In a typical DnB track the kick will hit on the first and third beat of the bar. Often pitched up, layered and compressed in today’s drum ‘n’ bass, kick drums interact with the bass to form the tribal groove that lies at the very heart of all DnB.
More interestingly is the way in which over the years DnB has employed the kick sample from a Roland TR-808 as a bass tone, utilising its booming low-end characteristics in a way that was never intended.
K is also for:
Knowledge Magazine: Alongside ATM Magazine, Knowledge was one of DnB’s longest-running and most respected dedicated magazines. After rebranding itself as K Mag a few years back, it’s now finding new life as an internet-only publication.