It's Wednesday, the midway point between the beginning and end of the work week. The worst is over, and the best is yet to come - which means it's time for another episode of the Lights/Out Selection.
This episode we are taking a look at one of electronic music's oldest genres, one that has been the root for countless others. The genre known as break beats, or breaks for short. It laid the foundation for styles such as drum and bass, garage, and all other non-four-on-the-floor variations. Once a prominent voice in the scene, the genre has unfortunately been all but forgotten by most.
That's where we come in. I hold breaks very close to my heart, as I absolutely love everything about it. It can be filled with funk, psychedelic and ripping (just ask our friend Blazer), or it can be therapeutic and relaxing, like downtempo and lounge. How such a genre came to be so disregarded is beyond me, although I suspect people wanted something a bit more predictable.
This isn't to say that the genre is dead, as there is thankfully a whole Beatport section dedicated to it - and fortunately, it's experienced somewhat of a resurgence in popularity as of late as well. I'm doing my part, as this week's episode is about breaks, and features songs from the likes of The Prodigy, Blazer, Under This, and many more. The track list is below, and as always, lights out, heads down. See you next time.
Leftfield - Biolocation (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)
Dirty Vegas - Days Go By (Paul Oakenfold Remix)
Simon Le Grec - Hey Dj Play My Song (Club Mix)
Under This - Attraction
Blazer - Gemini
ID - ID
Will Atkinson - Damage
Alfoa - Pray (Under This Remix)
The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
Impact Beat - Temple
The Prodigy - No Good (Start The Dance)
Technimatic - Problems