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An introduction to Jungle music

  • Sat 6th Feb 2021 - 7:22pm
    Jungle music is a term describing a wide variety of music from around the world. It is considered to be a sub-genre of reggae, which itself has evolved significantly over the last few decades. Jungle is a broad music genre which emerged from the UK rave scene in the late 1990s and first audio system culture and rave music culture in the rest of the world. The sub-genre went through various changes throughout the years; from early rave tracks that used large synthesizers and a tight beat, to new wave style music which made use of high-pitched sounds and drum programming. Over the years Jungle music has been used in a number of ways including its major use as a mainstay in dance music and party music, as well as sampling it for use in many other situations. The most famous example of this is Jungle music being used in rap songs with heavy drums and amen break to set the tone for the song. Another use is in club music where Jungle tracks are frequently played. Often a particular break is played, such as a kick or a drum loop, which sets the mood or the style of the song to match the lyrics. There are many producers in the Hip-Hop, Techno, Rap and Jungle music genres who have produced hit singles and songs that have topped the pop charts. In fact, some producers such as Kanye West and Russell Simmons have combined their efforts to create some of the biggest hits in the history of popular music, using complex drum programming and sampling from a variety of different sources. With the help of new age producers as well as veteran producers, the genre is set to continue evolving and growing in recognition until it becomes one of the most respected styles on the music industry.

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