Drill 'n' Bass

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A subgenre of Electronic Dance Music which developed during the mid-1990s as IDM artists began experimenting with elements of Drum n Bass, Breakbeat, and Jungle music.

Artists utilized powerful audio software programs and deployed frenzied, irregular tempos that often discouraged dancing.

The experimental style was often interpreted as having a lightly parodic relationship with the dance styles that inspired it.


Early exponents of Drill 'n' Bass included the likes of Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Mike Paradinas, and Luke Vibert.

Pioneering releases in this style were cited as;-

Aphex Twin's Hangable Auto Bulb EP (1995)

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Squarepusher's Conumber EP (1995)

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μ-Ziq's Lunatic Harness (1997)

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By the end of the 1990s, the style had largely dissipated.