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Halldór is the managing editor of Shouts - Music from the Rooftops!, an investigative journalist, audio engineer and an animal rights activist. Currently based in Granada, Spain.

5 New Protest Music Albums For The Summer (That You Might Not Have Heard Of)

Whether you want some rap, punk, whether you want your summer music low key or theatrical, we hope you find something to your liking below.

Father Fury by Father Fury

This anarchist, priest-fronted punk band just released their first full length album and it is just the stuff to play under the scorching sun with some refreshments at hand and friends around.

Mi Volto e Mi Rivolto by Léon les Cailloux

“Themes of summer, protest, friendship and sisterhood string the album together. Moving from women workers’ demonstrations in the north of Italy a hundred years ago, to a group of friends taking shelter from the summer rain in Aveyron, to intersectional demonstrations in the streets of France in December 2019, and ending with Woody Guthrie’s Hobo’s Lullaby, Léon reworks songs from far away and long ago, and writes new ones too, in order to address our current times, mixing anger with solidarity, gratefulness, tenderness and courage.” – taken from the album’s Bandcamp page.

Sweet Talk by Wes Watkins

Wes Watkins makes subtle music with tons of important messages. He does not “claim to have all the answers” but he marches on presenting his thoughts, experiences and ideas for how we can all get along better. The song ‘Mason’ is a recommended listen that features dramatic melodies, beautiful lyrics and, like some of the other songs, audio clips of James Baldwin speaking.

Big Black: Stand At Attica by Stand At Attica

“Big Black: Stand At Attica is the sound of uprising and revolution! It is the story of an extraordinary man facing off against inhumane conditions and a callous Governor. It is a call for prison reform that is as relevant today as it was half a century ago.” – taken from the album’s Bandcamp album.

Product of the Outrage by Build and Destroy

Build and Destroy claim that their newly released rap album is a mandatory listen for oppressed people of the world. We don’t disagree.

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Icelandic Female Musicians Unite In Protest Of A Biased Music Industry

Using the hashtag #viðerumhér (which translates to we are here) Icelandic women have come together and created a fast growing playlist showcasing the musical variety of women creators in the Icelandic music industry.

Although being famed for equality, Iceland has its problems and plenty of them. Recent studies have shown that it is far more dangerous of a place than portrayed. Women in music get pushed aside and not thought of as worthy enough as the men. Again and again big concerts or festivals get produced with no or very few women artists and they have long ago had enough.

Though it is a serious subject the women involved use humor as well; the username of the playlist is easylistening, pointing out how in Iceland it is common to think of female musicians creating only soft elevator music.

Cover photo is created by Ólöf Erla Einarsdóttir from Svart design.

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Song Of The Day: Mini Milk By Gramn

On the Facebook page of musician Gramn there is a fairly specific description of the artist stating that she is “the irreverent voice of a young woman who tackles the trauma of her youth by creating raggo but honest music. Imagine a contemporary British Missy Elliot who spent time in detention singing with Jackie Wilson, left and made dark Trap and R&B tunes with Lapalux”.

All we can confirm is that her new single Mini Milk is super smooth and very relevant today. The production and construction of the song is very mature and it gives a glimpse into a successful pop music future for the young musician.

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