Top Picks: April 2020

This month, given the current climate, we wanted to do something a little different and showcase some of the highlights from lockdown. From playlists, to livestreams, to festivals, we’re amazed by the ways in which music prevails and continues to bring people across the globe together. The following top picks are just a few examples of what people in the electronic world are doing to keep spirits high and share incredible music…

Boiler Room: Streaming from Isolation

Legendary broadcasting platform Boiler Room stand by their mission to bring people together with the energy of club culture, and this is evident now more than ever by the star-studded slew of live performances it is commissioning during the lockdown period. Notable streams direct from artists’ homes have so far included Disclosure, Four Tet, Gigi Masin, and Mall Grab, amassing hundreds of thousands of viewers worldwide. Each show also gives audiences the opportunity to donate to The Global FoodBanking Network, whose work providing emergency food and support is crucial at this time. 

Daithí: Live Track Production

Irish musician and producer Daithí Ó Drónaí recently took to YouTube to transmit a series of live streams dedicated to creating a track from scratch, under the inquisitive eyes of fans and electronic lovers who became involved in the process along the way. This exciting and innovative way of sharing the intricacies of track production was a hit. The end product, ‘An Irish Goodbye’, also features contributions from violinist Clare Sands, and vocalist Sinead White, who sent their parts over email while watching the stream. 

Vaughan: Live Set

Here at Yutaru we are particularly fond of Leeds-based artist Vaughan, who not long ago released his debut EP, and we were pleased to see that he too was getting involved in the lockdown festivities! Last week, Vaughan performed a live set on YouTube, featuring songs from his first EP as well as tracks from an upcoming collection. To keep fans on their toes, Vaughan also released the next track in his ongoing Renovation series (reworked covers of existing songs) straight after playing it live on the stream for the first time.

Light in the Attic: Spotify Playlist

Independent record label Light in the Attic Records recently shared a Spotify playlist chock full of electronic ambient goodness to soothe and heal music lovers through isolation. The playlist, entitled ‘Calm In The Attic: An Ambient Playlist For Stressful Times’, features the likes of Hiroshi Yoshimura, Brian Eno, Enya, and Gaussian Curve. The record label also ran a Covid-19 fundraiser under the guise of a free, live video stream which included performances from legendary artists each covering songs from the label’s renowned catalogue. 100% of donations were given to MusiCares, helping people in the music community affected by the pandemic. 

Club Quarantäne

Club Quarantäne is a 36-hour virtual rave brought to audiences by Invisible Hand, Resident Advisor, YouTube, creatives and professionals from across the electronic music community. Described as an international online club, Club Quarantäne reflects the euphoria of club culture and allows rave fans to join together in solidarity and compassion. So far, Club Quarantäne have streamed for two weekends, at the end of March and end of April, with exclusive sets from Shanti Celeste, Marcel Dettmann, Swimmers and Jayda G to name a few. If you missed out, here’s hoping for a May Bank Holiday party to see us through!