Files: Bass # 12
Johnny Ilan talks, Rusko, Future Garage and how genres in the bass music world become more blurred..
Thus far in 2010, it's been the more experimental side of bass music that's pushed itself to the forefront of the scene. Certain genre orthodoxies have been widely transgressed, others were reinforced. For many producers the structures, patterns and formulae that had once seemed so fresh have clearly lost their automatic appeal. At the same time, there has been a massive revival in interest in garage and 2step. Across the board, however, is an observable intention to move beyond past ways of doing things with a firm eye to the future. Even if at times, it doesn't always seem that different to the past!
Future garage is probably one of the hottest tickets in bass music at the moment. Not always so easily defined, but fairly hard to miss, future garage amorphously segues into a cross-section of exciting releases towards more 'intelligent' end of a dubstep, funky, tropical, techno and jungle. For those who have been following the consistently excellent releases on labels like Hessle Audio and Hotflush, the arrival of future garage is no great surprise. A great strength of this music is its variety, breadth of influence and far flung scope. It's got that really original more ephemeral side typified by the kinds of sounds that put Joy Orbison on a wider radar last year. Various different beats sit underneath heavy basslines, chopped and sped vocals, and silky synths. There's another side to the sound that slavishly enough transposes the 2step of 'old' garage, updating its feel and focus, whilst leaving its bones pretty much intact. In any event, whether experimenting in steppy ambience or prompting the raver to reach for the lighter, there’s a wealth of recent enough releases on labels like L2S, Well Rounded and Haunted to get you hooked. Check out Whistla's Tuesday sessions on Sub FM to stay up to date. Deadboy's 'U Cheated', released last October combines purring bass, clippy percussion and a vocal line that really sticks in the head. It's a pleasing combination of tropical underpinnings with the future vibe. His new offering 'If U Want Me' is set to drop soon on Numbers and this more identifiably future tune raises the vocal stakes to a next level: