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Genres / Breakbeat

Breakbeat (sometimes Breakbeats or Breaks) is a term used to describe a collection of sub-genres of electronic music, usually characterized by the use of a non-straightened 4/4 drum pattern (as opposed to the steady beat of House or Trance). These rhythms may be characterized by their intensive use of syncopation and polyrhythms.

Breakbeat (or funky breakbeat) may also refer to the music of bands who play funk and soul music with an emphasis on the elements that became popular in Hip-hop and later Breaks-based music. This sound is characterized by slower tempos (80-110 bpm) and organic, "human" rhythms. It is sometimes differentiated by the term "Broken Beat".

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