Bedrooms Beats & B-sides: Laurent Fintoni details the rise of bedroom producers in new book

Art & Culture

In the short period since their inception, Velocity Press have published a string of books digging into dance music’s past, present and future. They are now ready to drop their latest tome, this time looking at the hazy world of hip-hop in the early 2000s. 

In Bedroom Beats & B-sides: Instrumental Hip Hop & Electronic Music at the Turn of the Century, Laurent Fintoni details the rise of a new generation of bedroom producers at the turn of the century through the stories of various instrumental hip-hop and electronic music scenes. From trip-hop, jungle, illbient, and IDM in the 1990s to just “beats” in the late 2000s, the book explores how these scenes acted as incubators for new ideas about composition and performance that are now taken for granted. 

Combining social, cultural, and musical history with over 100 interviews, the book tells the B-side stories of hip-hop and electronic music from the 1990s to the 2010s and explores the evolution of modern beat culture from local scenes to a global community via the diverse groups of fringe idealists who made it happen. 

Bedroom Beats & B-sides is in shops on 6 November 2020 but you can buy it now exclusively on the Velocity Press website.