A history of sub bass in 12 speaker-rattling tracks

Sub bass is fundamental to modern music, giving weight and power to productions across every genre, from the formidable bass pressure of dubstep and grime to the clean and impactful subs that anchor the grooves of contemporary pop and R&B.

This wasn’t always the case, though. Prior to the invention of the synthesizer, the focus on sub bass in popular music was minor, and the closest you’d get to the kind of low-end we’re used to today would be the lowest strings on a bass guitar. Bass-heavy genres like dub and hip-hop were the first to foreground sub frequencies in the ’70s and ’80s, laying the foundations for musicians and producers working across all styles to embrace the bass throughout the ’90s and into the 21st century. ..

1. Lee Scratch Perry & The Upsetters – Blackboard Jungle Dub (1973)

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