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What's That Sound? A Comprehensive Beginners Guide to Genres and Sub-Genres

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The Comprehensive Beginners Guide to EDM Genres and Sub-Genres

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Bass

Sub-genres: Drum and Bass (DnB), Future Bass, Bass House, Electro Funk

Notable Artists: Netsky & Andy C (DnB); Illenium & Flume (Future Bass); Ghastly & Jauz (Bass House); The Floozies & Slynk (Electro Funk)

BPM & Style Distinctions: 70 – 180 BPM; dark & heavy; staccato, abrupt drum lines; aesthetic, long synths (sometimes); prominent bass lines

Now, this genre is vast to cover as well. Plus, the sub-genres have evolved to the point that they can certainly be their own category (DnB, Electro, Future). Bass music is a central part of electronic music. Its history draws on rock elements to give listeners a heavy sound.

1990s jungle music paved the way for the West Coast DnB scene. It drew on elements of hip-hop, bass, techno, and reggae to create abrupt, vibrant drum lines. DnB averages about 160 – 180 BPM with a central focus on drum sounds. Its distinguished beat and snares make the quick notes stand out. DnB often includes jazzy breakbeat tempos, deep bass tones, and aggressive instrumentals. When delving into sub-genres of DnB there is a vast variety: drumstep, liquid/liquid jungle, techstep, grime, and more.

Future bass draws on heavy drums and emphasizes on the bass. In contrast though, it includes melodic chord progressions and harmonious synths. There are also mini-sounds and elements of trap, like snares and hi-hats. This sub-genre is often characterized as “pretty bass,” as it focuses more on the melody.

Bass house is one of the common electronic music trends over the last year. This style is considered to have different technical elements based on which part of the world you’re in. In the U.S. Bass house has more heavy influences from dupstep, which is stylistic to tracks by Ephwurd, Jauz, and Ghastly. While in the UK this genre is considerably deeper and darker with UK garage influences, like Chris Lorenzo. All in all, bass house is a melting pot of different styles and sounds related to bass, house, and dubstep.

Electro funk draws on elements of funk, hip-hop, bass, and dubstep to give you the perfect jam session. This sub-genre evolved from the techniques of 60s funk bands. Electro funk developed into its current style from the electro funk movement in the 80s. It has the same 4/4 count as house, with a less syncopated beat. It relies on the repetitive, highly-rhythmic grooves and breakbeats to create an energetic and upbeat style.

Intro, House, Techno, Trance, Dubstep, Hard Dance

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