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Brokenbeat is an electronic music genre first appearing at the beginning of the 21st century. Appearing in the western parts of London, the genre is also referred to as West London. Regular nights which play this genre of music include Co-op at Plastic People in Shoreditch and Inspiration Information at Notting Hill Arts Club. Elsewhere, DJs from the Kyoto Jazz Massive regularly play at The Room in Tokyo. Distribution outlet Goya Music played a massive hand in establishing the early UK sound, supporting early labels such as People, Bita Sweet, Mainsqueeze and numerous others.

Artists in this area mostly have a drum and bass, house, hip hop, techno or acid jazz background. As a result of these various influences, brokenbeat is sometimes considered more sophisticated than regular dance music, on the scale of jazz, soul or funk. It can be characterized by syncopated rhythm typically in 4/4 metre, with staggered or punctuated snare beats and/or hand claps.

Early brokenbeat music first appeared on the drum and bass label Reinforced (Clear Vision by G-Force and Seiji), at a time when musicians tried achieving a different sound in that genre. The transition was to a more abstract form of drum and bass. Many artists that started releasing through 4 Hero's Reinforced label are now considered as the pioneers of brokenbeat (a landmark artist for the label being Sonar Circle aka Domu). Meanwhile in Detroit, established techno artists like Carl Craig and Stacey Pullen experimented with the music they were making, trying to add jazz elements and breaks to their sound. As the music is still based on classic Detroit techno and usually has a harder sound, it is sometimes referred to as broken techno. This eclectic mixture was picked up by the Detroit and jazz affiliated U.K. techno producers Kirk Degiorgio or As One and Ian O'Brien, who tried to form it into a more soulful variation which further influenced the development of the brokenbeat genre.

Popular London based names are Bugz in the Attic, Seiji, Kaidi Tatham, Domu, Afronaught, IG Culture, Stephane and Alex Attias, New Zealand born Mark de Clive-Lowe, or 4 Hero (Dego and Marc Mac). Elsewhere in the UK, Brighton's Maddslinky (Zed Bias), who has a Garage background, has recently moved towards a more Brokenbeat sound. In the U.S. prominent artists are Detroit based Titonton Duvanté, John Arnold, Jeremy Ellis aka Ayro, and Recloose (now based in New Zealand), Harlem based Spymusic, and Philadelphia based King Britt. In Europe, many musicians that are considered doing brokenbeats have their roots in late-nineties downtempo and electronic jazz (or nu-jazz), which makes it difficult to distinguish the usually harder brokenbeat sound. Across Europe, prominent Dutch artists include Dogdaze, Rednose Distrikt or the Flowriders, Hipster Wonkaz, (France), Forss (Sweden), Nuspirit Helsinki (Finland), Jazzanova, Trüby Trio, or artists on the Sonar Kollektiv, Tokyo Dawn or Compost record labels (Germany). In Japan, Jazztronik, Kyoto Jazz Massive, DJ Mitsu the Beats, or Hajime Yoshizawa are also prominent.

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