DJ Icey

Though techno elitists constantly write breakbeat off as lightweight tripe, the backlash hasn't fazed DJ Icey and Baby Anne one bit. Ten years on, these Florida-grown club vets are still dropping their patented trap-kit-thumping beats with swirling acid lines. The two obviously know where their target demographic lies, having been recurring characters in a hometown scene that still highly regards their type of music. Icey, the first breakbeat artist to grace the cover of URB, is an Orlando native who almost single-handedly put the Sunshine State on the map as a club mecca. Baby Anne, the self-proclaimed "Bass Queen," has been Icey's friend and compatriot since 1992, releasing mixes and productions through Icey's Zone Records. The duo serves as a figurehead to a new generation of dance music acolytes, playing up an electro-funk style that -- naysayers be damned -- is far from played out.

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