Saplings Records: Making a difference to the environment by planting a tree with every album sold

Saplings Records is a label with a difference and making a difference not just on the music front but on the environmental front. The Berlin-based label, founded by electronic music producer Fis (Oliver Peryman), will not produce vinyl or cassettes or CDs or USB sticks and it won’t make t-shirts or zines or posters. The label’s physical format is the planting of trees: with each album … Continue reading Saplings Records: Making a difference to the environment by planting a tree with every album sold

Native American rapper Frank Waln challenging perceptions of indigenous people

Hip hop at its core is coming from indigenous roots, according to Sicangu Lakota rapper Frank Waln. Born on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in rural South Dakota, the 29-year-old Frank Waln uses music as a way to call out historical wrongs and uplift American indigenous youth, many of whom struggle with poverty, violence, suicide, and inter-generational trauma. Frank Waln has rapped about the Keystone XL Pipeline, his battle with … Continue reading Native American rapper Frank Waln challenging perceptions of indigenous people

Indigenous Hip Hop in Canada: VICE documentary showcases a thriving scene

Indigenous hip hop in Canada is a thriving underground music scene. Rappers across Canada – including Drezus, Winnipeg Boyz, T-Rhyme and David Strickland – are using their rhymes to tell the untold stories. These artists reflect on the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women, conflicts around resource extraction on native land, and the protest movement Idle No More, which galvanised indigenous communities from coast … Continue reading Indigenous Hip Hop in Canada: VICE documentary showcases a thriving scene

The Premises Studios: Europe’s first solar-powered professional recording studio

The Premises recording studios are well-known for being a popular haunt for musicians, but there’s something more unique about the east London space itself – it’s also applauded as Europe’s first solar-powered professional recording studio. The Hackney-based complex of recording studios includes Recording Studio A, built using a high level of recycled materials. All equipment, including air conditioning, operates on low energy supplies. The studio comes with its … Continue reading The Premises Studios: Europe’s first solar-powered professional recording studio

Deaf Rave and The Midi Music Company celebrate Make Music Day with free event at Fabric

Celebrations on the longest day of the year, otherwise known as the Summer Solstice, kick off with a day of free music events. Make Music Day is an annual worldwide celebration with free music events taking place in venues and public spaces  – from shops to libraries, bandstands to town squares and train stations. Around 120 countries are taking part in this year’s event. Among the events … Continue reading Deaf Rave and The Midi Music Company celebrate Make Music Day with free event at Fabric

How São Paulo Became One Of The Most Important Cities In Drum & Bass — Bandcamp Daily

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=2475962517/album=3592669384/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/ Three key figures—XRS, DJ Patife, and DJ Marky—helped establish the dance scene in Brazil. via How São Paulo Became One Of The Most Important Cities In Drum & Bass — Bandcamp Daily Continue reading How São Paulo Became One Of The Most Important Cities In Drum & Bass — Bandcamp Daily

We Out Here: A LDN Story documenting the musical journey of like-minded souls

London has always been a hotbed of creativity and has spearheaded musical movements that captures the essence and diversity of its musical inhabitants and the city itself. We Out Here: A LDN Story is a a short documentary that documents the city’s “jazz” scene, being championed by young musicians including Moses Boyd, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia, Theon Cross, Maisha and Shabaka Hutchings, among others. The film … Continue reading We Out Here: A LDN Story documenting the musical journey of like-minded souls

Nickodemus on His Love Affair with New York City — Bandcamp Daily

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=3701121304/album=493310449/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/ His fifth album pays homage to the diversity of sounds and styles heard on his city’s dancefloors. via Nickodemus on His Love Affair with New York City — Bandcamp Daily Continue reading Nickodemus on His Love Affair with New York City — Bandcamp Daily