In true Christmas spirit, three key players on the Bristol underground music scene have joined forces to release an album with the sole purpose of raising money for charity through their shared love of music. Providing a platform for the vast amount of great music emerging from the city’s underground, radio station SWU.FM have collaborated with Bristol based promoters The Blast and joint venture I Give You Give – charity’s answer to Bandcamp, founded by Foreign Concept and his Dad to create a platform that allows artists to give their music, remixes and live sets in return for donations to their chosen charities.
The new album, titled The Bridge, has been carefully curated to not only represent, but celebrate the city’s flourishing and varied music scene, with an important twist: All artists have given both their time and their tracks for free and 100% of the proceeds will go to three important charities: Help Bristol’s Homeless, Mental Health Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
All artists have given both their time and their tracks for free and 100% of the proceeds will go to three important charities
Released 18 December, the charity album will feature 16 tracks from local favourites selected from Bristol’s underground scene such as Phaeleh, Pinch and NYTA, as well as showcasing music from up-and-coming artists like L U C Y, Sepia and DJ Polo.
SWU.FM head Ollie Watton explains that the exciting new project has been in motion since the summer: ‘Matt, Foreign Concept, first pitched the idea for the album to us this summer. We’ve all worked together a few times and, more importantly, we’re all friends so it seemed like a fun project to get involved in.
After sending out an email to artists, we had way more submissions than we initially expected and had to whittle them down to just 16 tracks
‘Our aim’, he continues, ‘was to put together an album that features some up-and-coming talent alongside some well-known Bristol names. After sending out an email to artists, we had way more submissions than we initially expected and had to whittle them down to just 16 tracks.
‘We collectively chose three charities to donate the proceeds to. All worthy causes – especially Bristol Homeless, as it’s right on our doorstep. Homelessness is a huge problem in the city and is particularly hard to see at this time of year.’
Homelessness is a huge problem in the city and is particularly hard to see at this time of year
The Bridge is available to download now from igiveyougive.org/thebridge, for a minimum donation of £5. Aside from the important fact you can supporting some brilliant charities by purchasing The Bridge, we’ve not seen this level of Bristol talent on one album together before, with 18 underground artists at the peak of their own scenes, from drum and bass to grime, dubstep, dub, house R&B and more. Check out the tracklist below:
Break – Rollerblade
DJ Polo – cmd3
Dr Meaker – Watcha
Emperor – Dig
Foreign Concept x Sam Binga – Neck Sweat
GotSome – All Night
Ishan Sound – Ghosted
Javeon – Chop It Up
Kyrist – Impasse
L U C Y – Blue
NYTA – Bad Intentions
Phaeleh – Bongo Acid
Pinch – 2 Much
Sepia – Tic Tock
SNOW x Dismantle – One Way Out
Unkey – Karate Club VIP
DOWNLOAD THE BRIDGE: igiveyougive.org/thebridge
Words by Georgie Partington
Photo by Dominika Scheibinger