Fans and DJs have been wondering for a while when Beatport’s bass genres will become as comprehensive as its house, techno and EDM. The DJ download store has now stepped up its bass game, adding three new genres alongside the already-existing Dubstep category: Trap/Future Bass, Garage/Bassline/Grime and Leftfield Bass.
These new additions signal a big change for bass DJs, who previously had to wade through the Dubstep or Hip-Hop/R&B sections to find what they were looking for. In a statement, Beatport General Manager Terry Weerasinghe admits the likes of Trap took a lot longer than expected, but they’ve made sure to do it right.
“We 100-per cent recognise that we are really late to the game introducing these genres, but we have been working hard with key labels, artists and press from the bass community to build the best possible experience for DJs,” he says. Those collaborators helping behind the scenes include Run The Trap, Rinse FM, OWSLA, Mad Decent, Butterz, Teklife, DJ Q and Low End Theory founder Daddy Kev.
Dubstep on Beatport is remaining the domain of big, brash (dare we say bro-ier) artists like Zomboy, Snails and Datsik, while the new genres get more niche. Leftfield Bass caters for darker, deeper and more off-kilter sounds (it includes the subgenres Deep Dubstep and Juke/Footwork), while Garage/Bassline/Grime reps those distinctive UK-centric sounds via labels like Bingo Bass, Crucast and Butterz.
Then there’s the much-requested Trap/Future Bass, which features heavyweight players of the scene like Never Say Die Records, WEDIDIT and the aforementioned OWSLA. (Beatport’s also giving away a free track each week from an exclusive instrumental version of trap lord UZ’s new album, along with other bass freebies across the different genres.) So far, the new genre Top 10s are dominated by artists from the Northern Hemisphere, but there’s sure to be some Australian acts bubbling up too.
These bass genres follow a genre cleanup of the Beatport store earlier this year (over 1.5 million tracks were recategorised), which included the addition of the Leftfield House & Techno category.