As fans of underground music culture, we know as well as any that genre definition has become a very important part of the purchasing process. We live in a time where there is simply so much music out there, it has become more and more difficult for the average music fan to pinpoint a precise sound that they are looking for, with every genre now having sub-genres to match. It is therefore super important for the stores from which we purchase our music are able to make this step a little easier for the more casual listeners, which is exactly what we are here to discuss today.
Following on from a major overhaul on their site, the team over at Beatport have finally announced a big shake up in the way they categorize different underground music genres, a feature that the site has previously been criticized for. This new overhaul however looks like it is exactly what the doctor ordered, alocating three entirely new sections to their genre page to really push for that idea of precise specficiation within the music they are able to release.
Let’s take a look at these new areas below:
The Bass / Club section of the site is described as aiming to promote the more niche genres of dance music that deserve further visability but are not currently large enough to warrent their own standalone sections. From what we are able to make out, this section will therefore include UK funky, Juke, Footwork and more system influenced genres such as reggae and dancehall.
The 140 / Deep Dubstep / Grime is seemingly a representation of just how merged the entirity of 140 music has now become. It would seem that dubstep has become the prominent force once again, with grime and other surrounding genres all becoming interwoven. This is a genre page we super excited to see prosper, especially with the prominence of 140 music over 2020 and so far in 2021.
Finally, the new Breaks / Breakbeat / UK Bass section will be a new take on the previous ‘Breaks’ page, relocating tracks from other playlists around the site to make it a much more defined place. This is possibly the most subtle of the new changes but will no doubt be incredibly effective in the long run.
The introduction of these new genre pages will hail forth a wave of brand new content, with Top 100 Charts, dedicated playlists, store spotlights and a newly dedicated section in Beatport Link all looking like immediate updates. This does of course mean that the previously super-versatile ‘Leftfield Bass’ and ‘Leftfield House & Techno’ sections of the site will now be completely disolved, allowing their contents to be redistributed to their now much more genre-specific homes. In a statement from the Beatport team, they have said ‘We are confident that this change will bring a clearer classification of sounds and greater representation to bass music communities’.
This new, more attentive approach to specifically UK genres of underground music is something we feel is going to push the sales across numerous scenes and we are very excited to see just how precise they are able to get!