Dance Music Explained: Jungle/Drum ‘n’ Bass


BPM 140 – 180

Fast and furious with randomly sampled beats, using either double speed reggae bass lines or sub bass stabs, Jungle/Drum ‘n’ Bass finds its roots in Hardcore from the early 90s. As Acid House DJ’s began to experiment with increasing pace by adding more complex drum tracks, the genre was born. A perfect example of the cross over period can be heard on LTJ Bukem’s “Logical Progression” in 1991.

Other early exponents included Goldie, who released “Inner City Life” in 1994.

Also in 1994, Bristol’s Roni Size & Krust released “Witchcraft”.

A closer ally to reggae came with Kemet Crew’s “The Seed EP” from 1995.

Also worth digging out is Virgin’s “Routes From The Jungle” 1995 album which contains other major Jungle/Drum ‘n’ Bass contributors including Lennie De Ice, Nicolette, A Guy Called Gerald and Dillinja.

Here’s Lennie De Ice’s “We Are I.E.” from the album.

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