Despite the uncertainty surrounding many facets of the music industry at present, one thing that appears to be strong (alongside the creative livestream events) is the output of music coming from the community. The generosity of Bandcamp has certainly helped, as they waiver their fee revenue on the first Friday of each month, giving artists and imprints alike opportunity to maximise earnings, whilst fundraiser compilations do their bit for the NHS and get better and better as the weeks progress.
There's no doubt Covid-19 will have had a significant effect on the turn around times of vinyl releases launched pre-pandemic but it hasn’t necessarily halted the output; pre-orders continue to launch and forecast delivery times remain relatively stable. It appears those lucky enough to have a fully operating pressing plant can function as normal and have been able to designate more time to their project allowing for plans to take shape one or two releases ahead (depending on their personal circumstances).
Ultimately, now the dust has somewhat settled and as a country we are a little more realistic with our expectations as to how we over come the pandemic, it’s providing the creative freedom, time and in some cases, spare cash (usually weekend kitty) to focus on musical output as artist or input as consumer.
Read on for our Top Tips for today's spending... buy links included.
BBS | BLUETOOF - VISCERAL CONECTIONS EP
Debut four tracker from Bluetoof in typical BBS breaks format!
DEEP COVER | MAYDAY FUNDRAISER
Believe it or not, on this day in Oxford ravers from the night before (usually after Simple at The Bullingdon) join up to 15,000 others at sunrise to watch the famous Magdalen choir serenade as the sun comes up. For the first time in years, Mayday didn’t happen and local crew Deep Cover have curated a compilation to aid the local industry who over the years has been hit with multiple venue closures.
"We sequenced MAYDAY to recreate the disorientating progression from the dark freakish depths of the night before, through till dawn and into the morning after"
A vocal intro/outro/interlude combo set the scene for the perfect sandwich of
what is an eclectic list of sounds and artists alike from the forever forward thinking Deep Cover imprint.
EGLO RECORDS | NATALIE SLADE - LOVE LIGHT (REMIXES)
To celebrate the debut release of Natalie Slade, Eglo Records, fronted by Alexander Nut & Floating Points have offered up two remixes in the form of signature dark UKG edit from Holloway and Chicago Footwork treatment from Teklife affiliate DJ Hank.
FIVE MILES FROM HOME - FIVE MILES 3rd BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISER
The Tottenham based Community venue with a huge heart and equally vibey sound system need your help to Stay afloat! Contributions from Daphni, Jerome Hill and Yazzus and a track called “Undercooked Morley’s Dub” will leave you far from underwhelmed and stand you in great stead of enjoying that dance floor once again.
GATHER | BLUE COOKIE EP - BLUETOOF & SOUNDBOY COOKIE [GAT 002]
Another EP split between two talented “NU”KG producers, hand picked from what is a thriving talent pool. Expect to pre-order of a wicked press from the Southend crew who simply will not let you down with their curation.
GD4YA | BRIXTON TO CROYDON - EL-B [GD4YA05)
More South London heat from the GD4YA crew, this time with what is EL-B’s first full EP on the label. He welcomes the talented Tailor Jae for a feature on 'City Life' whilst title track is full of the contemporary bumpiness EL-B has been bringing back of late. Keep an eye out for a limited edition zine also set to drop today!
JERK IT | ARDSTEPZ - 313 [JERK002]
Manny crew kick off their digital run with the newly local, Brum-born Ardstepz, who delivers 3 heavy electro tracks Straight Outta Detroit!
More new-gen UKG as Pinder brings you two typically solid tracks via his page. The Leeds lad continues to build a name for himself with his drums and ability to effortlessly switch from 2-Step and 4x4 whilst maintaining a timeless sound. Mastered by fellow rising producer Tom 'Peaky Beats' Myr.
PRACTICAL RHYTHMS | GARAGE BUNNIES / ETERNITY
Another of the impressive ‘NU’KG labels welcome stalwart Sky Joose and the ever popular Ease Up George for 002. Kassel based George is arguably the most in demand producer among the UKG community at the minute with multiple EP’s forthcoming on a variety of labels and with Holloway and EL-B on remix duties on either side this record makes for two wicked New-Gen vs. Ledge-end combo’s.
SCUFFED RECORDINGS | LOOSE CUTS | TRUSSEL TRUST FUNDRAISER
Loose cuts is the Bandcamp-only compilation from Scuffed who provides us with an arsenal of bass heaviness from all walks of the broken beat spectrum. All proceeds are in aid of food bank charity trusseltrust.org so dig deep and line your rekordbox with some of the rising underground producers in UK Funky, Breaks and Electro
R&S | IN ORDER TO CARE | PPE FUNDRAISER
Put simply, it's the who’s who of what’s what in compilation form, for the PPEople, from one of, if not the seminal record label in electronic music R&S. 42 tracks for a tenner!
Check out the Shuffle 'N' Swing list on buy music club which will be added to throughout the day and is your one stop for all things and support of the UKG community!