Review: Iron Shirt Recordings continue their rapid ascension here as they bring together a top class project from the likes of Preston's own dubstep prodigy Copley. This project compiles a selection of five hard hitting originals, including the sweeping sub synths of 'Black Sheep' and smooth composition of 'Pusher'. Following this we dive into the evil melodies of 'Ambush', along with the potent sub pressure of 'Rough Dub' and Gnarly synthesizers of 'Reaper', rounding off the originals in style. We also see Digital Monk make an appearance with his high energy refurbishment of 'Ambush, along with Chikage's tribal revamp of 'Reaper'. We are also gifted the Dead Endz VIP mix from Copley himself, smashing the final pieces of the project together.
Review: It's safe to say that Iron Shirt recordings are a force to be feared within the ever expanding plains of modern dubstep, with this brand new album from Dark Entity being their kick start into 2019. As far as dubstep album's go, this one packs everything you would want, from the spooky piano textures of 'Myth' to the minimalist sub warbles of the title track 'Sophistry' and reesey atmospheric pressures of 'Token'. Armed with remixes from 1137, Wreckage, L Nix and Tallan & Clause, this is a project we recommend you find some time in your day to experience in long play, as the journey from start to finish is something truly exceptional. Highlights for this one include the stuttered drum slips of 'Antidote' and haunted tones of 'Dusk'.
Review: Having made a few rumbles with his own free download campaign, Drooka steps over to the well-respected Iron Shirt brand for his debut EP. "Rood" is as spacious as it gets; tripped out and cavernous, you'll lose yourself within seconds of pressing play. "Grail" is a really interesting composition thanks to its clattering drums that peep over the edge of chaos without fully diving in. "Bandulu" and "Amun" both take us back to the darkest corner of the dungeon by way of aquatic, liquid bass squiggles and squelches. Intriguing, deep and well anchored, you'd be rood not check this out...
Review: Iron Shirt Recordings have had some impressive drops in recent times, with this latest selection from Dubmentalist being the cherry on the cake as we are treated to fourteen fantastic tracks across the course of the album. From the tribalistic dubby tones of 'Pipeline' and 'Murdera' to the more stripped back, metallic twists of 'Monday', this album really showcases the depth of dubstep as an extended genre perfectly. We are also treated to four awesome remixes, as we see the likes of L Nix, 1147, Split and Flashball13 all join the team as they express some fantastic rethinks. Excellent stuff once again on this one from the Iron Shirt team.
Review: Cue Line co-founder and all-round Danish dub demon Gaze Ill steps up to Iron Shirt for a four-pack of momentous darkness. The first thing that strikes you about the title track is the tightly sprung subby kicks that play the consummate bouncy ball beneath heavy pressure pads, creating a natural groove with carefully placed minimal elements. Deeper again we hit "Detached" where an array of bass textures await; from the more bulbous bubbles to nastier tears and sneers, they ooze from the speakers while a solid drum arrangement ploughs through the sad atmospherics. Elsewhere "Superior" tells a tale of cavernous dynamics as the elastic bass twists itself in every direction. Finally we hit "Saturate": Perhaps the most dancefloor tuned of the set, this more than lives up to its name. Just crank up your sub and listen to that low-end.
Review: For this latest dubstep outing from the Iron Shirt Recordings team, they enlist the highly sought after sounds of Internal Frequency, who does not disappoint across five storming original creations. We kick off with the angry bass ramps of the title track 'Summit', which really does set the tone for the rest of the project, with L Nix rapidly responding on remix duty. The next original takes the name 'Portals', and employs asian musical themes with great effect, with the dungeon-ready bass warbles of 'S.B.S.F' providing quite a kick. Next, we hear the choppy drum shuffles and subtle bass tones of 'Cloak & Dagger' come into play before the evil, insectoid synthesizer slides of 'Soothsayer' calls time on a memorable project!
Review: It's a perfect match; the dubwise sonic filter of L NIX is perfectly suited to what Iron Shirt Recordings have been focusing on for quite some time, and it makes this one of those releases that feels painfully right from the first moment it landed on our charts. The opening "Stumbles" lays out a clear and effective blueprint for the sort of shady, heavily moody bass vibes that follow on the subsequent 9 slabs of heartical drum-beating and hertz-morphing. "The Rift" is another peak moment on here, its stepping dub breaks guided by the subtle rap poetry of Ramai Lama, not to mention the grainy picture painted by "Viceroth", or the cold, ear-shaking artillery of percussion that's unleashed on "Bandits". If you like you step to be on the heavily dubby side then look no further than this sublime slice of dance sci-fi.
Review: Iron Shirt are fast becoming one of the most consistent labels for dubstep albums right now. Hot on the heels of their last V/A compilation, and before that Wreckage's LP, comes this highly anticipated deep dub exploration from Canada's L Nix and Ukraine's Nourma. Featuring rubs from some of the label's closest confidants; Tallan & Clause, Steven Lorenz and Frenk Dublin, From The Ashes is a powerful trip that fires into the deepest of space without so much as a stub of a return ticket. Cavernous, unashamedly bleak and introspective, highlights include the Saharan twangs and ice pads of "Demon Slayer", the cinematic drama and stark aquatic poignancy of "Rainstorm", the stadium toms and wry gun load prang f "Sniper" and the minimal growl and shimmering synths of the brilliantly titled "Tumultuous". From the ashes we all rise... Expect some serious sub turbulence en route.
Review: Iron Shirt introduces us to brand new producer Steven Lorenz. Ensuring his entrance is felt by anyone who's so much as looked at a speaker once in their lifetime, "Dune" is a driving slab of low-end paranoia. Controlled by a palpitating bedrock bass that hums rigidly, rising on the fills, we're presented with an array of percussive elements that fly across the stereoscope with a wry sense of unpredictability. As far as entry tracks go, this is right up there. Remix-wise Tallan adds a broader, more isolating sense of space, Outbound twist the vibe to focus on a purring metallic bass tone while Morrison take us right back to the dungeon with a slimy, pensive cut that's entrenched in deep dub rudiments. Awesome.
Review: Last spotted on Mishva's "Gaia" EP last October, "Civilization" is a purring, tribal dub workout with just a smidgeon of techno temper thrown in. Here we find it twisted in four different ways... Tallan softens the growls and adds a nagging stabbing hook, Warsa takes us on a much more spacious trip with echoed out rimshots and cosmic synth wafts, Native gets trippy on the percussion arrangements while Darj serves up a deep digi dub riddim with a slow, smouldering stomp.
Review: Organic New Zealand vibes abound as the country's well-established dubstep label turn to local lads Morrison for two uncompromising lessons in depth and texture. "Terra" is built up around one rich, warm synth stab that pushes down on a tight bed of heavily breathing FX and spacious drum dynamics. "Rainfade" is deeper again with far away synth shimmers, liquid riddim techniques and distant pads that weep mournfully in the background. Both are absolutely stunning.
Review: Kiwi duo, Morrison, are back on their native Iron Shirt Recordings with another killer selection of stealthy, ninja-like dubstep fort those who like their flow cold and peppered with meditative sonics for the late night sessions. "Terra" and "Formation" are the two cuts in question, both tunes which have enough weight beneath them to blow your speakers out; stealthy, cerebral and deeply moving, these are bad, bad tunes that recall the best of Mala's Deep Medi imprint. Sick Cycle's remix of "Terra" goes even deeper into the wormhole thanks to an additional pounding of bass, while Dubmentalist's version staggers more on the dub end of the spectrum through hefty percussive shots and sporadic Rastafari melodies, which leaves High Dude to provide some downtempo goodness on his own take - probably the best remix of the three. Recommended.
Review: It's a UK via New Zealand affair as Kiwi label Iron Shirt commission Londoner Native for four breath-takingly deep moments in dub. Hitting the abyss button on his bass machine and gluing it down throughout, we're treated to the following: complex percussion-heavy and elephantine sub bass ("Anaconda"), dreamy vocal garage bliss ("Reborn"), spacious, clicky contemplation ("Memories") and 23rd century space funk ("Moonlight"). Big.
Review: Did you know Press's full name is actually Pressed For Time? Well it is and it's because he's so talented and in demand he barely has any time for himself. This is no bad thing. Especially not when he's conjuring up next-level space bass jams like this... "Archon" is a shuddering tech juggernaut with pummelling double-up riddims and a lolloping sub message that surges with precision dominance. "Enslaved" is a much darker, moody moment: all breathy atmospherics, slimy sonics and woozy halfsteps, it's the perfect counter to the uncompromising heaviness of "Archon". Just Press play.
Review: Dub master Split likes to take his time, preferring to concentrate on richly textured slow burners than quick fix gimmicks. Here we get three totemic beasts, all boasting his trademark full and tough finish. "Rockaz" is a throbbing dub-hop headnodder, "Land Of Origins" features stoned wobbles of bass and tropical synth noises before "Lock It Down" hammers it down with plenty of menace, pent up anxiety and bare beatbox action.
Review: The Iron Shirt Recordings returns here in epic proportions as they unveil this incredible new LP from Split, who heads up a 15 track expanse of dubstep delights. The project is made up almost evenly of original recordings and intuitive remixes, with incredibly creative arrangements such as the swampy textures of 'TopDogs' and the glitchy percussive rolls of 'Kotomble' taking stand out roles. As far as the remixes go, Wreckage immediately stands out as he revamps 'Left Area' into a serious neurotic roller, as well as Michael Dayne's incredibly well thought out soundscaping of 'Two Skies'. Overall it's a fantastic project, projecting across the full range of dubstep's ever expanding fences.
Review: The word 'haunted' is used far too often when it comes to cold, chilling, eerie dubstep like this. But this release actually is haunted. Well, a bloke down the pub told us three ghosts got into Tallan's computer as he mixed this mighty four-tracker down and you can hear them crying amongst the icy pads and sparse, reverberating rhythms. Mind you, the same guy told us he had a hover board. And he didn't. So it's probably nonsense. Whatever - each of these heavy head-nodders pays homage to traditional dub techniques where real intricacies are paid to each element as they warp and morph from classic to future dub textures. Scarily good.
Review: Thirteen: Unlucky for some - but not for anyone who picks up on these thick, rich subby flavours. Humming with metallic, low-end menace "3.13am" is a one-way ticket to a dungeon that's coated in sonic slime. Remix-wise The Illuminated adds some techno sensibility to the rhythm, all double kicks and insistent snares ricocheting off the cavernous walls. Elsewhere we find Thirteen throwing down some seriously angular bass funk ("Enigma") and getting deeper again by way of a heavily processed snare and spooked out atmospheres ("Things To Come").
Review: Smoggy sonics from the heart of Rajasthan; Vain makes his debut on trusted depth source Iron Shirt. "Sentimental" is as cloying as its name suggests; dense fog and heat-tugging chord changes thrust through the mist with the help of a funky, almost trap-informed kick arrangement. "Eagle" is a more stripped back affair where Vain's Indian signature is felt heavily in the percussive patterns, providing a warm groove that belies the icy pads. A consummate debut, check Vain's glory today.
Review: New Zealand sub selectionists Iron Shirt come correct with another floor-melting compendium of forward-thinking dubstep creations. Delivered three years after their debut collection, this set unites the label's most familiar faces with brand new family members as we poke, prod and provoke the darkest corners of bass music's underbelly. From the swampy lollops and soaring vocals of Arkwright's "Avalon" to Tallan's synth-struck, star-gazing "See Them" to the abstract drum structure and mesmerising sound design of Mute's "Predator", each track is testament to Iron Shirt's curatorial strengths and future-focused vision.
L Nix - "In A World" (Rednote remix) - (4:18) 140 BPM
Dark Entity - "Skunk" (Wheelton remix) - (4:03) 159 BPM
Review: As one of the leading forces in New Zealand's currently thriving underground bass scene, we have seen Iron Shirt Recordings lay down some phenomenal releases since their establishment in 2011. With this latest release we see them delve into a selection of high quality remixes, reworking previously celebrated in-house releases. The reesy landscapes that lay within Digital Monk's rework of 'No Mercy' and the chilling dungeon design of Vael21's recreation of 'Cacoethes' really announce themselves as instant dubstep winners. As well as this, the splendid Kikola and Photes halftime overhaul of 'Presence Known' definitely deserves a mention.
Review: Iron Shirt Recordings continue their fine form, a burst of activity which has seen them grow from fledgling dubstep collective to game-defining future-bass. This, right here, is the third instalment of the deadly Iron Shirt series, a time for recollection and unity among their catalogue's fine roster. You won't find any wobble-bruisers in here, the majority of the 8 tracks are taken up by slow-burning, cavernous bits of cerebral beat music for those wishing to meditate on some deep-as-hell bass-weight. Tunes form the likes of Split, Chikage, L Nik and Dark Entity are some of the best examples of the deeper end of the bass spectrum that we've heard this year, and we're fully confident that Iron Shirt will continue to evolve their sound with the objective of dominating this corner of the scene. Recommended!
Review: As one of the most exciting dubstep sounds in New Zealand, we were super excited to see Wreckage teaming up with Iron Shirt recordings for a debut full length EP project, and what a project it is! We have been blessed with 12 tracks of pure weight, encompassing everything vibrant about the current deep dubstep scene along with some additional dark drum and bass sprinkles. Our favourites on this one includes the electronic madness of 'Hold On' in collaboration with Gray Sound and the haunting march that is 'Dark Road'. On remix duty come Iron Shirt veterans Digital Mon, L Nix and Split, all making fine contributions, adding additional depth and space to an already well stacked body of work.