Drill 'n' bass is a subgenre of electronic music which developed in the mid-1990s as IDM artists began experimenting with elements of drum and bass, breakbeat, and jungle music. Artists utilized powerful audio software programs and deployed frenzied, irregular tempos that often discouraged dancing. The experimental style was often interpreted as having a lightly parodic relationship with the dance styles that inspired it.
Early exponents of drill 'n' bass included Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, and Luke Vibert. Pioneering releases in the style included Aphex Twin's Hangable Auto Bulb EP (1995) and Squarepusher's Conumber EP (1995). By the end of the 1990s, the style had largely dissipated.