Published Mar 28, 2011What is it?
Bass music is shorthand for the fast-moving micro-scenes that emerged in 2008 after the first wave of dubstep fractured into wonky, funky house, street bass, footwork, synthbass, popstep and others.
Why is it called that?
The key unifier is an allegiance to bass frequencies. This current stream goes back to the grinding bass and breakbeats found in late '80s rave and '90s drum & bass, which slowly mutated into UK garage, then two-step, then grime, dubstep, and beyond.
Who's doing it?
Ikonika, Starkey, Flying Lotus, Poirier, James Blake, Darkstar, Mount Kimbie, the Bug, Starkey, Rusko, Untold, Joker and tons more.
Where should I start?
Kode9 (pictured) DJ Kicks (K7!), Various Fabric Presents Elevator Music: Vol. 1 (Fabric), Various Blow Your Head: Diplo presents Dubstep (Mad Decent), Various Bangs & Works Vol. 1 (Planet Mu)
Kode9 & the Spaceape's Black Sun, out April 19 on Hyperdub.
Listen to the Exclaim! Bass Music playlist at rdio.