Beatport is Expanding its Bass Genres

Introducing three new and updated genre pages to the Beatport store: 140 / Deep Dubstep / Grime; Bass / Club; and Breaks / Breakbeat/ UK Bass.

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Feb 4, 2021
Cameron Holbrook

Beatport is introducing two new genres to the store — 140 / Deep Dubstep / Grime and Bass / Club — and updating its current Breaks sections to Breaks / Breakbeat / UK Bass.

With the launch of these three new and refurbished genre pages, Beatport will give artists, distributors, and labels a new home where their distinct sounds can thrive amongst more like-minded tunes with their own Top 100 charts, expertly curated playlists, store spotlights, a dedicated section in Beatport LINK, and more.

To make this expansion possible and help further improve Beatport’s user experience, our Leftfield House / Techno and Leftfield Bass sections will no longer exist. Releases on our Leftfield pages will be categorized accordingly amongst these three new genre sections. Our Reggae / Dancehall / Dub section has also been decommissioned, with its releases migrating to the Bass / Club section.

We are confident that this change will bring a more precise classification of sounds and greater representation to the many deserving bass-driven music communities worldwide.

Beatport’s Bass curator, Yann Bonnet adds: “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.”

Learn more about each of Beatport’s new genre pages, the motivation behind their creation, and the recategorization process below.

Check out Beatport’s Top 100 Bass / Club playlist.

140 / Deep Dubstep / Grime

Represented by labels like DUPLOC, White Peach, Deep Medi Musik, and acts such as Sicaria Sound, Hypho, and Teffa, the new 140 / Deep Dubstep / Grime categorization will host the sonic creations that call back the origins of the Dubstep genre and continue to innovate 140 BPM sound system culture worldwide.

Speaking on the importance of distinguishing the two sides of dubstep, DUPLOC’s label owner Pieter Grauwels said: “It is fair to say that after the 2010 era, the ‘heavy’ and ‘deep’ sides of dubstep have been strongly separated, especially in terms of the communities surrounding the two sides. 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.”

Listen to a selection of fresh tracks from the genre page below.

Check out Beatport’s new 140 / Deep Dubstep / Grime genre page.

Start digging with new 140 / Deep Dubstep / Grime charts from:

Infernal Sounds
Bukez Finezt
Abstrakt Sonance

Visit our Best New 140 / Deep Dubstep / Grime chart on Beatport.

Bass / Club

The new Bass / Club categorization aims to promote the more niche genres of dance music that deserve further visibility but are currently not large enough to warrant their own standalone sections. By consolidating the sounds of Juke / Footwork, Jersey Club, GQOM, UK Funky, and Global Club under this all-encompassing banner, Beatport will host an assorted online destination that’s unlike anything found on the store, featuring labels like Moveltraxx, Enchufada, Lowup Records, and artists like Roska, Mina, DJ Earl, and much more. This section will be a hotspot for diverse and club-ready sounds worldwide.

Moveltraxx label-owner Big Dope P states: ‘”As the most important digital music store for electronic music, Beatport has always been the first to recognize the impact of Juke, Footwork & Jersey Club music. First via their featured charts/playlist and later by adding the sub-genres officially, so it’s great news they launch a Bass / Club main genre on the store to make it even easier for everybody to find the new heat thanks to their curators.”

Listen to a selection of fresh tracks from the genre page below.

Check out Beatport’s new Bass / Club genre page.

Start digging with new Bass / Club charts from:

Murder He Wrote
Citizen Boy
DJ Nigga Fox
Swing Ting
Nina Las Vegas
Big Dope P

Visit our Best New Bass / Club chart on Beatport.

Breaks / Breakbeat / UK Bass

Defined by imprints like 83, Hessle Audio, Ilian Tape, and artists like Stanton Warriors, Anz, and Martyn, the new Breaks / Breakbeat / UK Bass genre will update Beatport’s pre-existing Breaks page with tracks from the Leftfield Bass and Leftfield House / Techno sections that fit into this heady classification. This page will also highlight the more experimental and low-end focused side of UK Bass (not to be confused with more traditional UK Bass concepts, which Beatport categorizes under its UK Garage / Bassline section).

Speaking on the genre launch, 83 label founder Guau said: “I have been a Beatport user since 2005, and this new category is perfect for those of us who produce and who also look for broken rhythms. Users will have an easier search, and this will help producers to reach more audiences. Everybody wins.”

Listen to a selection of fresh tracks from the genre page below.

Check out Beatport’s new Breaks / Breakbeat / UK Bass genre page.

Start digging with new Breaks / Breakbeat / UK Bass charts from:

DJ Icey
Scrufed Recordings
Holding Hands
Yo Speed

Visit our Best New Breaks / Breakbeat / UK Bass chart on Beatport.