In the wise words of Taylor Swift, ‘This is a new year / A new beginning / And things will change’ and at this moment we couldn’t agree more. Already, 2015 is brimming with exciting new ventures and releases. Cue the emergence of South London-via-Sheffield label Breaker Breaker. The aim of this project, with Haider Masroor (aka DS1) at the helm, is ‘to release material from both new and established artists covering left-of-centre strains of floor-focused house and techno.’
Keeping things fresh, the label’s debut release is the Alex Brown EP which comes from new talent Ross From Friends. While his name can be taken as a joke, the goodness of his music couldn’t be more serious. We are thrilled to be premiering our top pick fro the EP, a techno-leaning cut with heaps of soul thrown in for good measure. Creeping in with a sax solo like something you would expect from an elevator music-inspired cliché, Ross then sends the listener into disarray of hard-edged industrial lo-fi sequences using multiple filtered samples which gives the sonic image of an orchestra of machinery. Then, as if one of the members turned up late, the piano enters with a quasi-tropical loop of long and playful notation perfectly balancing the grainy strikes and shudders, adding to the total richness of the piece.
Alex Brown EP is released is released early February on Breaker Breaker – pre-order the 12″ from Piccadilly Records. Catch the Breaker Breaker crew in London on the 17th January for their label launch. Josey Rebelle, Ossie, Squarehead, DS1, Ross From Friends, and the Caught Up collective.