This week’s Sunday mixtape comes courtesy of Swerve Saturdays, self described as “a few guys who love bass heavy electronic music”, you can catch them dropping the latest and greatest tunes on their weekly online radio show "Swerve Saturdays" on Bondi Beach Radio. Inspired by shows on RinseFM and pirate radio, these guys are your perfect pre-Saturday night warm up session, and are available to set fire to your dancefloor upon request. This week’s mixtape features a diverse selection of tunes, with each member taking us through some of their favourite tracks right now. Turn those speakers up and enjoy.
How did it all start and who is involved?
Swerve is 3 DJ's - Kiz, Beans and Nait, and an MC - Versace Taco aka Yung Agamemnon.
It started when Kiz made a connection with Bondi Beach Radio and was offered a slot, decided to bring his motley crew of mates to share the fun and get a bit of a party vibe going in the studio. Each of the lads have a strong passion for the music and we're having a great time hanging out and playing tunes so it feels like we're on the right path, ready to keep it going bigger and better. It's also a great platform for us to give shine to some of our friends that are making tunes or DJing.
We've had guest DJ's come in on the regular, so far we've had Roleo from Daily Meds, German techno boss man Red Robin, Bec Paton, Typhonic, Jimi Polar, Kid Fiction, Beetee, Hamish Radford and a bunch of other champions.
What can someone expect when they tune into Swerve?
We aim to be a prelude to your Saturday night on the town, the boys on the decks mixing energetic beats with plenty of bass. Not for laptop speakers. It's an interactive show so we like our listeners to jump on the FB or Twitter for shoutouts or even phone in to the station for some banter (Big up J-Raw & the pinga boys). Genre-wise we move around a lot, you'll hear house, techno, grime, dubstep, jungle, juke, hip hop and everything in between. Once a month we take on a theme to switch things up a bit and keep it interesting, we've had a hip hop spesh, golden era UK and coming up soon is a Dub/Reggae show with a very special guest, we'll be exploring a bunch of tunes that have been inspired by reggae and Jamaican soundsystem culture + some classics.
You can stream/download all our previous shows here www.soundcloud.com/swerve-saturdays
Are there plans for Swerve to take it to the dancefloor and play out at any venues?
We've played out as a collective at a regular free club night "Construct" of which Kiz is a part of. Peace to those guys, great vibes at the Gladstone. We have a really crazy warehouse party in the works for early March so keep tuned into the show and we'll reveal details when we can.
Please tell us about the tracks you have selected.
We chose a few tunes each so that you get a feel for the diversity of tastes within the crew, just tunes that we've been feeling recently.
Finally, when can we listen in and how do we find you?
Saturdays 6-8pm on bondibeachradio.com.au
Jonwayne - Luda Goes To Church And I DL Lex Lugers Drum Kit
This tune to me just exemplifies what a good remix should be. Two familiar elements combined to give you something totally new and unexpected. Luda in a fucking church mane. GO-LO.
Jarreau Vandal - Perfect For Me
I'm a sucker for some sneaky rhodes keys and the way the synth parts culminate in such a big lush sound, along with the sweet (cheesy) vocal. It screams eccy love in all the right ways. Always watching what Soulection is dropping, shit is the future.
Falcons - Vroom
Banger. Heavyweight bass hits and the swirling vrrrroooommm gets ya lurching and headnodding, sprinkles of Missy, what more could you ask for? Out on HW&W recordings, another team to keep an eye on, some great producers.
Pusha T - Numbers on the board
The seminal beat of last year, not much more can be said about this beat than what's already been said. Straddling the line between multiple dance floor genres, yet undeniably hip hop, this tune is not only a dance floor destroyer but also great home listening.
ASAP Ferg - Shabba
I'm reminded of the Mighty Boosh episode where a famous author believes he can tell if a book is great by its first line. With an opening line of "Short n****r but my dick tall", you know this tune is going to be great. Comedic lyrical content (although i'm unsure if this is intentional) with an absolutely huge beat. Big tune!
Friend Within - The Renegade (Special Request Murder Mix)
Paul Woolford is already an established name in the UK dance music scene, yet last year he proved that he is one of the best and most versatile producers with his Special Request releases. Harking back to a bygone era, this remix takes an already big Friend Within tune to another level, popping out of any mix and absolutely destroying any dance floor that it comes in contact with. Massive!
Paleman - The Day
Finally another release from Paleman. Young blood on Swamp 81. This track is the first for Swamp in 2014 and in typical Paleman style he keeps it simple. Sparse and devoid of any melodic elements. 808s with a cut up vocal sample “Let me see you go on and dance…” . Paleman is all about the percussion. The flipside “Handy Clue” is a banger as well.
Sing along to this one. Its an ear worm.
Xhin - Claw Eyes
I have only just started really listening to Techno and this is doing my head in. Simple in structure, complex in design. Absolutely loving this sound right now.
So when Taco explained what was asked of me for this segment, the tracks that instantly came to mind.. well they aren't released yet, let alone have soundcloud links. I’m the sort of dude who loves the pulse, the fast side of things, digging through peoples sets on radio & live performances looking for the new flavours that the elite few have access to and are using to steer the audience in a different direction or change the scene.
Bodyjack - I Wanna Be
The first track I have chosen is by Bodyjack. I think he is pushing the whole rave revival in house. He's on that special request, Lvis 1990s tip! where the old school house flavour is coming back whether it be ghetto or jungle influenced. I'm loving the ravey vibe, the raw stabs the breaks. It’s just heaps of fun. Bodyjacks live mix has been on my ipod for the past few weeks and I cant get enough of it. This track itself is part of EP he released on Hypercolour. If you don’t know that label just stick you head back in the sand.
Mushy - Double Trouble
The next track is something I chose based on talking to the guru from the Sydney bass scene, Andrew Bass Bayan. His predictions for the year had a lot to do with Benton and Mushy. The whole Swamp/School records thing, the whole we make techno from a bass frame of mind thing, and how good is techno! This track is fire I can see people skanking hard at about 3am in a dirty space with good friends!
Dusky Vs Noir & Haze - Flo Jam Around
Lastly I chose something that is totally something you would expect from me. A RnBish re-edit for all the ladies to get down too. I love the RnB revival in dance music that keeps coming back and its always something you will here in my sets, coz lets face it I just want the ladies to dance and that’s what it is all about. This edit has breathed new life into an older dusky tune that was already fire! I do realise it’s not a typical RnB tune, it’s a bit modern but i think it has that vibe, plus no one has done a new Ciara or Aaliyah remix in a while, and i’m still waiting for animal youth to drop cassie!.
Wish the dude would respond to my emails i need this tune!
Ed. Well that was massive! Remember you can catch Swerve Radio Saturdays 6-8pm on