Simply Jeff

Breakbeat Massive

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Los Angeles breaks figurehead Simply Jeff is no stranger to the mix-CD market. Breakbeat Massive, his fourth major CD release, opens with his own deconstruction of the all-time breakbeat classic, Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock." But unlike Jeff's previous mixes, its not all hit-the-deck bass drops and insane asylum samples. At least, not throughout the entire CD. The first half of the mix emphasizes the nu breaks movement, with its subtler blending of breaks'n'bass with techier explorations. Experimental breaks guru T.Power is represented, along with several newer artists. But just before the CD becomes just another nu breaks bore-fest, Jeff kicks it up fifth gear with West Coast big beat pioneer Überzone working with U.K. trance breaks leader Rennie Pilgrem. From there on out, it is the classic L.A. raver breaks that made Simply Jeff a name. So while he may have settled down slightly in energy, Jeff still knows how to rock a party in your living room. Just give him a moment to get to it.

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