Bassline is a type of music related to UK garage that originated from speed garage, and shares characteristics with fellow subgenres dubstep andgrime for their emphasis on bass. The style originated in Sheffield around 2002.
Bassline has been at the centre of controversy in Sheffield due to a police raid on the former bassline club night Niche, after which the club closed down. Police raided the club amidst reports that the scene had been attracting violence, drug use and gang culture. Since it was the most popular bassline night in Sheffield prior to its closure, Niche is sometimes used as an alternative name for the musical genre. Like grime, bassline is still associated with violence, anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.
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