Future Bass
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Future Bass

Future bass is an electronic dance music genre that arose around 2006 in the United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany, Japan, China and Australia.[1] It is a broad genre of music, comprising a wide variety of sounds and rhythms normally produced by a synthesizer. The genre was pioneered by Flume, Rustie, and Cashmere Cat and was popularised in the mid-2010s by artists like Mura Masa, Marshmello, BhueR, San Holo, DROELOE, Martin Garrix and Louis the Child.[2][3][4][5] 2016 was seen as the breakout year for the genre.[6]


Taking a lot of characteristics from dubstep, future bass is described as having a focus on a hard bassline (sometimes an 808) with detuned synthesizers, mostly sawtooth and square waves. 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 level of the wave to adjust the waveform's volume (to create a 'wobble'). In addition, it is common to utilise a somewhat "twinkly"-sounding gradual rise in pitch during "risers" (pre-drop buildups of white noise), and arpeggio chords, vocal chops or vocoders.[7][8] The drums consist of drop or click-like kicks and rapid fire hi hats that are taken from trap music.


Due to its popularity, future bass has spawned a few subgenres:

Future trap

Future trap is a fusion between future bass and trap (which often features hard trap drops as opposed to often synth-laden future bass drops). DROELOE, RL Grime, Flux Pavilion and other producers have produced tracks of this subgenre.[]

Future core

Future core blends hardcore with the melodic content and sound design characteristics of future bass. It has been recognised as a genre among Japanese electronic music producers on SoundCloud since the release of a future core compilation album in early-mid 2017.[9]

Artists and producers


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