Beatport Announces Bass Genre Category Expansion

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Beatport launches two new bass genre categories, 140/Deep Dubstep/Grime and Bass/Club, and moves Breaks to a new home.

The new genre categories continue to flow over at Beatport in 2021. After bringing dance music lovers a page dedicated to Electro, as well as Hard Techno and Dance/Electro Pop last year, they’ve announced that they’re expanding their bass music categories with the launch of pages centered around beats in the realm of 140/Deep Dubstep/Grime and Bass/Club. Additionally, Breaks will find a new home inside the new Breaks/Breakbeat/UK Bass page as well.

Much akin to the previous expansions to give a new home to distinct sounds, these new pages will lead to the retirement of others along the way. Notably, the Leftfield House/Techno and Leftfield Bass pages will cease to exist as all Leftfield genres will now be recategorized into the newly minted pages, most of which will fit into the new home for Breaks.

The 140/Deep Dubstep/Grime page intends to highlight the distinguished side of dubstep in a better way. When asked about the new change, DUPLOC label owner Pieter Grauwels stated, “Over the last few years, 140 has become a broad term that represents more than just dubstep. It stands for an entire culture of bass music influenced by dubstep, grime, and trap. The boundaries between these genres continue to blur, so having one term to hold it all makes sense.”

For the new Bass/Club categorization, Beatport looks to support niche genres that include Juke/Footwork, Jersey Club, Reggae/Dancehall, and Global Club to help further their growth. With the inclusion of these genres, the new page will now be a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to add some club-ready tunes to their collection.

“The different origins and influences of what we call ‘bass music’ has become incredibly diverse and heterogeneous over the years. It is in a state of perpetual evolution; therefore, reinventing our genre pages to deliver more precise representation for our artists, labels, and audience is an essential undertaking. We’re confident that these new categorizations will be a significant step in solidifying Beatport as a leading hub and destination for all the compelling and distinct facets of the global ‘Bass music’ community.”

Yann Bonnet, Beatport’s Bass Curator

Wondering which artists will be gracing these fresh categories? Here’s a taste! Labels including DUPLOC, White Peach, Deep Medi Musik, and artists such as Hypho and Sicaria Sound will be found in the 140/Deep Dubstep/Grime category. Meanwhile, the Bass/Club category will see labels like Moveltraxx and Lowup Records, along with artists including Roska, Mina, and DJ Earl among others. And you’ll now be able to find tunes from Stanton Warriors, Anz, Martyn, and more on the new Breaks/Breakbeat/UK Bass page.

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