A fusion of Jamaican dancehall, American hip-hop and Belgian techno, drum & bass is a uniquely British concoction born in multi-cultural London. But drum & bass doesn’t, yet, have the definitive book.
A few have told individual stories or given accounts of the early years, but Renegade Snares — a new book written by DJ Mag editors Carl Loben and Ben Murphy — tells the whole tale.
Created with the blessing of the scene’s leaders, including Goldie, who’s kindly agreed to write the foreword, Renegade Snares tells the stories of DJs like Fabio, Grooverider, Hype, LTJ Bukem, Andy C, Roni Size, Randall, Ed Rush & Optical and Bryan Gee, and of lesser-known mavericks like Dillinja, Omni Trio, Remarc or Calibre – the renegades who’ve stayed true to the scene every step of the way.
Sounds like a damn good read, right? Carl and Ben have launched an Unbound campaign to fund the book's production and are currently seeking pledges from D&B fans.
As well as the book itself, there's a chance to receive stacks of wicked D&B merch including a dubplate signed by London Elektricity (Hospital Records) and a Critical Recordings ‘Fifteen Years of Underground Sonics’ vinyl boxset — don't sleep on this!
Head here to contribute Renegade Snares and watch a short video from the authors below.