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Download Apple Juice Kid x Pierce Freelon's UNC Beat Making Lab Album


As we've told youPierce Freelon and Stephen Levitin (bka Apple Jucie Kid) are taking their Beat Making Lab curriculum (which they’ve been teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill) over to the Democratic Republic of Congo. This summer, 16 Congolese youth will have a chance to work directly with the two producers as part of Yole!Africa’s annual cultural arts festival SKIFF.

To help raise awareness of the project, ARTVSM (an arts activism group founded by Freelon and AJK), collected 13 of the best beats from their UNC class and put them into a free full length beat tape. Featuring everything from electronica to laid-back jazz-hop it’s a great album to throw on while you’re working. Stream and download it below.

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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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