The Breaks: The unknown and limited-press break records of DJ Romes

The Breaks: The unknown and limited-press break records of DJ Romes

Interview with Break-Beat Archaeologist Lungston Hughes

  • Lungston Hughes
  • May 01, 2002

DJ Romes has a large collection of break beats, rare ones, imports, bootlegs, and a couple of his own that were pressed in limited quantity. We hung out in Romes studio recently and took a look at some of his favorites.

Stones Throw: Wow, tell me about this kangaroo one.
DJ Romes: Beautiful cover, no?

Yea, was this released?
Australian only. They said it wouldn't sell, so that's why I did it. 500 copies. It's a tribute to Beast Porn.

Whats up with the Dogs?
When you got a dog on a break beat cover, it's hot - that's the rule. These are all dope, dirty beats. Dirty like a dirty dog.

I've seen Doggie With A Drivers License Breaks around before.
It's a classic from 1997. Out of print now, but it started the whole dog thing for the east & west coast 'cuz the duck was getting too big already.

Yes, ducks are really big in hip hop breaks.
Inconsistent though, not like the dogs. These two I picked up in Europe. Half Duck Half Dog is good because of the dog cover of course, but Duck with an Uzi is a crazy knock-off of Super Duck Breaks with gangsta-style beats. And it's from Italy. I don't think they even have ducks in Italy.

How about this one, Lesbianas con Ropas?
This one I got when I was down at the Chiapas convention last year. You wouldn't think they have good breaks down there, but they do.

Hay muchas lesbianas en Méjico?
Sí. Ellos toda la ropa correspondiente.

You have three more of your own here. Did you put these out?
Angry Dwarf Breaks only got 60 test pressings made - it had a sample of Tattoo from Fantasy Island. Someone found out and threatened to sue. That midget shot himself, did you know that?

Hey, he was nuts. He use to wander Sunset Strip barefoot with a gat in one hand and waving his middle finger with the other
The one here with me wearing an afro, I found that in London - it's a bootleg. Those people have no morals when it comes to records. It's actually a recording of a stand up comedy show I did out there in '98. Lootpez is from 1998 too, but that was my first record that I pressed in Oxnard. 300 copies of that one - I like it better when not everyone can get one.

Wake Up in the Morning and Your Dick is Gone Breaks?
Every man's worst nightmare, but the record is every DJ's greatest dream .. it's one of the best. I got it in Atlantic City when I DJed a bar mitzva. And  Badger Breaks is hot too - that trumpet player in Breakestra did the beats.

Oh, Paul the Badger!
People don't even know that kid is a producer.

Teenage Backstreet Boy Breaks ... is that Peanut Butter Wolf?
It's him - a picture from 1987, he tells me. But I knew right away it was a good break record because it says "Backstreet Boys," when it's actually one of those N'Sync people that he looks like. That's coded language for DJs. Every DJ knows that.

What's the label?
Jive Records, promo only. That's all the records I can show you today.

Thanks Romes.
You're welcome ... now please leave.

BREAK RECORDS ON STONES THROW
TURNTABLIST - SUPER DUCK BREAKS
FANATIK - PHANATIK BEATS
ROB SWIFT - SOULFUL FRUIT
TURNTABLIST - SUPER DUPER DUCK BREAKS
PEANUT BUTTER WOLF - PEANUT BUTTER BREAKS
DJ DESIGN - GATHA ROUND
DJ ROMES - HAMBURGER HATER BREAKS
BUMPS - BUMPS

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