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Bandcamp Friday: August 2020

A little but busy at the moment, but I didn’t want to let Bandcamp Friday pass us by without recommending some interesting sounds that are worth your hard-earned dime. Stream ‘em for free, and if you like ‘em, put your money where your ears are. As a reminder, on the first Friday of the month, Bandcamp waives their fees and puts more money in the hands of musicians. Get at it! And for more, check out last month’s recs as well.

🎷 Sparkle Division, To Feel Embraced

Did you ever wonder what would happen if noted tape loop maestro William Basinski picked up a saxophone and made a lounge album with his young protégé, Preston Wendel? Wonder no more! Since so much experimental / electronic music is brutally self-serious, it’s always refreshing to come across something that embraces camp while still sounding aesthetically interesting. And if you like your good-natured electronic music of a smoother variety, I also highly recommend Todd Terje’s It’s Album Time.

🤑 Ed B, Money Tapes 01: Minute Dubs

Money Tapes is a new label from Chicagoan Ed Bornstein, who I knew from the Iowa City scene and who is an all-around great musician and sound recordist. This new project produces mix tapes (on tape, of course, or digitally) and gives 100% of the money after production costs to charities in and around Chicago. Ed’s contribution is a series of around twenty “minute dubs,” one-minute slices of beats and samples and at least one cover song. I listened this afternoon and loved it. The money this month goes to the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Oppression.

🥁 Chants, lo-fi chill beats to steal for your podcast

Chants is the electronic project of Jordan Cohen from Madison, and this amazingly named collection is an archival release featuring instrumental beats he made between 2013-2015. In all seriousness, I will be stealing some of these beats for use in my podcast (if I ever make another podcast). And you can, too!

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