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Topshelf Records 2021-2022 Label Sampler


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All proceeds from this sampler go to The National Network of Abortion Funds.

Every year (well, except 2019 because lol we just, idk, forgot?), we put together a "sampler" of sorts. Past iterations have been just a CD, simply a SoundCloud playlist, or sprawling endeavors that attempt to document and showcase an entire music community. However we go about it, it's always a snapshot of what we're into—what we think is worth highlighting and revisiting—in that moment.

An annual sampler serves as a milestone or checkpoint. It allows for a look back at progress—the culmination of a year's worth of work—with and for artists that we're so fortunate, excited, and thankful to be affiliated with, especially now in these uncertain times.

It's been the most surreal of years, but I personally think this has been one of the strongest in terms of musical output that our label has had and this sampler attempts to showcase that. In this wild ass time where we're all chasing [several?] dangling carrot(s), and something new seemingly demands our attention at every moment, it's easy to miss the music that a niche record label is releasing. I get that lol! Consider this an opportunity to remedy that with a concise, hand-curated mix of what we've been up to over the past year or so.

This sampler is available as a free digital download here in our US shop, or if you prefer, free on Bandcamp. We've also made it into a playlist on your preferred streaming service.

Thank you for listening!


All purchases come with your choice of a FLAC, ALAC, MP3 320, MP3 VBR or AAC 256 download.

Please note: While this download is free, any amount you choose to pay will be donated to The Black Artist Fund, a nonprofit organization giving money directly to Black artists to combat systemic inequity in art.

Track List:

  1. i just need a second
  2. In My Neighborhood
  3. Skinless Takes A Flight
  4. Greetings
  5. Seen By You
  6. Older than before (Oswald made no way for himself)
  7. Come Around
  8. Sometimes
  9. leave the room and face the waves
  10. McNally Jackson
  11. Apartment Song
  12. Aislamiento
  13. at 39 is annie the oldest cat
  14. A Portrayal
  15. Goosebumps
  16. Go Through the Night
  17. Beat Up Shoes
  18. Woo (우)

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