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!
The EP starts slowly, with ‘Perctrak’s gentle build leading into a sub heavy breakdown, dominated by an ethereal vocal sample. We’re then launched straight into a drop clearly inspired by 9TRANE’s previous grime and dubstep productions, with eski clicks and 808 bass abound.
As a label, Punks have been one of the most consistent outlets for bass and breaks music throughout the entirety of 2018, constantly providing the scene with original creativity within their releases, always moving forward into exciting new ground. The label has gained a lot of steam in recent months, seeing them propelled rapidly to the forefront of their genres, which is no less than they deserve in our humble opinion!