Day 1: Bawrut – On-Lock

Day 1 of our 2020 charity Advent Calendar, in aid of You Make It & Project Protect.

Italian-born, Madrid-based DJ and producer Bawrut has become known for his playful take on house music, which has resulted in EPs for Ransom Note Records, Life & Death and Hard Fist.

Like its name suggests, today’s track was written and recorded during the first lockdown in Spain. It builds slowly through wandering synth lines, that are occasionally smattered with distant applause and chirping birds.

“It’s obviously a track written during the first lockdown in March/April here in Madrid and finished a couple of days ago. You can listen to some distorted applause recorded on our balcony plus some “cheap” synth lines that don’t go anywhere. Like the soothing words I heard for all these months. They end up with a blackbird song (I remember the bird’s chirpings were very present in those days without cars and traffic) and start once again with more optimistic chords (summer positive vibes anyone?) and a different tempo. Everything ends with the same melodies and tempo the track started at, since it’s clearly obvious that it will take time to get out of this mess and we should be patient and enjoy the slowness.”

Download & Donate

This year we’ve chosen to split profits from the release between two charities, both of whom are doing important work within their respective fields.

The first charity is London-based organisation You Make It, a creative programme that offers young women access to tools, networks and experiences — group learning, 1-1 mentoring, work experience, start-up support and 1-1 pastoral support — giving them the confidence to transform their lives through personal empowerment.

The second is Nigeria-based initiative Project Protect, a subdivision of Burna Boy’s charitable NGO The Reach, launched to help provide financial, medical and legal resources for EndSars protestors during and after the protests.

Check the below playlist for all tracks in our Calendar.

Artwork across the series by Mark Grieg.

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