Continuing with his string of recent success, Brazilian bass don Mishva (and part of the 4D fam) has provided two huge tracks for release on Portland based imprint Phantom Hertz.
The title track, ‘Soundboy’, kicks things off with a pad that immediately sets the deep and dangerous tone for this tune.As the intro progresses, the full bodied hi-hats quicken as a signature mid-range growl enters the mix just in time to prepare listeners for the forthcoming drop.
…”Soundbwoyyyyyy” ushers in a healthy dose of Mishva’s signature midrange synthesis and percussive rhythms. The sharp hats and reverberant rim hits ride a wave of pressure created by the deadly kicks and a sub sure to warrant the need for chestplate protection. Swells of distorted bass and long off atmospheric one-hits emerge, keeping the listener on edge throughout. Just as the first drop is hitting a stride, the murky atmosphere resurfaces and takes full control over the rest of the elements heading into the break.
The tension only continues to mount as the listener is slowly reintroduced to Soundboy with a minimal selection of percussion, pressure, and atmosphere. Just as the anticipation is about to overflow, Mishva pushes his high energy growls back to center stage for the conclusion of this tune.
From the first hit, it is hard to ignore the dub infusions of ‘Dharma’.Long delays, lush vinyl crackles, and deep dubby instrumentals highlight the introduction and suggest a more melodic second offering to this release.
The drop does not disappoint; as trademark midrange and sub bass once again fill out the space between the sharp half-step programming. Listeners are kept intrigued by the quick addition of a lively, high end shaker line which adds further movement to the dynamic of this tune. Dharma only continues to develop as the dub hits fall into to place keeping the beat amidst the surrounding elements.
A break emerges, consisting of an atmosphere constructed by deep delays and days-long reverb. As elements are slowly brought back to the listener’s attention, a subtle yet powerful pad enters the mix, adding yet another layer to this already complex tune.
After hearing this strong release (as well as the numerous other tunes already in his catalogue), it is clear that there is nothing standing in the way of Mishva in 2013. Already with a DSF awards nomination for “Best New Producer”, look for him to continue climbing the ranks and developing his already deadly sound.
Mishva - ‘Civilization’ (The Remixes) [Iron Shirt Recordings]
Featuring reworks from Tallan, Warsa, Native and Darj
Official ISR review from 4D family Drooka:
“Courtesy of Iron Shirt Recordings, four of the most talented producers in the game have collided to bring a remix release of Mishva’s wildly successful Civilization, off of the Gaia E.P. Hailing from different corners of the world, Native, Darj, Tallan, and Warsa have offered up their distinct takes for a release that is surely worthy of the original.
Tallan kicks this E.P. off with an altogether moody affair. Synthetic shrieks combine with the glitched-out, foreboding sample to paint a futuristic dystopia.
Immense pressure rides the waves of bass and mid-range that bridge the gap between each punchy snare. Incidental stabs hint at a forthcoming progression throughout the first bars of this drop. Just as the anticipation is peaking, a stab straight from techno’s golden age emerges, controlling the mix as energy begins to explode from the speakers.
This drive breaks to provide for an uneasy space. Mangled vocals of a lost transmission break through in a futile effort to provide a final warning before succumbing to the rise of rolling synthetic and percussive rhythms that prepare the listeners for the tunes that follow.
Warsa steps up to provide the next installment in a cinematic fashion. Cryptic scenes unfold in slow motion as the listener is brought back to consciousness by the delicately sculpted pads and percussion of the introduction. As the bass awakens, it smoothly winds its way beneath intricately programmed percussion. Bright rides and hats play hide and seek with a variety snares, creating a perpetually evolving landscape.
The atmosphere, however, is the true showcase of this production. Crafted from murky pads, tightly controlled reverb, and mysterious instrumental hits, a cohesive soundscape emerges to challenge listeners to find a deeper meaning within the tune. This classic vibe is held tight through the remainder of the tune, soothing listeners throughout its final moments.
Native is next on the buttons with a tribal reincarnation of Mishva’s production. The unmistakable vocal sample filters through a soundscape of deep, primitive rhythms and organic atmosphere.
The low end of the drop is highlighted by a heavy tom, which interacts perfectly with the sharp kicks to create a bouncy groove. Above this undergrowth, subtle rim hits cut through the shuffle of shakers and organic movement to provide some sense of order to the developing mix. High pitched calls swoon far above, unveiling yet another layer of depth to this production.
The second drop continues to highlight the percussive elements to the tune. Defined by an intricate wave of hits, introduction of a subtle hat line, and forceful kick programming, this rendition certainly sets the stage for the finale of this release.
Darj drops the needle to a characteristically deep atmosphere that sets an empty, apocalyptic tone, as ghostly percussive elements reverberate through the surrounding haze. Echoes of civilizations that once were provide a chilling lead to the drop, which hits heavy and low.
Warm sub bass swells beneath a stark halfstep pattern, a minimalism that leaves plenty of space for the evolving atmospherics. Shades of their former glory, distant growls flow back in time through the mix. Sharp snare hits fight off a warm tambourine until they are overtaken by the reemergence of the haunting darabukas. All the while, ever present steps of kick trigger subsonic vibrations that hold steady amidst the heightening pace and usher the listener to a break that once again reveals the true nature of this tune… desolation.”
With a silly amount of forthcoming releases and support from big names like Kaiju, Truth, Jakes, N Dread and Genetix (to name but a few from the long list), Ukrainian deep head Sqz Me is truly taking the underground dubstep scene by storm, so it was a pleasure to get him on a 4D mix: rolling in at just over an hour and packed full of some big tunes - this is definitely one of my favourites…
Tracklist - -Truth & Yayne - I Belong [Tempa] -Skream - Abstruse [Tempa] -N Dread - Pinball [M.U.D] -Biome & Kryptic Minds – The Raven [Osiris] -Sqz Me - Karma [DUB] -Deafblind & Warsa - Dark Frontier [DUB] -Demon - Cardiac Attack (DCult Remix) [FKOF Free DL] -ARtroniks - Onset (Sqz Me Remix) [DUB] -DCult - Sliver [M.U.D] -Perverse - Skeptic (ARtroniks Remix) [Free DL] -Kaiju feat. Flowdan - Hunter [Osiris] -Sqz Me feat. Mag Mag - Fear Me [DUB] -Hacktivist - Unlike Us (N Dread Remix) [???] -Slaven – The Hand That Feeds [M.U.D] -District - Antidote [Chestplate] -Kryptic Minds - Generation Dub [Swamp 81] -Juss B - Aftershock [Tuba Free DL] -Sqz Me - Oracle [Forthcoming Asscor Records] -Demon - Disco Biscuit [DUB] -Slaven - Militia [FKOF Free DL] -Sqz Me - Victim [Forthcoming Indigo Movement] -Quantum Soul & Lamb - Strong Root [Innamind] -Youngsta & LX One – Responsibility [Tempa] -Truth feat. Yayne - Raindancer (J:Kenzo Remix) [Free DL] -Vaun - Optimism [Free DL] -N Dread – About Your Love [ICU Audio] -Formless - False Reality [FKOF Free DL] -Formtek - Elegy [Free DL] -Phaeleh feat. Soundmouse - The Cold In You (Kahn Remix) [Afterglo]
Also, make sure you catch Sqz Me on Noize FM every Thursday 4-6pm (GMT)