breakbeat

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

break +‎ beat

Noun[edit]

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breakbeat (plural breakbeats)

  1. (music, countable) A form of syncopated rhythm prominent in much African music.
    • CMJ New Music Monthly
      A cornucopia of hyped-up breakbeats, keyboard squiggles, surf grooves, dancehall stylee, dumb loops and much atonal shouting along, Far In dares you not to smile.
  2. (music, uncountable) A genre of electronic dance music based on such syncopated rhythms.