We are working in an exciting time for bass music worldwide, as we see a tonne of UK producers slowly but surely move towards a more international style of 4×4 composition. It seems that this newer, more American influenced style of bass is the hot stuff to be found in the clubs, with artists such as Chris Lorenzo, Taiki Nulight and others leading the way in the UK.
One artist from across the ocean that we have been keeping a close eye on is BTW, a forward thinking 4×4 producer based out of Dallas who has been putting a major mark down across the international bass market. His unique, darkened approach to the bass sound has lead him to releases on largely respected label projects such as Punks, Maraki, Pack London and more.
We were very excited to grab him for a brand new edition of Charted, looking into his favourite tracks to spin right now!
Minesweepa – “Black McLaren” (Greed Remix)
I’ve been rinsing this one out quite a bit lately. This tune checks all of my boxes: Killer groove, crazy sound design, and overall impeccable production. It is definitely my favorite Greed track to date.
Hadean & Vellum – The Vibe
Definitely my favorite bassline tune that has come out recently. Vellum and Hadean are a match made in heaven. With Hadean and Vellum’s next level sound design, this tune absolutely slaps.
Dustycloud – Those Nights
Dustycloud has been crushing the G-House scene for a phat minute now, and this tune perfectly showcases his mastery of dark atmosphere with an insane groove.
Zander & Isenberg – Dusted
This tune is insane. Zander & Isenberg continually push house music boundaries with every turnaround and bass-line in this savage tune.
5. Masteria – My House
Masteria is a relatively new comer to the G-House scene, but I fell in love with his sound immediately. With dark hip hop influence melodies, and nasty bass-lines, this tune stands out as the new and improved staple sound for the G-House genre.
6. ALBZZY – ENDLESSLY
This tune has reinvigorated my love for DnB. Albzzy absolutely crushes the production on this tune, and his melodic vocal chops get everyone on the dance floor moving.
7. JUNK FOOD & M.E. SWANK – BUST DOWN
Junk Food & M.E. Swank light the dance floor on fire with this genre bending club breaks/trap tune. Both of these guys are producers that everyone should keep an eye on in the next year.
8. Clarity – Catch My Drift
Clarity is definitely one of my favorite UKG/House producers in the game right now. This tune is a guaranteed dance floor stomper that every DJ should have in their arsenal.
9. Left/Right, BodyBlow & Dread Mc – One/Two
Left/Right is a master of dark ambient breaks tunes, and with Dread MC’s unstoppable vocals, this track distinguishes itself as one of my favorite breaks tunes of 2019.
10. Khesis – Graphene
I like literally every aspect of this tune, which is really rare for me. Khesis’ whole EP on Broken Syndicate is next level, and is guaranteed to get me in my feels.
As bass music grows and expands, so does the will to explore of those producing it. Genre-wise, bass music as a concept is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, with countries and states around the world all wanting tog get involved and add their own unique twists and turns. It is only natural therefore that the idea of travelling, outside of music and purely for discovery is something a lot of musicians find themselves wanting to do. The idea of taking in new experiences and beholding new cultures is a source of discovery that goes hand in hand with inspiration in any creative field.
As a term, “World Music” has become quite a broad descriptive term. To us it seems as though the term is pretty much a blanket description for anything that fits outside of typical western genre brackets, so we tend to hear a lot of African and Asian original sounds fall into the category when we start to dig a little deeper.
It’s safe to say that the last 3 years or so have seen the absolute height of bass music around the world, with UK bassline’s revival prompting a massive rise in worldwide interest for bass heavy goodness. In this time we have seen a tonne of artists rise to nationwide and worldwide popularity, but we have to take a second to look at those who have been doing this since before the bass explosion of 2016.