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From Intalex to Metalheadz to Rage, here's Fabio & Grooverider's definitive A-Z of drum n bass.
Date published: 2nd Aug 2019
Fabio & Grooverider are the godfathers of drum n bass. They were the forces behind the seminal club night Rage, the musical minds that would experiment with breaks, house dubs, hardcore, techno, paving the way for the genre as we know it today.
Ahead of their performance at this year's Moovin Festival, we caught up with the pioneers to ask them to work through their own personal A-Z of drum n bass, including some definitive terms, artists and genre-shapring elements.
A - Amen
The most important breakbeat in drum and bass.
B - Benny L
One of the most exciting artists to come out of the metalheads camp in the last 3 years.
C - Calibre
Soulful drum n bass king, discovered by Fabio who released his first records on his label creative source.
D - Dubplates
Synonymous with jungle culture of playing new music first.
E - Electronic
Drum n bass is one of many forms for electronic music along with house, techno, breakbeat, hip hop and garage.
F - Fabio
Godfather of drum n bass who created the term and movement ‘Liquid Funk’.
G - Grooverider
Godfather of drum n bass responsible for launching the careers of acts such as Pendulum, Bad Company and many more.
H - Hype & Hazard
Try Playaz head honcho DJ Hype and one of the most prolific producers in drum n bass responsible for classics such as bricks don’t roll and mr happy with distorted minds.
I - Intalex
Marcus Intalex who we sadly lost in 2017, gone way too soon.
J - Jonny L
Legendary producer Jonny L, responsible for amazing tunes such as 'Hurt You So' and 'Piper'.
K - Kemistry
One half of legendary female duo Kemistry and Storm, who tragically passed away in 1999. Her memory lives on today with a recent memorial event at village underground.
L - Longevity
People said it wouldn’t last 2 years, here we are 25+ years later and it’s bigger than ever.
M - Metalheadz
Goldie's legendary record label and club night.
N - Neuro funk
Dark subgenre of drum and bass which emerged between 1997 and 1998, championed today by the likes of Maztek & Noisia.
O - 'Original Nutter'
Classic anthem by Shy Fx ft Uk Apache.
P - Prototype
Grooverider's iconic record label responsible for classics such as 'Planet Dust' by Bad Company, 'Alien Girl' by Ed Rush and Optical, 'Odyssey' by Drumsound and Bassline Smith.
Q - Quest
Club night in Wolverhampton.
R - Rage
Where it all started, our seminal club night that birthed jungle, there will never be a night like Rage.
S - Sub-bass
When you talk about drum and Bass , sub-bass has to come into the conversation.
T - TC
DJ/producer/singer TC responsible for anthems such as 'Rockstar', 'Where’s My Money' and 'Jump'
U - Underground
Where DnB should always stay.
V - V Recs
Record label run by Bryan G and Jumping Jack Frost responsible for bringing out classics from artists such as Roni Size, DJ Die and many more.
W - Wilkinson
Ram Records artist Wilkinson, who gained his first exposure on our BBC Radio 1 Show. Has gone on to release hits such as Afterglow.
X - XOYO
Shoreditch club that we frequent on a regular basis most recently for the Andy C and Calibre residencies, always fire!
Y - Youthful
Drum n bass will always appeal to a young crowd because it’s always changing.
Z - Zumbar
Another great track by the king Marcus Intalex RIP.
Fabio & Grooverider play at Moovin Festival which takes place Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August 2019. Find Moovin tickets below.