Breakestra’s Break-Beat Funk

Considering that Breakestra’s last album was released in that antediluvian pre-Winehouse era known as 2005, people listening to From Dusk Till Dawn might wrongly peg them as carpet-bagging...
By    October 6, 2009

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Considering that Breakestra’s last album was released in that antediluvian pre-Winehouse era known as 2005, people listening to From Dusk Till Dawn might wrongly peg them as carpet-bagging members of the Mark Ronson fan club (comes with free fedora-shaped Mezuzah and a CD-R mix of Le Tigre’s greatest hits via Samantha).  After all, retro-soul has become as ubiquitous as rappers in skinny jeans and scarves.  But Breakestra were at the forefront of the trend, mining Meters and J.B.’s breaks for inspiration long before they cut one of the first Stones Throw releases in 1999. My interview with Music Man Miles Tackett is up at the Times blog, discussing their excellent new record out on Strut, the memory of DJ Dusk (no, the title isn’t a dedication to the Sex Machine), and his all-time favorite breaks.

If you’re in LA, their show tonight at the El Rey comes highly recommended if you’re into both kinds of music: rhythm and blues.

Amazon: Breakestra-From Dusk Till Dawn

Download:
MP3: Breakestra-“Need a Little Love”
MP3: Breakestra-“Lowdown Stank”

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