Florida breaks

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Florida breaks, also referred to as Orlando breaks, or The Orlando Sound, is a genre of breakbeat music which, as the name suggests, is most popular in Tampa and Orlando in the US state of Florida but is recognized as a unique sound around the world. Florida breaks became popular in the club culture of the south-east United States during the mid and late 1990s.[1]

Its sound at that time was described by the growing underground scene as 'funky' and often included recognizable samples from 1980s pop, funk, and hip hop. Its current sound has a lot in common with nu skool breaks although it is also influenced by other music popular in the same area such as freestyle, electro and Miami bass. More recently,[when?] Floridians have taken to calling the genre electro breaks despite the lack of electro characteristics included in the tracks, but this is most likely due to the parallel electronic dance music subgenre of electro bass being billed at many of the same events as Florida breaks.[citation needed]

Florida breaks artists[edit]

While Kimball Collins and Dave Cannalte (Orlando based) were promoting the sounds of progressive house and trance at the legendary AAHZ at the Beacham Theater,[1] DJ Icee (now DJ Icey) was an early producer of Florida Breaks.[2] His record labels and numerous releases were a pioneering sound of Florida Breaks, and he was one of the first to put Florida Breaks on the map globally. DJ Stylus as well as D-Xtreme inspired and introduced countless patrons of the Abyss in Orlando to the genre of Breakbeat.[2]

Brad Smith and Huda Hudia were regular guest DJ's at the Abyss as they too were promoting and playing breakbeat at residencies in Tampa. Later successful productions were followed by Brad Smith, Dj Marmik, Huda Hudia, & Dave London. It was the efforts of these first 6 artists that paved the way for other Florida Breaks artists, who in their own right, successfully followed. They are in no order, Friction & Spice, DJ X, Funk Lab, Mike & Charlie, Tony Faline, Mike Anthony, DJ Baby Anne, DJ Sharaz, Fixx, Mike Le, Skynet, Mojo, Raz Kenny Styles, Rob-E & Security, Infiniti, Dynamix II (already established in South Florida and internationally since the 1980s with their seminal hit "Just Give The DJ A Break"), Jackal & Hyde, Rick West, Eric Berretta, R-Fresh, James Wolfe, DJ Volume, Malicious Mike, DJ 43, Superfly Jeff & DJ Shakka, Chris and Perry Domingo, Agent K & Bella, DJ Kinetic, Cadillac Raw and Doc Roc along with other countless artists all of whom promoted, produced, and pioneered what is now known as Florida breaks.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Gettelman, Parry (February 9, 1997). "The Orlando Sound Although Hard To Define, It's Hot Among Lovers Of Underground Dance Music". orlandosentinel.com. The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 5, 2015. Orlando club kids first encountered the style in the late '80s at the old Beacham Theatre ... on Orange Avenue where DJs such as Kimball Collins, Dave Cannalte, Chris Fortier and Andy Hughes got their start at Aahz dance nights. 
  2. ^ a b Le-Huu, Bao (November 28, 2015). "AAHZ respects the breaks that made Orlando global, overdue propers for DJ Stylus (The Beacham)". Retrieved December 1, 2015. {blog}

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