While the epicentre of breakbeat based music may be in London, the sound is undoubtedly worldwide. This week our expert offbeat breaks selector Johan Soh follows the rings on the water from the UK to Berlin and Helsinki
One of this week’s essential releases is
Death In The Atmosphere by Takomo (as pictured, above), a heavy duty, dark slice of experimental
beatmongery that manages to avoid going overboard on the glitch. It's a
moody piece of music that comes packaged with a track called Orbiting
Genesis, a sort of breakbeat and dubstep hybrid in Takomo's own
inimitable style. The Helsinki boys' release is out now on London label
Moving on, and Londoner Jim Reaper has an EP called Requiem for a Bassline out on Rapid Fire Records this week. Lead number Get Out goes a little overboard on the political commentary, but the music more than makes up for it. This four tracker seems a bit like Reaper is trying to find his sound as he borrows from tearout, psy breaks, progressive and a lot of other breakbeat sub genres. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. Someone to keep an eye on at least.
Long time favourite of mine, Taishan, has a new thing out called Moving On this week. This is an artist who has not released anything in absolutely ages, so it's pleasing to note that he has picked up the ball pretty much where he left it some three years ago, deep in the place where dub meets progressive breaks. And yet weirdly, I actually prefer the Madox remix on the flip, not a position I ever thought I'd find myself in. I'm not sure how old or new these tunes are and am wondering whether they've been hidden in the vaults of Resin records for a while, as the Italian musician is currently pursuing other career opportunities in music outside breaks. In any case, both tracks are pure mint and well worthy of your attention.
The last thing on my list this week is a real bleeper of a tune. Obviously influenced heavily by the German electro scene, Elektrodrei come up trumps by bridging the gap between electro and breaks. The two tracks I'm into, Kraftraum and Pillow Pummeling, are safely hidden away on their indie techno album Bunch, showcasing a sound they call electro fusion, which I find quite fitting.
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