Future Bass
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Future Bass

Future bass is an umbrella term featuring modulated synthesizer bass sounds. The genre brought to mainstream by Flume, Lido, Wave Racer, and Cashmere Cat and was popularised in the mid-2010s by artists like Louis the Child, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Mura Masa and San Holo.[1][2][3] 2016 was seen as the breakout year for the genre.[4]


Future bass's roots can be traced back to Burial's self-titled album, released in 2006.[5] The genre was pioneered by Rustie, Hudson Mohawke & RL Grime, who began producing future bass tracks in 2010.[6] One of the first popularity-fueling releases in the genre was Rustie album Glass Swords, released in 2011.[7] Later, in 2013, the Flume remix for Disclosure's song You & Me brought the genre into the mainstream,[8] and future bass became popular in the United Kingdom, United States, Japan, China, Korea and Australia.[5]


The sound waves are often modulated using automation or low-frequency oscillation controlling the cutoff of an audio filter (typically a low- or high-pass filter), or the wave's amplitude, to adjust the waveform (to create a 'wobbly' effect on its parameters). In addition, it is common to utilize a somewhat "twinkly"-sounding gradual rise in pitch during "risers" (pre-drop buildups of white noise), and arpeggio chords, vocal chops or vocoders.[9] Future bass tracks with mainstream pop influences often use supersaw chords, while underground tracks tend to experiment, blending real instruments into the songs and using many different sounds.


Kawaii future bass

Kawaii future bass, also known as simply kawaii bass, is a subgenre of future bass, known for its happy and cute timbre and strong Japanese pop culture influences. Often, chiptune sounds, soft square waves, anime samples, percussion instruments, and door and bed squeaks are used. Hyper Potions, Aiobahn, Snail's House, and other producers have produced tracks of this subgenre,[10] with the latter being credited as the pioneer for the genre after releasing an album in 2015.[11]

Artists and producers

See also


  1. ^ Lucas (February 29, 2016). "Flume Unleashes Spectacular New Mix & We Just Can't Stop Listening". Your EDM. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Make Future Bass Music Like Flume With Singular Sounds' Sample Pack - thissongslaps.com - Electronic Dance Music & Hip-Hop Media". www.thissongslaps.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Best Future Bass Songs of 2016". Run The Trap: The Best EDM, Hip Hop & Trap Music. December 23, 2016. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "The 10 Best Future Bass Tracks of 2016". Magnetic Magazine. Retrieved .
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Garber, David (November 19, 2015). "What Is Future Bass, Anyways?". Thump. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Genres > Future Bass". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ LaBonte, Brad (October 11, 2011). "Dusted Reviews: Rustie - Glass Swords". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Dutta, James (September 10, 2017). "What We Like || Future Bass". EDM Identity. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Turner, David (February 14, 2017). "Future Bass: Get Familiar With EDM's Sound of 2017". Rolling Stone. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Eight Kawaii Artists Using Grotesque Sounds to Redefine "Cute" Japanese Music". Bandcamp Daily. 2018-03-23. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Future Bass Music Gets a Kawaii Makeover". Anime News Network. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Conro Returns with Brand-New EP 'All Eyes On Me'!". EDM Identity. 2018-10-12. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Erik (2017-11-16). "Diplo Shows That Future Bass Is Still Booming With 'Get It Right'". EDM Sauce. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Grandtheft Releases New Single "Square One" Featuring R&B Vocalist MAX". Run The Trap. 2017-12-05. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Will Clarke's Cuddle Club Playlist". Your EDM. 2018-07-19. Retrieved .
  16. ^ a b "Krewella Just Dropped An Exhilarating New Collaboration [Listen Here]". Your EDM. 2017-12-08. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Make Future Bass Music Like Flume With Singular Sounds' Sample Pack - thissongslaps.com - Electronic Dance Music & Hip-Hop Media". www.thissongslaps.com. Retrieved .
  18. ^ Smith, Joseph (January 4, 2017). "Martin Garrix Has Previewed A New Future Bass Release". Stoney Roads. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "DJ Mustard and Nick Jonas Drop a Future Bass Single... Um, What?". Your EDM. 2018-05-12. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "RL Grime Drops Career-Defining Album 'NOVA,' One Of This Year's Best". Your EDM. 2018-07-27. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "Listen to Aussie Beatsmith What So Not's #TBT Mixtape, Inspired by His 'Rock Kid' Origins". Billboard. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Said The Sky & Dabin Unleash Beautiful New Single "Superstar"". Your EDM. 2018-06-23. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "SLANDER Drops Future Bass Remix of Above & Beyond's 'Always' With Zoe Johnston: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "Wave Racer is More Than Just "Future Bass"". Complex. Retrieved .

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