The producer of future bass music known as Chieftone has released his latest official single, “Stray Gun.” The track has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. Airy, affirming, fun and full of space in which to move around, “Stray Gun” is an example of EDM’s emerging sound for 2017 and beyond.
Chieftone cites as main artistic influences Flume, San Holo, Knife Party, King Tubby, Bob Marley, and Prince Fatty. EDM listeners will note straight away the future-bass leanings of the former trio, while dub, dancehall and reggae fans will mark the accomplishments of the latter. “Stray Gun” is, in fact, a blend of the two pairings.
“After playing in ska and punk for the last 10 or so years,” writes Chieftone, “I have decided to branch out and release my own solo music in a completely different style.”
This new direction of Chieftone’s is called future bass, a rapidly rising subgenre of EDM only yet populated by a handful of producers. With the aptly named “Stray Gun,” Chieftone aims not only to add himself to the future bass roster, but also to stand apart with his own sonic character.
“Although this style of music is reasonably new,” he writes, “hopefully my take on it will be a little different as my love for old reggae and Jamaican music will no doubt slip it’s way into the sound.”
Chieftone goes on to mention that “Stray Gun” is part of an upcoming EP record of the same flavor, one in which dancehall elements may become more strongly intertwined with the future bass foundations laid down here.
Rolling Stone’s David Turner describes future bass as “a still-codifying genre,” saying, “Future bass takes the ecstatic drops of dubstep or trap, but provides a warm bounce rather than a lumbering bruteness. Basslines are provided by harsh, detuned synths that buzz and purr instead of gulp and whomp.”
“Hopefully,” says Chieftone, “’Stray Gun’ makes people want to turn their speakers right up and bring some good vibes to their day.”
“Stray Gun” by Chieftone is available online worldwide beginning 15 July 2017. Get in early, EDM fans.
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