"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)
For the latest installment in its catalogue, Iron Shirt Recordings has turned to fellow New Zealand natives, Morrison. The duo, with a sound signified by pristine sound design and an attention to melody, has stepped up in a large way to provide this two-sider for IRON20. ‘Terra’ eases into the experience with percussive mutterings of organic evolution and the establishment of a lush stab taken straight from the age of analogue. This climate is matched by fluid percussion, which calmly ebbs and flows along to the coy rhythms set by reverberant hi-hats and block hits. Beneath all of this, a solid sub bass lays a reliable foundation for the surrounding bloom; no frills, only pure weight. ‘Rainfade’ immediately picks up on a similar atmospheric tip, with an added murkiness that is typified by a morphing dub delay and gloomy design. This gives way to a relentless reign of percussion as a medley of hi-hats, shakers, clicks, and rimshots provide for a chilly rhythm above the once again steadfast sub pressure. For those unfamiliar with Morrison, this release serves as a perfect illustration of the intricacy with which the duo approaches production after production.
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.
East and West coasts collide as San Francisco based duo Subtle Mind teams with Brooklyn’s Tuba imprint to provide TUBA004d – Gravitate EP. Creative, coherent, and distinct, it comes as no surprise that this release already sits at #1 on Juno’s weekly deep dubstep bestsellers. ‘Gravitate’ is a bobby glimpse into the future of tribalism, with its heady percussion leading an intricate rhythm of plasmic instruments above a steppy backbone. ‘Shokunin’ follows with due respect to its Japanese definition, as well-crafted beats and a deeper sub-conscious combine in illusions of digital love. Next up, ‘On Deck’ impresses urban jazz with its loose drumming and all-too-real ensemble of band and brass, providing a well-timed bridge to this release. An introspective time machine, ‘Inner Self’ provides a bold, melodic perspective on the jungle origins of tight breaks, resonant low end, and raw emotion. Building on the pace of the previous with seamless grooves and an intense focus on weight, ‘Sand Snake’ leaves a final shady impact with its swaying low end and stealthy midrange work, which put a final stamp on this endlessly diverse journey. As if that’s not enough, the two parties have teamed to provide a dubby freebie with TUBAf005 - ‘Trench Dub’. Following this forward thinking statement in the finale of 2013, one can expect nothing short of momentum from both artist and label as the new year approaches.
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