13-09-2023 Music 20

Electronic Bodies compilation in aid of Ukraine

Electronic Bodies compilation in aid of Ukraine

Side-Line Magazine has launched a brand new charity compilation, called 'Electronic Bodies', including 88 tracks from the electronic / EBM underground. Now available exclusively via Bandcamp, this epic collection follows a tradition of music compilations aimed at raising funds for worthy causes, facilitated by the Belgian electro industrial magazine Side-Line.  

Active since 1989 as a magazine with a focus on electro and industrial music, Side-Line also releases free compilations for darkwave, postpunk, electropop, synthpop and industrial music, offering artists a platform for wider exposure and spearheading charity initiatives. Their most recent compilations include 'Electronic Resistance - A Darkwave / Post-Punk Compilation From The Ukrainian Underground' and 'Electronic Resistance - Reconstruction'.

Curated by Side-Line's Chief Editor Bernard Van Isacker, this compilation is a tale of two halves: the first immerses you in old-school vibes, while the latter offered the bands some extra freedom as far as sound is concerned. This time around, all donations will go towards the provision of psychological support for Ukraine soldiers and citizens suffering from PTSD.

Diving deep into the rhythms of EBM (Electronic Body Music), New Beat, and their contemporary offshoots, this compilation features artists from countries spanning from Germany to Australia, the United States to Estonia, and many more. It's clear that EBM still resonates worldwide and this after the genre was established more than 40 years ago!

"I recently came across an article detailing the psychological toll of the war initiated by Russia against Ukraine. The repercussions are devastating, with families torn apart and a surge in divorces and suicides. Many are grappling with PTSD, a condition that arises after experiencing traumatic events. Symptoms disrupt daily life, manifesting as flashbacks, avoidance behaviours, and a host of other issues. If we’re in a position to assist, we should," says Bernard Van Isacker.

"While it’s undeniably sombre, it’s essential to recognise our privileged position compared to their plight. Rather than symbolic gestures, I advocate for tangible action. The West should be doing more. The disparity between resources squandered on frivolities and the valiant efforts of the Ukrainian populace defending their homeland infuriates me."

The magazine’s commitment to showcasing a blend of emerging talents and seasoned bands remains unwavering. After all, Side-Line is a platform to launch new talents. While not every artist boasts high-end studio equipment, some of these tracks have been masterfully enhanced by Erlend Eilertsen (Lights A.M, Essence Of Mind).

Offering a tangible connection to the music, the magazine offers an exclusive 'Electronic Bodies' T-shirt and, in true EBM spirit, a combo package that includes a limited edition hand-numbered Electronic Bodies flask. Each merch order includes a download of the compilation, ensuring that the beats never stop. Shipping takes places in the first week of October and placing orders as soon as possible allows SideLine to know what amount of stock needs to be order.

'Electronic Bodies' is out now, along with related merch. Available by donation, find it Bandcamp,

Read also