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Hardbass or hard bass (Russian: хардбасс, tr. hardbass, IPA: [xɐrdˈbas] is a subgenre of electronic music which originated from Russia during the late 1990s, drawing inspiration from UK hard house, bouncy techno, Scouse house, and hardstyle. Hardbass is characterized by its fast tempo (usually 150–175 BPM), donks, distinctive basslines (commonly known as "hard bounce"), distorted sounds, heavy kicks and for the past few years occasional rapping. Hardbass has become a central stereotype of the gopnik subculture. In several European countries, so-called "hardbass scenes" have sprung up,[1] which are events related to the genre that involve multiple people dancing in public while masked, sometimes with moshing involved. From 2015 onward, hardbass has also appeared as an internet meme, depicting Slavic and Russian subcultures with the premiere of the video "Cheeki Breeki Hardbass Anthem".[2] In January 2018, Polish nationalists from Poznań's All-Polish Youth together with the "Sturm Poznań's" group organized a counter-demonstration of "White Hardbass!" during the Feminist, and pro-abortion "Black Protest" in Poznan. Counter-demonstrators dressed in white overalls danced the piece "Raz Raz Raz" by the group "Hardbass School". The abortionists from the black protest used against peaceful counter-demonstrators of the police who led them out of the Black Protest[citation needed].

Most notable artists[edit]

Artist name Country
apartje. (deceased)  Germany
Gopnik McBlyat  Poland
XD Project
(catholic hardbass)[3][4]
uamee  Latvia
Gopnik DJ  Netherlands
DJ Blyatman  Slovakia
DJ Rentgen  Russia
DJ Snat  Russia
DJ Bar@bass  Russia
Dertexx  Russia
N-ICE Project  Russia
≡Р Э Д Л А Й Н≡ (RedlineLucario)  Russia
Sonic Mine  Russia
Hard Bass School  Russia
DJ Yurbanoid  Russia
Kolbaser Project  Russia
LoLo  Russia
XS Project  Russia
Жестянщики (Zhestyanshiki/ZHTK/Hardboss)  Russia
Euskal Bass (TonnHB & Joan X)  France
Gotxo & Gatxi  France
Starslav  Sweden
DJ Splass  Spain
Gari Seleckt  Spain
DJ DBC  Spain
Paul HB  Spain

Notable songs and albums[edit]

Artist Song
apartje. ″Cheeki Breeki Hardbass Anthem″
Davay ″Tri Poloski″
DJ Blyatman ″Gopnik″
DJ Blyatman ″Chernobyl″
DJ Blyatman ″Tsar Bomb″
DJ Blyatman (featuring Life of Boris) ″Slav King″
DJ DBC "Repeat"
DJ Mike "Black Jack"
DJ Mike "Speedway"
DJ Snat "Choose Your Power"
Euskal Bass "Hard Bass Crew Anthem (Original Mix)"
Gopnik McBlyat ″Snakes in Tracksuits″
Gopnik McBlyat ″Murka″
Gopnik McBlyat ″Szpion Detector″
Gopnik McBlyat (featuring uamee) ″Monolith″
Hard Bass School ″Narkotik Kal″
Hard Bass School ″Opa Blia″
Hard Bass School ″Nash Gimn (Hard Bass Adidas)″
Hard Bass School "The Album"
Hard Bass School ″Slav″
Kolbaser Project "Energy"
N-ICE Project "Freakin"
≡Р Э Д Л А Й Н≡ ″Anomaly - Twitch Highlights 6 (≡Р Э Д Л А Й Н≡ Remix)"
≡Р Э Д Л А Й Н≡ ″The Juiciest Tuffin vs Savant - Mother Russia Hardbass (≡Р Э Д Л А Й Н≡ Mashup)"
≡Р Э Д Л А Й Н≡ "DОИКАИ's miasteczko"
Sonic Mine "Hardbass Attack"
Sonic Mine "Scream for DJ"
Sonic Mine "Пика - патимэйкер (Sonic Mine ПАМП Remix)"
Sonic Mine "Puta Bass"
Sonic Mine "Hot Times"
uamee (featuring HBKN) "Gopnitsa"
uamee ″High Quality Nahui″
uamee ″IL-76″
uamee ″Kopeika″
uamee (featuring Life of Boris and Professional Gopnik) ″LADA″
XD Project ″Hardbass Wadowice″
XD Project cały
XS Project ″Bochka, Bass, Kolbaser″
XS Project ″NarkoBarony″
XS Project (featuring Life of Boris) ″Red Roubles″
XS Project "Meanwhile in Russia (Take me to Russia)”
ZHTK "Arabian Dance"
Жестянщики "Давай сука давай"

Collective labels[edit]

  • Hard Bass Crew - This label was created in march 2011 by Dr Poky to connect his hardbass friends from all over Europe. In few months Hard Bass Crew was represented in many countries by local dance team, DJ's & hardbass producers from each country, but all over the world.
  • Jutonish - This label was formed in 2002 by Juran & Harley (Juran & Harley Productions). The style of the releases are pumping house, hardbass, hard house and speed garage.
  • FTH8TER5 Records - A Polish label, founded by Clubbasse to release the music by Members of Pumpingland.
  • Progressive Фактор - Probably the most successful pumping house/hardbass label, created by XS Project (Levon and Andrey) in St. Petersburg.
  • Corecube Records - A scouse house/bouncy hard house/hardbass label, founded by Denis Evchenko (Dj Satana) in 2009 in Gatchina, Russia.
  • O-Mode Records - A bumping/hardbass/poky label, based in Bilbao, Spain and owned by Gari Seleckt.
  • Bumping For Life Records - A Spanish bumping/hardbass/poky label.
  • Dark'Hade Records - A hardbass and metal shade label, founded by Silicium Criminy in France.
  • UNDERTUNE Records - A Russian label, founded in 2017 in St. Petersburg by Stomp Foot (Топ нога). The main focus of the music label is of different underground styles of electronic music relevant to a particular period of time.


  1. ^ Eror, Aleks. "Russia's Hard Bass Scene is Completely Insane". Noisey. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  2. ^ apartje. (5 Oct 2015). "Cheeki Breeki Hardbass Anthem – Youtube". Youtube. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  3. ^ https://archive.org/details/XDProject-HardbassWadowice
  4. ^ https://wykoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/hardbass-wadowice