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Nu skool breaks (or nu breaks as it is sometimes referred) is a subgenre of breakbeat originating during the period between 1998 and 2002. 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, instead emphasizing dance-friendliness and โ€œnewโ€ sounds produced by modern production techniques using synthesizers, effect processors, and computers.

The term โ€œnu skool breaksโ€ is widely attributed to Rennie Pilgrem and Adam Freeland, who used it to describe the sound at their night Friction, which was launched at Bar Rumba in 1996, with promoter Ian Williams.

_images/a1.pngAdam Freeland (Beatport) _images/a2.pngRennie Pilgrem(Last.fm)

The tracks โ€œRenegadesโ€ by Uptown Connection and โ€œDouble Impactโ€ by Boundarie Hunters are considered to be the earliest produced to formally adopt the genre.

In 1998, the term โ€œNu Skool Breaksโ€ 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.

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

The original nu skool was basically more positive, cheerful music: the sounds of the future and not the end of the world mood half pointed the direction. Simultaneously dance-centric and twisting the brain, transmitting an amazing amount of auditory information. Unfortunately, by 2001, this genre had also set in, although this set-up still covered more exciting pieces (such as Meat Katieโ€™s compositions) than other styles.

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You can find more details about its formation and development on Ishkurโ€™s Guide to Electronic Music, and you can listen to nu skool breaks music right away https://music.ishkur.com/?query=NuSkoolBreaks

The Every Noise at Once platform provides an opportunity for people to get to know better the names of the creators who have ever been in the genre and thus the peculiarities of it. https://everynoise.com/everynoise1d.cgi?root=nu%20skool%20breaks&scope=al

Sources :

  • MENNYEK KAPUI - Az elektroniks zene รฉvtizede (The decade of electronic music)
  • Wikipedia
  • Ishkurโ€™s Guide to Electronic Music
  • Every Noise at Once

About the author:ยถ

โ€œGuido F. Matis (a.k.a. widosub), a seasoned producer-composer authority with an unquenchable compassion towards the musical expression, and many years of experience in the fields of event organizing, movie post-production, and recording with professional musicians. His devotion to movie sounds shows in his art - widosubโ€™s music is filled with landscapes of emotions, dramatic twists and melancholic moods. Heโ€™s one of the hosts of Tilos Rรกdiรณโ€™s MustBeat show, in which heโ€™s is focusing on drumโ€™nโ€™bass and chillout music. Heโ€™s also one half of the duo Empty Universeโ€.