South Bavarian producer Unimog (also known as Moguri, Stratos Zero, and the co-producer of Blanc’s latest release) is a new one to the 4D blog, but not to music production. Having (silently) been in the game for almost 10 years, Unimog produces an almost impossible array of music, from italo disco, to 80’s synth pop, to IDM, to future garage, and as you can hear today, to dubstep. Unimog wrote a plethora of dubstep tunes back in 2011 and 2012 that are finally now seeing release, ‘Shuriken’ is the first of these. An oriental flute soars throughout the track as minimalistic percussion and a tearing bass line accompany. Towards the end, the music slows while the familiar flute takes on an echoing solo, with small ambiances in the background, not unsimilar to some of Unimog’s other work. The tearing bass takes over, to pick the pattern back up and conclude this menacing tune. I’ve been pushing him hard to get some of his other tracks out, so hopefully more of these gems will see the light of day.
"Russian born, now London based producer FJH steps up with a very generous offering to the bass music community: the Metamorphosis EP. This EP takes no time getting to the point; ‘Cursed Triangle’ instantly surrounds the listener with cool chords, beating percussion, and a warm sub. Horns swell as the bass line gallops along, all the while fuzzy hints of a vocal hum embraces the listener. ‘Dirty Hands’ slows down the action with a smooth lead and laid back plucks. A driving sub guides the track along as minimally appropriate percussion accompany. Midway though the track electro stabs command attention, further adding to the downtempo- yet grooving and lustful- rhythm. ‘Mort’ picks the pace back up with piano chords, guitar licks, smooth vocals, and other tasteful orchestrations. A hollow bass hits first while the familiar sub follows in aftermath. The track does not let up, as new and interesting orchestrations take turns presenting themselves within the music, all the while the beat keeps the listener’s head moving. Last but definitely not least is ‘Second Jahz’. Reversed female vocals play as jittery percussion, guitar chords, piano hits, and a melancholic violin open the track. Sub and piano guide the track as precise beats and fx fills the air around the sad vocals. A twisting midrange presents itself after the vocalist takes a break, only to be joined in duet moments later. This brilliant collaboration plays through the rest of the track until a solitary piano, reminiscent of a pianist playing out a vocalist in a small, dark, and smoke-filled 20th century lounge, closes the EP. With no moment short of sonic brilliance, FJH really sets the bar high and takes no prisoners with the Metamorphosis EP. This is not one to miss for lovers of smooth, yet driving, bass music." - @echomaker
"We here at 4D have been fortunate enough for the opportunity to team with Iron Shirt Recordings on their latest project: a free release from the one Yokai. Mystery surrounds the man, a mystery which spills over into his weighty productions. ‘Odd’ wastes no time imprinting this distinction as it is introduced with a troubling vocal and completely alien tone. As the apprehension mounts, listeners are reintroduced to something familiar… weight. Yokai holds no bars at the drop with a threatening halfstep combination of subsonic frequencies and midrange creations that might as well originate from Mars. ‘Horror Park’ further twists dark perceptions out of the sound spectrum with an all too real theme park score. It’s apparent that this production could serve as a dancefloor basher with all of its weight and snap, yet it also aspires to be something more cerebral – a mindmelding, late night headphone listen. A big thank you to Yokai and Iron Shirt Recordings for sharing this unique set of tunes with us (for free, nonetheless) and, of course, out to all of the Deep, Dark, Dungeon, Dubstep supporters out there." - @drooka
Coming off of releases on U.S.V and Midnight City Recordings along with a forthcoming slated on Dubtribu Records, Krease has been making quite the name for himself thus far in 2013. Following up his recent 4D exclusive - “Soundboy Plate” remixes - the Under Surveillance head honcho has offered up this weighty recipe of big-name tunes and dubplate tricks - all for the ears of the 4D fam… @krease
Tracklist- - Karnage & Mark IV - Pulse (Annihilate Audio) - Krease - Eastern Trip (Forthcoming Dubtribu Records) - Youngsta & Seven - Masia Mara VIP (Uprise Audio) - Digid - Strike Back (FKOF Freebie) - LX One - You VIP (Wheel & Deal REcords) - Krease - Quarantine (Forthcoming Annihilate Audio) - Jubei & J Kenzo - Visions (Metalheadz) - Krease - Source Kode (4D Exclusive) - Eugh & Khafu - Life or Death (Dubtribu Freebie) - Dj Madd - Follow Dub (Roots and Future) - Karnage & Mark IV - The Vault (Annihilate Audio) - LX One - Why (Wheel & Deal) - Matt u - Danger (krease remix) - Krease - Krypton (DUB) - Step A Side & Eese - Long Range (Annihilate Audio) - Truth - Surveillance Society (Freebie) - HAACK - Vicious (Freebie) - Dead Noise System - Skull & Bones (Freebie) - Krease - A New God (Forthcoming Dubtribu Records) - Outbound - Biotic (DUB) - Krease - Demons (DUB) - Krease - Untitled (DUB)
No stranger to the 4D blog, Scottish producer The Nibelheim Incident presents “The Snake Devil”. Ancient, mysterious pads open the story-tale of a track, while hissing and bending hats pick up and lead the way. The narrator does his job at explaining the Snake Devil, but the music really does the telling. Quick hits ferry the track along, while driving percussion sit in the back ground. The Snake Devil lets out a horrendous scream in the second drop, neatly wrapping up the kind of narrative track that we would expect from The Nibelheim Incident.
New Zealand based producer Portal steps up with the mysterious “Condemned”. Playful hats accompanied by ominous ambiances open the track, followed by haunting oriental strings. At the 55 second mark, things hit full force, bringing in a fat kick and even fatter sub. The occasional growl springs up from the depths, perhaps the voices of the condemned themselves. Serious eyes-down business, this one shouldn’t disappoint.
Ibiza-based producer kai li’s Whalesong is a special one. A lush pad invites the listener in, only to be bombarded with a wild pulsating sub line. Swinging drums and percussion lines intertwine while dark growls mysteriously fill the air, all while the the somber pad washes over the beat, like slow sad waves on a beach. If Whalesong serves as any clue into the future, it’s safe to say that we can expect a lot more from the one known as kai li… @kailimusic
Italian producer Stereotipate presents a unique track called “Misanthropic”, and what a track it is. The soft sound of wind, accompanied by a kick, crash, and hat, grab the listener instantly from the beginning of the track. Shakers fasten the pace while the occasional midrange growl sneaks in and out, eventually leading to the first drop. Rather than dominating the track like most first drops do, the first drop in “Misanthropic “ seems to be more-or-less a part of the introduction, as the real magic happens later in the first drop, and predominantly in the second. Clear percussion, grooving kicks, a throbbing sub, and the occasional midrange keep the listener interested throughout this adventure of a track. While you’d think a track titled Misantrophic would aim to alienate one from humanity, Stereotipate’s production seems to lend to the opposite effect.
Apologies for the lack in content lately, I (Echomaker) don’t have internet at home anymore, and Drooka has been really busy lately, but we’re proud to announce the latest 4D EP, Krease’s “Soundboy Plate Remixes”, featuring a remix by Dead Noise System, a VIP by Krease himself, and a footwork remix by Crypticz.
Lots more to come soon, but for now, enjoy this weighty one!
Northern California based bass music producer (and Full Crate Records co-owner) The Goon was kind enough to share his track “Warp”, which was previously featured exclusively on the Full Crate Vol. 2 physical compilation. This deep, yet almost grimy, one is a tune we’re proud to host.
Here we are with something a bit different: Certified Bass Records approached us about giving away a tune off Subver5ion's latest release, Jinx EP, for free exclusively through 4D. So this isn't just a 4D exclusive, but serves as promo for the entire release. If you're feeling it, I'd 100% suggest looking into the rest of the diverse EP, as there's something for everyone. Solid release!
Taking inspiration from early Skream and Rusko, Massachusetts producer Chizzla brings us this piece of bass heavy work that sounds like it came from a 2006 compilation. Garnering support from the likes of Joe Nice, it’s truly an honor to have this up-and-comer featured on the blog. Keep an eye on this one, we can say first hand that there are big things in the works.
Coming at you today are two names you’ve definitely heard; Arkwright and Hadda. Turning the original (unreleased) oriental vocal heavyweight into a deep roller, Hadda does not disappoint with this one. Help yourself to the WAV if you’d like!
Having distinguished themselves’ with their formative & individual sound, Andre & Tristan (Truth) have continually sought out quality production, with solid momentum moving into summer 2013. The originally New Zealand based duo has…
Coming to you from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Common Knowlidge is strongly rooted among the growing fraternity of underground bass support in North America. Already a local influence as both a DJ and producer, he has garnered international support from the likes of Korrupt and MAKZ. Naturally it was only a matter of time until we had the pleasure of pushing his material on 4D…
Tracklist – -Karnage & MarkIV – Encounter (Common Knowlidge Remix) [4D Download] -KurtRocSkee - Let Me See That [Forthcoming Dubtribu] -Alive - Hollow Tree [Forthcoming Dubtribu] -Quantum Soul - Underworld [Uprise Audio] -Matieu – Asgaurd [Forthcoming Dubtribu] -Deafblind - Mixed Signals [Forthcoming Sub Pressure] -Juss B – Below [Tuba] -KurtRocSkee - Nobody [Forthcoming Dubtribu Records] -Alive - Africa [Forthcoming Dubtribu Records] -Deafblind - Before The Crash [DUB] -Juss B – Friction [FKOF] -Mishva - Soundboy [Phantom Hertz] -Slaven - Whispers [Badimup] -Content - Two Left Feet [Content003] -Chewie - Mesmerized [Mixmag Freebie] -Feonix & Fialko - Night Creatures[Redshift-One] -Subdued - Tribal Face [Forthcoming Audiocalligraphy] -Karnage- Rez [DUB]