Tag Archives: Breakbeat

Kitty on Fire Records Push Kawaii Aesthetics to Harsh Musical Extremes

Kitty-on-fire-1244.jpg“Wow. I wasn’t prepared to answer this question. I don’t know how to,” Spencer Williams of Kitty on Fire Records says when asked to give a summary of what the label does. And who can blame him? One glance at Kitty on Fire’s Bandcamp page can be jarring. It’s like an anime fighter had digitally uploaded several hundred albums—there are titles like NEGLECTED TOMOGATCHI, Super Duper Digi-Punk Split, L​-​l​-​l​-​lewd!, and CAT FIGHT (all of which are fantastic records, mind you).

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A Guide to Breakbeats on Bandcamp

breakbeatOn November 20, 1969, a 25-year-old drummer from Chattanooga, Tennessee named Clyde Stubblefield was seated behind the drum kit at the King Records studio in the Evanston section of Cincinnati, in the midst of a scorching hot jam. His boss and mentor, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul himself, was in top form, casually freestyling a string of intense, surrealist lyrics about a party gone awry.

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