Launchpad: 11 future bass tracks you need to hear
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Though the young genre is still defining itself, future bass has already amassed a growing catalog of classic tracks which feature its iconic sound: sawtooth synths sidechained to a spare, clean kick drum. Future bass pioneers — think Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and Flume — often incorporate stylistic elements of both trap and UK garage with the gloss of modern commercial pop. The resulting sound is both sweeping and cinematic. This week’s playlist features 11 tracks that explore the nuances of the nascent movement.
Highlights: Starting off the list is Covinos’ standout track “Canopy,” which masterfully blends the iconic future bass sound with an incredible range of textured samples. Covinos’ original is a delicious track that glitters with raw warmth.
Barrens Chatter’s infectious “Balance” and Snowlab’s drum & bass infused “Kiss Me” also make the cut —highlighting the genre’s versatility — alongside “Skin” from underground killer and Artist Mafia label boss Scartoon. Htpkt’s “Tell Me” remix rounds out the bunch, offering a glimpse at the moodier side of the style with pristine drops and a powerful vocal hook.