BROKE BEATS was lovingly created by two voracious consumers of music who went broke by going to so many shows. This blog is about sharing music so good that it would be an injustice not to promote it. We have an eclectic taste in music, so you might see anything on this blog, whether it's disco house, drum & bass, glitch-hop, chillwave, electro, indie and much more.
Event: The Playground 5th Anniversary [UK]

Event: The Playground 5th Anniversary [UK]

We’ve not been shy about our love for UK producers and their genius. However, not only is the UK a breeding ground for talented producers, they’re always putting on events with ill lineups. We recently got word from the folks at THE PLAYGROUND that they are putting on a bangin’...
Fat Jon as Maurice Galactica - A Wingman Supreme

Fat Jon as Maurice Galactica – A Wingman Supreme

Check this track from Fat Jon (as Maurice Galactica)’s new album, Rapture Kontrolle. Following in the vein of the artist’s exceptional instrumental hip-hop tracks, ‘A Wingman Supreme’ fills the ears with soulful jazz and blues notes to do John Coltrane proud. Unfortunately, this album is only available for limited release...
Lapalux - Jaw Jackin'

Lapalux – Jaw Jackin’

‘Jaw Jackin’ is the second single off Lapalux‘s forthcoming EP, ‘Some Other Time’. Texture-rich and emotionally dense, the track is a fine example of the genius we’ve come to expect from the fantastic Brainfeeder label. Lapalux carves out a texture-scape that is undeniably intimate. It’s really quite lovely and on each...
Frank Ocean - Pyramids (LeDoom is a Romantic Remix)

Frank Ocean – Pyramids (LeDoom is a Romantic Remix)

Frank Ocean has been remixed to death, but I gave this one a shot and thoroughly enjoyed it. Pitched vocals work depth into LeDoom’s take on ‘Pyramids’, mixing electronic with sensual. LeDoom’s productions usually fall on the raging end of the electronic dance music-spectrum, mix-mashing genres into his self-proclaimed “doombahton”...
FaltyDL - Straight and Arrow + Remixes

FaltyDL – Straight and Arrow + Remixes

FaltyDL is Drew Lustman, a New York-based producer making atmospheric house and garage music grounded in a hypnotic soulfulness that is reminiscent of both New York and Chicago house scenes. His forthcoming single, ‘Straight and Arrow’ is stellar and has been remixed by the likes of highly-esteemed electronic producers Gold...
Broke Beats Podcast #1 - Stèv

Broke Beats Podcast #1 – Stèv

Welcome to the first in what we hope will be a series of podcasts curating the finest in beats and music for eclectic minds. This podcast was put together by Stèv, a talented multi-instrumentalist and producer with a flair for electronic beats infused with acoustic elements. Based in Ancona, Italy,...
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Lindsay Lowend - Cosmonaut [SoundCloud]

Lindsay Lowend – Cosmonaut [SoundCloud]

Lindsay Lowend is Antonio Mendez, an under-the-radar artist producing eclectic electronic beats that range from celestial, Minnesota-like tunes to grimier bass-driven trap. Today we present to you something on the more mellow end of his beats, a track entitled ‘Cosmonaut’. A perfect accompaniment for daydreaming, ‘Cosmonaut’ is simple and sweet. Take a listen below: Lindsay...
Jessie Ware - Night Light (Perseus Remix)

Jessie Ware – Night Light (Perseus Remix)

Jessie Ware is a singer-songwriter who first came to my attention when the British duo Disclosure remixed her single ‘Running’. The remix reminded me of the UK’s 2-step/garage glory days, with Ware’s vocals bringing to mind an old 2-step remix of Shola Ama I’d loved. Today, British tastemaker Annie Mac uploaded to SoundCloud a free...
The Laboratory #6 - Jason Burns [Podcast]

The Laboratory #6 – Jason Burns [Podcast]

“The Laboratory” is a podcast put out by the Paris-based online magazine, The Chemistry, which covers a range of electronic music and other topics such as street culture, fashion, art and design. The 6th edition of “The Laboratory” was put together by Jason Burns, an American bass producer who has been recognized and supported by...
Van She - Idea of Happiness (Robotaki Remix) [Free Download]

Van She – Idea of Happiness (Robotaki Remix) [Free Download]

Need some synth-fire to accompany this outrageous SoCal heatwave? Check out this bouncy, uplifting disco house remix of Van She’s ‘Idea of Happiness’, courtesy of the funky Canadian, Robotaki. This track has some glorious synth work and I love how goddamn HAPPY it makes me feel. It’s simple and pure and the melody makes me...
Shlohmo, Salva and FoF @ The Echoplex [Show Review]

Shlohmo, Salva and FoF @ The Echoplex [Show Review]

A strange mix of hipsters, hipster-wannabes, frat boys and geeky music-lovers united Friday evening at the Echoplex for a stacked night of beat-mastery from FoF artists, Shlohmo, Salva, LOL Boys and Groundislava. Unfortunately, after dealing with some Security holdups, my friends and I got into the Echoplex only just in time to catch Salva. Sadly,...
Bon Iver - 'Holocene' (NiT GriT Remix) [SoundCloud]

Bon Iver – ‘Holocene’ (NiT GriT Remix) [SoundCloud]

Bon Iver’s repertoire of music filled with heartbreak and melancholy meanderings is ripe for remixing with its stirring vocals mourning love gone wrong. With the recent release of stems by Bon Iver, the blogosphere is bound to see another wave of remixes which try to tackle achieving the tricky balance of creating a new sound...
Ronan Portela & Ariel Rodz - Oladisco (Original Mix) [YouTube]

Ronan Portela & Ariel Rodz – Oladisco (Original Mix) [YouTube]

From tribal to Chicago house, this Buenos Aires-based duo show off their knowledge on their newly released Hidden Mask EP. I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite track but Oladisco is pure liquid dance. The bell sounds are a nice light touch that keeps the groove fun and the break around the 4:06 mark...
Eric B & Rakim - I Know U Got Soul (Leo Zero Rework) [SoundCloud]

Eric B & Rakim – I Know U Got Soul (Leo Zero Rework) [SoundCloud]

If you’re like me, you might actually be too young to authentically get nostalgic for some of the most classic old school hip-hop. In fact, I was born a month before Eric B & Rakim released their seminal debut album, ‘Paid in Full’, from which this track, ‘I Know You Got Soul’ was released as...
xxyyxx - You Are Why I Am Invisible [SoundCloud]

xxyyxx – You Are Why I Am Invisible [SoundCloud]

xxyyxx is Marcel Everett, the 16-year-old wonderboy out of Orlando, Florida who has been putting out some brilliant tracks which exemplify the “SoundCloud Age” melding of electronic beats with the soulfulness and emotion of hip-hop and other genres. ‘You Are Why I Am Invisible’ has a lightness to it that contrasts really well with the...
Kae - Truth [Free Download] [SoundCloud]

Kae – Truth [Free Download] [SoundCloud]

With a voice like velvet, Kae’s presence saunters on by in this lovely Erykah Badu-esque track. The original instrumental is by fLako, whose production could stand well enough on its own as a hypnotizing hip-hop beat. Kae’s track add the icing on the cake though, her soulful vocals lingering on in my ears well after...
Aspect Music - She Knows [Free D/L] [SoundCloud]

Aspect Music – She Knows [Free D/L] [SoundCloud]

Aspect Music (otherwise known as Niven Peacock) is a mysterious 16-year-old producer out of Leicester, England who reached out to me via email with his track ‘She Knows’. Jamie XX-esque in its percussion, the track is deep, soulful and incredibly impressive, regardless of the fact that it was produced by someone so young. Self-described as...
Snakadaktal - Dance Bear (Ta-ku Remix) [SoundCloud]

Snakadaktal – Dance Bear (Ta-ku Remix) [SoundCloud]

It’s been a while since we’ve posted but we are back with a vengeance! Now that life issues are in order, it’s time to bring back the music. Here we’ve got a remix by Aussie producer, Ta-ku. His remix of Snakadaktal’s ‘Dance Bear’ takes the indie rock track into a more soulful arena (at least initially)...