"South Bavarian producer Unimog is someone I’ve coordinated releases with closely for the past couple of years, and it was only a matter of time until we got together to release some sort of album on 4D. Consisting of 7 tracks written over the years, ‘Lord of the Farmers’ conveys a varying of his styles, from dungeon dubstep, to future garage, to trap-influenced beats, to sometimes simply unclassifiable bass music. Starting off with the orchestral-infused (yet powerful) ‘Elfenlied’, Unimog wastes no time conveying to the listener that he is capable of combining a plethora of influences to make something totally unique, and in my humble opinion, awe-inspiring. Unimog puts on his tribal mask for ‘In The Mountains’, a hectic mix of deep bass, percussions, and groove. One of the most notable aspects of this track is Unimog’s ability to convey a tribal feel, without relying on bongos and other over-used concepts that we’re hearing more and more each day. Next up is ‘Future 808’, an aptly named tune that describes what the sound is all about. A mix of hip-hop and futuristic nightmares, this is definitely another example of Unimog’s ability to combine separate ideas into something of its own. ‘Green Hills’ changes direction, bringing in future-garage beats with cinematic ambiance. ‘Shadow of the Colossus’ fans are in for a surprise with this. There’s a lot going on here- it’s something you’ll definitely have to listen to a few times to catch everything. ‘Take My Hand’ is a melting pot of various different sounds, that all converge together to be a very interesting dubstep track. Unimog hops onto remix duties with a re-working of GeNRL’s ‘Nine 0’. Here is a more traditional dubstep tune, showcasing a midranged bass, sliding subs, familiar percussions, half-time beats, and a blipping lead synth. For the last tune on this release, Unimog and his brother blΔnc team up to create a trappy- yet emotional- back-beat for a French female rapper, closing the album with yet another showcasing of genre-combining mastery. With such a wide range of music on this, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Out to Unimog on this quality free music- believe me when I say there’s a lot more where this came from." - @echomaker
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.
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
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