With the war in Ukraine continuing to intensify each day, the unfathomable attack on the Ukrainian people is contributing to one of the worst humanitarian crises and attacks on democracy in Europe for over half a century.
As the world watches on, two of those immediately affected by the conflict, Ukraine based talent bookers Rhys Bainham and Vlad Yaremchuk have called upon their friends and colleagues within the music industry to donate tracks to form an 100+ compilation album ‘Together with Ukraine’.
In a matter of days, the pair have received overwhelming support from key players across the dance community, with the project supported by leading Drum & Bass labels Hospital Records, RAM Records, Critical Music, Metalheadz, Shogun Audio and more, with tracks from artists including Noisia & Phace, S.P.Y, DJ Marky & Makoto, Halogenix, Kasra, Black Sun Empire & Nymfo, Modestep, Seba, Grafix, Monty, Nu:Tone, Unglued, Pola & Bryson, IMANU, Om Unit and dozens more from the D&B and wider bass music scenes.
Alongside a vast selection of unreleased music, the project will also feature multiple contributions from visual artists across Europe, many of which will form part of a collaborative album cover, with art direction by Uno (@uno.graphics).
Available via Bandcamp, all revenue from the sale of the compilation will go directly to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society.
Speaking about the project, Bainham and Yaremchuk elaborated “With every day that passes, the high-scale humanitarian crisis and assault on the people of Ukraine continues to worsen. Civilian deaths are increasing on a daily basis across the country with no sign of stopping, with millions of citizens already forced out of their homes in search of refuge. As we wake up to yet another day of war, hundreds more innocent lives have been lost and destroyed overnight. We cannot leave this unchecked, and we need to act on this now without hesitation.
Now more than ever is a time for unity, solidarity and support of a nation under attack. It’s crucial for us to use our voice to create widespread and sustained awareness of the situation on the ground in Ukraine, and to give support in every way possible. Whether it’s signing petitions, attending demonstrations, sharing facts on social media, offering help for refugees, or more – this situation cannot be allowed to continue, and engaging in support of any kind for the people of Ukraine is our absolute priority.
We are incredibly grateful to the music community for supporting our initiative to raise vital funds for humanitarian aid on the front line. All artists and people involved have offered their services free of charge, and all revenue generated will be donated directly to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. We would like to thank everybody who has taken part in making this project a reality – including our extended team of Diana and Bohdan (Ukraine), Jan (Germany) and Piotr (Poland) – as well as everybody that is willing to purchase the album.”