Moving effortlessly through styles from drum & bass to dubstep, Breakage has proved himself to be one of the most versatile operators in either scene to date. A prodigious talent, he already as a number of classic releases under his belt but continues to develop his sound with releases across leading imprints including Digital Soundboy, Tempa and Warp.
Combining rich tones and a sense of spaciousness in the mix, Breakage’s music is both subtle yet devastatingly effective. With basslines big enough to test any dancefloor and DJ support ranging from Shy FX to Marcus Intalex to Mary Anne Hobbes, his tracks have wide-ranging and lasting appeal.
Breakage’s second longplayer is due in 2009 and will no doubt feature tracks across a range of tempos. Never one to be pigeonholed, you can expect fresh music of the highest quality from Breakage and hear this first as he takes the ‘Foundation’ album on tour worldwide from August.
Never afraid to make an impact, Breakage burst onto the drum & bass scene back in 2000 and announced his arrival with a raucous remix of a hardcore classic, Nasty Habit’s ‘Here Come the Drums’ on Reinforced. Backing up this bold move with a series of EPs for the legendary label proved he was no young pretender and he quickly established himself at the forefront of new wave of breakbeat scientists. Breakage developed a close relationship with veterans such as Equinox (Scientific Wax) and Threshold (Special Branch) and together helped to bring the breaks back to drum & bass at a time when the scene seemed to have forgotten it’s jungle roots.
A regular guest at nights such as Technicality in London and Bassbin in Dublin, Breakage brought his own unique mix of reggae basslines and timestretched funk breaks to the clubs with huge success. His remix of Equinox’s ‘Acid Rain’ (originally released on Inperspective) plus massive singles for Bassbin (‘So Vain’) and Critical (‘Staggered Dub’) drew support from a range of DJs across the scene, including Fabio, Shy FX and Zinc, and quickly regarded by some as classics.
Support from Planet Mu boss Mike Paradinas resulted in a release on the esteemed label (‘Drowning b/w 9th Hand’) and hinted at the appeal of Breakage’s music beyond the club environment. With further releases on Critical and Scientific Wax plus the development of a collaborative partnership with DJ Flight (under the name Alias), Breakage had already proven his versatility and shown that he was capable of much more.
His debut album release came in 2006 and clearly demonstrated Breakage could adapt to a range of styles. Featuring joint efforts alongside SP:MC and Rohan, ‘This Too Shall Pass’ also included more slower tempo material and hinted at what was to come.
Linking up with Digital Soundboy in 2007, Breakage soon turned heads with the haunting half-time dubbed-out beats of ‘Clarendon b/w Shroud’. It came as no surprise that he would make waves in the dubstep community with his next release, ‘Callahan b/w Untitled,’ and set dancefloors ablaze with a joint remix of Benga & Coki’s ‘Night,’ alongside Shy FX as Digital Soundboy. With reggae legend David Rodigan lending vocals to his next release (‘Together b/w Rain’), Breakage continued to build on his successes and established himself firmly as one on of the leading lights at 140bpm.
Remixes for the Sony-backed songstress Zarif plus leftfield hiphop maverick Flying Lotus are slated for release before his next LP, ‘Foundation,’ and hint strongly at the strength of Breakage’s appeal. With high profile collaborations across a range of styles, the album shows Breakage at his best and will be accompanied by a worldwide tour kicking off in August 2009.
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