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When it first appeared, Drum & Bass was known as Jungle. Jungle evolved in the early 1990s from Hardcore, the dominant sound of British raves and free parties at that time. It quickly gained in popularity, particularly in southern England and some of northern England's cities, and before long it was the dominant sound to be heard in most underground clubs on weekends. Jungle entered the mainstream consciousness in 1995 with Goldie's album Timeless, by which time most people were using the more descriptive term Drum & Bass. In 1997 Roni Size / Reprazent's New Forms won the Mercury Music Prize. Although it never reached those heights again in terms of mainstream success, Drum & Bass proved to be incredibly resilient and today it is enjoying something of a renaissance, both in Britain and elsewhere around the world.

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