Future bass

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Future bass is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in the 2010s. It can be described as music that "takes the ecstatic drops of dubstep or trap, but provides a warm bounce rather than a lumbering bruteness. Basslines are provided by harsh, detuned synths that buzz and purr instead of gulp and whomp."[1] The genre was pioneered by producers such as Flume, Lido, San Holo and Cashmere Cat,[2][3] and it was popularised in the mid to late-2010s by artists such as Martin Garrix, Illenium, Louis the Child and Mura Masa.[4] 2016 was seen as the breakout year for the genre.[5][6][7]


The genre was pioneered by Scottish producers Rustie and Hudson Mohawke and American producer RL Grime, who began producing future bass tracks in 2010.[8][9] One of the first popularity-fueling releases in the genre was Rustie's album Glass Swords, released in 2011.[10] Later, in 2013, the Flume remix for Disclosure's song You & Me brought the genre into the mainstream,[11] and through the mid-2010s future bass became popular in the United Kingdom, United States, Japan, China, Korea and Australia.[8]


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" (gradual pre-drop buildups of white noise), and arpeggio chords, vocal chops, or vocoders.[1]


Kawaii future bass[edit]

Kawaii future bass (also known simply as 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, samples from anime or video games, percussion instruments, and door and bed squeaks are incorporated into such songs. Snail's House and other producers have produced tracks of this subgenre,[12] with the former being credited as the genre pioneer after releasing the album Kirara EP in 2015.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Turner, David (February 14, 2017). "Future Bass: Get Familiar With EDM's Sound of 2017". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Best Future Bass Songs of 2016". Run The Trap: The Best EDM, Hip Hop & Trap Music. December 23, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Lucas (February 29, 2016). "Flume Unleashes Spectacular New Mix & We Just Can't Stop Listening". Your EDM. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Make Future Bass Music Like Flume With Singular Sounds' Sample Pack – thissongslaps.com – Electronic Dance Music & Hip-Hop Media". www.thissongslaps.com. Archived from the original on June 4, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "The 10 Best Future Bass Tracks of 2016". Magnetic Magazine. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  6. ^ Andy Hermann (August 30, 2017). "10 Great Future Bass Tracks for People Who Don't Know Shit About Future Bass". LA Weekly. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Richardson, Annie. "Why Future Bass is The Future of Bass Music". Relentless Beats. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Garber, David (November 19, 2015). "What Is Future Bass, Anyways?". Thump. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "Genres: Future Bass". RateYourMusic. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  10. ^ LaBonte, Brad (October 11, 2011). "Dusted Reviews: Rustie - Glass Swords". Dusted Magazine. Archived from the original on July 5, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  11. ^ Dutta, James (September 10, 2017). "What We Like || Future Bass". EDM Identity. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  12. ^ "Eight Kawaii Artists Using Grotesque Sounds to Redefine "Cute" Japanese Music". Bandcamp Daily. March 23, 2018. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Future Bass Music Gets a Kawaii Makeover". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 30, 2018.