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Drum ‘n’ bass currently enjoys not nearly as much of the fawning media attention lavished on it in the mid-’90s, when magazines anointed Roni Size and Goldie the kings of rapid-fire jungle. More recently, the R&B-flavored two-step genre has proved more commercially viable, at least in the U.K. And with that, pure jungle has gone back underground, with the kids continuing to tear it up at regular club nights. Along with being a co-proprietor of Breakbeat Science (a specialty store in the East Village, which remains North America’s best one-stop destination for all your DNB needs), DJ Dara has been spinning frenetic sub-bass tracks since before the hype. He mixes the likes of Moving Fusion and Agent Babylon, music that reiterates DNB’s core values: speedy, dark beats with bits of techy flourish. And there’s little question that the Dubliner is in it for the long haul, no matter the flavor of the month. He’ll be here, in the big room, at 1 a.m. at Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $20. (202) 554-1500. (John Dugan)