The rise of hip hop culture inspired a fervent record collecting boom, one prompted by a new interest in repurposing sounds in live turntabling. Independent record labels soon entered the fray, issuing unofficial compilations of popular breakbeats to capitalise on demand. In this series, we’re looking at the compilations that helped proliferate sampling standards whilst simultaneously shaping their consumption and mythology.
In this, the introduction to our comprehensive breakdown of the famous Ultimate Breaks and Beats compilation, we explain the history behind the series and look at two unofficial 12” releases that preceded it.
In part one of our Ultimate Breaks and Beats breakdown, we’re looking at instalments 501 through 505. It’s just the beginning!
In part two of our Ultimate Breaks and Beats breakdown, we’re looking at instalments 506 through 510. Now we’re getting somewhere!
In part three of our Ultimate Breaks and Beats breakdown, we’re looking at instalments 511 through 515. We’re in the thick of it!
In part four of our Ultimate Breaks and Beats breakdown, we’re looking at instalments 516 through 520. Not long to go now!
In part five of our Ultimate Breaks and Beats breakdown, we’re looking at instalments 521 through 525. After we wrap up the initial five-part breakdown, we’re going to look back at the compilation series as a whole!
The breakdown is nearly complete, but what have we learned? A whole lot. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers underpinning our sampling odyssey and talk about the main players that broke ahead in the influential 25-instalment compilation series!
As hip hop itself turns 45, we’re looking back at the first ever breakbeat compilation and the man behind it. A collection of hip hop favourites that bridged the gap between park parties and the very first studio recordings, we’re tracking the influence of Paul Winley’s Super Disco Brake’s across four decades of blossoming culture.