It’s hard to pinpoint when a term becomes a ‘thing’. But the prefix of ‘future’ has been attached to a few sub-genres already: garage, bass and most recently – beats.
So what makes a future beat? A Reddit user on a forum devoted to this nebulous sub-genre, defines future beats music as, “Beat-oriented music that’s unconventional, innovative or forward thinking in some way.”
Ok – it’s a broad church in other words. And could loosely incorporate the likes of James Blake & FlyLo. Experimental beatmaking that has been around for a good while already.
Ask someone who knows, and the Soulection radio show will often be referenced as an important apostle for this ultra modern sound. But why don’t we just ask the experts?
Two budding futurists are brothers and DJ’s Chux and Sosa – aka The Pipe Dreamers. They are founders of the club night, ILLICIT where you’ll here future beat, hip-hop, grime and yes even a bit of funky house. Whether you buy into the full portfolio of genres or not, at their events, unashamed good times come guaranteed.
Ahead of their next one with us in a few days for Ace Hotel’s week long Lowlines events, we asked the brothers to provide a sub-genre definition and got them to do a mix for aural guidance.
So, what is a future beat?
Chux: future beats for me is very much an umbrella term for a number of different genres. My first exposure to future beats was through Soulection Radio which showcased artists such as Sango, ESTA, Mr. Carmack, ROM, Little Simz and many more. Explaining what it is can be tricky because if you ask 10 people they’ll probably all have a different answer but for me, my favourite future beats combine hard hitting drums with melodies that can form into trap, boom bap, groove and even funk.
Sosa: future beats has such complex beat patterns when I hear it, my upper body might start moving one way, my legs another and my head a next way still – yet all somehow working in harmony just like the beat itself. It’s hard to explain!
What is it that you are trying to do with ILLICIT?
Sosa: When we started ILLICIT we wanted to do three things; start a night that all our mates would come to – fill a gap in the market for a night where you can listen to the hardest hip-hop and the waviest future beats in the same place – and lastly, create a vibe that everyone and anyone can feel cool and comfortable in. We have a strict policy of no fights, no VIPs, and no music requests!
Chux: Our music policy focuses on Future Beats, hip-hop, R&B, trap and grime but we give our DJ’s leeway on what they play which helps make the night unique every time.
What kind of club nights were you raised on?
Chux: I was raised on Heatwave, Livin Proof, Soulection and Tiger Tiger Rough Hill student nights!
Sosa: Livin Proof and Heatwave for sure. Love what those guys have done consistently over the years. But if I go back further three genres stand out; garage, grime, and funky house. You can’t get much more UK than those.
Nightlife trends for 2018 and beyond – what do you see happening across London and even further?
Chux: I see the UK afrobeat/R&B movement continuing to grow. I also see some of these great producers that find themselves in the future beats category linking up with more maintain/commercially known artists which will further shed light on future beats as a whole. A prime example of this already happening is Bryson Tillers DJ, J-Louis. J-Louis is someone who’s music I have followed for a long time now and his rise on a mainstream level is in part due to the success of Bryson Tiller.
You’ve done venues, boats and festival stages – is there something that is consistent across all these types of spots that really make it pop?
Chux: It’s simple. The people are what make the party and the people consistently make the vibe. Wherever you are, whether it’s a boat or venue, people just want to dance and enjoy they’re friends company and music makes it happen. I guess the only real difference is the distance between you and the crowd.
Join us 29th December at Miranda, Ace Hotel Shoreditch. Tickets here.