Breathe

Today, in the midst of a nationwide civil rights crisis, democratic collapse, and (still) the ongoing pandemic that has disproportionately killed people in racial minorities, many of our peers in the music industry are observing a day of symbolic silence intended to make space for black voices in America to have their protest heard in the face of appalling police brutality, occuring nightly on the streets of America's cities.

Total silence is a bold form for a radio show (although, kudos to Nino for doing just that on BFF.fm earlier today), so tonight, in alignment with the Blackout Tuesday actions of people across our industry, No Magic is given over exclusive to black artists. We're going to feature Open Mike Eagle, whose work I've admired for years and whose lyrical wit and incision about race in America has always been a standout aspect of his work. We'll be feature artists old and new, from the US, the UK, and elsewhere.

Please, take a moment to learn about organisations you can support during this moment of desperate anxiety by reading our blog post here.

Playlist

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  1. Hate This Pain (feat. Marta) by Tricky on Fall to Pieces (False Idols) $ Buy
  2. Super Sad Generation by Arlo Parks on Super Sad Generation (Beatnik) $ Buy
  3. Home is Where the Hatred Is by Gil Scott-Heron on Pieces of a Man (Ace) $ Buy
  4. Break
  5. Made in America - SD50 B-Boy Mix by Del the Funky Homosapian on The Best of Del tha Funky Homospanian (Elektra) $ Buy
  6. The World (Is Going Up in Flames) by Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band on No Time For Dreaming (Daptone) $ Buy
  7. Racism 2.0 (feat. Sammus) by Open Mike Eagle on The New Negroes (Season 1) (Comedy Central Records) $ Buy
  8. Ain't No Sunshine by Radkey on Ain't No Sunshine (Radkey) $ Buy
  9. Break
  10. Whitey on the Moon by Gil Scott-Heron on The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Ace) $ Buy
  11. Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes by Open Mike Eagle on Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes (Auto Reverse) $ Buy
  12. Black Steel (feat. Martina Topley-Bird) by Tricky on Maxinquaye (Island) $ Buy
  13. Jungle Bunny by Kele on 2042 (Kola) $ Buy
  14. Stepping Hard by Root Manuva on Bleeds (Big Dada) $ Buy
  15. Break
  16. Shadows of Tomorrow (feat. Quasimoto) by Madvillain on Madvillainy (Stones Throw) $ Buy
  17. Anti-American Graffiti by J Dilla on Donuts (Stones Throw) $ Buy
  18. Drone Warfare (feat. Nas & Pharoahe Monch) by DJ Shadow on Our Pathetic Age (Mass Appeal) $ Buy
  19. Cleveland by Algiers on The Underside of Power (Matador) $ Buy
  20. Break
  21. Haunted Water by Spelling on Mazy Fly (Sacred Bones) $ Buy
  22. Where is Home? by Bloc Party on A Weekend in the City (Vice Records) $ Buy
  23. Microfiche by Open Mike Eagle on What Happens When I Try to Relax (AutoReverse) $ Buy
  24. The Blacker The Berry by Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope) $ Buy
  25. Break
  26. The People (feat. Chuck D) by De La Soul on The People (A.O.I.) $ Buy
  27. Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar) by Beyoncé on Lemonade (Parkwood Entertainment) $ Buy
  28. Mass Destruction (P*nut & Sister Bliss Mix) by Faithless on No Roots (BMG) $ Buy
  29. Smiling (Quirky Race Doc) by Open Mike Eagle & Paul White on Hella Personal Film Festival (Mello Music) $ Buy
  30. Break
  31. America by Sammus on M'other Brain (Nublack) $ Buy
  32. Black (Live at The BRITs) by Dave on Psychodrama (Neighbourhood Recordings) $ Buy
  33. Mme Rieux by Algiers on The Underside of Power (Matador) $ Buy
  34. Break
  35. A Report to the Shareholders by Run the Jewels on Run The Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels) $ Buy