During the tumultuous years of the EDM boom when Beatport charts were a major measuring stick for an artist and often manipulated, one criticism leveled against the download store was the lack of sub-genres. They were very broad and many artists and fans felt like songs were misclassified as music terminology changed. Beatport has since started to change genres and add more to their repertoire, now with three more coming to bass music.
Until now, Beatport’s bass music section only included dubstep, which was added in 2010, around the time of Skrillex.
Now it has added, “trap / future bass,” “leftfield bass” and garage / bassline / grime.” Leftfield Bass will include its own sub-genres, “deep dubstep” and “juke / footwork,” which will be the homes for noted labels such as Teklife, Deep Medi and Hyperdub.
Another new sub-genre, “halftime,” will be added under drum and bass.
"We 100% recognize that we are really late to the game introducing these genres," said Beatport's general manager Terry Weerasinghe via RA. "But we have been working hard with key labels, artists and press from the bass community to build the best possible experience for DJs. We can't make up for not having huge genres like trap properly curated on the store five years ago. However, we have now assembled a team dedicated to our bass genres, which means we can promote more bass artists and labels by giving them features like an international sales chart, profiled DJ top 10s and regular artist and label spotlights, plus targeted social support and cross-promotion to our other key genres and global fan bases."