So, it’s time to take a peek at an artist we feel has gone without his due praise for just about long enough. As a DJ, producer and general bass music figure, Clean Shirt has established himself in both the dances and in the online communities, through providing technical and vibrant live sets and stepping up as a crucial moderator for the infamous Lengoland forum. It’s pretty undeniable that the young London based entity has played a pretty pivotal role in bass music’s assent to nightclub dominance across the country, being one of the go-to faces for quite some time.
However, since leaving the position at Lengoland, Clean Shirt has taken a considerable amount of time to take a look at the musical aspects of his career, deciding to dedicate a significantly enhanced amount of hours into defining and tweaking his sound, with the intent of putting together a lot more music in both the near and distant future. Previous releases include drops on Southpoint, Tumble Audio, In:Flux and more.
We were thrilled therefore to hear that Clean Shirt had made an impressive team up with the Kent based events and promotional imprint known as Low End, as they decide to get more involved with releasing music and launch the label section of their brand. Over the years, Low End have made themselves a serious force to be feared in the region, bringing down some of the biggest names across bass and D&B, including the likes of Holy Goof, Macky Gee, DJ Guv, Skepsis, Darkzy, DJQ, Royal T and more. Despite there being a relatively small bass event based infrastructure, the Low End team have gone on to convert the area into a certified hot spot.
They sent us over the EP to get stuck into and one track in particular caught our attention. The layout of ‘Lift Me Up’ is the definition of simple but effective, focusing as much on utilizing the space within a track as the densely populated areas of the composition. breathing some surprisingly agile rhythmic ideals into what would normally be quite a flat drum arrangement, an effect not achieved by many. We are greeted by exceptional bass synths come the break down, oscillating again, simply but effectively around catchy little riffs beneath crunchy drum designs. As a track, it’s one we can see sending many a dance into a frenzy.
Luckily for us, we have been given the real honor of premiering the track ourselves, as an exclusive early listen which you can get your teeth stuck into below:
The full project becomes available for streaming and purchasing on October the 26th, so be sure to check into the stores and grab your copy then!
It’s been an incredibly successful year for the Four40 camp, who have continuously pushed out top quality releases fromt the start of the year, spending the most part of the year releasing an EP a week. They have pushed their feelers out into a multitude of different genres as well, with a central theme around garage, bass and even a couple of grimey pieces in there. We love to see such high levels of consistency, especially when it involves a label with such an extensive release history as Four40.
As a genre and as a movement, 2019 has been a spectacular year for UK funky, a genre that has risen, evolved and expanded it’s borders with themes now spreading into the wider realms and more mainstream audiences of bassline and UKG. The pure energy that comes with funky is seemingly what is drawing people to the genre, with those crispy, vibrant drum slaps really changing the energies in dances up and down the country.
Down on the sleepy coast of Brighton, we have noticed a serious surge of talent exploding across the country from the city itself and nearby surrounding areas such as Worthing, Horsham and more. The City has been known for it’s musical diversity and enthusiasm as long as anyone can remember, with Fatboy Slim’s beach-wide events going down as some of the most iconic moments in British dance music, along with nation-wide respected festivals such as The Great Escape & Boundary playing a big part in the cities musical layout.