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!
As bass music grows and expands, so does the will to explore of those producing it. Genre-wise, bass music as a concept is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, with countries and states around the world all wanting tog get involved and add their own unique twists and turns. It is only natural therefore that the idea of travelling, outside of music and purely for discovery is something a lot of musicians find themselves wanting to do. The idea of taking in new experiences and beholding new cultures is a source of discovery that goes hand in hand with inspiration in any creative field.
As a term, “World Music” has become quite a broad descriptive term. To us it seems as though the term is pretty much a blanket description for anything that fits outside of typical western genre brackets, so we tend to hear a lot of African and Asian original sounds fall into the category when we start to dig a little deeper.
It’s safe to say that the last 3 years or so have seen the absolute height of bass music around the world, with UK bassline’s revival prompting a massive rise in worldwide interest for bass heavy goodness. In this time we have seen a tonne of artists rise to nationwide and worldwide popularity, but we have to take a second to look at those who have been doing this since before the bass explosion of 2016.