Drum and Bass – Rave Music for a New Generation

Drum and Bass, also commonly know by the abbreviations D&B and DnB, is a genre of electronic music that with roots in British rave culture of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Early Drum & Bass of this period was often referred to as ‘Jungle’ and drew influences from a variety of other genres, such as Acid Techno, House, Dancehall, Reggae and Hardcore Techno.

Typical elements of Drum and Bass tracks are fast sampled breakbeats usually played between 160 and 190 BPM accompanied by heavy bass and sub bass synthesizer melodies. A commonly-used breakbeat used by Drum & Bass artists is known as the ‘Amen Break’ and is sampled from the funk song “Amen, Brother” by the Winston Brothers.

One of the earliest albums to exhibit the musical components associated with modern Drum and Bass tracks was the 1989 album “Radio Babylon,” by Meat Beat Manifesto. Other prominent Drum and Bass bands and artists include Pendulum, Noisia, Black Sun Empire, Concord Dawn and Spor.

The cities of London and Bristol in the United Kingdom are often associated with Drum and Bass. Elsewhere, the genre is also popular in countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Jungle, and Drum & Bass began to gain popularity in North America as well starting in the mid 1990s.

As Drum & Bass started to incorporate fewer influences from genres such as Reggae and Dancehall, the term ‘Jungle’ became less commonplace to describe it. Drum & Bass producers who have completely shed the Reggae and Dancehall elements of early Jungle recordings in favor of more complex breakbeats and electronic rhythms have pioneered the Drum & Bass subgenres Techstep and Neurofunk, which also infuse elements from Industrial music and breakcore.


Post time: 12-01-2017