Meat Katie is one of the few DJs from the breakbeat scene who I follow. His fusion of progressive styles with the edge of Nu
Skool Breaks caught my ear around three years ago. I found an older, single disc mix of his in a used bin in
One of the things I like about the breaks scene is that there is always a lot going on in a track, and while it is very danceable, the syncopation gives it a bit more variety than some straight up house tracks. Also, there is often a surprise noise, clang or bang that producers bring in to keep it interesting for those who prefer to noodle and chill – it does not demand that you dance, just that you listen.
CD1 is just such a breaks mix. Dogzilla opens up the mix with “Big Chat”, a slow driving track that has an excellent spoken vocal overlay with a Jamaican accent as well as a breathy and eerie female vocal. This driving beat is taken up to a more dance oriented track, “Line of Sight”, by Dan F remixed by the excellent production team know as Infusion (who did the excellent mix a couple of years back of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”).
The mix then moves into something of a “filler” track, the Evil 9 remix of
This detour is slowly pulled back into breaks territory by the Christian J. Remix of “Pinrose” by Hinteraus,Pinrose and Walkner. This is a track with a repetitive acid like synth stab that is accentuated by a slight breakbeat. Phillip Charle’s, “Elektrik Dreamers” follows up keeping the beat somewhere between 4-to-the-floor and breaks, which is the signature Meat Katie style. Tech Phunk and Koma & Bones finish out the mix in much the same vein with a great flourish and some great vocal overlays.