Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Breakestra lasts from Dusk Till Dawn

I know I'm a little behind dropping this track as the album it comes from, Dusk Till Dawn, came out at the end of last month, but I still felt it was worth sharing in case you haven't heard it elsewhere. It's the latest release from LA funk collective Breakestra, and if nothing else , proves to the bands critics that they've got the skills to be more than a good times party cover band of beats gone by. If you're not familiar with the group, they got their start playing music they loved in a never ended homage to all that got the body poppin' - classic sounds of back in the day funk and hip hop. All that started to shift with their last album, Hit the Floor, and it's nothing but set in stone with this new album.

As you might surmise from the group's name, it's an orchestra which celebrates in pumping out a classic breaks sound with instruments instead of turntables and combines it with the funky flavor of The Meters (they flow free into the instrumental jam with no hesitation), James Brown, and even a little dash of Jimi Hendrix's guitar work (listen to Show You The Way to catch that element of their vibe front and center). Check out a pair of tracks below before exploring on your own.

and a favorite from their last album:

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