Born in the USA: Our Favorite American-Made Genres
The home of the Declaration of Independence, Coca-Cola and brostep, the US has a lot to celebrate this Fourth of July. While our European counterparts may think their dance music tastes reign supreme, let’s not forget the birthplace of it all: Chicago. From trap to Detroit techno to B more, electronic music has forged diverse homes throughout our country. Even though the sound may not always be the same, the motivation, creativity and groove behind them remain quintessentially American.
Here, we present our favorite American-made dance music genres.
West Coast/Funky Breaks
Place of Origin: Southern California
Notable Artists: Simply Jeff, Überzone, Bass Kittens, The Crystal Method, Bassbin Twins, Cirrus
History/Description: During the mid- to late-‘90s, while artists like Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Brothers were sowing the seeds of Big Beat in the UK, a different kind of broken-beat movement was cropping up on the West Coast of the United States. Sometimes the sound was space-age and robotic, calling on staple pieces of Roland gear like the TB-303, the TR-808, or the Jupiter-8; other times the dirty breaks were stitched together using old-school hip-hop grooves or a cappellas. But regardless of their distinct styles, they all had one common denominator: they were funky.
Championed by L.A.-based labels like City of Angels and Moonshine Music—and written about in L.A.-based publications like URB, Lotus and BPM, all of which were gaining prominence around the same time—West Coast funky breaks thrived everywhere from the warehouse to the desert, their sound peddled to the mainstream via DJs like John Kelley and Simply Jeff. It was arguably one of the most fertile times for West Coast rave culture, and the funky breaks were there to provide an unforgettable, uplifting and distinctive soundtrack. —Rich Thomas
The DJ’s Project “Funk-da-Fried Party”
The Crystal Method “Busy Child”
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