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Originally published in 1997, State of Bass explores the scene's roots through its social, cultural and musical antecedents and on to its emergence via the debate that surrounded the apparent split between jungle and drum & bass. Drawing on interviews with some of the key figures in the early years State of Bass explores the sonic shifts and splinters of new variants, styles and subgenres as it charts the journey from the early days as the deliberately hidden underground, ignored by the media in favour of the post-rave progressive house scene, to its position as a global phenomenon.
State of Bass: The Origins of Jungle and Drum & Bass extends the original text to include the award of the Mercury Prize to Roni Size & Reprazent for the groundbreaking New Forms album and brings new perspectives to the story of the UK's most important subterranean urban energy.
Martin James is an internationally published music critic who has contributed to some of the UK's leading music magazines. He was part of the editorial team that produced legendary dance music magazine Muzik and has written for DJ, Mixmag, Electronic Sound and Urb. He also regularly contributed articles about jungle, drum & bass, UK hip hop, dub reggae and electronic music to The Guardian and The Independent. Martin has written several books about urban and electronic music and culture including French Connections: from discotheque to discovery, an account of the emergence of the late 90s French Touch scene that he first defined through his early coverage of the Parisian rave, house and hip hop scenes. Martin is also the author of the definitive biography of The Prodigy. Now in its third edition, We Eat Rhythm covers the band's early years and was written in close collaboration with the band. The second part of the biography We Live for the Beats will be published in 2020. Martin is Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries at Solent University, Southampton where he lectures on underground music and the music industry.