Jungle glitch-hop? Explain yourself!

Wikipedia definitions: drum n bass, jungle, glitch-hop.

“Drum ‘n Bass” is a boring name, so let’s revert back to the oldschool term… JUNGLE. The musical requirements: a constant tempo from 160-190bpm, a broken drum beat (usually erected from well-known samples like the amen) and a booming bassline. The resulting musical batter should be prime for mixing, baking, and impregnating.

Jungle is a style of music known for it’s well-polished equalization; the music must clearly project from bass to treble as to be heard in a large club atmosphere. This lends itself to it’s loop-based inception, as a producer might spend hundreds of hours obsessing over a single measure of music that later multiplies into a 5-minute track. Such well-sculpted sound seems to take on common characteristics, in that playing two or more tracks at the same time might result in a skillfully constructed music, forged in the moment (a la jazz improvisation) whilst revealing a larger social construct of musicality.

Enter glitch-hop, a newer variant of IDM, which our crew was instrumental in creating. As a baby infant music, the rules are less defined. There is more emphasis on the random and storytelling aspect of the music, as opposed to steady repetition and finely crafted EQ levels. It has a digital feel and does not disgrace it’s technological roots. Glitch-hop is roughly half the tempo of jungle, weighing in at 80-100bpm, ripe for mixing or slowing the rhythym to the effect of a hardcore breakdown. In many ways, it could be considered the inverse of jungle, and so juxtaposing the two results in a wide range of musical possibility without losing either genre’s valuable qualities.

And so, my sun, Canopy Radio is all abouts the jungle glitch-hop. We like the musical freedom it enables us, and the standardized tempos make it easy to involve the audience and mix their beats in with ours. The vast representation of sound… from amateur to professional, USA to Britain, ambient to hardcore and beyond, we give you a realistic profile of a diverse global population.

To many, it is the truest sound around.

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  1. Very interesting!

    Just one question…
    Do you really think you can substitute the word ‘drum’n’bass’ for ‘jungle’? I personally think they are two very different sounds (and genres).

    It was also a name that introduced a new era (or direction) in electronic music.

    There are so many variations of ‘broken drum beats’, and I think jungle’s, in particular, is very distinct. It’s orientation was also quite different, with stronger ragga connections than drum’n’bass.

    But thanks for this post! I’m glad I found you!




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