South Bavarian brother-duo blΔnc (featuring 4D friend Unimog) are up with another 4D exclusive, and what a tune it is- the first time I heard this one, I knew the blog had to feature it. What on the surface appears to be a poppy garage tune, is brilliantly so much more. A small blipping melody accompanies the slightly stretched trance vocals, and in an instant, the burial-esque percussion and surprisingly heavy sub take command. Upon this change-of-pace, the vocals pitch shift and take a back seat, itself becoming an instrument (a blΔnc trademark). The sub dominates the headspace, only to take breaks and let the beautiful percussion and dark background FX shine in what is one of the best uses of “stop-and-go” I’ve ever heard. Eventually a trance saw comes in, which only adds more to the dark and hopeless feeling of this tune, and further shows the true genius of this duo. Nothing less than breathtaking, this is a truly special one, and while we at 4D know not everyone will appreciate it, out to those who do, and out to blΔnc for the constant stream of quality.
4D’s own Drooka teams up with 4D regular Krease to put together this dark mechanical one called ‘Tinman’. A sparse and clean minimal intro starts off the tune, with basic percussion and an accompanying ambiance. At the 51 second mark, the Tinman announces his presence, at which point all hell breaks loose. Krease’s trademark oldschool wobbles and deep 808’s take the listener without mercy, as a screeching metallic sound dances through the air. Percussion that screams Drooka (with hints of Krease’s work) hold the track together. This beautiful formula plays on for the most of the tune, and I personally wouldn’t have it any other way. Krease switches up his bass work for the second drop, with more presence of his wobbles and the interactions of them between the other elements of the tune. Both producers’ individual talents really shine through on this one, out to Drooka and Krease for the free download! Let’s hope this isn’t the only collaboration the two see.
Epoxtacy presents his darkly written ‘Multiverse’ to the 4D world. Straight from the 00:00 mark, a dark ambiance fills the air. Hi-hats create a sort of life-raft for the listener to hold on to, later joined by kicks. This sea of darkness continues until the heavy sub and waving growl intertwine the sparse, yet groovy beat. As the tune progresses, the midrange takes more varied dominance over the track, as bongos and an even more chilling ambiance are introduced. A tastefully minimal one, despair fills this multiverse.
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
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.
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.