After a four-year hiatus, UKF Bass Culture is back! The fourth edition of UKF’s state of bass was released on the 21st of September.
There are a few reasons why this is exciting. First and foremost, UKF is one of the most influential record labels in electronic music. Specializing in bass music, they release tracks by some of the most legendary acts in the space. Because of their breadth in the many sub-genres of bass music, they have a hand in discovering the hottest up and coming artists. This thirty-track album is a balanced mix of household names and exciting new musicians.
The second reason is that fans of bass music can get an idea on where the industry is heading. Because UKF is a force in almost every manner of bass music, they’re intrinsically linked to the scene. They know what’s trending better than anybody else. For fans, this means that each Bass Culture album is effectively a state of the genre.
UKF Bass Culture 4 features both future bass and drum and bass. Although, it is worth noting that, the balance is tilted overwhelmingly in the garage and future bass direction. Clearly, these genres are on the up and will be dominating the airwaves for the remainder of 2018 and all through 2019. This shouldn’t really be news for fans that have been paying attention. Artists such as Chris Lorenzo and Taiki Nulight have been all over BBC Radio 1 and have been mixed into sets in clubs all over the globe. This is just further proof that future bass is taking over the world.
As with any UKF album, the list of artists is incredibly strong. There’s new music by heavyweights such as Chris Lorenzo, AC Slater, Taiki Nulight, Noisia, and the Teddy Killerz. A few artists like DJ Zinc and Doctor P have taken a turn for the bold and created banging new tunes that sound a little bit different than their usual fare. Finally to sweeten the deal a little more, UKF included a few exclusive tracks from artists like Francois & Louis Benton and Upgrade.
One thing is for sure, we’re happy to have UKF Bass Culture back again. Anytime we can get a compilation album from one of the biggest and baddest record companies in bass music, we’ll take it, no questions asked.