Emerging from England in the late '90s, the broken-beat genre is marked by intricately convoluted rhythms that slither among drum 'n' bass, house, nu-jazz, and neo-soul templates like greased eels. West Londoner Paul Dolby (a.k.a. Seiji) is a key figure of the movement, which is gradually gaining American fans. Though he's only 26, Dolby has been making music for a decade. Some may know him as part of soulful house act Bugz in the Attic, or from his 2002 vocal-house solo joint as Homecookin,' Do What You Wanna
. As Seiji, Dolby has forged rugged drum 'n' bass tracks for the renowned U.K. label Reinforced. Other projects include Afronaught (with Orin Walters) and Opaque (with Mark De Clive-Lowe). Dance music tastemakers such as Dego McFarlane, Kirk Degiorgio, and Ian O'Brien have chosen Dolby's tracks to appear on excellent comps such as 2000 Black: The Good Good
and The Soul of Science
. Since the late '90s, Dolby's become a broken-beat linchpin and a hotly tipped remixer (his 2002 collection, Remixes
, amply justifies the faith other artists have in his skills). At Nitty Gritty, Seiji is likely to focus on his broken-beat material, but don't expect one-trick monotony from this shape-shifting artist.