Drum and Bass, often abbreviated to DnB, is a genre of electronic dance music (EDM) that originated in England in the early 1990s. The genre is characterized by fast breakbeats, typically between 160-180 beats per minute, heavy bass and sub-bass lines, and synthesized sounds.
Drum and Bass evolved from rave and jungle scenes and draws on a multitude of influences including techno, house, funk, and reggae. It’s known for its complexity and speed, with intricate rhythms, rapid-fire drum patterns, and heavy basslines.
One of the defining features of Drum and Bass is the ‘Amen break’, a drum break from The Winstons’ song “Amen, Brother”, which has been widely sampled and used in countless Drum and Bass tracks.
Prominent artists and DJs in the genre include Goldie, Roni Size, Pendulum, and Netsky. The genre has influenced and given rise to many sub-genres, including liquid drum and bass, techstep, and neurofunk, each with their unique characteristics and stylistic nuances.
Drum and Bass has a dedicated global following and continues to be an influential genre within the electronic music scene.
For more comprehensive information, visit the Drum and Bass page on Wikipedia.