The compilation is split between two cassettes, with all proceeds going towards charities after last year's Oakland fire.
The set was put together by Kris Petersen, the New York-based former label manager of DFA, and the title was taken from a Keith Haring quote about drawing. It comes out on January 30th and features producers from across the American DIY dance music spectrum (and beyond), including Oakland's Bookworms, Canadian artist D. Tiffany, Gavin Russom under his Black Meteoric Star alias, Optimo's JD Twitch, Patricia and Gobby, among many others. Daphni and Owen Pallet collaborate on "Julia" (the compilation's only previously released track), while a new song from Róisín Murphy and a Shinedoe remix of Pantha Du Prince are bonus tracks exclusive to the cassette edition.
All proceeds will be split evenly between The Gray Area Foundation For The Arts (which has set up a relief fund after the fire) and the Trans Assistance Project, which helps trans people reach resources.
"This compilation has been birthed due to a tragic event, but I do not want the compilation to be a souvenir of a tragedy," Petersen says. "I am instead aiming for a positive document of the beauty that exists in the minds, bodies, and spirits of our small, but global community. Many of the folks contributing have all played in, lived in, and truly loved DIY spaces like Ghost Ship."
The fire at Oakland venue Ghost Ship broke out during a 100% Silk event in early December, claiming 36 lives and triggering increased scrutiny on DIY and underground spaces.
You can stream a few tracks from the compilation.
01. Peter Gordon - Berlin Tales V
02. D. Tiffany - Groove4u
03. Black Meteoric Star - Universal Love
04. George Michelle - Showin' U How
05. Sage Caswell - Magic Hands
06. Rezi - I Got U
07. Ankle Shards - Back In Start
08. EZB - Mitchel
09. Iona Fortune - Lakmé
10. Bookworms - STE-000
11. Ciarra Black - Series Of
12. Space Brother - The Moon Is Always Full
13. JD Twitch - Guys & Girls Dancing
14. Lara Sarkissian - Geghard (Extended)
15. Daphni & Owen Pallett - Julia
16. Polygrains - R.A.W.
17. Smith Comma John - Baron Aloha Makes His Entrance
18. YACHT - One Life Animal
19. Benny Boeldt - Glamour 83
20. Nine - Planetary
21. Pantha Du Prince - Dream Yourself Awake (Shinedoe Remix) (Cassette Exclusive)
22. Textiles - Fathom
23. Peter Fonda - I Don't Have To Be Upset
24. Station North Sadboi - Fell's Boundary
25. Larry Gus - Yacc
26. Malory - Groan
27. Helado Negro - 808 Machete
28. Jjakub Jjakub - NTFFW
29. Soul Capsule - Lady Science (DEIPHIX Remix)
30. Lockbox - Psoea
31. Gobby - Friendly Commute
32. Twins - Just Breathe
33. WGM - Rings For The Block
34. Róisín Murphy - Narcissus [Cassette Exclusive]
35. Zachery Allan Starkey - Night Flight (Inst.)
36. Patricia - Thoughts 7
37. Alice Cohen - Dawn Electrique
38. Infinity Knives - Corgky's Debt
39. R Gamble - Stemming
40. Russell E. L. Butler - Robledo
41. Mike Simonetti - Release Yr Body To The Best (Sentient Program Remix)
42. Brilliant Face - Innocence Report
Lives Through Magic will release Lives Through Magic on January 30th, 2017.