After taking a year off, LuckyMe's infamous Advent Calendar is back in 2020
After their absence last year, the cult electronic music label kicks off their yearly calender with Jacques Greene.
The first sign that 2020 wasn't going to go to plan should've been when LuckyMe announced their yearly Advent Calendar wouldn't be capping out the year before it. The cult UK electronic label - who counts Hudson Mohawke, Baauer, Cashmere Cat, Machinedrum, Rustie and more on their billing - announced that they were skipping the annual collection of free tracks from their label's roster after putting out 13 other records throughout the year, saying they "gotta spend December setting up next year" - which in turn, gave us records from Nosaj Thing, Bauuer, HudMo (multiple times) and more.
This year, however, it's making a re-launch, kicking off today with twelve releases planned across the next twelve days, featuring acts spread across their roster. The first is Jacques Greene, who after sharing a deluxe edition of his 2019 record Dawn Chorus (and a couple of remixes through the year, too) now makes a return with Thaw, the first track from the collection that sets the tone for what's ahead.
As the label explains, the songs that make up this year's Advent Calendar have a joining theme of 'utopia', and what it means to leave the past year behind. You can expect all the included tracks to follow suit; artists re-imagining the world around them through the forward-thinking and experimental music that LuckyMe has become known for over the last decade. There's also a charitable angle too, with the label's share of each purchase going to Extinction Rebellion Global Relief Fund.
You can dive into the Jacques Greene track via the LuckyMe website or on Spotify below, and also, take a read of their statement accompanying the 2020 announcement too:
2020 has been a lot of things but at LuckyMe it hasn't been devoid of hope. While reckoning with the global health crisis and the renewed drive for racial justice - we’ve been forced to ask some valuable questions about what this project is.
Paradoxically, our family (the roster of musicians and the team supporting them) have seen one of its best years. It has been challenging but we’ve been grateful for the significant projects which kept us focused: hustling to create when we could have easily been spiralling on our phones. 2020 gave us the time to listen too, and we’ll see the benefit of that in 2021 with a whole clique of new signings to work with. Our current roster continues to improve as they push into new ground. Without wanting to diminish the experience of the last year, we feel positive about the future. For this years Advent we asked the crew to consider the theme of "utopia", and what it means to leave 2020 behind. Once the smoke settles, there will be new growth. What does that sound like?
Our advent showcase has served as a charity drive for many years. We’ve been touched by the generosity of supporters. Our record deals mean we split our profit equally with the artists. If you donate here, we’ll pay them their share as normal. The label’s share though, will go entirely to The Extinction Rebellion Global Relief Fund. There are so many worthy causes out there. We felt climate resonated with the theme: looking ahead at what our world ought to be.
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