A breakbeat is a rhythm that is used in electronic music.

Here are excerpts real drum rhythms (samples), which mostly come from breaks of funk songs, played as a loop. Also several shots Often thereby be chopped into fragments of clocks or in long excerpts and superimposed in a different sequence ( slicing ). Especially in Jungle productions the playback speed is drastically increased and the samples will be provided with numerous effects.

The origins of the breakbeat in New York in the 70s. In a Kool DJ Herc Disco mixte two scale as drum solos Breaks seamlessly. This experiment was the root of Hip- Hop, Drum and Bass and what is today understood by breakbeat.

As breakbeat and the musical genres are called, in which this kind of rhythms are used. Often the term is used implicitly as a generic term for styles such as Drum and Bass, Jungle, Hardcore, Step 2 and partially Big Beat. However, it starts explicitly as in Breakcore in appearance.

Among the most popular break beats include the Amen and the Funky Drummer break, both of which have been used in thousands of tracks, especially in the drum and bass.

As an innovation center of modern breakbeat music is the city of London.

Popular sample sources for breakbeats

  • Amen, Brother - The Winstons
  • Apache - Incredible Bongo band
  • Funky Drummer - James Brown
  • Impeach the President - The Honey Drippers
  • It's a New Day - Skull Snaps
  • Synthetic Substitution - Melvin Bliss
  • Think (About It) - Lyn Collins
  • When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin