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!
Over the course of the last few years, we have seen somewhat of a major revival for the deeper side of dubstep. Although the genre has been plodding away beneath the vision of the mainstream since it’s conception, we are very happy to see more and more projects gaining momentum with more and more popularity ensuing.
Over the years we have seen the UK Funky genre constantly evolve, with twists and turns at every corner and popularity growing and shrinking year to year. We feel currently however that the genre has regained somewhat of a high point, with creativity at an all time high and new releases hitting the shelves from numerous different exciting label projects every week.
Well well well. If there was one act that we could use to personify the rise in UK bass and bassline in particular, it would 100% be Skepsis. Since shooting up the ranks back in 2015 via his super well received Rhythm & Gash remix, Skepsis has literally gone from strength to strength, become one of the scene’s major champions, touring constantly whilst also showcasing the best newcomers relentlessly.