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.
We at 4D are extremely proud to present the 2013 4D Xmas release, this time around it’s grown from an EP to an LP! With 15 tracks from us and our good friends especially for you, we hope you enjoy the variety of these sonic textures and the journeys these tunes present to you. Written by producers from all over the world- from Brazilian kingpin Mishva, to German producers Love the Cook and Unimog, to Canadian bossman iNTRiKeT, to Rotterdam’s finest Christopher Yikes, to New Zealand badman Kismet, to the UK and USA crews, the holiday cheer is everywhere, and we hope all involved have a great end of the year/beginning of the next. It’s safe to say that 2014 will see even more quality free bass music coming from the 4D camp, and we hope to see you there. All we ask is that if you enjoy these tunes, share them with the ones you love. Cheers and bless, 4D.
4D Xmas 2013 LP Tracklisting: 01 Christopher Yikes & M.A.K.Z. – Reformists 02 Mishva – Zephyr 03 Drooka – Quiver 04 Echomaker – Rudeboy Dub 05 Weapon X – System 06 Unimog – Diamond Tower 07 Love The Cook – Snakes 08 Karnage & MarkIV – Currents 09 Atnos – Arnica 10 el Jeffe – When It’s Cold 11 Step-A-Side – Optionless 12 Kismet – Mind Sphere 13 Krease – Krypton 14 Black Sun Empire & Noisia – Hideous (Fabricator Remix) 15 iNTRiKeT - Fanaa
Little Bandcamp EP I’ve decided to put together featuring three of my own solo tunes. Not gonna be here for the rest of 2013 so I thought I might as well make these new bits available to download in some way or another!
As of 03.07.13 my good mates Drooka (Mike) and Echomaker (Ronnie) will be running all things 4D whilst I’m away - so it will all be the same basically!
Much love and respect to all the supporters so far, loads more fresh music to come in 2014…
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.”
Ritual kicks off with a tense pad highlighted by timid hi-hats and a high register lead that sets the completely eerie mood of this tune. Without much warning, this production is suddenly brought to life as energetic bongos swoop in to up the pace of the surrounding elements. Additional synthetic elements serve to further the tension of the intro as they dance around the percussion.
The drop hits with a release of the immense energy being built throughout the beginning of the tune.A relentlessly pumping sub is held in check by the rhythm of a distant snare, closely controlling the pace of this tune.Between the intertwined atmospheres and subtle evolution of the percussion, there is no denying the primal energy created by Sleeper on this one.
After easing into a percussion filled break, the listener is hit with an unexpected second drop. Setting up the rest of the release, the tune quickly rebuilds all of the lost tension with a deafening combination of bass swells and heavily reverbed snare hits lined up in perfect, half-step fashion.
Tidal picks up right where Ritual left off: with a lingering, damp atmosphere.Hand drums filter in alongside the shuffle of hi-hats to confirm the tribal rhythms to come.This time through, Sleeper opts to go slow and steady as he builds towards the drop, which flows seamlessly from the introduction.
The arrival of the sub-bass alongside the steady ring of percussion creates a steppy groove which is driven along by the ebb and flow of alternating snare and rim hits. The reverb set to these elements is astounding as it creates a mood perfectly reminiscent of a foggy, twilight shore.
At the second drop, Sleeper showcases his technical abilities as his percussive elements vary to create a seriously mental groove. The hand drums weave in between the heavy kick progression, sure to give any listener an intense, head-bobbing workout. The ever-present atmosphere and developing growls leave listeners intrigued up until the tunes abrupt final bar.
As synthetic echoes fill the room above a swirl of spacey atmosphere and crispy percussive elements, there is an unmistakably organic techno vibe given off by Quadrant.
The drop slices through, dominated by a pulsing sub, rolling percussion, and a sharp, high register stab that keeps the groove pinned to each beat. Without warning a twisting reese takes over the mix, signaling for one final release of percussive tension before Quadrant swiftly drops out into a minimal break that leaves listeners uneasy with anticipation.
The second drop rolls in with an energy that would not be out of place at a warehouse rave, created by extreme low end power and consistent synth stabs that highlight an undying percussive barrage. The missing atmosphere and synthetic growls are subtly added back to the mix, until they run in full force once again. Starting with the heavy percussion, these elements begin to dissipate from their peak, slowly easing the listener off of this enormous tune (and release).