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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

5 Reasons Why Breaks Is The Big Thing for 2015 [includes FREE DOWNLOADS]

Here are the main reasons why you should be all over breakbeats right now, and forever more, with lots of tracks and mixes for you to download for FREE!


Stanton Warriors - Stanton Sessions Sydney Garden Party

Redbull recently posted a popular post titled 'Breaks: How Dance’s Uncoolest Genre Bounced Back', it was a good read and was accompanied by some fine beats to listen to.

There was just one thing we disagreed with in this piece. Breaks never went away for those people who have always been involved. It may have declined in popularity, but certainly not in quality, as this post hopes to demonstrate. So, here are the 5 reasons why 2015 is the best year to get back into breaks . . .


1. The Diversity of Breaks

Some of the purists will be very definite about what 'breakbeat' is, but in general we like to think of 'breaks' as an all-encompassing term that can be applied (in varying degrees, of course) to some of the finest bass music in the world. We're not genre nazis here at Funk and Filth. Yes there's the very definite 'breaks' sound, but it also has influence on Drum n Bass, mid tempo funk, garage, deep house and loads more. More often than not when listening to a 'breaks' set you'll hear the DJ (if he/she's good!) spanning these genres and many more . . and it works!




2. The Big Players

Try telling people like Krafty Kuts, Stanton Warriors, Plump DJs, Deekline, Freestylers, A.Skillz et al that breaks disappeared. You'll look like a right twat. These guys have been breaking boundaries and carving out a very nice living, touring the world and playing to thousands upon thousands of discerning ravers - thanks in no small part to the beauty of breaks and their dedication to the beats.


Click here to download this mix for FREE


Click here to download this mix for FREE


By popular demand among the comments on this article we've added in some DJ Icey!
This collab with Krafty is one of our favourite breaks tracks ever, and Icey's recent Automatic Static mix (in the Breaks Selection playlist further up this post) is a beast!

What do you think? Leave us your comment...

3. The Up-And-Comers

Music can't rely upon the established artists to keep it pumping. They need the young whippersnappers keeping them on their toes, pushing them to excel and (eventually) joining them amongst the ranks of the elite. Breaks, like almost any other musical subcommunity, is exactly the same. Trawl through the Funk and Filth blog archive (you'll find it in the right-hand column of this page), or past posts by other great bass music blogs like Life Support Machine, Free Breaks Blog, Rhythm & Breaks, Breakzlinkz and plenty more, and you'll find an abundance of banging talent that we bloggers love to stumble across. The 'Best Breakthrough Act' at this years Breakspoll International Breakbeat awards is testament to the calibre of the breaks talent forcing their way through. Kwerk, Kurse and Alt-A (to name but a few) are moving at a pace that can only be admired, and there are loads more like them too!


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4. The Cost (it's FREE! if you know where to look)

Breaks knows that it's lost popularity in recent years. It doesn't really care, but it knows. Human nature dictates that what is 'mainstream' can never truly be synonymous with being 'cool', so I'd guess most people involved in the breaks scene are at least partially pleased it's retained its underground status . . . although that doesn't normally translate into the financial rewards that being 'mainstream' normally brings. Still, what we get is a community of talented producers and DJs who are often very happy to give away some tracks, remixes and mixtapes for free in order to spread the good word of breaks. Thanks fellas (and fellettes)! Here are a few of our favourite recent freebies...


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Click here to download for FREE

5. The People

Breaks nights and events just seem to not attract the trouble that you get at other nights. It's almost as if someone back at the dawn of breaks wrote a rulebook with Rule 1 being 'No dickheads allowed' - and everyone sticks to it.

The people involved directly in the scene (from our experience) tend to range from nice to awesome, with DJs, promoters, labels etc. all getting on nicely to produce tasty beats and throw awesome parties. And as mentioned, the crowd that attend these sorts of party are always in good spirit, uniting in their love of breaks. Take the Breakspoll awards party for example. Yes it's got a little smaller in size over the years, but the quality of the partygoers only increases. We go every year and, fair enough we may not remember all the names, but there's always a collection of familiar faces of amiable ravers tearing it out on the dancefloor and eager to shake hands and stomp some floor together!


Funk and Filth & Hot Cakes at Brixton Jamm 2014 - featuring Deekline, Freestylers, Kwerk and many more

So next time you're scouring the local listings for a night out, or you don't fancy joining the other bellends at the festival who are in the next field self-harming to Coldplay or whatever other "headliner" the media are shoving into your ears, take a punt on the breaks night at the local club, or wander round the smaller tents in search of the sound of broken beats and good times. Breaks is proper.


19 comments:

  1. Great article. Gotta love breaks and the scene/community that surrounds it!

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  2. Best genre out there for a fun night of non stop dancing. Been raving and clubbing for 24 years now and breaks is my first choice for a night out. Exactly what it says on the article, never any dickheads! We gotta have more cowbells..........

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  3. Brilliant write up dude :D nailed it!

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  4. hmmm.. nothin happening soon in london.. am i right? except of boomtown and freear in foxfirin..???

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  5. Excellent write up mate much better than "that" Red Bull article. You pretty much nailed every point the most important of which being the people. I have never met anyone in breaks over 11 years that I didn't like. The scene had always been there simmering underground producing some of the best music ever in the last 3 or 4 years. Production wise a bevvy of new producers such as The Brainkiller, Monk3ylogic, Alt A, Jiro who is really shining at the moment and stalwarts such as guys like Llupa, Hedflux, Karl Sav, Diistortiion,have stepped up their production to amazing new levels. Anyone who's anyone will also tell you that breaks heads like Future Funk Squad, Lady Waks, Yreane, Colombo, plus the big guns especially The Stanton's, Krafty Kuts, A-Skillz et alhave stuck it out during the quiet times and are some of the hardest working in the scene ever. I think it's important that as Breaks regains it's popularity that we don't forget the DJs producers club nights and promoters that kept it going all over the world from Breakspoll to Breakfast. On a slightly serious note though and I speak for myself here I'd hate to see David Guetta or Steve Aoki jump on the breaks bandwagon just because they can... It's nothing personal against them I'd just like to see the revival of the scene similar to that of the days of old with the current crop reaping the rewards for their efforts. Long live Breaks and long live NSB Radio.

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    1. I agree and anyone in the breaks community should do what we can to stop band wagon big names from trying to weez off the gig and muscle out the vets and dope artist who have remained true and faithful... If those "Big names" want to do some breaks ok imo but NEVER in such a way that takes any space from those who put in work...

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    2. I agree and anyone in the breaks community should do what we can to stop band wagon big names from trying to weez off the gig and muscle out the vets and dope artist who have remained true and faithful... If those "Big names" want to do some breaks ok imo but NEVER in such a way that takes any space from those who put in work...

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  6. Breaks nights have seen success lately where I'm from :-) How can a genre this fun be ignored any longer?

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    1. Icey sold out..his shows are shit now. he wandered too far away from his roots

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  8. Breakbeat lovers in Miami for wmc, check out The Future Sound of Breaks XIII party...it will have the best vibe, best bass music, best dancers.... the guys at fsob have been throwing parties that bring back the essence and vibe of the scene that existed in the 90's and early 2000's

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  9. Things have been getting proper attention in Denver, USA... slowly but surely. really looking forward to 2015!

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  10. i hadn't noticed breakbeat's demise, was too busy dancing my tits off. but HAD noticed supercharged, brighton's most cutting edge nu-skool night morph into just another d&b/dubstep night! come on, skool of thought, back to what you do best!

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  11. heres a mix I did today of some older stuff...soundcloud.com/dj_marty_b/polyamourassubtanceuse20112014

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    1. Welcome to the Sound of our future!!!

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  12. As a Female DJ for over the past 8 years I came from the Progressive House Scene into the Florida BREAKS Scene about three years ago...and never left!!!
    Finding my own unique sound for the absolute loVes I have for Breaks has been well a real honor in my DJ career.
    Thanks I did enjoy reading this adversely impromptu article on the future of BREAKS for electronic dance music as we continue beating through 2015!
    Respect... ~Tee~Rah~

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  13. As a Female DJ for over the past 8 years I came from the Progressive House Scene into the Florida BREAKS Scene about three years ago...and never left!!!
    Finding my own unique sound for the absolute loVes I have for Breaks has been well a real honor in my DJ career.
    Thanks I did enjoy reading this adversely impromptu article on the future of BREAKS for electronic dance music as we continue beating through 2015!
    Respect... ~Tee~Rah~

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  14. Nice article been spinnin BREAKBEATS for over 20 years here's over 40 MIXES ENJOY!
    https://soundcloud.com/justin1977

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  15. The breaks scene in San Francisco is fabulous right now - and i hear there are some good parties in LA too.

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