Ian Anderson 2:38 p.m., Dec. 10
Future jungle and glitch stompers at Dragon Lounge
Future jungle is a bourgeoning style of electronic dance music that decelerates drum n bass and jungle’s customary 160-180 b.p.m. Amen break (a drum fill from the 1969 Winston’s B-side “Amen Brother” that has arguably been the most influential 6-seconds of sampled music in the history of the universe) down to a steady 140 b.p.m.
The result is a less frenetic take on the classic reggae-infused jungle sound interspersed with nods to familiar elements from the past few decades of electronic music.
“Future jungle - also known as 140 jungle, jungle breaks, or j-tek - has been infiltrating the underground scene in San Diego since early 2011,” says DJ Aaron Hastings aka Arkon.
Hastings hosted his first future jungle showcase in June with local producer SixFootUnda (Dub Chamber) at Dragon Lounge, a monthly electronic dance party (and, at almost 15 years old, one of San Diego's longest running) that Hastings curates at the Kava Lounge alongside Kava co-owner Kristie Aguirre.
“This sub-genre is a combination of break beats and jungle that resurrects the old school ‘90s vibe, but also introduces the future sounds of the post-dubstep era. You will hear jungle or trance anthem samples that are nostalgic from the days of underground warehouses before the evolution of drum n bass. Some producers rely on sampling the traditional side of reggae or ragga dubs, while others infuse the rolling bass lines with more of an Amen progressive feel.
"I enjoy the challenge of playing many different genres, but 140 jungle resonates well with me because of my long history of playing breaks. To be honest I didn't like jungle back in the day and it is a blessing that I was given a second chance with the sound."
This past year, Dragon Lounge has also been spotlighting glitch hop, mid tempo, deep dubstep, future garage, and juke.
“The music scene has changed a lot since I took over the bookings in 2007 and I felt I would uphold the Dragon Lounge tradition while also exploring new realms of broken beat sub-genres," Hastings says.
Arkon is currently working on a 140 jungle mix for Woofer Cooker, a sub-label of Dub Chamber, that will be released by the end of the year.
Around the same time, Dragon Lounge’s second future jungle show will be held in December and will be followed by more regular appearances in 2013.
Holding up the local end will be Arkon, Osal8 (ELEV8/Enig'matik Records) and Sponge (Adapted Records/ElectriCocoon).
Read more about the compilation Sponge put together for Aussie label Adapted Records here.
Also on the horizon: Dragon Lounge presents the return of So Cal shining stars Brad & Dela Moontribe on November 10 at Kava Lounge.