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Brazilian Bass

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Brazilian bass is a subgenre of House evolving mostly from Deep House containing notable influences from Tech House. It has a tempo around 120-125 BPM and is characterized by distinguishable deep punchy basslines, often making use of detuning and filtering effects.


Even though the term was coined by Alok in 2016, the genre had been developing in Brazil for a few years before[1]. Despite the criticism for not having many affiliations with Brazilian Music and bass music[2], the term has stuck. Vintage Culture was another pioneer of the genre. The mid-2010s spawned a lot of other notable Brazilian bass artists, often gaining exposure after collaborating with the former two, such as Liu, Bhaskar, Sevenn, Cat Dealers, Illusionize and VINNE. Even though the genre originally mostly featured dark atmosphere, some later productions incorporated a lighter tone, influenced by Tropical House, such as in the successful Hear Me Now (Alok song).


Brazilian bass had an impact on the massive rise of the EDM scene in Brazil in the mid-2010s[3]. The genre was a fundamental influence on the emergence of slap house[4], a subgenre utilizing a similar bassline technique, originating in the late 2010s in Lithuania. After the period of oversaturation, the popularity of Brazilian bass itself declined at the turn of the decade with some artists like Alok moving towards slap house, while others like Vintage Culture going back to older house subgenres.


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