Future bass

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Future bass is an umbrella term for a genre or technique in electronic dance music emphasizing modulated synthesizer bass sounds. The genre was 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[by whom?] 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.[citation needed]


Kawaii future bass[edit]

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 genre pioneer after releasing an album in 2015.[11]

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  18. ^ Smith, Joseph (January 4, 2017). "Martin Garrix Has Previewed A New Future Bass Release". Stoney Roads. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  19. ^ "DJ Mustard and Nick Jonas Drop a Future Bass Single... Um, What?". Your EDM. May 12, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  20. ^ "RL Grime Drops Career-Defining Album 'NOVA,' One Of This Year's Best". Your EDM. July 27, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Listen to Aussie Beatsmith What So Not's #TBT Mixtape, Inspired by His 'Rock Kid' Origins". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
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  23. ^ "SLANDER Drops Future Bass Remix of Above & Beyond's 'Always' With Zoe Johnston: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
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