BreakBeat Lou

Growing up in New York City in the ’70s, Louis Flores came to hip-hop like so many other Latino kids his age: by rushing to contribute as it sprung up around him, first as a dancer and then as a DJ and producer. In the early ’80s, Flores teamed up with the late Leonard Roberts to put out records inspired by the early hip-hop jams. This lead to the bootleg Octopus Breakbeats, compiling the breaks DJs had been using to keep dancers moving, and then in 1986 to the Street Beat Records label. Selecting and editing foundational breaks, Flores and Roberts acquired the rights to release these under the Ultimate Breaks & Beats series. Over the next decade, the UBB compilations made a seismic impact on how hip-hop was created by providing fodder and inspiration to a new generation of sample-minded producers. The compilations would also play a part in the explosion of jungle and drum & bass in the UK and find their ways into numerous chart hits from Mariah Carey to Hanson. Yet Flores and Roberts remained largely unrecognized for their contribution until decades later. Flores left the music industry in 1995, having worked as a DJ, editor and producer, before returning in the late 2000s when the importance of UBB, and his work editing the breaks, was brought back to light by fans such as Kenny Dope.

Past Shows


Jul
12
th
2023
Fine Line
Jul
12
th
2023
Fine Line

Souls of Mischief

'93 'Till Infinity' 30th Anniversary Tour
with BreakBeat Lou, The Architect, Sean Anonymous and more!

More Shows

Sep
17
th
First Avenue

Blues Traveler

Aug
27
th
7th St Entry

Lazer Dim 700

with 2Sdxrt3all
Aug
28
th
Turf Club

OMA + Shing02

Oct
11
th
First Avenue

JD McPherson

with Kate Clover