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State Of Bass: The Origins of Jungle/Drum & Bass


The crisp treble of the breakneck beats; the spine-chilling tempo twists; the heart-stopping surge of the sub-bass; the rush of the breakdown; the abrasive shouts of the MC…


Do you remember the first time you heard the call of the jungle massive?

Is there a more perfect way to start a book about the foundations of Jungle/Drum & Bass? From the moment I picked up State Of Bass: The Origins of Jungle/Drum & Bass, I could not put it down. After reading the opening paragraph of the introduction I was hooked. I actually read it from cover to cover in just one afternoon! This book actually extends the original text, which was published in 1997, obviously, a LOT has happened within the Jungle/Drum & Bass scene since then.

I’ve never claimed to be an expert in Jungle/Drum & Bass, I’m just a lover of the music and a dedicated junglist soldier. Having read a couple of books recently, I have been inspired to find out more about the history and backstory of the scene I love so much. For me, it’s not just about finding out, once and for all, which track started the movement (I’ve discovered this cannot be pinpointed as it was more a gradual growth than a definitive moment), it was more about the entire history of the scene. Discovering the trials and tribulations the DJs, Producers, MCs, promoters, labels, bookers and everyone involved right down to the junglist massive, have all faced in order to grow the scene from nothing into what it is today…A way of life.

State Of Bass: The Origins of Jungle/Drum & Bass has so much history, information, personal experiences, technical knowledge and ‘wow’ moments, it is completely captivating as it explores the scene’s social, cultural and musical roots.

Ignore the errors in the print, which there’s quite a few of, as this pales in insignificance. The real liquid gold content lies within the words and not the grammar or typos, that’s just my OCD kicking in!

What I really loved about this book is that every now and then the author, Martin James, decided to include “Recommended Listening” sections, which in my opinion was a genius move. Reading about all the different tunes from years gone by and how they were made makes you want to listen to them again so having those lists makes the job of searching for them that much easier. I guarantee there will likely be tracks in there you have forgotten all about or weren’t aware of how important they were in the development of Jungle/Drum & Bass.

I began to think that I should put them all in a Spotify playlist for you all to listen to should you wish to read the book and reminisce, unsurprisingly, there’s already a playlist on Spotify. Obviously, not all the music is available on Spotify but the playlist is brilliant! Check it out below!

If you’re interested in the history of Jungle/Drum & Bass then I highly recommend you read this book! Grab a copy from here

A huge salute goes to author Martin James, the dedication and work this must have taken to put together is inspiring. State Of Bass: The Origins of Jungle/Drum & Bass is a must for anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the history of our beloved scene!