As one of the two fundamental building blocks of this form of music, DnB producers have long been at the forefront of innovation and experimentation with synths and samplers to create completely new twists on those frequencies that live at the lower end of the spectral analyser.
From the booming 808 subs of jungle and the mid-‘90s rubber basslines of Aphrodite and Shy FX, to the churning molten bass of late-‘90s Ram and the warm layered subs of early millennial liquid, to the detuned low-frequency oscillation of Artificial Intelligence and then the abrasive, synthetic bass of modern jump-up… over the years drum ‘n’ bass has explored it all.
Despite its many different sonic characteristics, it’s the presence of those frequencies below 90Hz - the all-important sub bass - that you’re after for the kind of music that rattles roofs and shakes drinks off of tables.
B is also for:
Beefy: ‘Chemically altered’ wannabe MC, an internet forum and a major DnB production outfit collide with hilarious end results. Watch the original video first and then the VIP remix.