Nu skool breaks

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Nu skool breaks or nu breaks is a subgenre of breakbeat originating during the period between 1998 and 2002.[1] The style is usually characterized by more abstract, more technical sounds, sometimes incorporated from other genres of electronic dance music, including UK garage, electro, and drum and bass. Typically, tracks ranged between 125 and 140 beats per minute (bpm), often featuring a dominant bass line. In contrast with big beat, another subgenre of breakbeat, the sound set consisted less of hip hop samples and acid-type sounds,[2] instead emphasizing dance-friendliness[3] and "new" sounds produced by modern production techniques using synthesizers, effect processors, and computers.[1]


The term "nu skool breaks" is widely attributed to Rennie Pilgrem and Adam Freeland, who used it to describe the sound at their nightclub Friction, which was launched at Bar Rumba in 1996, with promoter Ian Williams.[3][4]

The tracks "Renegades" by Uptown Connection and "Double Impact" by Boundarie Hunters are considered to be the earliest produced to formally adopt the genre.[citation needed]

In 1998, the term "Nu Skool Breaks" was used on two compilations, Nu Skool Breakz, Volume 1 and 2, mixed by Rennie Pilgrem and released through UK-based Kickin Records. The first volume of these was recorded live at the aforementioned London club night Friction.[3]

Labels that featured early Nu Skool Breaks releases included Botchit & Scarper, Fuel Records (UK), Hard Hands, Marine Parade Records, TCR, and Ultimatum Breaks.



  1. ^ a b Fonooni, Damon (2002). "Embracing BT". Lunar Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  2. ^ Griffiths, Alex (1998). BeatsElectronicaUK (booklet). Music Collection International, Ltd. p. 1. 50073.
  3. ^ a b c McMillan, Danny (1998). Nu Skool Breakz (CD insert). Various. US: Instinct Records. EX390-2.
  4. ^ "Breaks Pilgrem-age". Resident Advisor. 24 April 2002.
  5. ^ "Bedrock Breaks Compiled & Mixed by Meat Katie". Resident Advisor. 6 Jun 2004. Retrieved 8 Oct 2022.

External links[edit]

  • [1] online radio and community
  • [2] the international breakbeat awards
  • [3] Future Funk Squad won "Album of the Year" at Breakspoil Awards 2015
  • [4] New generation of nu skool breaks - The Sables and Future Funk Squad "Right Time Is Now"