Velocity Press revises cult drum and bass book State of Bass

Velocity Press revises cult drum and bass book State of Bass

Velocity Press has announced a revised reissue of cult drum and bass book State of Bass.

The electronic music press specialist acquired rights to State of Bass: The Origins of Jungle / Drum & Bass by music journalist Martin James after rights reverted back to the author from Pan Macmillan imprint Boxtree. The book is available to pre-order through Velocity and will be published April 2020.

The book – originally titled State of Bass: Jungle – The Story So Far – was released in 1997 and was named one of the top ten electronic music books by FACT Magazine after selling out in 1998. 

According to the publishers: “The book explores the scene’s social, cultural and musical roots via the sonic shifts that charted the journey from deep underground to global phenomenon.”

The updated edition includes previously unpublished interviews with drum and bass DJs Roni Size, Goldie, LTJ Bukem, Fabio, and Shy FX. It also features Reprazent winning the Mercury Prize for album “New Forms”.

James said: “I’m excited about the publication of a revised edition of State of Bass that has been out of print for 21 years and sells for silly money on eBay. The book discusses the socio-political environment, the musical and subcultural antecedents and the cultural histories that inspired, informed and shaped this uniquely British post-rave emergence. Velocity Press is the natural home for this book and I’m proud to be one of their authors.”

Velocity Press, a specialist non-fiction publisher of electronic music and club culture books, was founded earlier this year by Colin Steven, the former editor and publisher of drum and bass magazine Knowledge.

Velocity’s first book by veteran dance music journalist Matt Anniss will be released December this year and promises to be “a radical reworking of British dance music’s origin story”.