prisms, changing meaning depending on the angle you view it from, and the production’s depth demands repeat listens.
SEWER RATS BK – RATS ATTACK
CX KIDTRONIK’s entire career boils down to the pursuit of new and louder forms of loudness. So on this era-spanning compilation from his punk band Sewer Rats BK, the tracks run from hardcore to gabber to pure noise. Lots of artists make music to blow out your speakers, but no-one turns the very concept of heaviness into an artform like CX.
Rob Milton – All Boys Cry
Blink and Rob Milton will have released 3 more singles and a feature in the meantime, but the limitlessly prolific singer and songwriter has hit on something truly special with his latest All Boys Cry. Unflinchingly honest and immaculately produced, it’s no wonder it’s blown up the way it has.
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