State of Bass is a record label and book publisher dedicated to electronic music in all of its forms.

The company was launched in 2018 by Martin James as a bespoke book publishing imprint to put out an update of his much acclaimed definitive biography of the early years of The Prodigy. The reissue brought together new interviews, unseen band images and incredible fan art in a beautifully produced 9inch square hard back book. Plans are currently in place to publish books, fanzines and bespoke electronic music related art projects.

In 2021 State of Bass diversified to become a record label with the release of ambient glitch piano album unlocked by ghost electron on CD and all streaming and digital download platforms. Future releases will make use of all physical and digital products to explore all of the potentials of the global electronic music world.

About Martin James

Martin James is a musician, journalist, author, curator and academic. As a musician he has released a number of records under a variety of aliases. He is currently vocalist with electronic post punk synth band Nostalgia Deathstar and is also working on a dark dub jazz project called Musica! Musica!. Martin has worked at some of the biggest music magazines in the world, published highly acclaimed books on electronic music as well as band biographies. From 2009 he curated SMILEfest a Southampton UK based multi venue festival with industry conference which was re-named SO:Music City in 2019. Martin is an award winning university academic who works as Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries at Solent University, Southampton, UK


State of Bass produces physical product including books, vinyl and plastics-based CDs and cassettes. The company also engage with streaming platforms and operate in a networked environment. As a company we are very aware of our potential damage to the environment. As a result we donate a portion of our profits to reforestation programmes.

State of Bass in no way supports racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic and any other harmful or damaging attitudes or actions.