Drum & Bass has a rich and incredibly complex history so anyone trying to document that history really needs to know their stuff.
Drum & Bass: The Movement is made by scene legends Drum & Bass Arena and features interviews and clips from some of the biggest names of the scene.
We recently reviewed the One Nation documentary which focused solely on their brand but this one aims to go much deeper.
Big Bad Bass
The problem is that Drum & Bass is a massive genre with so many factors that make it what it is and that makes it impossible to document everything.
The Movement is presented in a logical order and charts the big events and tunes in chronological order.
This works really well and means that it doesn’t meander too much or obsess over any one moment.
The Missing Piece
One thing we felt was overlooked from the beginnings is its origins.
It is briefly mentioned that it’s influenced by Hip-Hop, Reggae and Dub but there’s only one mention of the Hardcore and Jungle scene that it truly spawned from.
It would have been nice to at least spend a couple of minutes on the change in sound from Jungle to D&B.
Of course, those of us who’ve loved it for years already know but it’s an important part of the story.
Anyway, I digress.
Rise Of The Beast
The story of how the music went from the dark and brooding cousin of rave to the global phenomenon it is now is genuinely fascinating.
The interviews are what really makes this documentary and hearing legends of the scene like Goldie, Andy C, Roni Size, Ed Rush & Optical, John B, Digital, and Spirit (R.I.P) talk about what made each year unique is great.
Something that sets this apart from other documentaries is that the DJs and MCs interviewed don’t pull any punches when it comes to sharing their views on the scenes progression.
They certainly don’t hold back on subjects like Vinyl vs Digital mixing and making tunes specifically with the charts in mind.