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By the end of 1990, a fusion of American & European House & Techno styles comes forth, thus forming new substyles such as Italo House/Latin House (e.g. Black Box), Experimental Techno, Progressive House, Trance & Ambient House.
Since 1992 Britain witnesses the birth of a Techno variant with its origin in Ragga/Hip-Hop frenetic beats and high-pitch samples. The musical style unde- rgoes various mutations and upgradings, passing through the stages of Hardcore Breakbeat, Darkside(a dark, urban sound), Jungle (lots of ragga vocals & samples) and finally its most mature form - Drum `n Bass, characterized by a profound fusion of industrial sounds, breakbeats, as well as jazz & funky ele- ments, its most prominent protagonists being Goldie, LTJ Bukem, DJ Hype, Nico, Ed Rush, Grooverider, etc. The derivative to breakbeat culture, its more ambient- al cousin - Trip Hop - represents a melange of restrained psycho-beats, human vocals, guitar & bass strings, and jazzy elements, providing an excellent vibe for clublife.
Whereas Techno & House lean towards harder & rawer beats, something completely new appears: Tribal music, considered to be no-man`s-land between Hardcore & Ambient. Its primary counterparts being artists such as Cosmic Baby, Oliver Lieb (The Ambush, Paragliders, Spicelab), Trance spawns various subgenres: Hardtrance, Acid Trance, Trancecore (a mixture of Trance & Hardcore!), & eventually - Goa Trance/Psychedelic Trance, a more dynamic, richer and ethno-based version of Trance, which gained global popularity in 1996 & 1997 through labels such as Blue Room Released, Dragonfly, Phantasm, TIP, etc. Artists such as The Infinity Project, Juno Reactor, Mindfield, & Youth play a major role in reviving the ideologies of the late 60`s & early 70`s, but this time within a technological agenda.
Last updated 4/3/2002
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