South Florida may be home to booty bass, but it was Orlando that set
off the craze known among rave enthusiasts as funky breaks. An offshoot
of another electronica subgenre known as break beats, funky breaks
developed in the '90s and incorporates Miami bass, standard break-beat
counts -- like a schizo form of house or trance that eliminates the
steady beat-thumping of aforementioned genres -- and sampling for a
cocktail perfect for break dancers or fans of new-school, post-Prodigy
And no one during the '90s had more influence on this particular
component of Florida's dance scene than Sunshine State native DJ Icey.
(The name refers to his love of air-conditioning.) Icey, whose real
name is Eddie Pappa, is often lumped in with electronic greats like
Crystal Method and Chemical Brothers. He has produced six charting
singles including "This Is How My Drummer Drums" and "A Little Louder"
and is largely responsible for putting Orlando on the map as far as
dance culture is concerned. If you're feeling nostalgic for the
"underground" club parties of the '90s, it's hard to top DJ Icey, at
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least when it comes to Florida's own.
With DJ Icey, Johnny Dangerously, Lo IQ, Granite & Phunk, and Mark
Ivan. 9 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St.,
West Palm Beach. 561-832-9999; click here.