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Intelligent drum and bass
Stylistic origins Ambient
Drum and Bass
Deep House
Jazz fusion
Cultural origins Mid-1990s
Typical instruments Synthesizer
Drum machine
Personal computer
Electronic musical instruments

Intelligent drum and bass (IDB) (also known as Atmospheric drum and bass), is the widespread term for the subgenre of drum and bass emphasising influences from lounge jazz and ambient music. The music typically has a very atmospheric or ambient quality, with washes of synthesised pads, and deep sub-bass. The Rhodes piano is heavily featured, along with samples of other jazz fusion instruments like guitar, flute and vocals. Although the mellow and tranquil atmospheres contrast with the darkness and aggression found in much dancefloor drum and bass, the intelligent style is still generally produced with the DJ and dancefloor in mind, and not simply chill-out material.

Also known as atmospheric drum and bass, ambient jungle or artcore. LTJ Bukem, boss of Good Looking and arguably the single most influential figure behind the style, is especially noted for disliking the term, owing to the implication that other forms of drum and bass are not intelligent. Bukem's track, Demon's Theme, written in 1991, is considered the first atmospheric drum and bass track.


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Jazzstep, also known as jazzy jungle and jazz and bass is a drum and bass subgenre which emerged in 1995. It is a result of a combination of the rhythmic drum and bass structure with contemporary electronic jazz composition.

A typical tune from this genre is characterized by brass arrangements, acoustic instruments, jazz scales, and jazz rhythms. The related genres are intelligent drum and bass and liquid funk.

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Jazzstep tracks

  • Grand Unified feat. Kadeem - Music Makes Me Feel This Way
  • DJ Pulse - Planet Funk
  • Carlito & DJ Addiction - Supergrass
  • Roni Size - It's Jazzy


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