In the mid 2000s, a fresh take on the UKG sound began to be heard – Future Garage. It’s a genre that’s gotten broader in scope over the last decade as boundary-breaking producers and artists have skilfully weaved in more and more influences. It’s a sound that borrows heavily from the darker side of 2-Step and the sonic developments of dubstep. Future Garage eschewed dubstep’s wobble-bass obsession and instead drew inspiration from Detroit techno, dub and other electronic genres, taking things away from the club environment and often pursuing a more introverted, mournful aesthetic. Much like its predecessor UKG, which borrowed from RnB, jungle, and dancehall and the original US garage sound, Future Garage now encompasses all of those elements plus many more – ambient, cinematic and lo-fi, to mention just a few.
In our newest offering, we explored this incredible soundworld, utilising advanced sound design techniques such as granular synthesis, resynthesis, drum design, resampling, and field recording, culminating in a collection of more than 400 fresh sounds. There’s a full spectrum of snappy, swung, and shuffled drum loops which can be mixed and matched along with the percussion loops to create new variations. The bass loops feature plenty of speaker-shaking goodness in the form of the genre’s quintessential reese subs and dark garage growlers, plus there’s a choice helping of key-labelled oneshots to load quickly into your sampler of choice.
For melodics, you’ll find more than 55 loops spanning brooding keys, dark UKG melodics, rave-style chord stabs, evolving ambient textures, and sinister atmospherics. We flipped and re-processed many of these sounds, layering them with foley or running them through the Roland SP-404 or Chase Bliss MOOD pedal. We’ve also reworked our own recorded textures and utilised our comprehensive library of found sounds and foley captured in London, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, Brussels, Barcelona and Johannesburg to create almost 60 all-new texture, foley and fx loops and oneshots. Everything from autumn leaves, coffee shops, and the sounds of city life, right through to haunting videogame style cues and analogue processed noise and crackle feature here, giving you all you need to create an instant mood.
To complete the collection, there’s a choice helping of vocals and a prime selection of more than 100 genre-specific, custom-created drum hits for easy beat-making. We’ve built these from the ground up, layering and infusing the sources with foley from nature, household items and authentic vinyl crackle via various resampling sessions.