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Schaffel (the German spelling to match the English pronunciation of "shuffle") is a style in progressive electronic music in which the beat is shuffled hard. Often triplet eighths are used to create swinging rhythms.


Originating from swing and R&B roots, the beat was popularized by glam rock performers like T.Rex with their 1971 hit "Hot Love" and Gary Glitter in his 1972 hit "Rock and Roll Pt 2".[1]

The Schaffel beat has remained in use in electronic music genres and can be found in such releases as "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode.[1]

Michael Mayer's label Kompakt has put out a series of compilations titled Schaffelfieber ("Schaffel Fever").[2]


  1. ^ a b Turenne, Martin (January 1, 2006). "Schaffel Beat Resuscitates Techno". Exclaim!.
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