A story of a sound from West London.
The broken beat scene was a short-lived moment in London music history that stretched from the late 1990s to the mid 2000s, propelled forward by exciting records, scattered rhythms, and rolling bass lines. But while other London scenes in the 2000s went on to bigger things, broken beat, sometimes referred to as ‘West London sound’, didn’t transcend its roots. However, it still exerted a powerful pull around the world inspiring musicians such as Kyoto Jazz Massive, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and Madlib.
Broken Vibes: The Secret Story of Magneto is a documentary about the scene and times of broken beat that was produced in the 2000s but never saw the light of day until now. FACT contributor and broken beat enthusiast Mr. Beatnick was one of the production staff on it and he recently brought it to our attention after it made its way to Vimeo On Demand.
You can watch the trailer below and rent the movie for a 48h period for $2.20. The documentary features IG Culture, Norman Jay, Domu, Simbad, Benji B, Gilles Peterson, Bugz In The Attic, and more with footage shot in London, Berlin, and Tokyo.
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