no, it was called new jungle i think
in my experience most footwork sits around the 160 mark, just like jungle. most 'modern' drum n bass is what i find too fast. and footwork plays around with halftime rhythms so much, sometimes it'll only be the snares or hats going full speed. always thought people claiming it undanceable, or only danceable if you know how to footwork was a bit silly. I'm happy to rock back and forth to the half beat, but whatever, throw shapes, go dumb!Well it's too fast but that was why taye live was quite good, he played a load of soul as well
i hear you, in terms of the cultural backdrop, the pace at which music at raves was already changing in Britain. america's a different story, almost zero acknowledgment, you can still make the average citizen here extremely uncomfortable with even just a little jungle (even though many of us were almost subliminally inundated with the sound in 90s video games, tv commercials, etc.) but the most shook/confused/weirded out ones were definitely on the press and industry side of things. "what is this and why aren't we making money off it? lets slag it off"they were scared of it. literally. but no one found it weird or confusing.
i hear you, i def respect that even if it doesn't totally 'do it for you' you can appreciate its value and significance and at that enough to see someone play out. i think curiosity and semi-casual interest play a large role in the health of dance music, at least as much as a rabid core of diehardsI saw kode9 djing as well fairly recently and he played a load of footwork, it was good but I preferred the jungle and grime he played, just cos. I think it's harder to build footwork into a set perhaps, but taye deffo managed it