DJ Icey Leads a Night of Funky Breaks at Respectable Street

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 dance parties.

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 least when it comes to Florida's own.

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Erica K. Landau