Top 7 Rave Era Break Beat Tracks
I discovered raves and techno music back in 1991 when I was living in Orlando, Florida. Nightclubs like AAHZ at the Beachem Theatre and The Edge provided my introduction into the DJ scene. My love affair continued in 1992 when I moved to Virginia where the music scene thrived in close by Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Back then we were fans of all of the music and really didn’t care about classifying different styles or genres. We were very fortunate that the promoters booked very diverse DJs and Live acts, therefore giving us the exposure to many different types of music styles. I loved it all, but being from Florida and having b-boy roots made it very easy for me to gravitate toward the breaks. It was a good time for it, because so much was being produced in Florida, California, Baltimore, and even Texas. The U.K. was even killing it with big beat, jungle, and drum and bass tracks started receiving mainstream exposure. It was massive and it really defined an era.
Will breaks ever make a comeback? Some die hard enthusiasts claim that it never left and it’s better now because it has evolved and is underground again, kinda like dub-step and how it has evolved. Baltimore club music gained massive popularity a few years back and that was great fun, but the trend soon faded and made way for the new dub-step and moombahton/core. I am also a huge fan of Peo De Pitte and his brand of dirty Dutch, bassline driven breaks. His popularity and many others leads me to believe that break beat music is, in fact alive and well, and I look forward to playing more of it in the year to come. ANYWAY, thank goodness for my record collection and the old school ravers on You Tube. Here are some of my faves from back in the day.
MOTHER EARTH – Dubtribe Sound System
OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE – Rabbit In The Moon
A PLACE CALLED ACID (RENNIE’S INDIGESTION MIX) – Thursday Club
BOTZ – Uberzone
TO A NATION ROCKIN’ – Metro
THE PHOENIX – God Within
BOMBSCARE – 2 Bad Mice
There are certainly many more classics out there, but these are just a few that helped shape my early DJ career. Feel free to mention some of your favorites in the comments below or send us a mix. If you have a suggestion for a music or genre list please leave it in the comments and we will surely consider it for next week. Shout out to Huda Hudia and DJ Iche for inspiring this blog. Until next time, happy gigs!