The ongoing state-sanctioned violence against Black people in the U.S. prompted Bandcamp to respond in their own way. This coming Juneteenth (June 19 from midnight to midnight PDT), Bandcamp is donating 100% of their sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Below is a list of Black artists who COLLiDE staff will support:
Arlo Parks: 18 year old poet/singer from London. In her words she spent most of school feeling like that black kid who couldn’t dance for shit, listening to too much emo music and crushing on some girl in her Spanish class. Her songs are confessional and tender, mainly inspired by Portishead and Earl Sweatshirt.
Big Joanie: Self described as “like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.”
Black Monument Ensemble: An ode to Chicago from Damon Locks expressing what he would say to Chicago in its most precarious condition.
CRASHprez: CRASHprez is an art project by Michael Penn II that navigates the dance between the dangers of Black skin and the bliss of that existence in defiance of being a target for the world to feast upon.
Christelle Bofale: Austin, Texas-based songwriter Christelle Bofale will be the first to tell you the importance of family roots and mental health, considering how much those things aided her own self-discovery. As a songwriter, she infuses hints of the Congo into various aspects of her music, bridging the musical influences of the diaspora with juxtaposed elements of indie rock, soul and jazz respectively.
Dua Saleh: It’s tempting to describe Dua Saleh as a natural. An artist who only began recording music two years ago isn’t supposed to sing with such infectious bravado and haunting gloom. Yet to say Dua, who identifies as gender non-binary and goes by they/them pronouns, has arrived fully-formed on their first ever EP project titled “Nūr” – (pronounced “noor” – meaning “the light” in Arabic).
Felicia Douglass: Brooklyn-based artist – most notably a keyboardist and lead singer in Gemma, she is also a member of Dirty Projectors and Ava Luna. In addition to a number of vocal collaborations with artists such as Toro y Moi, BAILE, and Helado Negro, she produces her own electronic project with airy melodies over wandering synth lines and tropical rhythms.
Free Snacks: Creation of Chicago-based MCs, Ruby Watson, and Joshua Virtue. Evoking the spirit of underground hip-hop, Free Snacks is dedicated to the exploration of free thought; both Virtue and Watson act as poets, rummaging through the crevices of life seeking footholds with earnest conviction and sharing it with thoughtful aim.
Kilamanzego: Though Philly-based producer Kilamanzego (pronounced “kill a man’s ego”) picked up her first instrument at an early age, she had an affinity for the written word before developing the passion for music that led to co-founding the Backyard Bxss live beat showcase and smth savant records.
Lizzie No: singer-songwriter, harpist, and guitarist Lizzie No has established herself as one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary folk music.
Madison McFerrin: An independent singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. In December of 2016, she quietly introduced her soulful take on a cappella to the world when she self-released Finding Foundations: Vol. I.
Natty Nation: Natty Nation’s unique pedigree of a Midwest home base and artistic openness has helped the posse foster a signature sound. The group describes themselves as hard roots rock reggae because in addition to their honest and authentic roots reggae foundation, their embrace of soul, rock, and funk is undeniable.
NNAMDÏ: Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and eternally humble visionary, has quietly become one of the most prolific musicians of the modern era. He also co-owns his label, Sooper Records, a label that has been instrumental in launching other Chicago Artists
Noname: Hailing from Chicago, Noname paved a lane for herself with the observant and unflappable verses that shade the full-lengths Telefone (2016) and Room 25 (2018).
Orion Sun: Orion Sun has been quickly making a name for herself in her current hometown of Philly (originally from New Jersey) and beyond. Her story, that of an early 20s woman of color dealing with and learning about life’s obstacles and celebrations, is understood best through her song lyrics
The Seshen: San Francisco Bay Area-based seven-piece led by singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. Their forward-thinking sound combines synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion, and entrancing harmonies to create an unmistakable fusion of R&B, synth-pop, and electronic music.
Shamir: Shamir, wanted to go back to what had inspired him from the beginning: outsider music, country & punk. Raw and vulnerable tunes, stripped down to their emotional core are present on 2017’s Revelations, which explored a new avenue of guitar driven hooky indie rock and was widely critically praised in the US and overseas.
SPELLLING: Makes haunted electronic pop for the witch (or wizard) in all of us. The Bay Area artist embraces her uniqueness through each project as she explores her dark, experimental sound.
Tasha: On her debut album Alone at Last, Tasha celebrates the radical political act of being exquisitely gentle with yourself. For years, the Chicago songwriter has dreamed hard of a better world—she’s worked with the local racial justice organization Black Youth Project 100 and has been on the front lines at protests around the city
Vagabon: Her self titled album Vagabon from 2019 was written and produced entirely by Tamko. Guitar-driven melodies are largely absent, and in their place, we are treated to a collection of songs buoyed by hybridized analog and digital arrangements.
As racial injustices continue to present themselves, we encourage everyone to look for ways to support racial equality in your own local community.
Let us know how else you will be supporting the Black community on Juneteenth!