Ishkur’s guide has a decent breakdown of subgenres:
Although he does use “Jungle” to refer to the main genre, with Drum & Bass being listed as a subgenre under that. That debate is getting pretty old though… Especially since Drum&Bass seems to be the predominant term most everywhere these days. Also if you’ve never seen this guide before, just ignore for the most part his descriptions as they’re very opinionated.
Still, it’s a noble project, albeit getting a little dated now that it hasn’t been updated in a few years. I used to always want to do something similar in high school. In fact in college I did a powerpoint presentation about different subgenres of electronic music.
If you are serious about this project, you could always create a similar type of site focusing exclusively on drum&bass. Of course you could try to be more objective and mature with your descriptions too
P.S… This describes most of western music. It’s the stuff “around” the snare that gives different beats their distinct feel, mostly the placement of the kick. It’s kind of amazing that just moving the kick just a tad creates such huge differences in feel.
And also sad that other time signatures are not more explored… I think there is HUGE potential in 5/4, 7/8 and even the more common 6/8 that could be developed.
But I’m rambling now, sorry