With the country in lockdown, there’s no better time to broaden your horizons with some new music.
SWU.FM, Bristol’s newest radio station has brought a new lease of life to the music scene at a time when it can be hard to find positives. Focused on electronic music, the station’s schedule covers a host of local talent, including a number of dBs students, alumni and staff. As we push through a prolonged period of indoors time, here are six of our favourite shows to lock your ears into.
Sonic – First Wednesday of the month
Music Production and Sound Engineering graduate Mateusz Glimasinski aka Sonic has long been taking Bristol by storm with his unique productions and ever-surprising DJ sets.
Transcending the limitations of genre, his show is a showcase of diverse sounds from across the globe. In his own words “my main focus is just having fun.” Expect loads of unheard tracks from lesser-known artists and well as guest mixes and great chat from some of Sonic’s favourite artists.
Sir Hiss – Last Wednesday of the month
DJ and Music Production grad Jeff Emmott aka Sir Hiss is the pioneer of a unique sound and style Grime production that draws inspiration from across the musical spectrum.
Sir Hiss’s show on SWU is a mix of his favourite genres, jam-packed with exclusive selections from established and up-and-coming talent, along with guest mixes, interviews and freestyles.
Peachin' – Fourth Saturday of the month
Co-run by Electronic Music Production alumni Alexi King, Peachin' is a female-led collective that aims to offer a change of scenery in the music and dance culture within Bristol. A space that represents fun, positivity and forward thinking.
Their show on SWU is pure good vibes, taking you on a journey through RnB, garage, afrobeats, hip hop, dancehall, funky house, 90s dance and disco.
Cult Community Show – Every other Sunday
Cult Community is an events brand and community platform. Focussing on progressive ways of thinking and doing, it provides a place for people to get involved in underground music cultures.
Hosted by Medis and dBs Music lecturer, Ickle, the Cult Community show is dedicated to shining a light on local artists and pushing the Bristol sound. Expect fresh tunes and talented artists paired with current events and key discussions within the music industry.
Bandulu Records – Last Thursday of the month
Revered for releasing everything on vinyl, Bandulu is a grassroots grime and dubstep label. It counts among its members dBs alumni and tutor Courtney Beckford aka Hi5Ghost who released his iconic Kung Fu Kick EP through the label in 2014.
Hi5Ghost is joined on SWU.FM by Bandulu founders Kahn and Neek alongside fellow collective member Boofy.
The AFT Raps Show – Last Saturday of the month
Headed up by DJ-ing and Electronic Music Production lecturer Sam Fergusson (DJ Frenic), AFT Raps is an offshoot of the long-established AFT Records Collective.
Operating as a record label and club night, AFT Raps aims to provide a platform for some of freshest Hip Hop in the South West. The AFT Raps radio show builds on these activities, showcasing some of the latest and best Hip Hop from the UK and beyond. Tune in for interviews, live sessions and the latest releases from local and global artists and producers.
You can listen to SWU.FM online or, if you are local to Bristol, you can tune in at 107.3 FM.
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