Bass music

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Bass music (also called UK bass or post-dubstep[1][2][3]) is an umbrella term that refers broadly to electronic dance music that emerged in the mid-'00s under the influence of dubstep, UK garage, 2-step, drum and bass, wonky, house and other electronic styles centered in the United Kingdom.[4] The phrase "bass music" came into use as artists began ambiguously blending the sounds of these defined genres while maintaining an emphasis on bass and rhythm.[5]


The breadth of styles that have come to be associated with the term preclude it from being a specific musical genre. Pitchfork writer Martin Clark has suggested that "well-meaning attempts to loosely define the ground we're covering here are somewhat futile and almost certainly flawed. This is not one genre. However, given the links, interaction, and free-flowing ideas ... you can't dismiss all these acts as unrelated."[1] Dubstep producer Skream is quoted in an interview with The Independent in September 2011 as saying:

The word dubstep is being used by a lot of people and there were a lot of people being tagged with the dubstep brush. They don't want to be tagged with it and shouldn't be tagged with it - that's not what they're pushing... When I say 'UK bass', it's what everyone UK is associated with so it would be a lot easier if it was called that."[6]

In the United Kingdom, bass music, or UK bass has had major mainstream success since the late 2000s and early 2010s, with artists such as James Blake,[1] Example, Burial, Zomby,[7] Chase & Status, Skream, TNGHT, Benga and Wretch 32.[8] The term "post-dubstep" has been used synonymously to refer to artists, such as Blake, Mount Kimbie and Fantastic Mr. Fox whose work drew on UK garage, 2-step, and other forms of underground dance music, as well as ambient music and early R&B.[9][10][11] [12][13] Outside of nightclubs, bass music has mainly been promoted and played on web radio stations.


  1. ^ a b c Clark, Martin (4 May 2011). "Grime / Dubstep". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Stolman, Elissa. "Mount Kimbie on Post-Dubstep Tag: 'We're Quite Indifferent About It'". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Richards, Sam. "The UK leads the way". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Ryce, Andrew. "Bass / House". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Best UK Bass Music of 2012 (so far)". Salacious Sound. Retrieved 13 June 2016.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  6. ^ Moir, Sam (2011-09-13). "Skream: "I want to make sure once this fad dies out, I'm still standing"". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  7. ^ "Zomby: Ultra Album Review - Pitchfork". 
  8. ^ Fitzpatrick, Rob (30 June 2011). "Example: 'I have a formula now'" – via The Guardian. 
  9. ^ Aaron, Charles (4 March 2011). "10 Post-Dubstep Artists Who Matter". Spin. 
  10. ^ Moore, Thad (12 July 2011). "SBTRKT adds to post-dubstep genre". The Daily Gamecock. 
  11. ^ Guidry, Jake (19 May 2011). "Blawan takes post-dubstep and UK house out of its comfort zone". XLR8R. 
  12. ^ "Fantastic Mr Fox (No 910)". The Guardian. 6 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "A profile of James Blake – post-dubstep artist". BBC News. 6 January 2011.