AKA: Wonky, P-funk
What it is: Purple is more melodic, ‘chilled’ bass music – think R & B and 90’s G-Funk music influencing the deep bass sounds. Remnants of video game music and garage sounds make for this Bristol, England-born non-aggressive offshoot of dubstep that it it’s probably the grooviest of all the mishmash sub-genres. The end result is a version of dubstep that challenges the masculine aggression present in the genre’s most prevalent sounds. Also, you don’t need a subwoofer to enjoy it, so it’s not relegated to the club.
Since the sexy vocals and pop sensibilities of garage disappeared, British club music has become dominated by bland masculinity. [Bristol-based Purple inventor] Guido says that is reflected on dancefloors: “The low-end sounds carry the power, bass, and aggression, and the mids and highs carry the sexy melodies. Without the melodies, dubstep and grime clubs have lost the girls. But the girls get up and dance to our stuff.”
Guido plays the piano a lot, working out melodies and progressions, sometimes composing whole tracks at the keyboard before transferring them to his computer setup. That way of working is evident in tracks such as “Orchestral Lab,” “Beautiful Complication” and “Cat in the Window,” which are among the most unabashedly musical UK dance tunes in years. They are futuristic, danceable and in keeping with dubstep’s bass-worship, but you can imagine your milkman whistling them.
Sounds like: the kicks and snares plus mid-range electronic melodics waving above.
Examples: Joker, Rustie, Guido